Since its introduction in 2013 in Enfield Road and surrounding roads the Council have systematically reduced the parking spaces at every opportunity while at the same time increasing the permit and parking charges. Enforcement is now being carried out on a 24 hour basis to maximise the take and screw the residents out of as much money as possible. The latest scam is to remove more parking spaces for LIME BIKES a private company and pay for their new bays with our community charge money. Their Shareholders and Directors must be dancing with delight, first you create the problem and then Hounslow pay to clean it up and at the same time you get to charge the hirer a fine for not putting the bike in the bay that Hounslow provided free of charge. So what's in it for Hounslow ? or are they simpletons I think not I thinkit gives them another chance to push there anti car agenda and at the same time screw the motorist. I will be raising a petition in my area to scrap the CPZ and I would encourage others to consider the same in their areas.
Robert Ayres ● 147d37 Comments ● 93d
150th Anniversary – Calling Ex-pupils and staff!Need your help! They are looking to make contact with as many ex-pupils, ex-staff/governors and ex-families of the school.They would like to invite ex-pupils, staff and governors to help them mark this event by recording their most vivid memories of their time at St Paul’s. Ideally, they would like a voice recording but would also welcome written text and any photos of school days past. Perhaps it was a school trip, a particular teacher, a group of friends or a specific event or day in the history of the school that stays with you as a memory of the school. Please send contributions to the school via email at: email@example.com or by post to: St Paul’s CE Primary School, St Paul’s Road, Brentford, TW8 0PN. Please share who you are, when you were connected with the school and your memory!They shall use the memories to create an audio-visual archive of the school, which they shall share during the anniversary year.
Helen Dickinson ● 94d0 Comments ● 94d
I thought that this would be a good place to extend my apologies to all those that joined the festival newsletter system but heard nothing back. Also to all those that read the Diary of an Event Manager who have not seen any updates.I have had a fantastically busy year of planning (not just this event) and of course the event is about to happen. We have an astounding 75 stalls in addition to 10 catering units, the petting farm and of course the popular dog show. CAMRA beer arrives Friday so should be nicely chilled by Sunday - we have moved the position this year to the mirror room (more space). Come and spend the day, particularly come and see our youngest act (The Champs) performing on the stage. They are a primary school band and are soooooooo excited. This will be followed by a flamenco demonstration and later on Morris dancing - it is all going to be happening at The Brentford Festival noon to 6pm
Linda Massey ● 102d7 Comments ● 94d
Hello all! Recent-ish arrival to Brentford, having grown up mostly elsewhere in SW London.Wanted to draw attention quickly to a local mini-festival I’m helping put on, this Saturday the 9th. It’s part of Open House (the wider pan-London festival where unusual or historic buildings open up and offer events, tours, etc) - at the Brentford & Isleworth Quaker Meeting House, near Syon Lane station, we’re opening up from 10-4. Visitors are invited to wander around the building and (if the sun holds up) enjoy our gardens - learn a little local history, let kids run around in the grounds, etc. Entry’s free, and everyone’s welcome - the main building has access via a ramp, and includes an accessible toilet, though the grounds can be quite uneven.We’re also offering various creative events, including a show from a local art group, a half-hour chamber performance by the Syon Early Music Group, and a couple of creative workshops. Most of these are free, though if possible registering in advance helps us plan numbers.Details including address etc are on our site at https://bandiquakers.org.uk/open-house-2023/, drop the organisers any questions via the contact details on there. Hope to see some of you there! (And, if I do see you there, any local restaurant recommendations warmly received…)
Justin Treadwell ● 96d1 Comments ● 96d
This excellent chippy has opened up again and is still serving food of a very high standard.The lovely chap who used to run it has been unwell for some time but is on the mend.
Keith Iddon ● 98d0 Comments ● 98d
Just for clarity, having read the implied criticism of privatisation of this country’s air traffic control system in Guy Lambert’s latest ramblings, it should be noted that the PFI legislation was initiated and implemented in the 2000 Transport Act. That was a Labour Government, with Blair and Brown at the helm. Not quite the triumph of public-private partnership they promised.Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.I dislike the Tories but to claim either side has moral authority/superior knowledge/better policies, etc is just nonsense.
Simon Hayes ● 100d4 Comments ● 99d
Can anyone recommend a reliable / trustworthy Cleaner / Ironing person? Thanks for any recommendations.
Emma McNaboe ● 103d0 Comments ● 103d
Does anyone know why this vehicle is often parked in Swyncombe Avenue?Are they trying to catch cars travelling over 20mph or looking for vehicles defying the no left turn from BMR? Or is there another sinister reason? !
Elizabeth Price ● 108d9 Comments ● 103d
Said Guy Lambert in his weekly update. It is closed - why? When will it be opened again? Perhaps somebody could give us some reliable information.
Alison Robins ● 143d38 Comments ● 114d
If you have lost a Ferret in the High Street / Half Acre area then please go get in touch - firstname.lastname@example.org. It is safe and well and in our care. Proof of ownership will be required. Many thanks
Tony Bull ● 118d0 Comments ● 118d
I've noticed that several trees in the allotments along Park Road have been marked with an "X" sign.What does this mean?JL.
Jim Linwood ● 128d3 Comments ● 120d
I was walking with a friend in Kew Gardens yesterday and we saw a fox with a broken hinder leg looking disoriented. We went to inform the staff but their response was. “ ah..yes, many people have reported it, we know butWe don’t do anything for the animals at Kew” This is the second time I report an injured animal and same response from different staff members. I knew of a local charity that dealt with injured foxes in London, will contact them. But this is very sad
Silvia Diaz ● 131d1 Comments ● 126d
'The council has announced that it is proceeding with the next phase of its controversial e-bike trial and expanding it into Isleworth, Osterley and Hounslow.A partnership has been entered into with Lime Bikes in which the shared e-bike hire scheme was allowed to officially expand into the borough as long as users parked in designated bays.'These blasted things have been around in Isleworth for ages - witness the number of them slung all over the place, an absolute pain in the backside for many. If last night's Brentford Area Forum is anything to go by - complaining to the council is a sheer waste of time, rarely has so much guff been spouted about something by so many people. They have decided we'll have bikes, and bikes we will have, for a council that claims to be promoting walking they sure are making life difficult for pedestrians. What with the appalling state of some footpaths now to add to the hazards - Lime Bikes! Ain't life great?
Vanessa Smith ● 144d25 Comments ● 128d
this afternoon, they decided to have a wild bonfire under a delightful tree.One could smell the fire 100s of yards away.The Fire Brigade had been calledand their exstinguishers caused alarge smoke storm. I had to move out of the Park fast.Hounslow Council have acted fast. Their enforcement Unit having issued a NOTICE OF INTENT.Who will pay for the Fire Service?
Jim Lawes ● 131d3 Comments ● 130d
A month or so ago, I noticed a TW worker painting marks and symbols on the tarmac in our cul-de-sac at 358-372 Lionel Road North. I asked what was happening and he said something about a leak and they would need to close the road and dig up the appropriate pipes etc for repair. I asked how long the work would take and he replied that it should be done in a day. I told him that there were several disabled, elderly, seriously ill people in the road so that they should maintain access for emergency services. A week or so later, the residents received a letter from Thames Water saying that work would commence on 22nd July and would take 4/5 days. We rang Thames Water to remind them of the issues and waited with some trepidation for work to begin. 22nd July arrived and no activity. In fact no activity and no communication from TW for the next week. Then on Saturday 29th, workmen arrived, closed the street (trapping several of our neighbour’s cars) and started work. Phone calls to TW resulted in them telling us that the work would be completed and the road reopened either later that day or, at the latest, on Sunday 30th July. On Sunday 30th a little more work was done but the road remained closed. A team did come along and resurfaced a small hole in the pavement but ‘forgot’ to fill in the main hole in the roadway. On Monday, despite more phone calls and messages to TW no progress was made and we were told that we could not talk to anyone higher up in the organisation. Again on Tuesday the same lack of any result. This morning (Wednesday) all the residents had to lug their dustbins and recycling boxes to the top of the road as the lorries couldn’t access the road as they would normally do.Any ideas about how we might get this situation resolved???
Mick Brent ● 131d8 Comments ● 130d
What is the cause of the long traffic tailback in Twickenham Road?JL
Jim Linwood ● 147d9 Comments ● 133d
A full page obituary in The Times newspaper on 4th July outlined the talents of this lady who's several "comic novels mocked the middle-class characters" in her life.She once lived in Chiswick from where she gathered much good material for her writings... then moved to Wiltshire and finally to Brentford at the Upper Butts.Any local knowledge or appreciation of her work ..and local residence?
Jim Lawes ● 159d9 Comments ● 136d
The first meeting of the new Brentford & Syon Area Forum will be held from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. on Wednesday 19th July at Brentford Free Church, Boston Manor Road, TW8 8DW. The meeting proper will be preceded, from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m., by a "Marketplace" where stalls will be operated by several local organisations and council departments. The agenda can be read here:https://democraticservices.hounslow.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=576&MId=13103Brentford Voice pressed for many months for the establishment of our own local Forum, to replace the former Isleworth & Brentford Forum. We believe that this is an opportunity to improve the representation of the needs and aspirations of the community in Brentford. Our dear friends in Isleworth and Osterley, together with Hounslow South, now also have a separate Forum.We would encourage you to make every effort to attend this first edition of the Forum.
Jim Storrar ● 149d5 Comments ● 146d
Following the success of her first book,which worldwide sold over 160 millioncopies! a second book has now been published by Penguin.The lady is probably well known in Brentford where she has lived for some time.Brentford fame continues!
Jim Lawes ● 148d4 Comments ● 147d
Just passing the park this morning and I noticed that a gate column has once again been knocked down. It's the one on the left hand side this time. Let's hope it doesn't take another 3 years before it's repaired.
Pat Kingham ● 154d17 Comments ● 148d
Having approached the good men at Isleworth and Heston Fire Brigade twice, on both occasions they’d agreed to carry out a Fire Risk Assesment and a date was booked. However this has been blocked twice by the Council. Apparently permission is required ? Seriously ? No Fire Risk Assesment’s have been carried out following the fire last month in one of the flats in the Victorian built property owned by Hounslow Council since the 1970’s. I’m asking since Grenfell tragedy, why would the Fire Brigade service require permission from the Council to carry out an inspection? Hounslow Council are putting lives at risk by failing in their duty and legal responsibility.
Philippa Auton ● 168d6 Comments ● 148d
I’m sure we’re all interested in liar-Lambert’s musings on the future of car ownership – a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy given that his deeply unpopular policies of closing roads and taking parking spaces will surely force some people to give up their cars. We’ve all seen in the last few of weeks how the combination of road works on Windmill Road and the A4 have caused gridlock in the whole of Brentford and this was made 100 times worse by the unnecessary LTN road closures. We’ve all experienced more congested, dangerous and polluted roads and longer journey times – all created deliberately by a council who have no interest in supporting the needs of the majority of its constituents. Interestingly there has been a report published by the National Audit Office that confirms what we all knew – that the LTN schemes were a massive waste of taxpayer money that have achieved precisely NOTHING. There’s a link to the article below but, in summary:“Billions of pounds of taxpayers’ cash has potentially been wasted on ‘active travel’ schemes such as controversial low-traffic neighbourhoods, according to a report.”“Despite an estimated £3.3billion being spent on delivering such measures between 2016 and 2021, cycling and walking rates fell over that period, the National Audit Office study found.”“It said many were imposed on residents without proper consultation and poorly planned ones have subsequently been scrapped.”Could we hope that LBH will see sense and roll back these horrible schemes? Could individual councillors be surcharged to recover some of the money that has been wasted? We live in hope.https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12167319/Ministers-wasted-billions-pounds-taxpayers-money-LTNs-says-watchdog.html
Graham Thorpe ● 181d24 Comments ● 149d
I notice,with a mild sense of depression, that the Natwest in Isleworth is closing the day after tomorrow.Keep using cash folks...
Keith Iddon ● 153d0 Comments ● 153d
The old Brentford Market site isnow filled with a close web of skyscrapers as you will have easily seen.It is quite appropriate that one of the "roadways" is named after an illustriousfamed local...who is buried in the Old Brentford Cemetary.But to see the street sign sayingTHOMAS LAYTON WAY, HOUNSLOW, TW8is taking the micky.Shouldn't it be BRENTFORD TW8? Are the Council trying to erase Brentford as a destination?
Jim Lawes ● 170d8 Comments ● 154d
I learned today that one of Brentford's "characters"...John? Goldsmith...who owned the Windmill Road North garage site etc etc..had passed away sometime during the last 12 months.Was there an obituary published in the local Press? He had been linked to that MG dealership etcHe was seen on occasions on Jazz Nights at the Brewer Tap..and with the recent passing of Bill Arnold also...two familiar faces have seemingly departed. RIP.I believe that Mr Goldsmith once lived in Osterley..in the the biggest of the houses at that time..that had been previously been owned by the Smith's Crisps boss.
Jim Lawes ● 6529d15 Comments ● 154d
...I wonder about my beloved Football Club.New season kit announced and what has it got? A Betting sponsor emblazoned across the shirt.With all the focus on Brentford and it's betting addiction victim star player it just makes one wince. I know the club has benefitted from an owner whose core is a betting business, but then the Brentford Community Stadium is the GTEC Community Stadium. A choice of sponsor that broke away from the plethora of Betting sponsors and is also a British Company.So what were they thinking? It's going to send out globally the wrong message every time they play and poor old Mr. Toney when he returns, will have a shirt of which the irony won't be lost.It's a club that's made massive efforts at family attendances and I have no issues with betting or gambling but like other adult vices, do think a line should be drawn. Should an 8 year old be wearing a shirt with a betting or alcohol sponsor emblazoned on it?
Raymond Havelock ● 160d8 Comments ● 156d
Keys found on bench near Three Bridges,have been left at the CRT office at Top Locks.
David Burke ● 158d0 Comments ● 158d
Great. We lose parking space and we pay to provide cycle bays for this private company while they boast about making more money in fines.Should this company not be reimbursing the cost of creating these cycle bays and compensating residents for the loss of parking spaces ?
Robert Ayres ● 167d5 Comments ● 166d
If you send an e-mail to Hounslow's customer services you will get an automatic reply stating what will happen and it gives you various e-mail address for you to get in touch. One piece of advice states The offices will be closed from Dec23 until Tuesday 3rd of January it's now June 8th.After nearly 6 months someone would have noticed this?
David Squire ● 186d1 Comments ● 166d
Covid enquirey finds resources were switched to Brexit.
Nicholas Beard ● 166d0 Comments ● 166d
Have the temporary lights that were causing so much congestion finally gone please? I don't want to drive down there specially to find out!
Susan Kelly ● 176d23 Comments ● 168d
Is now happening. Yesterday evening at about 6pm there were at least 20 cars queuing along Whitestile Road and back up Junction Road in an attempt to get out onto South Ealing Road. This meant that anyone who had turned left into Whitestile Road from South Ealing Road was unable to drive along Whitestile Road - it was blocked by the oncoming traffic. Traffic was queuing up South Ealing Road as far as the eye could see and barely moving.Not the first time this has happened recently.I am guessing that this was traffic trying to bypass the roadworks and traffic lights on Windmill Road or people trying to bypass the queue down the A4 to the new traffic lights at the roundabout at the Ealing Road/A4 junction.The Windmill Road works seem to be never-ending and are causing huge tail-backs. If you are driving north from Brentford and want to get across the A4 junction you have to sit through several green phases before there is enough room in Windmill Road to clear the junction safely and not get stuck in the yellow box. The same thing is happening to traffic turning left into Windmill from the A4.The new traffic lights at the Ealing Road/A4 roundabout are causing lengthy tailbacks along the A4. They are also affecting traffic turning left onto the A4 from Windmill Road because even if the lights at the Windmill Road junction are green there is not enough room on the A4 to make the turn. This then also holds up traffic coming down Windmill Road which wants to go straight ahead or turn right.As others have said, the old traffic lights at the South Ealing roundabout worked perfectly well. I've been driving round that roundabout for the last 20 years (don't take that literally!) and never encountered or witnessed any problems. You just had to make sure you gave way to traffic already coming round the roundabout, even if lights were green in your favour. At least the traffic kept moving.The other problem locally is the roadworks on Kew Bridge Road which are causing tailbacks to the County Court. There has been some suggestion that these are not due to the construction of the Cycleway but because of gasworks being carried out at the same time.So, 3 points/queries:1. When are the Windmill Road works going to end?2. Please can we return to the old traffic light system at the Ealing Road roundabout.3. When are the Kew Bridge Road temporary lights going to be removed so that we can have a normal traffic flow once again?The gridlock which is now a daily occurrence around here at the moment does nobody any good - whether you're a driver, cyclist or pedestrian. I was walking down Whitestile Road yesterday evening and it was horrible. So was South Ealing Road.
Alison Robins ● 172d8 Comments ● 171d
Reading between the lines of the article on the borough's leisure centre bailout, the council seem to have decided to give them another year.They deserve some credit for this as many other local authorities have wielded the knife when it comes to swimming pools and gyms.What the numbers make plain though is that this level of losses can't be sustained. There is no prospect of an immediate sharp drop in energy costs or a sudden rush of people to take up memberships. One way to mitigate the problem might be to finally do something about the redevelopment of the Fountains. I haven't been to all the facilities in the borough but I presume this is the largest and most expensive to heat. Schemes to knock it down and build housing along with a new more energy efficient centre have come and gone. Doing this now would reduce the operating losses and give the prospect of a modern facility which didn't have a bit of an odd smell that more people would pay to go to.
Jeremy Parkinson ● 174d3 Comments ● 174d
Incredible how those in positions of power and influences can say something that’s patently not true. Lambert’s latest ‘amusing update’ contains his thoughts on car ownership and parking in London. He said this:‘By the way, before the tabloid picks this up and says ’Lambert trying to ban cars’ I’m not and none of this is nobody’s policy, just me musing.’Well, it is somebody’s policy, that of the London Cycling Campaign of which he and other Labour councillors are members. Lambert’s musings echo the speech given to the Labour conference last year by the LCC chief executive Ashok Sinha, who said:“We need to free people from the burden and tyranny of owning tons of metal that sits unused 90 percent of the time,”I’m not sure that most car owners see it as a tyranny and a burden, although they might view the policies of Lambert and his colleagues as exactly that.Anyone who looks into the strategies and aims of the LCC will recognise its direct influence on policies pursued by Hounslow, Ealing and other councils in London. Low traffic neighbourhoods, cycle lanes, reducing parking spaces, etc, are all part of the plan. Make owning a car as expensive and inconvenient as possible to simply force people off the road.They’d have you believe that car owners are singlehandedly responsible for all the problems in London, yet car ownership in the capital has actually declined in the last 20 years, despite a massive increase in population. London is unique in that in the UK.Congestion is caused by blocking roads, whether that’s due to roadworks, an accident or lame-brained traffic management policies that funnel all vehicles onto fewer roads. Yes, there are peaks where volumes are higher but most of the time most roads are pretty quiet.Inevitably Lambert will brand me a car lobbyist (which I’m not) and a Tory (which I certainly am not). I simply think that people should be able to make their own choices, not be dictated to by a self-interested minority.Lambert advocates car clubs, but doesn’t even consider that vehicle ownership is often a key to economic activity for many. Does he think those ubiquitous Ubers are anything other than privately owned vehicles? Like most utopians he thinks most of us are sitting at home deciding which leisure activity to pursue next. Simple minded, no?Ironically Lambert has a nice shiny new car and presumably a nice secure private parking space in Brentford. He doesn’t ‘need’ a car, so why does he have one? Surely he and others should practice what they preach?!
Simon Hayes ● 179d27 Comments ● 174d
In 2021 Intel decided against manufacturing chips in the UK citing Brexit. Yesterday Germany announced a $33 billion deal to manufacture chips at two sites in Germany. Always we hear how important chips are, but no action!
Nicholas Beard ● 174d0 Comments ● 174d
Did anyone find out about the history of his circumstances?
Sarah Felstead ● 188d14 Comments ● 178d
Anyone know what was going on at the canal bridge today? there were lots of fire engines and police cars.
Marcus Gadd ● 182d1 Comments ● 181d
No doubt the council has fully consulted the residents of the roads affected by these plans. We wouldn’t want to think that the changes are being imposed in an entirely undemocratic way. No doubt the deal with the Ebike company is a nice little earner for Hounslow.
Simon Hayes ● 212d43 Comments ● 182d
For the past few days there has been significant, lengthy congestion on and around Windmill Road due to some ‘works’ supposedly ‘in progress’ (though no obvious sign of anyone doing anything. The temporary lights in operation are bringing traffic to a standstill.The queues at peak times are stretching back almost to the junction of Swyncombe Avenue. Coupled with the temporary lights at South Ealing Road roundabout it's causing gridlock.It’s not going to be solved by implementing LTNs or any other harebrained scheme, but by the quick completion of the undoubtedly essential works. As windmill road falls under the control of Hounslow Highways perhaps the bike lobbyist from there can indicate when the road might reopen.
Simon Hayes ● 198d23 Comments ● 182d
My neighbour thinks he saw an article in Hounslow Matters saying that LBH has bought a machine that cleans the food waste bins before returning them to the doorstep…? I can’t find it. Does anyone know about this?I am so fed up with the food waste bin being returned on its side with the open lip downwards, contaminating the other recycling boxes that they lay it in. It would be lovely if they just locked it and stood it upright…. :(
Sarah Felstead ● 221d19 Comments ● 185d
We have just received the renewal notice for car insurance only to find that the premium has doubled and then some. Can anyone recommend a good company or is it just a case of switching every year? Thanks in advance.
Pat Kingham ● 195d6 Comments ● 191d
Very interesting. 301 km away. Signal takes 16 mins to arrive. Worth a look.
Nicholas Beard ● 191d0 Comments ● 191d
A group of people (4 or 5) wearing hoodies, seem to have watched a neighbour going out for a walk last night and smashed the doors down to gain entry. Around 10pm.Luckily the house was not empty and when the people inside put the lights on, in alarm at the noise, they scarpered. Seems they may well have been equipped to make a night of it, so did you hear of any other similar break ins last night?They used a dark car which was parked a short distance away.Northumberland Estate area but with a car they probably covered some distance.
Sarah Felstead ● 204d2 Comments ● 193d
The fiasco continues. The poster on the noticeboard says in excess of 11 million pounds spent on the park and house. So why are there still no toilets open, which has been the case for years and people are forced to go in the bushes.The cafe still remains closed while the council considers bids fromthose interested in operating it.Vanessa the manager says the toilets will open when the cafe opens, which begs the question will the bacon butty chef also be the toilet cleaner!As usual Hounslow Labour Council shows no forward planning. I would have thought Councillor lambert who claims he is a regular park user would have noticed this.
Robert Ayres ● 224d34 Comments ● 194d
I did not realise that new diesel cars had a second tank for ad blue. I only found out because I saw a ad blue pump in a garage. Has anyone experience of a car with ad blue? How much does it cost etc?
Nicholas Beard ● 198d5 Comments ● 195d
Hi everyone, we’ve been hearing this loud drilling noise that might be coming from a sort of drilling tower in the Bus garage area for some days now. It almost sounds like a siren and it goes on for the whole day. Does anyone know if this is part of the Brentford Project construction plan or whether it is something else? Working from home with the windows open is becoming a bit annoying with this constant background noise :D Just wondering what it is and how long should I expect it to go on still. Cheers!
Federica Lusardi ● 206d6 Comments ● 198d
We keep hearing about the housing crisis in London yet many council owned properties stand empty despite residents applying for them. Why is this allowed to continue?
Mandy Waters ● 199d1 Comments ● 198d
Dyson thinks not. Also at the same time the PM is trying to get maths taught until 18 years old. All this while it was announced last week a Taiwanese company is to build a battery giga factorie near Dunkirk in France, and Sweden is getting one. Does not look like we are likely to become a science super power any time soon.
Nicholas Beard ● 211d7 Comments ● 198d
The inverness Lodge Social Club, 9 Boston Manor Road, Brentford TW8 8DW is holding a fun race night on Friday 2nd June at 8pm. Everyone is welcome. Fun bets start at 50p and there is a raffle with all proceeds going to the London Air Ambulance charity no: 801013.We look forward to seeing you.
Sarah Porter ● 199d0 Comments ● 199d
That interesting collection of some 40 businesses in the Blue Zone ...an area of sprawling old buildings south of the High Street... are likely to be on the move by the end of the year.The blue zone area is apparently owned by Ballymore... and they need it back from their tenants (the duke of london's empire) ... so they can build more FLATS FLATS FLATS for the local authority!It was always on the cards apparentlybut unknown to many of us. Aren't we poorly informed and kept up to date...by them them and them?I gather that many of the activities will be moved to the east zone ... which includes the jazzy car park.
Jim Lawes ● 205d2 Comments ● 205d
I've been reading reports that the Ealing MP Rupa Huq is celebrating victory in a battle to build more tall skyscapers near their High Street.Plans for a 26 storey tower scheme have now been turned down.She was amongst over 2000 objectors to the Scheme and had used the words like "monster", "white elephant" and "sore thumb"But most of all ...she used the phrase"STEALING OUR SKY"..... most telling and effective.Looks like it's too late to say that in parts of Brentford. The High Street will be in shadow most of the day ...won't it?
Jim Lawes ● 210d7 Comments ● 206d
Work is currently taking place on the old Church building with scaffolding all around.The plan, it seems, is for the building to be open to the public... with a café cumcoffee lounge and a meeting place.The Church Tower is some 600 years old,the interior timbered ceiling is being given tlc and wall plaques still survive.The Church is owned by Hounslow Council for whom the work is being undertaken..
Jim Lawes ● 257d14 Comments ● 208d
From Brentford Today & TV #Debate not HateNEXT BOROUGH MAYOR IS SET TO BE CLLR AFZAAL KIANI. FOR THE FIRST TIME THE MAYOR WILL BE APPOINTED BY THE LEADER, NOT ELECTED. Annual General Meeting of the Labour Group is next Monday 15 May. The agenda omits the usual "Election of Mayor", thereby setting a precedent and indicating what we reported here three months ago – that the decision will be taken by the Leader Cllr Shantanu Rajawat. Other Councillors are said to be "up in arms".
Vanessa Smith ● 215d3 Comments ● 215d
I much enjoyed a trip on the 211 bus route today from Hammersmith Bus Station to Victoria.It's an interesting route anyway...but at the present time the display of Union Jacks on the street lampposts in Fulham and Pimlico were a sight to give me pride and delight.Returning home via Chiswick and Brentfordfelt like being in a different world in "Coronation speak"Such indifference was unknown back in 1953.What's happened?
Jim Lawes ● 222d6 Comments ● 219d
West London News Man stabbed to death after break-in
Robert Ayres ● 229d2 Comments ● 219d
After decades of fleecing their Housing Tenants through charging Rent for poor quality housing stock & rip off Service charges, Tenants are finally going to see their homes brought up to 21st century standard. Millions ££££ taken in rent & service charges for over 50years has been stuffed into the Pension pots instead of been ploughed back and renovating Hounslow Councils Housing Stock.
Philippa Auton ● 220d0 Comments ● 220d
Ermergency Services rapid response to a fire at a Council flat in a heritage property owned by Hounslow Council prevented Lives being lost in an inferno. The fire had broken out inside the Council flat Monday morning. Home to a mute vulnerable man with Special needs, left without his usual wrap round local authority provided Carers over the Bank Holiday Weekend. Residents of the Victorian era property & neighbours in Worple road were shocked to discover he’d been neglected. A Leaseholder living above the fire with his wife and baby, were alerted by smoke and quickly ran down to the front of the property kicked the door in. He managed to assist the confused gentleman to safety before the Fire service and Ambulance arrived. The Victorian era property built in 1873; a former Police Station, has become a grave concern for its Residents owing to the lack of essential property maintenance by the owner Hounslow Council. The family living above the fire would had normally been away during the Bank Holiday. Two Police Officers were trapped inside the flat for several hours having prized open the original rotten sash window to let out the smoke fumes were then unable to close it again and secure the flat,
Philippa Auton ● 223d0 Comments ● 223d
They're requesting planning permission,& they promise not to have noisy scooters parked outside on double yellow lines and zig zags on Ealing Road ...opposite McDonaldsWell on Saturday their boss parked his Landrover halfway across the pavement .. on the yellow lines and zig zags.causing a headache for Bees fans walking home from the game. Dodgy dodgy dodgy.I have a photo I'll send to Guy Lambert.
Jim Lawes ● 265d14 Comments ● 223d
Where can I buy an Oyster Card in Isleworth or Brentford?JL.
Jim Linwood ● 224d3 Comments ● 223d
I was wondering if any of you folks knew of a local gardener.I just want a slightly overgrown lawn mowed,25yds x 15, and a small front garden.Any suggestions appreciated.
Keith Iddon ● 225d2 Comments ● 224d
Can anyone recommend a good cleaner?Need someone for about 3 hours a week.
Mark Gormley ● 230d1 Comments ● 225d
Who is responsible for the delivery of this magazine as I have only just seen whole stacks of these fully bound and dumped on the j/w Crowther Ave and Clayponds Ave all soaking wet so as we once again get hit with the maximum amount of local taxes and this council can't even deliver their wonderful information rag.
John William Selfe ● 254d27 Comments ● 226d
Sadly I've reached the age(84) and with perhaps some medical conditions where I need to declutterI'm holding onto my history books for the moment but I have many others that will have to go.On Chiswick High Road at the Stamford Brook Bus Garage stop ... I discovered a BOOK BANK. I have started leaving books there...for others to take.There also a book bank on THE ISLAND (Security Office) in Brentford.Any other places where I can donate.. and where others can take freely?
Jim Lawes ● 233d12 Comments ● 227d
We haven’t seen our cat Richard Parker since Thursday evening (13/04), grey bengal tabby mix with black spots, green/yellow eyes. He can be mean to strangers so be aware if you do spot him, he is chipped too. Please message me on email@example.com if you see him. Thank you
Cerys Maher ● 238d4 Comments ● 234d
In March 2023, The commissioner of the Met Police Sir Mark Rowley admitted the force has 'racists, misogynists and homophobes' in its ranks – as Home Secretary Suella Braverman blasted 'serious failings of culture, leadership and standards' at Scotland Yard. On 6th April I sent a lengthy email to Mark Rowley pleading with him to review The Hammersmith Nudes' murders of the 1960's. I told him that I am in contact with adult children and other members of 6 of the murder victims. I told him that many of the victims' family members are convinced that if the victims were police women, doctors, nurses or solicitors there would have been a review. On April 11 I recieved the following."Dear Mr Milkins,My apologies for the delayed response. I have forwarded this matter to the appropriate team for their review and direct reply to you.Kind regards,***** ******** ********* | Inspector | Staff Officer to the Commissioner."Today I received a a phone call from New Scotland Yard followed by the following email.Dear Mr Milkins "It was good to speak to you on the phone just now, and as promised, I am emailing to confirm my details. I recognise the huge amount of dedication you have put into your investigations and I am sorry that these terrible murders remain unsolved, despite your efforts.There have been various reviews conducted regarding these cases over the years and I know you were in contact with DC Paul Rogers in 2007, and most recently, DC Adam Bailey in 2020. It remains the case as per DC Bailey’s letter that the links between Harold Jones and the victims are not substantive enough to enable a definitive finding that he was responsible for their deaths. I hope you understand that because Jones died in 1971 and there is no additional material further to what has been looked at in the above reviews, we won’t be reviewing the cases again at this time.Having said that, I know you are determined to continue with your work, and if there is something substantive and probative that you find that you would like to bring to our attention in the future, please do so.I wish you all the best."DC ***** ****** | CSC - Major InquiriesSpecial Casework TeamTHE MUST GO ON. AND IT WILL.
Neil Milkins ● 235d0 Comments ● 235d
Age Concern Chiswick has a lovely garden at their Friendship Club in Oxford Road North, W4 4DN but we are short of people to look after it. Can you help? Have you a spare hour or two on Mondays or Thursdays? If so, do get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8742 7007.
Age Concern Chiswick ● 238d0 Comments ● 238d
Wouldn't it be a tonic for Brentford folk if the once proposed pedestrian bridge across the River Thames to the Kew Towpath came to fruition.The bridge would take one to "Brentford Gate" which is an entrance to Kew Gardens.With the attractive £1 entrance fee for oldies like me ... it would enhance our remaining days!If cyclists were allowed to use the bridge (no riding allowed?) they would be halfway to Richmond before they knew it! Brentford Lock West is getting a new bridge this month to ease their trips to Brentford Station...so perhaps now is the time for the "Ballymore Footbridge to get back on the Agenda. Yes a bridge named after a sponsor.Past offorts failed to progress due to lack of financial support.
Jim Lawes ● 243d12 Comments ● 239d
A nice little piece telling us that there will be a Canal Festival this year. It was fun last year - I particularly loved the music in the Market Place and it was wonderful that the weather was great. But the article would have been nicer still if the dates of the festival had been included. "Who, what, when, where, how" seem to have disappeared from the journalist's canon.
Sue Rowe ● 248d3 Comments ● 247d
Anyone else’s foundations are shaking heavily due to the industrial impact drilling at the old Brentford football stadium? Our entire building is moving when they use that machine. I do hope it doesn’t cause damage to our buildings?
Jai Williams ● 252d5 Comments ● 248d
How can money just disappear? I really don't understand - anybody got an explanation? Thanks.
Anne England ● 249d6 Comments ● 248d
So, Sadiq Khan is claiming that the “silent majority” support his plans to charge us a huge daily amount to drive on our roads. Does he think that we would believe that only people who are strongly against these measures will speak out, and those who are strongly in favour will just sit quietly by? He is using the same dishonest tactics used by our local council – to ignore or discredit the results of their own consultations that are verifiably and resolutely against their plans, in favour of inventing conversations with mystery persons that appear to support them. I think that we are all in favour of better air quality, but is this going to produce a significant and measurable improvement? And is this the best use of our money at this time? We are experiencing the highest inflation in a generation, we have fuel poverty, a social care crisis, a mental health epidemic, an influx of refugees from a war – I could go on. So, what are our Labour administrations in Hounslow and City Hall prioritising – building cycle lanes and fining us for using our cars to get to work. How can they justify a 5% council tax rise locally, and a whopping 10% increase for the GLA, when people can’t heat their homes or feed their families? These people have become complacent and expect to be returned time after time, so make no effort to truly represent their constituents or take our views into account when they’re spending OUR money. When you’re next in the supermarket wondering what you can afford to eat, think of the millions being spent on these pointless schemes. I think it is time that these people – both in Hounslow and City Hall, who have shown no interest in truly representing us and are happy to raise taxes and fritter away our money on grandiose and pointless schemes, need to be voted out at the first opportunity – literally anyone else would be better than this lot.
Graham Thorpe ● 250d0 Comments ● 250d
Its finally been admitted there will be border control posts at Belfast and three other locations. And goods crossing the Irish Sea will be subject to checks.
Nicholas Beard ● 1306d17 Comments ● 252d
(See the article on the front page of TW8).These are important clarifications:1) if you wish to comment to LB Hounslow on the Article 4 Direction, you should include your name and postal address within your email.2) Brentford Voice would welcome your general opinion on the gating, irrespective of whether you are in favour of the gates or against them. Please email your thoughts to: email@example.com
Jim Storrar ● 289d36 Comments ● 253d
Has anyone experience of reusing old glass frames by having new lenses put in them? I have a couple of pairs I would like to reuse, but I am uncertain of who to go to, and whether it is a good idea?
Sarah Felstead ● 257d7 Comments ● 253d
The consultation report into the Brentford to Hounslow Cycleway proposal (not the one they have just started building but the one further west which is on the drawing board).https://haveyoursay.tfl.gov.uk/hounslow-brentford-walking-and-cycling-changesThere are some interesting comments in the report and bus island by-passes were clearly causing people a lot of concern.What TfL haven't done is give details of overall levels of support or opposition to the scheme presenting responses in a way in which it was impossible to work out even broadly what was the balance of opinion.You may argue that this is underhand and assume that it could only be because the level of opposition was overwhelming or say that this is meant to be a consultation not a referendum.What I can't recall is if there was ever a question asking for overall opinions on the scheme in the original survey. They have taken it down now so it is hard to find out. If they did then an FoI request may be necessary to find out.There is to be another consultation on more detailed plans later this year.
Jeremy Parkinson ● 255d0 Comments ● 255d