I don't know how many people are aware, but there is another attempt to develop the Park Road allotments opposite Syon Park Gates by the Duke's Northumberland Estates. The proposal is to build 80 duplexes and flats on about two thirds of the allotments that has been green fields for centuries and allotments for over 100 years. This is at a time when allotment demand is increasing. Out of 33 mature trees, 23 will be felled, along with a multitude of fruit trees and bushes. Great harm will be caused to the habitats of various wildlife.If you would like to submit a comment on this application, its reference on the council website is P/2020/4292 I have submitted an objection thus: Objection to Park Road Development Application The only good thing that can be said about these buildings is that they are not excessively high compared with other applications in the area. However, the very idea of building on this site, with the loss of 23 trees out of 33 and a multitude of trees and bushes over two thirds of the present site should be considered unacceptable per se. The site is Local Open Space, has been designated an Asset of Community Value, and demand for allotments is hugely increasing due to the population increase in London and its concentration in apartment blocks. Figures obtained by the National Allotment Society (NAS): 40 per cent of councils who responded to the survey saw a "significant uplift" in applications during April 2020, with a 300 per cent increase in one case. The NAS also saw a 45 per cent increase in requests for information about allotments through its own website. In Brentford there are expected to be many more apartments in 5-10 years than exist now, with an extraordinary community dispute growing over access to private areas of Brentford Dock and Brentford Lock. The continuing existence of green space and allotments should mitigate against this unwelcome trend. It is not acceptable for the applicant to provide smaller plots and say that solves the problem.
Ian Speed ● 87d7 Comments ● 64d
Does anyone know if Anns Cars are still operating?I went past today & it was an estate agent I think? I looked on Google and it is still listed?? I need a car next week and I found this company & their drivers just perfect!
Sharon Trevor ● 72d5 Comments ● 65d
I really do not understand why on earth the government are not taking the opportunity to ensure that all women MPs are treated equally as far as maternity rights are concerned. If Johnson can rush through legislation for his mate Braverman then he could damned well use the time to make sure that that it includes everyone. It is an absolute insult in this day and age that this out of date codswallop even exists let alone that given the chance parliament won't as they say, 'level up'. This is 2021 not that you'd know it where our legislature is concerned. Stella Creasey is absolutely right it is 'a form of direst discrimination'.At least the stupid old fart heading up the Japanese Olmypics has resigned over his comments - Ye Gods, spare us!
Vanessa Smith ● 66d3 Comments ● 66d
Hounslow's library service has been shut - apart from a few days - for almost a year. However, Richmond have managed to keep a service going with a 'click and collect' solution. So why can't Hounslow get their act together and follow suit?
Vanessa Smith ● 67d0 Comments ● 67d
Last few trips to Morrisons have not been good.Why is it that so many seem completely incapable of wearing a mask properly?Why are so many children running amok around the store? Teenagers taunting the security chap and brazenly not wearing masks?Why are so many customers so hideously rude to the staff and other customers?I watched this morning, several of these people who were wandering around the store with their masks only part covering. They all placed them properly when at the checkouts.So they know they are not complying. It is wilful.But they go unchallenged. Can anyone blame the staff for this? They have to endure risk enough every shift.But not one PA announcement, nothing.Seems the management have simply given up. But they need proper authoritative support, especially given that such a large proportion come directly from W7 and W13.Who actually monitors this?
Raymond Havelock ● 76d10 Comments ● 67d
Did you get your missive from The Leader through your letterbox today? I was intrigued to see that he is urging people to use the Covid rapid testing facilities in Isleworth.'Isleworth Public Hall (from Tuesday 19 January onwards)'. You may have a wasted journey, as far as anyone is aware the testing is being held at Isleworth LIBRARY. So refreshing to know how well Cllr. Curran knows Isleworth, apparently his knowledge of our area only extends to his mate the Duke of Northumberland and his ill-judged plans to build all over Park Rd. allotments.
Vanessa Smith ● 81d5 Comments ● 68d
There are quite a few very elderly simply falling through the net on vaccinations.If you know a neighbour particularly on their own it might help to check that they have had some form of communication and are not confused or unable to respond correctly.If you have a basic mobile phone ( which is very common in with over 70's) you will get a text message to call your GP. They will then call you back and take basic details for your suitability of the vaccine.(Sometimes texts come via audio texts on a landline. They are usually very hard to follow and understand.)GP practice can then set your appointment up for you and text you or call you with date, time and location.For this you do not need a smartphone or be online.But. If you only have a landline, you must call your GP and any other vital service and stress this to them so there is a clear note recorded to ensure you are either contacted by a person via landline or get a letter.Oddly many of the letters are being sent to over 80s inviting them to book online and at a location up to 45 mins away ( not including traffic deviations or volume)Completely housebound residents are being kept completely in the dark as are their regular District Nurses and Carers.If you know a housebound non ambulatory resident ( and a great many are hemmed in by LTNs and are completely unknown. Check on them and make sure that their GP knows that cannot be transported. A wrong assumption is being made with algorithm based data that a Housebound person can be transported.This has led to some being assumed to be refusing the vaccination by not being able to respond or having not stressed being totally unable to leave home.I noticed on BBC Breakfast how two spokespersons ducked and dived in avoiding questions about this very situation.It would be far better to either say they did not know or that the logistical issues are not resolved. Transporting the Pfizer Vaccine is still a huge problem.A proper explanation would be far better, even if it's not particularly positive.
Raymond Havelock ● 88d11 Comments ● 68d
A small appreciation for everything you do 🌈🌈 NHS we love you 🌸. Free soup, home-made bread & tea or coffee.SUPPORTING OUR LOCAL NHS. Brentford community want to thank you for everything you are doing. We want to show our support by providing free hearty soups with home-made bread and teas and coffees for key workers and ambulance drivers at West Middlesex Hospital. Pop in to collect yours any Thursday to Saturday Midday – 8pm and Sundays Midday – 7pm.Just show us your West Middlesex Hospital NHS ID or London Ambulance Service ID and it’ll be on the house. You are welcome to come back as many times as you wish until February 28th.We appreciate you so much. Thank you for everything you do.The Weir & The Brentford CommunityTerms & Conditions. One soup, plus one coffee or tea per person, per day. Available Thursday to Saturday Midday – 8pm and Sundays Midday – 7pm from January 12th to February 28th 2021.
Jan Birck ● 94d1 Comments ● 69d
This is a post from today (Monday 8 February) put on the Facebook page, Look After My Bills Problem Reporting Page by B**** Orm***"After initially being attracted by the promise of finding consumers the best market deal and starting the registration process, I read some worrying reviews and immediately cancelled - told LAMB that I had changed my mind and did not want them to look after my bills. Subsequently I continued to receive emails saying I had been transferred, causing me grief and frustration. I again informed them that I did not want LAMB to look after my bills and also emailed my current supplier to tell them I did not want LAMB to transfer me and that I wished to remain with Coop Energy. LAMB continued to email me about my transfer. What a nightmare! Fortunately Coop Energy stepped in on my behalf. This was quite some time ago and I continued to receive email from them but I have blocked them. Neil I wish you luck. Once they get their claws in you they fill your life with worry and anxiety. Relentless!" For some reason, Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis on Saturday 6 February urged energy users to use switching companies such as Look After My Bills to try to get cheaper energy. All I can say is, before you consider doing this look at the Facebook groups page Look after My Bills Problem Reporting Page and Trustpilot, Look After My Bills reviews before making a decision you may regret for months to come.
Neil Milkins ● 70d0 Comments ● 70d
I am in the process of having a clear out and wondered if any organisation /charity could use unwanted books? They are largely what I guess would be classed as Chicklit, like Katie Ford, etc. There are also unused pristine colouring ‘mindful’ books, a small collection of children’s books too. Only available for collection in a Covid-free household in Brentford. Saturday pm collection preferable. Thanks.
Neal Rollason ● 88d9 Comments ● 72d
Just had woman collecting for charity at the door. Told her we gave huge food donation last Sunday but she kept asking. Asked her 3 times which charity she was collecting for, as it's tipping down and felt she was genuine, but couldn't understand her. Perhaps if someone else knows name of charity you could post it here so I can drop something off to her. Many thanks
Debbie Paradin ● 73d2 Comments ● 73d
Channel 4 will be showing the tests live from India starting on Friday.Marvellous news if like me, you love the game.
Keith Iddon ● 75d3 Comments ● 73d
We have all been so happy to finally see the peaceful transfer of power in the USA this week; the removal of a fanatical tyrant who ignored the interests of the people he represented, with often fatal consequences; and the commitment of the new leader to represent ALL the people of the country, including those who didn’t vote for him. Contrast this with our own local government and their continued anti-democratic denial of the right to have our views listened to and acted on by those who would pretend to represent us. Our local councillor is remarkably candid in admitting that the Streetspace / LTN roll-out will continue regardless of the massive continued opposition by the majority of those who’s lives have been affected – he has said he is happy to engage [forum 27/11], but that is clearly a politician’s promise – unless he is referring to the secret meeting just before Christmas that only 3 residents were able to find out about. He compares these changes to the fight against drink-driving; as though there is any comparison between a law that saves lives and the continued attack on freedom of movement that will probably cost lives – does he think we will be persuaded by such childish arguments? Ealing is pressing ahead with its own war against its electorate – this is despite a massive 77.5% negative feedback – two councils working together to heap misery on those who need to travel to work, shop or care for loved-ones. They would have us believe that these measures are pro-cycling and pro-pedestrian – was there ever a problem walking or cycling down the roads that have been closed? Would not a more pedestrian-friendly option be to reinstate school crossing patrols to protect our children on the way to school – there is plenty of money sloshing around to build cycle lanes – could some be diverted to safeguard children? But, of course, this policy was never pro-pedestrian – it’s simply anti-car. We might aspire to have Biden-like representation in local government, but we’re clearly stuck with mini Trumps building their walls and dividing communities whilst denying the obvious and real opposition of those who’s lives have been blighted by their pointless vanity project.
Graham Thorpe ● 87d23 Comments ● 75d
This is taking place on Thursday 28 January at 2:30pm. Please let me have your email address if you would like the link to dial in remotely.Thank you.
Caroline Joy ● 83d0 Comments ● 83d
FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS.For some people it is not bearable to think about, or to plan for their own funeral or for that of their spouse. However in these uncertain times I believe it is a responsible thing to do to take some of the pressure and grief off family members by not leaving things to late. Myself and my wife have taken steps to leave very little for our family members to worry about regarding these arrangementsWe have taken steps to arrange Pure Cremation funerals which was catapulted into the news a few years ago by singer David Bowie. For instance, if I die first, my wife will contact a funeral director in Hampshire. They will take care of all the arrangements needed. I would be collected from my home or from anywhere else and taken to Hampshire to to the funeral director's own private crematorium for disposal. No flowers, no family present and no funeral service. Arrangements have already been made for a memorial service shortly after my death.The benefits of doing things this way is that the cost to my wife and family is minimal. If I die at home the cost of the complete funeral arrangement is £1195.00 or £1.445 if I die in hospital or nursing home. The average cost of a cremation funeral in the UK is £3,986, sometimes thousands more.Being a very competitive business I am sure that some funeral directors would charge less than £1195.00.Nobody wants to die, but time and unforeseen events befall us all. In the mean time wash your hands and socially distance.
Neil Milkins ● 83d0 Comments ● 83d
Good Afternoon to Residents & Partner Organisations of Hounslow CCGPlease see important messages below and attached posterLetters are now being sent to NW London residents to book a vaccination through the national booking systemLetters inviting residents to register for an appointment at large vaccination centres have now started to be sent out by the national booking service to people in the first priority groups.The letters invite people to log onto the national booking system or call a national number to book their appointment at a centre within 45 minutes of their home address.More information about the national booking service here.The letter will include a unique booking code and individual NHS ID number to support the booking – these will be needed from the letter to book the appointment.Residents will not be able to book an appointment until they receive this invite letter, which will be sent when it’s your turn for a vaccination.Letters will initially go to people in the top JCVI groups who are in reasonable travelling distance of the locations that are open, and who haven’t already been vaccinated through other NHS vaccination services.People will only be able to book into the large vaccination centres and pharmacies using this system.More large vaccination centres and pharmacies will open over the next few weeks, which will be added to the booking system.Residents are being reminded that if they have already booked an appointment with their GP they should ignore this letter.Public information is also available here https://www.nwlondonccgs.nhs.uk/coronavirus/nhs-covid-19-vaccination-programmeReminder not to turn up too early to ensure social distancingIf you have an appointment booked, please try to ensure that you arrive no more than five minutes before your appointment time. This is to avoid you having to wait in long queues outside.When you attend your appointment, you'll need to: bring a face covering, unless you are exempt from wearing one wear a loose fitting top that lets you uncover your upper arm easily bring your booking reference and NHS number, found on your invite letter, if your appointment is at a vaccination centreIf you need a carer you can bring them with you on the day.If you’ve not been invited for a vaccination yet, don’t worry. The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have the vaccine. It's important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.For more information you can go to the website:https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/Kind regardsHounslow CCG Communications TeamWebsite: www.hounslowccg.nhs.ukTwitter: @HounslowCCG
Bernard Allen ● 91d9 Comments ● 84d
I hope that Ballymore are paying the artist for the work, I would hate to think that the council are paying for this !
Richard Buchanan ● 94d6 Comments ● 85d
Hopefully Councillor Lambert will support the re-opening of the Gunnersbury Bowls Club asap and demonstrate his commitment to the elderly in this Borough.
Steve Crelley ● 86d0 Comments ● 86d
Monica Robb of Lateward Road passed away on 12 January 2021 at the Meadow House hospice in Ealing at the age of 90. She will be sadly missed by many people.The funeral is taking place on 28 January for restricted numbers but will be available via video-link for those wishing to dial in. Please post your email address if you would like the details.Caroline Joy(Daughter)
Caroline Joy ● 88d4 Comments ● 86d
Hi!I'm on the hunt for some old and unwanted comic books, magazines, kids comics etc to be used by a charity running a creative workshop with local community groups. If you have any old ones kicking around that you've been meaning to get rid of but don't want to go to waste I'd love to take them off your hands! (socially distanced/convenient collection, of course, and they absolutely don't have to be in immaculate condition or completely intact either)And if you have any suggestions for somewhere else to get ahold of some, I'd love to hear them too!
Lily O'Connor ● 90d3 Comments ● 86d
AGAIN LABOUR COUNCILLORS BREAK RANK AND CHALLENGE CLLR STEVE CURRAN AND CABINET. This is the third time in three months – unprecedented since her took over.Two groups of councillors have called in Cabinet decisions to be examined by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.The first call-in – next Wednesday – is supported by the 12 councillors below, with the lead being Cllr Unsa Chaudri. It concerns the Cabinet's decision to purchase affordable homes in developments in Brentford, Hounslow High Street and Feltham, at a cost of £82m.The second call-in – to be heard one week later – concerns the Cabinet's decision regarding Council Tax Support. It is led by Cllr Theo Dennison and proposes consultation on cuts of up to £7.8m in support for the Borough's poorest households. Fuller details of this call-in are not yet available.These follow one last November regarding traffic changes – when Cllr Richard Eason called for the resignations of two Cabinet members, Cllr Katherine Dunne and Hanif Khan.Details of next Wednesday's call-in became available today and are as follows:What Decision is to be Called-In: Council Housing Building Programme Update “ ...approved the following purchase schemes to be included within the approved Council Housing Building Programme:1. 50 homes from Network Homes in Fern Grove, Feltham.2. 55 homes from Barratt Homes at High Street Quarter, Hounslow.3. 164 homes from Berkeley Homes/St Edwards at the Homebase site in Syon, Brentford.”Whose Decision is being called in: Affordable Housing Committee (Councillor Steve Curran –Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Corporate Strategy, Planning and Regeneration)Reason(s) for Call-In (Continue on a separate sheet if required):1 Inadequate consultation with stakeholders prior to the decision;· This item did not appear on the Forward Plan for a clear 28 days.· There has been no consultation with ward councillors in respect of majorproposals likely to impact the immediate area.· The Ward location of one site was incorrectly stated.· The status of at least one of these sites is otherwise described in the LocalPlan and consultation does not appear to have been considered to begin to resolve this.2 Inadequate evidence on which to base a decision;· The report contains assumptions of outcomes from a yet to be decided planning application.· The decision allows for procurement, agreeing terms, associated costs, without detailing or showing these costs.· The report does not refer to any agreement for future costs and charges to the authority or potential tenants should the report be agreed.3 Contrary to the budget or policy framework;· This decision does not adequately explain the financial implications of these proposed purchases.· There is insufficient shared Background Information to explain processes, unit costs, specifications and the appropriateness of the mix of purchase being sought.A key decision but not treated as such;With an estimated cost c.£81.9m plus transaction costs and ongoing revenue costs this must a key decisionInsufficient consideration of legal and financial adviceThe report contains no information on future financial implications (revenue costs) of purchasing leasehold properties within a larger development There is no evidence of any legal advice on the implications of making this decision prior to the authority making a decision on Planning Permission
Vanessa Smith ● 89d5 Comments ● 87d
I have a friend who is anxious to dispose of a garden storage box with lock. Here is a link to description:https://www.diy.com/departments/keter-store-it-out-arc-plastic-garden-storage-box/653851_BQ.prd?ds_rl=1272379&ds_rl=1272409&ds_rl=1272379&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI8bXfvaSo7gIVbIBQBh0q6Q-3EAQYASABEgKoL_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&storeId=1358It is free but would need to be collected from near Macdonalds.
Virginia Fassnidge ● 88d2 Comments ● 87d
I have developed an Access database for Age Concern Chiswick. The basic design has been done and all the data imported. To create an effective user interface I need the help of someone who knows about Access VBA programming. I must stress that we have no budget for this work and that any kind whizzkid who helps would have to sign a confidentiality agreement.
David Lovegrove ● 87d3 Comments ● 87d
ENERGY SUPPLIERS.Because I haven't got a head for figures I have stuck with SSE Swalek for 47 years. But owing to Look After My Bills without my permission signing me up to Utility Point in October 2021, I have had the opportunity to try and figure out which energy provider gives the best deal. I have learned that using switching companies provides the worst deals and leave behind a trail of stress. For instance Look After My Bills and Utility Point for 4 months have both blamed each other and both have launched an investigation into the mess they have dropped me in. And the situation has not been resolved with 2 BBC consumer programmes investigating hundreds if not thousands of complaints against these 2 companies.My energy provider for 47 years, SSE had suggested that I start off with them as a new customer and on 12-1-21 a contract was agreed with a customer service agent emailing me the following details."Good day Mr Milkins,This is to confirm the effective start date with Swalec-SSE is the 29 January 2021 to take over the gas and electricity supply.This means that you will only be charged from the date mentioned above going forward. All other charges will be applied by your current supplier until the date your supply starts with Swalec-SSE.Thank you.Regards,Yolanda."Hooray. Then I get the following email from Jolene from SSE on 20-1-20."I understand that you have been sent an email regarding the dates the supply has come back to us and you were advised that you would not have a bill until SSE started [29-1-21], feedback is being provided to that adviser so this incorrect information is not given in the future, for this I can offer a goodwill payment of £30.00 for incorrect information given. SSE can keep their £30 !!!!!!!!!!I have now learned how easy it is to find the cheapest deal for gas and electric. Find a company offering a 2 year fixed tariff which I have done. To date, the best deal offers a 2 year fixed tariff. For gas, the daily standing charge is 27 pence per day. The charge for gas is 2.952 pence per kw hour.For electric, the standing charge is 24.02 pence per day. The charge for electric is 17.42 per kw hour.These prices are considerably cheaper than my former supplier. If anyone can direct me to a better deal, please let me know as haven't signed up to EDF yet.
Neil Milkins ● 87d0 Comments ● 87d
A class action is being brought against BT for compensation for people who only have a landline. Does anyone know how a class action works. I remember the rental going down a while ago, this however seems to be for compensation before that. This probably effects some people on this site I would have thought.
Nicholas Beard ● 91d0 Comments ● 91d
The Planning Committee will make the final decision on 20 Jan. The planning application to turn the bowling green into crazy golf and the pavilion into a restaurant has already been refused once and is again recommended for refusal. This DOES NOT have to be an either/or situation. There is plenty of space in the park to put the crazy golf, perhaps on the old tennis courts, with a building next to it for the restaurant.The club has not been wound up, the green is not derelict and abandoned as has been claimed. In fact, volunteers have weeded it and mowed it. It needs urgent attention to prepare it for the start of the new season in April. Bowls can be played with Covid-safe protocols.Surely the unnecessary destruction of an existing amenity in a park should be the last thing that those who 'run' it should ever consider? Wouldn't you have thought they would be keen to enable its continued existence, adding the crazy golf elsewhere, especially when it doesn't cost them anything?
Bela Cunha ● 92d0 Comments ● 92d
This is a major through road. I am bemused as to where the displaced traffic will go. The experience of closing another major through road, Turnham Green Terrace does not give much credence to the competence of the Hounslow officers and councillors.
Chris Dakers ● 150d26 Comments ● 95d
Utter hypocrisy on display yet again from Hounslow council.This time on Allotments.“maximise their value for health and well-being, stronger communities, biodiversity and sustainable living”.So where is the sanctimonious Cllr Dunne who has put her name to such admirable statements? Yet again, this is back door ageism, not unlike several other decisions being pushed through without proper consultation or proper concern for local council taxpayers. Clearly not prepared to stand by her words. Not unlike many of her compatriots. But very disparaging all the same.Means testing over 65's? How much does that cost to do? And why? Yet another assumption that all those over 65 somehow have bottomless pockets. Not even a criteria published on what defines means testing. Where this has been tried before the parameters leave only those on maximum benefits as qualifiers and they are highly unlikely to ever be able to use an allotment or several other amenities.In other words just another way of freezing elder citizens out, like online access, making consultations full of loaded questions and ignoring anything that does not fit the predetermined policies.Through the back door with no debate on Christmas Eve? You may as well change the logo for Hounslow to one well used in Germany 80 years ago. The same methods of deception, smoke and mirrors is rather eerie.
Raymond Havelock ● 107d19 Comments ● 95d
IMPORTANT UPDATE. UTILITY POINT HAVE HAD THEIR SUPPLY LICENCES REVOKED BY OFGEM? After spending nearly 4 months trying to get to the bottom of how Look After My Bills illegally changed my energy supplier from SSE to Utility Point, today has come a breakthrough. I had to deal with the matter myself after Look After My Bills who claimed to have started an investigation into the matter 65 days ago refused to respond to my last dozen or so phone calls or my last 8 emails. Today someone posted the following on trusted website Trustpilot regarding Utility Point and Look After My Bills. "I just got a quote from LAMB and it suggested I change to a company called Utility Point.According to Trustpilot, this company are under investigation regarding giving customers incentives for positive reviews.The OFGEM website says they have revoked their supply licences with effect from 4 January 2021.LAMB...you say you work with suppliers who value their customers and are committed to improving their customer service.“Don’t worry, if a supplier has terrible customer service we won’t switch you to them even if they want to pay us!”I think you need to have an urgent review of some of the companies you are recommending.I won’t be using LAMB."
Neil Milkins ● 98d3 Comments ● 95d
Who will have Sputnik V if it becomes available here?
Nicholas Beard ● 250d15 Comments ● 97d
...there are done as a drive through or do you have to go into a building?
Sarah Felstead ● 106d7 Comments ● 98d
Well it seems we have a joke of a Covid 19 vaccination hub in the Chiswick Heath Centre.Tonight 6-1-21 when I left there was a 1.5 to 2 hour wait outside on the ramp.There was no way I was going to subject an 80 year old in a wheel chair to a 2 hour wait, so had to leave.Come on. what's the NHS trying to do, finish off the over eights by letting them catch pneumonia while they wait.It supposed to be an appointment system, but it seems you get done when you turn up job.Hasn't anyone in this country got a brain? In winter you need a waiting area inside a building in the cold weather, not outside, especially when dealing with the older members of our community.
Bernard Allen ● 103d15 Comments ● 100d
No surprise there! http://www.brentfordtw8.com/default.asp?section=info&page=ballymore045.htm
Reg Ghosh ● 108d41 Comments ● 100d
For those who do not yet know, these are available in Hounslow for the non symptomatic.I had one today, arrived early and was seen straight away.Very clear and courteous direction from staff there,result texted to me a half hour later. 10/10.
Keith Iddon ● 102d10 Comments ● 100d
Sorry to get on peoples' nerves but my warning to people about the possibility of the collapse of energy company Utility Point has shaken Look After My Bills into issuing the following statement to a disgruntled Trustpilot reviewer. Hi Jenny,I understand that there has been a lot of concerns around receiving your refund from Utility Point.At this point in time last year, we switched a lot of customers to Utility Point, we are now switching these customers away from Utility Point. This means that Utility Point have to process refunds for 1000's of customers, so please bear with them as this can take some time. They have doubled their resources to help deal with this backlog and have informed us that the majority of these refunds will be processed in the next 10 days.We review the suppliers we work with regularly based on a number of factors including customers' feedback, Trustpilot reviews, Citizens Advice Bureau and financial stability. If we have several customers expressing dissatisfaction with a particular supplier, we raise an investigation to decide whether we want to continue working with them.If you can kindly respond to my private request for more information then I can look to go through your account with us in greater detail and let you know how best to proceed.I look forward to hearing from you.Thomas - Senior Energy AdviserLook After My Bills
Neil Milkins ● 101d0 Comments ● 101d
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 ● 340d16 Comments ● 101d
I have had reason to contact LBH staff a couple of times recently to request service/action and have had nothing but prompt and courteous service from them.10/10.
Keith Iddon ● 102d0 Comments ● 102d
Been trying to call Rams at Brentford to get an MOT done but no answer. Anyone know when they’re opening, or maybe have phone issues?
Russell Pearson ● 103d4 Comments ● 102d
Just heard on the news. Today a top CEO has earned as much as the average worker will earn during the whole year.
Nicholas Beard ● 103d4 Comments ● 103d
Is anyone aware of the latest on the Northcote Nature Reserve project or how the public meeting from a while back went? Vanessa Smith - do you know? Thanks, Scott.
Scott Doyle ● 1516d18 Comments ● 105d
I don't recall seeing them this year.
Steve Bullman ● 106d0 Comments ● 106d
To save people the agony of having to deal with a future nightmare with Look After My Bills and Utility Point please read their horrendous reviews on Trustpilot. This is an email I received from Trustpilot this week. People are reading your review!Hi Neil Milkins,You recently wrote a review on Trustpilot and it looks like people find it helpful.117 people have already read your review. LOOK AFTER MY BILLS SHAMBLES.It is now 12 weeks since Look After My Bills without my knowledge or permission changed my energy provider from S.S.E. to Utility Point. Jacqueline Loughman promised me 9 weeks ago that they would resolve the matter within 14 days. A week ago their senior complaints manager Daniel promised me he would phone me on (29-12-20) and have the matter resolved. No phone call and no answer to my emails to him. In the meantime I am going to have a sky high electric and gas bill when this matter is resolved. It is near impossible to get a reply from them once you have emailed and phoned them and it is totally impossible to phone Utility Point as ALL their phone lines have been cut off. I have been on the phone and emailing 19 hours in total trying to sort this mess out. Anyone thinking of going with Look After My Bills or Utility Point please check their horrendous reviews on Trustpilot.
Neil Milkins ● 107d2 Comments ● 107d
I've posted this on the CW4 Forum but it is important for Isleworth residents too. You have until Tuesday 12th JANUARY to make your comments known to Hounslow Council, it's earlier if you're attempting to run a Business, that one is Thursday 7th January.Should you be concerned about the traffic issues in our lovely borough, finally HOUNSLOW COUNCIL are ASKING FOR YOUR OPINIONS but you must do this almost immediately after NEW YEAR.The Council has organised a series of engagement meetings online, the link is given below, on the many road changes made so far including one for Businesses in the Borough, the C9 in Chiswick and Brentford, the road closures in the centre of Chiswick and the South Chiswick Liveable Neighbourhood scheme in Grove Park/Strand on the Green. (Not included are the many additional schemes for further LTN's to come)It’s important that as many opposing voices as possible are heard to challenge Hounslow Council's view that these schemes are well supported. WE NEED TO RAISE THE DIFFICULTIES THEY HAVE CAUSED.There are four events, allocated by area, anyone can attend. They are online, book via Eventbrite using the link below. Hounslow Council wants people to submit questions in advance though they can also be asked during the sessions. More details via the link.https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/news/article/2236/hounslow_moves_ahead_with_next_round_of_phases_1_and_2_streetspace_engagementThe dates are:• 7pm on Thursday, 7th January: BUSINESSES boroughwide• 7pm on Friday, 8th January: North Chiswick (LBH language for north of the A4 - including C9 in Chiswick and Brentford & the road closures in the centre of Chiswick)• 7pm on MONDAY, 11th JANUARY: South Chiswick (LBH LANGUAGE FOR SOUTH OF THE A4 - incl. Hartington Rd)• 7pm on Tuesday, 12th January: IsleworthPlease circulate this widely to friends, family and neighbourhood groups. It is vital that the other side of the argument regarding the borough’s traffic is heard.Hounslow Council say they WANT TO HEAR FROM US - NOW IS THE TIME TO SPEAK UP, it's our last chance!They have more LTN's planned for us here in W4 too. So get your voices out there now before they start on the next tranche of misery.
Jennifer Selig ● 117d3 Comments ● 108d
UNICEF will feed children in the UK for the first time in their 70 year history!!!! I will say nothing more.
Nicholas Beard ● 123d8 Comments ● 108d
Hounslow CCG Communications TeamWebsite: www.hounslowccg.nhs.ukTwitter: @HounslowCCG The Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) will once again be in the London Borough of Hounslow tomorrow (Wednesday 5th August 2020), at Hanworth Road. Registration opens to book a test from 6pm today (4th August). Please note: Hanworth Road will not appear until 6pm the day prior to testing when trying to book. · Appendix 1: “Bulletin for Residents” is to be shared to the public via your communication networks/social media to encourage those who are symptomatic to get tested. The MTU will also be in the London Borough of Hounslow at Hanworth Road on the following days, so please continue to encourage Covid-19 testing; • Wednesday 5th August • Saturday 8th August • Tuesday 11th August • Friday 14th August • Monday 17th August • Thursday 20th August • Sunday 23rd August • Wednesday 26th August • Saturday 29th August (Registration opens for each testing day at 6pm the day before e.g. for Wednesday 5th August, registration opens on Tuesday 4th August from 6pm). You can find more information on the LBH website: https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/info/20007/health_and_adult_social_care/2183/hounslow_mobile_testing_unit_mtu
Bernard Allen ● 257d12 Comments ● 111d
Reading the COVID stats table on the front page ...Where is Syon Green?Asking Alexa for the weather tells me we now live in Brentford end, but Syon Green?
Sarah Felstead ● 121d9 Comments ● 115d
If you didn't cheer when you heard the news... perhaps you don't have Civic Pride.?Fancy dear old Brentford ..at last...getting into the semi-finals of that Cup.Fans should be dancing in the streets... but instead are locked up indoors. Shame.
Jim Lawes ● 117d7 Comments ● 116d
So having been kicked out of Blondin Park, Three Mobile and EE are now hoping to put up a 60-foot high monster mast in Boston Manor Playing Fields instead.It’s interesting to see that the proposed mast relies very heavily on Huawei technology. One of the drawings submitted to Hounslow Council specifies the deployment of a Huawei BTS3900A cabinet.http://planning2.hounslow.gov.uk/NPSPublicDocs/00688507.pdfIn case you’re not familiar with it, the Huawei BTS3900A cabinet is the part of the system that deals with your calls, texts, emails and web searches. The technology in the Huawei BTS3900A also makes it possible to send all of this to Beijing so the Chinese government can see exactly what you’re up to. You can object here (link below) but only mention planning-related concerns, like height, overshadowing and loss of amenity. Spying by foreign powers does not count as a “material” concern.https://eforms.hounslow.gov.uk/ufs/ufsmain?formid=A086_PLANNING_COMMENTS&ALT_REF=00132%2FA%2FCOM1&CASE_NO=PA%2F2020%2F2091&ebz=1_1594408177409&ebd=0&ebz=1_1594408177409
David Marshall ● 283d18 Comments ● 118d
Was anyone aware that waste and recycling collection day was changed this week in Boston Manor Road from the normal Tuesday collection, to today (Monday 21st December)? If so, how did you find out? I hadn't received any warning.
Helen Walker ● 119d10 Comments ● 118d
Now that Christmas has suffered a last minute cancellation and we are in extreme lockdown once more anything we can do to keep local businesses going is helpful. We have been having more takeaways than ever before and it provides welcome variation as well as a break from shopping and cooking. Today we were coming back from a walk and went past The Weir, which is now doing takeaways. We ordered a lamb roast for two and it was superb. So I've added them to our takeaway web page at https://www.chericbaker.co.uk/takeaway/ Refresh the page if The Weir doesn't show up at first. We've also had excellent takeaways recently from Holy Spice, Santa Maria Pizza and The Griffin.
Eric Baker ● 120d0 Comments ● 120d
The Northumberland Estate (Syon Park) have - as expected - have chosen this time of year to lodge another planning application with Hounslow council for developing the Park Rd. allotment site for housing. Having already lost the first application that went to a public inquiry they have been meetings with the Leader of the council and planning officers behind closed doors, an FOI reveals no Minutes taken of these meetings apparently.Interestingly if you look at the application (P/2020/4292) there are NO supporting documents provided, what with this and this ridiculous matter of Ballymore not applying for permission for that car park, these developers must think Hounslow is a real soft touch
Vanessa Smith ● 127d5 Comments ● 120d
Would it be possible to have the recycling teams take batteries? We are not going in to the supermarkets so other than a trip to the tip, booking just to get rid of batteries, the only other way to get rid of the increasing pile by my front door is to put them in the household waste. Is that what people are doing? Is there somewhere else to take batteries?
Sarah Felstead ● 126d7 Comments ● 120d
I've had my attention drawn to an app called OLIO which allows people with surplus food (as, for example, when your Christmas visitors have now cancelled) to offer it to someone who needs it (because, for example, their visits to family have been cancelled).Thought I'd mention it.
Susan Kelly ● 121d1 Comments ● 120d
Is it unreasonable to expect to get a GP appointment before Christmas? Our practice say there are no appointments until January at the earliest. We've tried the online service but that gets us nowhere. We are with the Brentford Group Practice. Are there any other doctors in Brentford that offer a shorter waiting time? Thanks in advance.
Pat Kingham ● 131d7 Comments ● 121d
The road just by the crossing near Ivybridge shopping centre has now been dug up for well over a week by Thames Water, with temporary lights and one way working around them. Since it has now just been left for over 5 days with not a soul to be seen can anyone speculate as to why utilities seem to make a habit of this. Let's go dig the road up put some barriers round said hole, restrict the traffic and then we'll all bugger off seems to be the thinking. It's only a little while since the same thing happened a few yards up the road. Yesterday two ambulances had a lot of problems trying to get through the build up of traffic which was backed up past Mogden Lane junction, if these people couldn't give a toss about us ordinary mortals they might at least consider the impact on emergency vehicles especially at this time.
Vanessa Smith ● 125d11 Comments ● 123d
I think a big round of applause is due to Debs of Marsh Produce who has steadfastly kept our market going with success especially the last one with the amount of paperwork involved, and was accessible to all including our Mayor in all his finery despite the wet, let's make a new years resolution to continue to support our market in market square Brentford is great despite what they are trying to do to us.
Jean Harrison ● 125d3 Comments ● 124d
Hey all,I regularly cycle along brentford highstreet past the McDonalds and up to the musical museum and pass through the little park there. It occurs to me that its a really sad looking park and could be soooo put to good use. Couple of cafe's with river views etc..Are there plans for this? has it been thought of before?
Angelo R Santagata ● 143d10 Comments ● 125d
You've been spotted in Chiswick Hi Rd several times just recently so how are you finding the traffic and the as yet to be opened two way cycle lane? Is that level of pollution caused by the barely moving traffic jams acceptable to the Greening of the borough. How safe will you feel pedaling the full length of this cycle lane from Kew Bridge to King Street in Hammersmith and back again? I have several ardent cycling friends who flatly refuse to cycle in C.HiRd as they say it is far too dangerous. Old habits die hard, so will old people who have grown up being told to look right, then left and then right again before crossing the road - well that won't do now will it as they stagger to cross the two-way cycle lane to the bus island perched in the middle of the road! I suppose when all these old twits have been felled, it might come good!
Jennifer Selig ● 126d0 Comments ● 126d
Moha has stayed with me for 18 months, ever since he got refugee status, and it's time he moved on to independent living.He is a teacher, trying to get back into teaching in the UK and with a six week placement coming up soon at a local school. Currently he works as a Starbucks barista in Chiswick/Ealing.His English is good and he is a very nice chap (and an ace cook!)But he doesn't earn much and is keen to find a room as a lodger or in a flat-share or a two-bed flat he and a friend can share.He can afford up to about £450pcm.Please dm me if you can help - or know someone who can.
Sara Nathan ● 139d2 Comments ● 127d
I have just replaced my small shower enclosure for a larger one. The installer now tells me he can’t dispose of the old enclosure and shower tray! LBH will not take this under their Waste Collection service - 5 items for a fee of £40.The two curved toughened glass panels, roughly 6ft x 2ft, would make ideal cold frames for anyone with an allotment or a garden where they might want to grow from seed. Could anyone put me in touch with any organisation or person who might like to have them? The triangular, curved front white shower tray is too shallow for a mini pond but is a good hard surface. I was thinking of Abundance perhaps or Chiswick House Gardeners - phone numbers/email addresses please.Alternatively any other ideas of how and where to dispose of this obsolete shower enclosure. I can't move it myself and my small car would not be any good either. HELP.
Jennifer Selig ● 132d2 Comments ● 127d
I popped into the library yesterday - now open for limited hours. I have to say it is looking splendid in there. Do go along and have a look at how the works are coming along and borrow a book while you're at it!As I posted some time back, I hope that the Adult Education offer is more than English as a Second Language/English for Speakers of Other Languages and/or Basic Skills courses. Some courses of general interest or foreign language courses would be appreciated by many, I'm sure.
Anne England ● 132d1 Comments ● 131d
Noticed on my bike how dim the lighting has become on Swyncombe ave in recent weeks.As I ride it more than I drive it, am finding this and several roads off Windmill road far to dark to be safe even as early as 8pm.But there is a marked difference to the norm. Is this deliberate or a fault?Make it rather less safe for pedestrians and those on two wheels ( including those of us who do have good lights on our machines)Has anyone else noticed this?
Raymond Havelock ● 133d3 Comments ● 132d
Dear fellow TW8 readersForgive me if I am raising a topic that's already been dealt with on the fabulous TW8 site (though I couldn't see any reference to this topic already).I am noticing more and more that people are referring to Catherine Wheel Road as 'the blue road'.The blue paint on Catherine Wheel Road is a marketing tactic by the developer. As such an historic town, Brentford needs protecting, and using wonderful local names like Catherine Wheel Road is part of that.It makes me really sad to hear people being 'bluewashed' into using a marketing term instead of the proper name... I've tried to find some history behind the road's name, but couldn't find anything. Do any local historians know the provenance of the name?Here's hoping!:)
Angela Burton ● 134d5 Comments ● 133d
On Worple Road - Vanessa gets a mention.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-53986389JL.
Jim Linwood ● 229d13 Comments ● 134d
Gradually the Hounslow Council workers are destroying all the areas where rabbits have lived for years, today they were working on the area next to GSK, this was the last rabbit habitat. Hundreds of trees have been cut down, admittedly some of them were small but ten times as big as those the council will plant, if they plant any. Some of the trees they have cut down were 50 years plus, no doubt the Council will claim they were diseased, pay a tree surgeon enough money and they will find a fault with any tree. There is no such thing as a dead tree, it is a monument to a wonderful living thing that has produced clean oxygen for this planet and it's wildlife and now is home to stag beetles and all sorts of living creatures. Shame on you Hounslow Council you are supposed to be the servants of the residents and taxpayers, how many have expressed their disagreement with what you are doing and how many have expressed their agreement?
Roy Baker ● 143d7 Comments ● 134d
I know many on this forum go to our wonderful local arts centre and they need money to keep going.https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/aa24cf30d1003d5b8e715ab77d147d88
Susan Kelly ● 144d12 Comments ● 134d
Reading the report on this sites news page and one wonders if our Council are from another dimension.Have none of these people seen what is already going on out in the streets of this borough?There are E scooter users riding with 2 people, riding on pavements, roads, in the dark, hooded,, no lights. often no refelective gear at all, or safety gear, riding along with dogs. Then riding with ear plugs and by the nature of the design completely unable to use hand signals or look behind them without losing control.70 years nearly of RoSPA and it's come down to this - just to suit a trend wave?Now a shop selling these and marketing towards pre- provisional licence age young people is to open in Northfields Ave.Yet on the BBC a report states that riding these is still illegal.Its so twisted that cameras and all means of enforcement can be deployed against fully insured and tested road users and yet not for people who clearly break the law, show not road sense for themselves or for others, pedestrians or road users.This current behaviour underlines the fact that users cannot be trusted so clear and effective regulations have to be in place.HGV and PCV drivers go through hell and risk losing their livelihoods if involved with a cyclist accident. They are treated as though guilty before any evidence or investigations are completed.Even when found completely not at fault, they are pilloried on social media. yet very little ever mentioned of the victim if it was in the event their fault. Or if it was neither parties actual fault.But one is not insured, tested, retested and trained. The other is not.And those supporting all this remain very deft at avoiding the facts and the real problems and issues.RoSPA , set up to bring safer use of roads for ALL road users has been completely swept aside and this is slamming all the advances and changes that they have brought about. Wholly irresponsible to the point of arrogant stupidity.
Raymond Havelock ● 136d7 Comments ● 134d
I recently received a letter from the council stating that they propose to install a permanent metal bike store in the road outside my house in Hamilton road. While I greatly support the council encouraging bike use in the borough, the proposed siting for this structure is wrong. There is a much better position less than 20 meters away on the yellow line next to the post box by the junction of Windmill road that doesn't impinge on the residents outlook onto the road, and doesn't use a valuable CPZ car parking space. If you are a Hamilton road resident and agree then please contact the council: https://tinyurl.com/bikehangars20-21 and let them know in the comments.
Stephen Keogh ● 140d13 Comments ● 138d
From Monday Night Scrutiny Committee. Says it all."RESIGN!" – SENIOR COUNCILLOR DEMANDS RESIGNATIONS OF FELLOW LABOUR COUNCILLORS OVER TRAFFIC SCHEMES. As the new traffic schemes were scrutinised Monday night, Cllr Richard Eason called for the resignation of Cllrs Hanif Khan and Katherine Dunne, two of the most powerful and active members running the Borough.Having criticised the schemes, Cllr Eason (Labour, Isleworth) told the Council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee: "Two of the lead members involved should have known better than this. They have lost the confidence of members and residents and they should resign. Their positions are untenable. The lead member for Transport (Cllr Khan) and the lead member for Communities (Cllr Dunne), and I feel they should be resigning from Cabinet to create space for this programme to be reshaped and delivered with the support of residents."Watch it herehttps://www.facebook.com/groups/brentfordtoday/permalink/839920300103067/
Chris Soze ● 138d0 Comments ● 138d
Hi everyone! My name is Gabriella Slater and i'm a Geography A-Level student at Latymer Upper School. For my coursework I am investigating the effects of air pollution on poor health in you area. I have created a short 14-question survey to better understand the public's perception of air pollution and I would really appreciate it if you could spare just 5 minutes of your time to fill in the survey (below) and help me out with my coursework. If this could be completed by the 5 November that would be great! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScQEoAQtqZW6IzgD65_8pINRy4-sy3n_ck7xb2q82qL7l4EAw/viewform?usp=sf_linkThank you so much,Gabriella
Gabriella Slater ● 169d11 Comments ● 139d
Here’s a thought, after what has been a very dark year and as we approach Christmas should we not try and spread some light to lift our spirits and bring some cheer?The good people of Richmond have led the way with this as you’ll see in the link below, so is it not time for Brentfordians to show that Brentford is Brilliant!If we all sprinkle a little fairy (light) dust on the front of our houses, flats, gardens shops, pubs, restaurants, canal boats, and who knows maybe even our new car park, just think how magical Brentford could become in the coming weeks?As we come out of lockdown (hopefully) we could have an official Brentford wide switch on with lights being lit between the hours of 4pm and 10pm each day from December 3 to January 1. So start spreading the word with your neighbours, friends and family and let’s show how truly Brilliant Brentford can be! https://www.swlondoner.co.uk/life/19102020-richmond-whitton-fairy-lights/
Martin Case ● 140d2 Comments ● 140d
Just been to Boston Manor park to walk my dog. I thought the vandalism of the trees would have been finished. Apparently not. 2 chainsaws working away.They've missed a big oak tree in the middle.Complete mess. What a way to destroy a bit of wild habitat we had in our area.Well done all involved.
Paul Lang ● 146d9 Comments ● 140d
I can see why people might get upset about this plan particularly with the loss of trees presumably to stop the roots unsettling the mast. But people will also get upset if their mobile phone signal isn't great. Putting the mast in a little used corner of a park next to some allotments is probably a lot better all round than some of the alternative sites.
Jeremy Parkinson ● 151d8 Comments ● 142d
The Mulberry Centre is a charity based in the grounds of the West Middlesex Hospital. The charity supports those with a diagnosis of cancer, as well as their friends and family, their carer or the bereaved and offers a range of services which are free to centre users. These include one-to-one counselling, complementary therapies and benefits and welfare advice sessions. There are also group session such as Managing Stress and Guided Meditation which are currently being delivered via ZOOM.During this time, support services are extended to the general public and NHS staff impacted by COVID-19 and of particular interest may be the Befriending telephone service.Please register (free) to access the services. Simply call:Rochelle 07759 946 600 9.30a.m.-1.30p.m.Raffa 07376 658 623 9.30a.m.-1.30p.m.Lucy 07592 873 235 1.00p.m.-5.00p.m.You can visit the website for the timetable and further information: www.themulberrycentre.co.ukAnne EnglandVolunteer
Anne England ● 145d1 Comments ● 143d
Excuse the double-posting. I was just thinking that the new topic heading would get more people to click into the entry.The Mulberry Centre is a charity based in the grounds of the West Middlesex Hospital. The charity supports those with a diagnosis of cancer, as well as their friends and family, their carer or the bereaved and offers a range of services which are free to centre users. These include one-to-one counselling, complementary therapies and benefits and welfare advice sessions. There are also group session such as Managing Stress and Guided Meditation which are currently being delivered via ZOOM.During this time, support services are extended to the general public and NHS staff impacted by COVID-19 and of particular interest may be the Befriending telephone service.Please register (free) to access the services. Simply call:Rochelle 07759 946 600 9.30a.m.-1.30p.m.Raffa 07376 658 623 9.30a.m.-1.30p.m.Lucy 07592 873 235 1.00p.m.-5.00p.m.You can visit the website for the timetable and further information: www.themulberrycentre.co.ukAnne EnglandVolunteer
Anne England ● 143d0 Comments ● 143d
Join nearly 3100 fellow Hounslow residents that have signed this straightforward petition.It is a petition to support the Vote of No Confidence in Steve Curran and his Council Leaders on the 10 November. It was started by a fellow Hounslow resident in Chiswick who like many residents across Hounslow, Syon, Brentford, Isleworth, Heston and surrounds is fed up with the chaos and misery brought by Hounslow Council. Its pretty simple, put a name in, address and email link, submit and then make sure you click on the link in the verification email sent to you. All the family can do it. Pass on to your friends.https://petitions.hounslow.gov.uk/REVERSECHANGES/I received a link to this petition on Thursday whilst walking back on Chiswick High Road, having got off a bus at Goldhawk Road. The air pollution was really bad that night as it was getting colder, chocked up with buses and cars. And tonight coming through Hounslow, Syon, Isleworth and Brenford the issues are equally as bad. From comments on social media it appears that there is increasing evidence that the Council has real problems with its lack of consultation with the Emergency Services and potential conflicts of interest with at least 3 councillors now being investigated.
David Riley ● 163d9 Comments ● 144d
Was having a good walk around the new development today to see how it is progressing and wondered if anyone knows what is to become of this 15th Century church? I googled and see that planning application was submitted some years ago to turn it into a gym. I am assuming this was rejected?
Steve Taylor ● 176d16 Comments ● 144d