Hounslow Conservative Bowling Club has been forced to close by it's controlling Sports Club because they think they can make more money by using the green for something else.Another club gone because of financial implications and mis-management.So senior citizens have their main summer leisure pursuit taken away. So much for helping people with their mental health!
Trevor Douglas Grover ● 84d14 Comments ● 74d
Where has the bus stop outside kfc in brentford gone , all shut off and bus stop closed long walk between syon and Morrison's surely we could have temp stop or is this council plan to kill off what is left of shops ready for next stage of development.
Jean Harrison ● 83d15 Comments ● 75d
A sovereign country is invaded, the aggressor country using outrageous lies to justify the invasion in the face of massive public opposition and zero provocation – civilian infrastructure is routinely targeted, and prisoners mistreated and not given the protections of the Geneva Convention. Putin in Russia or Blair (and Bush) in Iraq? Boris just went to a party – he shouldn’t have, and he’s been prosecuted for his error. But let’s get some perspective – nobody died because of the party. The only people keeping this non-story alive are those with a political axe to grind (incl. Guy Lambert). Boris hasn’t been our best Prime Minister, but he’s a long way from being the worst!
Graham Thorpe ● 82d11 Comments ● 78d
How is it Brentford streets look worse off every time the recycle collections are complete?The mess of paper and plastic on the pavements and roads is incredible. Surely when the tender is put up there should be a clause stating the same company should provide a post collection street clean.
Jai Williams ● 112d31 Comments ● 79d
Hi all, does anybody know how long the Grand Union Canal Walk at the north end of Brentford Lock has been blocked by what looks like construction hoarding? I wanted carry on towards Boston Manor via the Brent and there was no obvious way to proceed. Unless I’ve missed the tow path, which is a possibility I suppose…
Craig Owen ● 109d3 Comments ● 81d
GCSE BIOLOGY REVISIONSamia Mirza posted this on W4 and has asked that I post it on TW8. It seems like a fantastic offer to me:AT THE GARDEN MUSEUMAPRIL 2022Content covered will only include topics that AQA have statedwill be examined in Paper 1 and Paper 2 of the 2022 exams forboth Combined Science (Biology) and Triple Biology for bothHigher and Foundation tiers.Revision will include recap of topic, revision mats, past papersand model answers.There will be a chance to carry out a required practical:The effect of light intensity on the rate of photosynthesisAvailable dates: 5, 7, 11, 14 April | 12pm - 5pm12pm - 1.30pm Photosynthesis1.30pm - 2pm Break for Lunch2pm - 3pm Plant organisation3pm - 4pm Digestion4pm - 5pm Organisation of an ecosystemPupils can attend one session or the entire dayAddress: Garden Museum, 5 Lambeth Palace Road, SE1 7LB
Anne England ● 85d1 Comments ● 84d
Hounslow's selection process has made it into 'Private Eye's Rotten Boroughs column yet again - two editions running!This time it concerns the re-running of the selection meeting that saw Jagdsih Sharma (87) de-selected, only for that decision to be overturned because of 'unspecified procedural irregularities'.'Colleagues believe Ms. Siddhu (the successful candidate) was "leaned on" to withdraw so that an "uncle" 50 years her senior could continue to have the council seat he regards as his birthright.'Needless to say the useless London Labour party have bought into the baloney that Ms. Siddhu made the decision and it was not made 'under any duress or influence.' Yeh right!
Vanessa Smith ● 84d0 Comments ● 84d
As of this morning Sat 23rd Oct the footbridge at the bottomof Boston Manor Park across the canal is closed,So anyone hoping to walk across the park from Boston ManorRoad and continue their walk along the canal will bethwarted *.I'm only posting this because the closure only becomes apparent once you reach the foot of the bridge on either side. Where to add insult to injury you're giventhe standard *advice* to use another route. (What elsewould you do ? Remain there in perpetuity/ ) When it would have been nice had someone thought to post notices of the closure at the gates of the Park to save people an unnecessary walk. As it happens all that's wrong with the bridge is that one of the plywood panels that forms the decking has worked loose. A half hour job for a man with a box of screws and a battery powered drill driver.However given the bridge is possibly a shared responsibilitybetween LBE and the relevent Waterways body this probably meansa 3 month consultation process followed by a report recommending that four of the plywood panels should be replaced. Now two men with their drill driver and box of screws taking four hours.Instead of which conultation and report total cost £20,000.Follwoed by 3 years of arguing betwen LBE and the Waterwaysbody as to whis going to pay for the four plywood panelsthe screws and the two mens wages for four hours.* The barriers consist of the standard 4ft brightly coloured plastic jobbies. The cross member across the bottom make them resonably scalable even by a reasonably fit 74 yrs old, Only don't try this at home childrenmichael adams
Michael Adams ● 256d40 Comments ● 88d
I am looking for one or two copies of the guide. Before Covid there were lots of them in the local library's. Post covid no one has given me an answer as to what has happened to them. Are they in some storage area or recycled some where? I've asked staff and and no one knows. I just need one or two to show residents in a couple of sheltered homes where they can visit to get them mobile again. Yes it's on line but to big for the elderly .
David Squire ● 98d8 Comments ● 90d
Steve Curran Leader of the council made a shock announcement to the Borough Council last night citing health reasons for standing down from the council. Theo Dennison was going to move a vote of no confidence - which was ruled out of order, but said what many of us have been thinking for a long time."STAGGERING ABUSES." MOTION OF NO CONFIDENCE IN STEVE CURRAN DISALLOWED. CALL TO RESIGN BEFORE HE ANNOUNCES HE IS STANDING DOWN BECAUSE OF ILL HEALTH."I would like to request that it be voted on in a secret ballot to avoid any attempts to bully or intimidation of members." – Cllr Theo Dennison.Before Council Leader Steve Curran's shock resignation tonight, Tuesday, a motion was submitted to Hounslow Labour Group. It was ruled out of order by the chair Cllr Sue Sampson. Cllr Dennison decided to resign as a result.Here is the motion:This Group expresses its profound concern at the staggering abuses that have taken place at every stage of the candidate selection process and the actions of the unaccountable cabal who have been responsible for them.We note:• Whip and branch reports being written by people who are candidates with a direct and personal interest in the outcome• Trumped up charges and false allegations about sitting councillors and prospective candidates• Rigged interviews by what should have been independent panels• Spiking people who pose a threat to preferred candidates• The failure to stop people paying membership fees in return for the votes of members in key wardsThese abuses have denied party members a genuine choice of many able candidates and skewed the selection results in a significant number of wards.We express our serious concern at the breach of the trust and neglect of our public responsibilities symbolised by the mockery of holding the Labour Group’s consideration of the council budget just 60 minutes before the council meeting at which it must be determined - yet whipping all Labour councillors to vote for it.In stark contradiction to the our values and principles, the budget contains yet another move to reduce the help we give to some of the poorest residents of our borough via changes in the council tax reduction scheme which will mean a massive hike in their council tax bills and is presented alongside proposals for annual increases in councillor allowances.This is no way to lead a party or a council and we hereby resolve that that we have no confidence in Steve Curran and call on him to resign.
Vanessa Smith ● 126d21 Comments ● 90d
How many of us have an angle grinder to hand?Perhaps the criminals stealing catalytic converters in the area are responsible for the vandalism in the park. No conscience just steal metal and sell it.
Maria Hastings ● 90d0 Comments ● 90d
Poor Brunel. He would be mortified and no doubt spinning in his grave.His works which have endured and meet functionality with aesthetic excellence and incomparable build quality are a rather perverse comparison to this building which carries none of the above qualities. It's a bog standard concrete and steel structure with cladding and nothing endearing and certainly not something that will last 200 years plus.But then this is an awards circuit that is funded by developers for developers, just another r bit of Ballymore's marketing budget which props up other entities for marketing purposes.Must think we were all born yesterday!
Raymond Havelock ● 95d5 Comments ● 90d
... are being given away in Ealing Broadway today.Presumably, they will be doing the same in Brentford?
Raymond Havelock ● 95d0 Comments ● 95d
What was the Princess Royal pub and also the old Brentford Football Club shop have been bought and are to be an Armenian Community Centre. The man I spoke with yesterday said that the community centre would be open to all.I hope that the pub is given a good face lift and remodel first - it certainly needs it.Out of interest, I just googled and an Armenian Community Centre has also opened quite recently in Cardiff.
Anne England ● 108d22 Comments ● 100d
I don't have anything to say re Gunnersbury Park, by and large because I rarely go there. Is the burned out cafe (or an equivalent) again up and running?I would, however, like to say that the two parks I do visit, St Paul's in Brentford and Redlees in Isleworth are well maintained and good community assets. St Pauls has been looking fantastic with the daffodils in bloom - yes, I know they were planted by volunteers (not sure where the bulbs came from though). I see that there is currently some construction work going on around the basketball area.The work in Waterman's Park is also looking fantastic after years, admittedly, of decline and neglect.
Anne England ● 111d7 Comments ● 101d
The former public park known as Gunnersbury.Now the Junta running it not only want to screw you for using it's facilities from overpriced refreshments from over levied caterers, an over expensive sports facility, over expensive 'events' and late drinking licences no doubt selling overpriced beverages but now they are to charge £1 an hour to visit by car.To boot a 4 hour maximum stay.A public park.Is this management who do rather nicely from their 'impoverished' income answerable to anyone?Something those who created this nice gravy train for the few can be really proud of.I wonder which electoral candidates will be claiming such a masterpiece of cronyism?
Raymond Havelock ● 111d6 Comments ● 102d
This is a cyberspace tip off. Quick before an incomer snaps it up before you.An introductory fee welcome.(thanks to a gentleman on Brentford Friends Facebook page for the lead.Pity it won't be open to the public..as was once suggested (A champagne bar and all that)
Jim Lawes ● 174d12 Comments ● 109d
https://www.swlondoner.co.uk/life/14022022-repair-cafe-opening-in-twickenham/Hurray - here's a Repair Cafe back where a volunteer will help you to mend your belongings.Ealing also has a couple Repair Cafes which are concentrating on mending/sewing. They have a Facebook page and are working with Ealing Transition.
Philippa Bond ● 140d7 Comments ● 111d
There is a very large sign on the A4 stating "Match Day Parking" with a very large arrow pointing up Windmill Road, when were our very narrow roads made into Football Parking Streets? I don't remember being asked! Anyone else? Or was I out that day.
Sharron Clarke ● 137d13 Comments ● 111d
I see another large development has been shoe-horned into a tiny piece of land on the corner of Windmill Road and the A4 – where there used to be a small car lot. The development looks totally out of place in terms of its character and size – I’m wondering what people would want to live practically within touching distance of the M4 flyover with the noise and pollution this generates. It wasn’t long ago that Windmill Road and the surrounding area was badly hit by flash floods – it would seem to me a good idea to use this parcel of land as an open area to help alleviate flooding, rather than over-developing the site which will only increase rainwater run-off and flooding. We often see accusations in this forum of those in the council who make planning decisions being in the pay of developers. I’m sure this can’t be true – surely not all of them. But one wonders what their motives are for allowing such inappropriate development – who do they think is being helped by these decisions? Not the poor people who will have to live next to a motorway fly-over, and certainly not the environment. I hope we can all send a strong message in the May elections to get rid of these people who would wantonly vandalise our communities. This is very much the thin end of the wedge – the Tesco and Gillette Corner developments dwarf this one – good to know that the council has ear-mark thousands of pounds of OUR money to fight the objections!
Graham Thorpe ● 117d10 Comments ● 112d
This meeting, open to all, will take place at the Holiday Inn, Brentford Lock, from 6.00 to 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday 15th March.At the request of Brentford Voice, the meeting has been arranged by LB Hounslow. A presentation will be followed by an hour of discussion and questions. This will focus upon two documents - the Vision for Brentford and "Prosperity and Place". The latter is a recent draft place-based strategy from LB Hounslow.The Vision for Brentford can be read here:https://brentfordvoice.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/LBH-Vision-for-Brentford-Town-Centre-FINAL.pdfThis meeting is a rare opportunity for all of us, both residents and businesses, to learn something about current plans for our community. More importantly, it is an opportunity for us to shape and to influence a very significant part of our future.Brentford Voice await further background information from LB Hounslow and we will post this as soon as if it available.Please try to make it along to the event at Holiday Inn on 15 March. Our own "Local Conversation" on 29 March will provide an opportunity to reflect on what we learn and to discuss our priorities and next steps.
Jim Storrar ● 116d0 Comments ● 116d
https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/info/20053/transport/1985/cycling_in_hounslowLots of info and help on getting yourself and your bike ready to go.
Philippa Bond ● 144d4 Comments ● 116d
Last Monday evening I went past York Road and there were lots of police there, along with an ambulance and other emergency vehicles. There were SOCOs putting on forensic suits who then went into a house at the Windmill Road end of the street.All week there seem to have been police present there, and a blue gazebo and portaloo have been in place. It looks like a major crime scene but I’ve not seen or heard anything in the local media about what may have happened.Anybody here know anything?
Simon Hayes ● 130d6 Comments ● 119d
Anyone know where I can find a list of candidates for the Council elections in May? Thanks.
Pat Kingham ● 120d3 Comments ● 120d
Please may I ask you to donate to the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Emergency Appeal? To do so please copy and paste this link into your browser. Thank you.https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/latymer-upper-ukrainedecCharity Registration No. 1062638The purpose of the fund and further information is also below.Every pound donated by the UK public will be matched by the UK Government up to £20 million.£30 could provide essential hygiene supplies for three people for one month£50 could provide blankets for 4 families to keep them warm£100 could provide emergency food for two families for one monthIntense conflict in Ukraine is threatening the lives and livelihoods of civilians across the country, causing hundreds of thousands to flee. Homes have been destroyed or are unsafe to live in. Essential services have been hit. Families have been separated. People have been injured. Lives have been lost.DEC charities and their local partners are in Ukraine and across the border in the neighbouring countries. They are working to meet the immediate needs of all people fleeing with food, water, medical assistance, protection and trauma care.
Joy Griffiths ● 125d2 Comments ● 124d
We now learn they will be obsolete by 2030 as 2g and 3g on which they depend is being pulled. Seems funny to me they are going to continue to be installed. I seem to remember there was a great push to reduce electronic waste. Well how does this help that!
Nicholas Beard ● 167d21 Comments ● 126d
Attending the recent Council’s Public meeting held last Thursday in Brentford, I was constantly interrupted by Cllr Tony Louki when given the opportunity to put forward my question to the Panel. Cllr Tony Louki was Chair at the meeting. His behaviour became increasingly aggressive when he left his seat to storm directly towards me and snatch the microphone out of my hand. Previously in attendance before their premature departure were 2 Policemen and 2 ladies from Ivybridge Anti-Domestic Violence Community Support Team who’d been invited by Hounslow Council to partake. The silence from the Panel witnessing this misogynistic assault & blatant disregard against public participation speaks volumes and most disturbing when there had been female Cllrs on the Panel, one a former Mayor; Cllr Sue Sampson the other a vocal campaigner of Womens Rights and Cycling advocate Cllr Katherine Dunne. Cllr Tony Louki had possibly felt emboldened to attack me as the Policemen and Ivybridge Womens support group against Domestic Violence had left, and considered his actions would be acceptable by the Labour Councillors present. It was very intimidating not only to myself but also to the other women present in the public gallery and risks deterring their Democratic right to participation. My question to the panel was to ask whether the Council was aware of the higher incidents of injuries and death in Holland of cyclists and that rolling out a “Mini- Holland “ in Hounslow would invariably lead to higher incidents of Death and Injuries to Cyclists, particularly Children. Clearly it had struck a nerve.
Philippa Auton ● 142d9 Comments ● 127d
Yet another flyer from the Green Party. So many local serious issues and they turn out a piece of utter whimsy. No evidence of any sort of pragmatism or common sense reality.This time on Boston Manor Parks pathways.If they stopped and thought for a few moments, it might occur to them why paths are being widened.Cleaning is mechanised, from sweepers & litter to leaf clearance. Cyclists use the pathways, so do pushchairs and wheelchairs and mobility buggies.Take one walk around Lammas park or Ealing showcase park to see how Bikes and cleansing trucks - even small ones have churned up all the footway edges into mud. Much of it is a complete mess slimy in winter and concrete hard and devoid of grass in dry summers.Plus the need for emergency service access. In the 'olden' days paths were narrower simply because most maintenance was not mechanised and vehicles were much narrower and in the case of Ealing's Parks Adult cycling was not permitted . In fact, from 12 upwards. ( I was regularly thrown out for cycling by Parky) Stephen Clark, to be taken seriously needs to get some common sense rather than putting out stuff and nonsense.Din not see him kicking up a fuss about the loss of a Bowling green complete with herbaceous borders or the derelict lumps of Concrete in Gunnersbury Park. Or the completely unworkable paths in most of the southern half of that park. Rendering it inaccessible for so many.Surely Greens can do better than this - and publish flyers where one can ask a question rather than just agree?
Raymond Havelock ● 131d4 Comments ● 129d
Has any body seen any. I have heard people are starting to fill up!
Nicholas Beard ● 131d4 Comments ● 129d
"Jenny Steen, sales director at Irish property developer Ballymore – which has several London projects – said she has noted increased Middle Eastern buyer interest in non-traditional areas such as West London’s The Brentford Project." – Arabian Business."Close to Heathrow airport and next to prestigious areas like Chiswick and Kew, Brentford offers people the chance to buy into great growth opportunities,” she said. “It’s an unusual place that is home to natural spaces, as well as proximity to great schools and employment opportunities at a lower price point. Middle Eastern buyers are looking at opportunities for growth in West London, which still have parks, green spaces and access to water in an appealing price bracket,” she said. “The Brentford Project appeals to owner-occupiers who would also like to rent out if they decide to.”MULTIPLE PURCHASES. Arabian Business also reported: "According to Barratt London (which is developing Hounslow Town Centre) 12 multiple property purchases were transacted in the last six months from Middle Eastern family offices, compared with one in the 12 months before. Between six and 10 apartments is the average number per transaction with purchasers. While typical purchase values are between £460,000 and £600,000."The property firm has seen a move towards Gulf investors purchasing more affordable outer London homes, which offer rental yields of around four percent – higher than central London at 3.6 percent."https://www.arabianbusiness.com/.../469671-why-gulf...
Vanessa Smith ● 146d11 Comments ● 135d
The first person in the UK has died of Lassa Fever. Are we prepared for this. I have not heard anything about it from the goverment!
Nicholas Beard ● 144d5 Comments ● 136d
Just had a rather odd flyer come through our door.'Support Syon Lanes future"But who is this actually from?It's not apparent but gives the impression it's from local Community.It's misleading even if you visit the website ( which if you do automatically registers you as in support.Full of utopia nonsense and devoid of details.As for Brownfield sites. They are not they are retail sites serving local populous not some derelict contaminated site in long disuse.Sneaky. Very sneaky.
Raymond Havelock ● 139d5 Comments ● 136d
Do please take part in the Big Repair Project! I know there are lots of people here who have mended or attempted to mend their home appliances and electronics. It would be really good if we moved to towards being able to make more repairs now that we have a Right to Repair. Throwing away appliances when a small repair could be easily done if we could only find someone capable is such a terrible waste of resources. More repair shops would also create employment and teach more practical skills. The UCL Plastic Innovation Hub is asking for participants: https://www.bigrepairproject.org.uk/
Philippa Bond ● 144d9 Comments ● 141d
So we will have to use the DUTCH REACH when opening our car doors. Also cyclists will be advised to cycle in the middle of the lane when approaching junctions. I am still reading the changes especially the HIERARCHY of users.
Nicholas Beard ● 162d18 Comments ● 142d
What I don't understand is how removing bus stops and bus lanes and making the bus stops that remain less accessible will make buses run more reliably. Can anyone explain? Using the data published by TfL, the number of people using these cycle lanes will be a tiny fraction of the number of people using buses on the same roads, so how can disadvantaging the latter be a good idea?
Jeremy Parkinson ● 182d46 Comments ● 142d
It's good that a councillor - cllr Salmon Shaheen of Isleworth ward - is concerned about sewage dumping in the Thames. (Article 'Two Billion Litres of Sewage Dumped in Thames in Two Days'). But councillors should realise that they are actually part of the cause of sewage dumping. Thay keep giving planning permission for huge blocks of flats without regard to the impact on insfrastructure or services, be it hospitals, schools, transport or sewage.
Nic Ferriday ● 165d7 Comments ● 142d
Does anyone know how we should safely dispose of used LED light bulbs? I have looked on the Hounslow site but cannot find any information on this.
Joan Adamson ● 151d8 Comments ● 144d
Robert Ayres ● 145d0 Comments ● 145d
Has anyone else noticed that a quite noisy motorbike vrooms down Brook Road South at approximately 00.05 every night? (The Law of Sod says that it won’t happen tonight, but my husband and I can usually set our watches by it.)Any ideas on what/who it might be?
Tracie Dudley Craig ● 146d4 Comments ● 146d
Note: Anyone who posts a defamatory comment does so at their own risk and must take responsibility personally."Terrapin has a superb track record of helping our clients achieve successful planning consents right across Greater London." – Political lobbyist Peter Bingle, The Terrapin Group.SHOULD COUNCIL LEADER STEVE CURRAN HAVE ACCEPTED FOUR DINNERS WITH LOBBYIST PETER BINGLE? WHAT WAS THE BILL? Mr Bingle works for big developers including two currently active in Hounslow Borough – Fairview New Homes (Heidelberg site, Brentford) and A2Dominion (Hounslow West). As Council Leader, Cllr Curran oversees Planning and Regeneration. Hospitality is acceptable as long as Cllr Curran correctly declares it, as he did. But is it a good look?Some might think it would be more appropriate for him to meet Mr Bingle over a desk in Hounslow House where their discussion could be fully minuted. Instead Mr Bingle took Cllr Curran for dinner. Four dinners are declared across two dates, perhaps two of the meals being for Cllr Curran's spouse (who works for Hounslow Council). We are not told. It might have been in La Rosetta, Brentford (low prices). Or it might have been in Mr Bingle's native habitat around Parliament (more swish and expensive). How much did it cost?In his declaration of interests, Cllr Curran does not say. Perhaps he will now tell us the details.In Parliament Labour has been rigorously scrutinising any potential conflict of interest amongst Conservative ministers and MPs, even when it is declared. It seems fair to apply the same scrutiny to our councillors so people can make up their own minds with the May 5 local elections coming up.Recently Osterley & Wyke Green Residents' Association asked: "“Is it acceptable for the Leader of the Council (also Cabinet Member for Corporate Strategy, Planning and Regeneration) to accept hospitality at sports events e.g. international rugby and cricket matches, from developers who are submitting planning applications in the borough?”The Council replied: “Members are entitled to accept hospitality so long as it is declared in accordance with statutory requirements.”What exactly does Mr Bingle do, in his role representing Fairview and A2Dominion and others? His company says: "Terrapin understands the London political scene. Our consultants are experienced advisers who are able to derisk large, complicated schemes at the start of the planning process and then work with clients to ensure a successful outcome."It adds: "The relationship between London councils and City Hall is constantly evolving. Clients need advisers who understand that critical relationship and are able to assist them navigate through a sea of complexity."Terrapin Communications delivers the following services :"Political audits of individual London councils."Targeted political engagement programmes."Stakeholder engagement."Public exhibitions."Strategic advice on planning in London."Terrapin has a superb track record of helping our clients achieve successful planning consents right across Greater London. If you would like to discuss a potential assignment please contact : firstname.lastname@example.org"Terrapin is a member of the PRCA and is a strong and public advocate for strong industry rules which are ruthlessly enforced. Public affairs is a force for good in the Body Politic. We therefore welcomed the creation of the Public Affairs Board and adhere to its rules. We are also registered with the Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists."Terrapin discloses all our clients on the PAB’s public register and expects our team to act with integrity and ethics at all times."There is no suggestion of wrongdoing. It is a matter of judgment.
Vanessa Smith ● 152d3 Comments ● 147d
Oh well, somebody has to start the conversation and my first leaflet is from Osterley & Spring Grove Conservatives. It’s actually the second leaflet but the first was so bad I wrote to them and binned it.I enjoy getting these newsletters in the run up to an election and do wonder how difficult it is for candidates to compete with sitting Councillors, especially when the sitting Councillors are as good as ours are.This ‘’Osterley and Spring Grove” newsletter doesn’t give me hope about what the Conservative candidates can do.The comments about Tesco/Homebase and the opposition to the development do not reflect the hard work of our Ward Councillors, Councillor Tony Louki, Councillor Unsa Chaudri and Councillor Richard Eason, working with OWGRA. The Councillors letter to The Secretary of State and its follow up to the Planning inspectorate are top notch.The newsletter ends with “Please let us know the one thing which most concerns you in your local area” and gives me a box to fill in. The newsletter itself is headed with 3 photographs and my ‘one thing’ is in the first photograph. I got quite excited when I saw the photograph but there is no mention of anyone with local knowledge identifying the problem, nor any mention of ‘taking action’. It is, like this newsletter, just a photograph.( If I say the photograph is of the Gillette tower … can anyone guess what is wrong? )
Sarah Felstead ● 159d23 Comments ● 147d
There's good and bad in this so imperative that local people get their say and not a repeat of people from afar do not dominate matters.https://haveyoursay.tfl.gov.uk/hounslow-brentford-walking-and-cycling-changes?cid=hounslow-brentford
Raymond Havelock ● 149d1 Comments ● 148d
Freya is standing for the Brentford East but does she know anything about this side of Brentford,it is the forgotten part of Brentford as on the other side of the A4. The redevelopment is only in the west area of Brentford I think the residents would like to know what she will offer Brentford east
Julie Brooker ● 159d5 Comments ● 153d
5.15 Friday Evening at McDonalds by Ealing Road.Rode by and sat at lights. Something odd. Not a single Moped delivery rider in sight. Usually heaving with them on a Friday early evening. Rode around the corner and as I passed there was the answer. A handful of Police Officers making checks - only just one kid on a pushbike and one other, there to check.But where were the usual throng? And why did they all vanish en masse?And who tipped them all off to stay away?All very odd.
Raymond Havelock ● 158d0 Comments ● 158d
Now that Hounslow have given us ratepayers £20 each for a drink. I cant wait to see how much the council tax will increase this year.
Robert Ayres ● 162d6 Comments ● 158d
I am posting this copied from Chiswick W4 Forum."No you don’t have to remove plastic windows (from card and envelopes) or staples."Are you absolutely sure that LBH recycling can deal with these items? I'm sure I've seen/read conflicting advice on this matter, possibly from Cllr Guy Lambert Cabinet Member Recycling and Waste etc.Apologies to Guy if you didn't say this but I am confused. There are 2 separate places, there's the Lampton 360 brand new vastly over budget sorting centre where most of our recycling goes and then there is the Waste Centre used by surrounding councils and some flats in LBH who do not have kerbside sorting. Clarification would help. My area has kerbside recycling.
Jennifer Selig ● 1459d13 Comments ● 164d
Is this really only now being revealed?I recall this being dismissed by paid advisors vehemently overtime it was raised.The fact that ATC over Heathrow Northolt and City Airport approaches already have the added issues of high rise buildings and interference as do digital TV signals which requires extra technology to safeguard, has this been tested to absolute safe parameters or circumvented?Anyone in the know on this?
Raymond Havelock ● 169d11 Comments ● 165d
Just read Denmark to offer fourth covid jab. When will we be getting a fourth?
Nicholas Beard ● 169d7 Comments ● 165d
Parcel deliveries which are being left on doorsteps are going missing in the Brook Road South and Hamilton Road areas. Some torn open parcels have been found dumped near the railway footbridge with contents removed. Residents of Hamilton Road have reported that their parcels are going missing.Please ensure that you are in to receive your deliveries or that you have organised with your neighbours or to have items delivered to your local shop to avoid theft.
Mark Skuse ● 167d1 Comments ● 166d
Brentford's footballers must be wondering how they will survive the next few games.Our dear Brentford FC are playing Liverpool! / Manchester United! / Wolves / Everton!/ and Manchester City!Challenging times... but we must be proud of our local Club moving in such circles. Your thoughts?
Jim Lawes ● 174d3 Comments ● 167d
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 ● 725d22 Comments ● 167d
A tip from Moneysaving expert …If you lose your phone, there's a way to make it ring – even when it's on silentIf you lose your phone and realise you've it set to silent, you often despair and think it's pointless trying to ring it to locate it. Luckily, this isn't the case. There's a way to help you find it that could save you having to shell out on a new one or having to pay any insurance excess. If you're an iPhone user, you can use the Find My iPhone service on iCloud to make it ring.Go to Find My iPhoneLogin to your iCloud account (you must have one), select the device you want to emit a sound and click 'play sound'. Your device will ring whether it is on silent or not.If you've an Android phone, you can make it emit a noise with Google's Find My Device service, provided you've set up a Google account with the phone.Go to Find My Device, Login to your Google account (you must have one) and click 'play sound' on the device you want to ring. Your device will ring whether it is on silent or not
Sarah Felstead ● 176d8 Comments ● 167d
So, I looked up the Jubilee medal to check out who qualifies for the award and I found thishttps://www.royal.uk/jubilee-medal-be-presented-token-nation%E2%80%99s-thanks“ To mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, a special commemorative medal will be awarded to serving frontline members of the police, fire, emergency services, prison services and the Armed Forces. ““ Acting as a token of the nation’s thanks, the Platinum Jubilee Medal follows a long history of awarding medals to mark Royal Jubilee’s,…..”Made of nickel silver and being produced by at Worcestershire Medal Service in Birmingham, the medal will be awarded to:Serving members of the Armed Forces that have completed five full calendar years of service on 6 February 2022.Frontline emergency services personnel that have been in paid service, retained or in a voluntary capacity, dealing with emergencies as part of their conditions of service, and have completed five full calendar years of service on 6 February 2022.Prison services personnel who are publicly employed and are regularly exposed to difficult and sometimes emergency situations that have completed five full calendar years of service on 6 February 2022.Members of the Royal Household with one year of qualifying service.Living individual recipients of the George Cross.Living individual recipients of the Victoria Cross.I must say I like the list of who will qualify.
Sarah Felstead ● 169d2 Comments ● 169d
I have just been informed by a neighbour that there are parking restrictions in place this week for a cherry picker to begin construction of a 'potential' telecoms mast on Layton Road.The residents have not received any communications in regards to this from the local authority or any company involved. However, there is a note on a few lampost mentioning the parking restrictions.When a neighbour contacted a local Councillor with their concerns, they were informed that "Planning law gives local authorities (and residents) little power to resist the erection of telecoms masts but there is normally, nevertheless, a planning application and a consultation exercise".My main concern is that there has been a large increase in the density of population with the GWQ and Baltic Avenue developments and to construct a mast here so close to residents will increase public health risks especially those residents that are elevated. Can anyone advise if we have any grounds as residents to resist this please? Thanks for reading.
Steve Allum ● 175d8 Comments ● 171d
I may be late to this party, but bear with me…I was watching the news item on the proposed Ballymore development for a 51 storey tower block (with only one stairwell) near Canary Wharf this evening. They included a clip of the 19 storey Ballymore development in East London where a fire took place last May. In the corner of the screen, I spotted a branch of Johns & Co, the same estate agent that opened in the High Street a few months ago. I had a lightbulb moment. A quick Google revealed that Johns & Co was founded by the former international sales director of… Ballymore. I found this: -‘But John Morley is looking to change all that. Previously head of international sales at Ballymore, Morley set up his own management company, Johns & Co, to help take care of the growing number of investor landlords he felt were being dealt a bad hand by the market.One way he set out to differentiate himself was to provide management of the property ahead of completion. “Investors can buy off plan up to three years ahead,” he notes, “so we do a lot of hand holding.” He helps landlords with important decisions along the way to do with finishes, insurance, and tax. Morley also arranges handovers, checks snagging and arranges furnishing, before finding a suitable tenant.Having sold more than 1,000 apartments to buyers in Hong Kong, Singapore and China, Morley had a good understanding of the support those investors needed. Yet while the majority of buyers were once overseas investors, he says the market has changed significantly since 2012, and now around half of buyers in need of his services are UK investors.’ - City A.M. Thursday 12 May 2016Draw your own conclusions, but - unsurprisingly - the notion that Ballymore is striving to build a vibrant community in TW8 rings pretty hollow. It seems to confirm that it’s all about overseas investment leading to transient occupancy and a dormitory town centre. Meanwhile, the Duke of London community - a diverse, organically-grown collection of interesting small businesses (and EXACTLY what the area needs) - is due to be flattened, in order to build yet more flats and unaffordable retail units. In all probability, they will never be occupied. It’s just horribly depressing.
Tracie Dudley Craig ● 173d5 Comments ● 173d
British Empire MedalCivil DivisionCentral Chancery of the Orders of KnighthoodSt. James’s Palace, London SW101 January 2022THE QUEEN has been graciously pleased to award the British Empire Medal (Civil Division) to the undermentioned:B.E.M.Beverley Susan Jill TREMAYNELeader, Brownies and Guides, Hanwell, London Borough of EalingFor services to Girlguiding and Trefoil, particularly during Covid-19.Hounslow resident Bev has been running Brownies, Guides at St. Thomas the Apostle, Boston Road for close on to 40 years, a well-deserved honour for someone who has kept a programme active during the pandemic.
N V Brooks ● 186d3 Comments ● 176d
I recall very enjoyable evenings listening to traditional jazz at the Brewery Tap... now owned apparently by the Duke of London's empire.Information of events don't seem readily available.I've just checked the "Brentford Services..PUBS ETC on this website. ..and the information is so out of date.Pubs that I know are closed..are listed as being open.... and pubs I know are open are shown as being closed.Same with Restaurant listings.I know it must be tough being an Editor/Moderator but someone needs help!PS: Where would I find music listings in Brentford or at the Brewery Tap... Covid19 permitted?
Jim Lawes ● 189d3 Comments ● 177d
I've often wondered what this building was originally. I know it's flats now but it has a grand bricked-up entrance and what looks like an old clock tower in the middle of its roof. Has it always been flats or does anyone know its history - was it a court or am I reading too much into its name?!
Sarah Boulding ● 181d16 Comments ● 178d
Neglected by two boroughs who could not manage to tie a shoe-lace together for decades, handed over in an appallingly formulated way to a Cop-out CIC, then packed out with Cronies of like mindsets and connections, a TfL approach to funding where even a tuft of grass is fiscally overpricedSome good stuff, but from a a lot of grant funding which is unaccounted for and overseen with sort of knowledge that would make an IKEA shelf priced at £2500 plus fitting seem "very reasonable". Much core infrastructure for a public park remains as poor as it has been for 25 plus years. A complete contradiction to 'Community Interest Company " and with not even a freedom of information clause - which needless to say this management wriggled out of. Because it's overseers, both Trustees and Councils, deemed it irrelevant.Even a Velcro shoe strap is too challenging for this CIOC who only know how to bully and manipulate with help from their 'friends'Loss of cheap affordable to all public park amenities and replaced by exclusivity with a patronising faux front of inclusivity.Change is welcome, but that will only be change for the better if ALL the existing league of cronies and those at the trough are not involved in any form. A completely new broom of more open and honest management put in place properly answerable to the local people of Ealing, Acton and Brentford who seem to be considered as irrelevant unless they can afford it. Community groups must be on the board and as trustees, not just selected politicians and 'preferred' individuals.Local people, not council officers with close connections, or politicians who seem to have failed with Gunnersbury time and time again, need to be far more in control of a Park that was purchased at a knock down price on the premise that it was for the well being of All the local people of Ealing Acton Brentford and Chiswick.Will this be any better? With how things are carried out in our name?I doubt it. It seems more like another move to making it a pay to enter venue like Syon or Kew and not what it is supposed to be, a Public park owned in trust by two boroughs for it's inhabitants.
Raymond Havelock ● 187d4 Comments ● 178d
We are really pleased with how Hounslow maintains the collections through bank holidays, with minimal disruption. With the additional difficulties of Coved, how are things going this year?
Sarah Felstead ● 183d3 Comments ● 179d
I am looking at buying a property in The Brentford Project and have lived in Chiswick for 12 years or so. I am scared to make the leap!What are your thoughts on residents of Brentford living there currently?More importantly (for me anyway!) what are your thoughts on The Brentford Project?Thanks so muchJ
Jenny Smith ● 239d21 Comments ● 181d
I went into a second-hand record shop to buy a present for a friend who is learning blues guitar. I bought an LP from 1984 called Demons in Brentford, which has a map of Brentford as the album cover. It is marked with their favourite haunts: La Rosetta, The Beehive, The Red Lion etc. The Dew Drop Inn I'm guessing became Sami Spice. Demon Records themselves are marked on at the end of Harlequin Avenue. Anyone remember them?
David Lawson ● 197d4 Comments ● 187d
Does anyone have any idea what the red glow is in the north East sky at night. Viewed from Brentford
David Squire ● 201d3 Comments ● 187d
When will get a covid booster. Available in America soon. Today the government warns you may not be considered fully jabbed by some countries without a booster.
Nicholas Beard ● 321d22 Comments ● 187d
Michael Gove has decided that the Tesco/Homebase development should go to a public inquiry, this is a real boost for the OWGRA campaign and the three local councillors who fought this development from day one. Brilliant news.
Vanessa Smith ● 223d6 Comments ● 188d
A Very Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2022 to ALL.
Vanessa Smith ● 193d4 Comments ● 188d
£50 reward offered for 'Pissik' who has been gone for two months from Gunnersbury Park Mansions.
More details on Pets Reunited
Alison Howard ● 190d0 Comments ● 190d
There are still a few places left for a sociable evening with 4 short local history talks! Meeting starts at 7.30pm. Full details here: brentfordandchiswicklhs.org.uk. Book a free place through Ticketsource before 6.30pm www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/t-dnnnzl. All are welcome!
Valerie Bott ● 198d0 Comments ● 198d
KNOWN FOR HIS INDEPENDENCE OF MIND: NOW APPEALING AGAINST VERDICT. Cllr Richard Eason is facing deselection by the Labour Party. It means he is unlikely to be a Labour candidate for Osterley & Spring Grove ward at the Council elections in May, a seat he has held since 2018. His case has been considered by London Labour's Interview Assessment Panel which concluded he was not "a good Labour Party representative who would continue to contribute as an effective member of the team". Central to this is his call in November 2020 for the resignation of Labour colleagues Cllrs Hanif Khan and Katherine Dunne over the implementation of the cycleway through Chiswick.
Vanessa Smith ● 202d4 Comments ● 201d
Age Concern Chiswick is a local charity and our aim is to support older people in Chiswick, Brentford and nearby areas. We operate a Friendship Club and you can find out more via our website :-https://www.ageconcernchiswick.org/We need more volunteers to help run our kitchen on Mondays and Thursdays. The work involves helping to make light snacks and tea or coffee. We are seeking people who are either able to make a regular commitment or who can be available on call with a couple of days notice. To progress an interest please email us at :-email@example.comVolunteers must be fully vaccinated.
Age Concern Chiswick ● 203d0 Comments ● 203d
copied from front page - do come along to find out more:Members of the community engagement team from the Mulberry Centre will be at St Paul’s Church in Brentford on the 15 December from 10 am to 12 pm.They will be able to answer questions you may have about the services the centre provides. It is a cancer information and support service based in the grounds of the West Middlesex Hospital which offers a variety of support to anyone affected by cancer, whether as a patient, their carer, their family and friends or anyone who has been bereaved due to cancer.The event is part of the centre’s ongoing programme of engaging with the local community to provide information about how the Mulberry Centre can help anyone affected by cancer.
Anne England ● 206d0 Comments ● 206d
Residents at The Old Police Station in Isleworth, an original Victorian property, owned by the Council, have collectively paid thousands of £’s in compulsory Service charges over the years, yet have seen zero maintenance to both the property and the communal garden.Now with broken Asbestos tile flooring in the communal entrance & stairwell, a fallen cast iron drainpipe, weather rotted original sash window frames now pose a risk to the Public, should glass panes fall out, Rising Damp throughout the ground floor, loose fitting & missing roof tiles has led to a damaged supporting beam. Both Leaseholders and Council tenants living in this Heritage property have repeatedly been fobbed off by the Council, yet it clearly stipulates in their contract with them and backed up in English Law, that the responsibility lies with the Council to maintain both the Property and garden. Growing tall is a magnificent flowering Rose tree , much admired by local residents. Following a 15 minute inspection inside and out made by a Council property Surveyor, it had been determined the Rose must Go and will be removed by their Maintenance Team ASAP, there has been no correspondence received as yet as to when more Urgent maintenance work is to be carried out. Another example of one of London’s Rotten Boroughs.
Philippa Auton ● 245d8 Comments ● 207d
Just had an email from OWL to say -Your Local Safer Neighbourhood Teams are working in Partnership with other agencies to combat Catalytic Converter thefts.If you live in the borough of Hounslow and own either a BMW. Toyota, Lexus or a Honda and would like to have your catalytic converter forensically marked with Smart Water please come and join us at :COSTCO, Southall UB2 5XJDate: 15th December 2021Time: 1100 - 1400 hours.This is a totally free service being provided by safer neighbourhood team and its partners.The aim is to assist police in tracing stolen catalyic converter back to its owner and this will also assist police with convictionsYou must bring your driving licence or proof of address.Priority will be given to the above makes of cars as these are targeted by the thieves.Any questions regarding this message, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Felstead ● 210d7 Comments ● 208d
I have read G2 and G3 are going to be shut down. Vodaphone and EE are mentioned for shut down by the end of 2022. Does anyone know about this? I notice there are many 2G and 3G phones on sale now. Seems strange if they are soon to be obsolete.
Nicholas Beard ● 209d2 Comments ● 209d
Hi I have Christmas at Kew event on Friday 10th December at 6.40. Family of 4 tickets2 adults and 2 children (over 4(ThanksI can email or please pick them up and I'll send you email in person?
Ronnie Gill ● 210d0 Comments ● 210d
Are there any collections of new toys for local children this year? Would prefer to have the actual toy passed on, not sold to get money back. There was a Police collection one year …Sarah x
Sarah Felstead ● 217d2 Comments ● 214d
We need a plumber to sort out a problem with our toilet. I wrote down a number for Glenn Hall but I must have got it wrong. Does anyone here have a number for him or even a recommendation for another plumber that does this type of work. Thanks.
Pat Kingham ● 217d1 Comments ● 216d