The first meeting of the new Brentford & Syon Area Forum will be held from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. on Wednesday 19th July at Brentford Free Church, Boston Manor Road, TW8 8DW. The meeting proper will be preceded, from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m., by a "Marketplace" where stalls will be operated by several local organisations and council departments. The agenda can be read here:https://democraticservices.hounslow.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=576&MId=13103Brentford Voice pressed for many months for the establishment of our own local Forum, to replace the former Isleworth & Brentford Forum. We believe that this is an opportunity to improve the representation of the needs and aspirations of the community in Brentford. Our dear friends in Isleworth and Osterley, together with Hounslow South, now also have a separate Forum.We would encourage you to make every effort to attend this first edition of the Forum.
Jim Storrar ● 149d5 Comments ● 146d
Following the success of her first book,which worldwide sold over 160 millioncopies! a second book has now been published by Penguin.The lady is probably well known in Brentford where she has lived for some time.Brentford fame continues!
Jim Lawes ● 148d4 Comments ● 147d
Just passing the park this morning and I noticed that a gate column has once again been knocked down. It's the one on the left hand side this time. Let's hope it doesn't take another 3 years before it's repaired.
Pat Kingham ● 154d17 Comments ● 148d
Having approached the good men at Isleworth and Heston Fire Brigade twice, on both occasions they’d agreed to carry out a Fire Risk Assesment and a date was booked. However this has been blocked twice by the Council. Apparently permission is required ? Seriously ? No Fire Risk Assesment’s have been carried out following the fire last month in one of the flats in the Victorian built property owned by Hounslow Council since the 1970’s. I’m asking since Grenfell tragedy, why would the Fire Brigade service require permission from the Council to carry out an inspection? Hounslow Council are putting lives at risk by failing in their duty and legal responsibility.
Philippa Auton ● 168d6 Comments ● 148d
I’m sure we’re all interested in liar-Lambert’s musings on the future of car ownership – a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy given that his deeply unpopular policies of closing roads and taking parking spaces will surely force some people to give up their cars. We’ve all seen in the last few of weeks how the combination of road works on Windmill Road and the A4 have caused gridlock in the whole of Brentford and this was made 100 times worse by the unnecessary LTN road closures. We’ve all experienced more congested, dangerous and polluted roads and longer journey times – all created deliberately by a council who have no interest in supporting the needs of the majority of its constituents. Interestingly there has been a report published by the National Audit Office that confirms what we all knew – that the LTN schemes were a massive waste of taxpayer money that have achieved precisely NOTHING. There’s a link to the article below but, in summary:“Billions of pounds of taxpayers’ cash has potentially been wasted on ‘active travel’ schemes such as controversial low-traffic neighbourhoods, according to a report.”“Despite an estimated £3.3billion being spent on delivering such measures between 2016 and 2021, cycling and walking rates fell over that period, the National Audit Office study found.”“It said many were imposed on residents without proper consultation and poorly planned ones have subsequently been scrapped.”Could we hope that LBH will see sense and roll back these horrible schemes? Could individual councillors be surcharged to recover some of the money that has been wasted? We live in hope.https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12167319/Ministers-wasted-billions-pounds-taxpayers-money-LTNs-says-watchdog.html
Graham Thorpe ● 181d24 Comments ● 149d
I notice,with a mild sense of depression, that the Natwest in Isleworth is closing the day after tomorrow.Keep using cash folks...
Keith Iddon ● 153d0 Comments ● 153d
The old Brentford Market site isnow filled with a close web of skyscrapers as you will have easily seen.It is quite appropriate that one of the "roadways" is named after an illustriousfamed local...who is buried in the Old Brentford Cemetary.But to see the street sign sayingTHOMAS LAYTON WAY, HOUNSLOW, TW8is taking the micky.Shouldn't it be BRENTFORD TW8? Are the Council trying to erase Brentford as a destination?
Jim Lawes ● 170d8 Comments ● 154d
I learned today that one of Brentford's "characters"...John? Goldsmith...who owned the Windmill Road North garage site etc etc..had passed away sometime during the last 12 months.Was there an obituary published in the local Press? He had been linked to that MG dealership etcHe was seen on occasions on Jazz Nights at the Brewer Tap..and with the recent passing of Bill Arnold also...two familiar faces have seemingly departed. RIP.I believe that Mr Goldsmith once lived in Osterley..in the the biggest of the houses at that time..that had been previously been owned by the Smith's Crisps boss.
Jim Lawes ● 6529d15 Comments ● 154d
...I wonder about my beloved Football Club.New season kit announced and what has it got? A Betting sponsor emblazoned across the shirt.With all the focus on Brentford and it's betting addiction victim star player it just makes one wince. I know the club has benefitted from an owner whose core is a betting business, but then the Brentford Community Stadium is the GTEC Community Stadium. A choice of sponsor that broke away from the plethora of Betting sponsors and is also a British Company.So what were they thinking? It's going to send out globally the wrong message every time they play and poor old Mr. Toney when he returns, will have a shirt of which the irony won't be lost.It's a club that's made massive efforts at family attendances and I have no issues with betting or gambling but like other adult vices, do think a line should be drawn. Should an 8 year old be wearing a shirt with a betting or alcohol sponsor emblazoned on it?
Raymond Havelock ● 160d8 Comments ● 156d
Keys found on bench near Three Bridges,have been left at the CRT office at Top Locks.
David Burke ● 158d0 Comments ● 158d
Great. We lose parking space and we pay to provide cycle bays for this private company while they boast about making more money in fines.Should this company not be reimbursing the cost of creating these cycle bays and compensating residents for the loss of parking spaces ?
Robert Ayres ● 167d5 Comments ● 166d
If you send an e-mail to Hounslow's customer services you will get an automatic reply stating what will happen and it gives you various e-mail address for you to get in touch. One piece of advice states The offices will be closed from Dec23 until Tuesday 3rd of January it's now June 8th.After nearly 6 months someone would have noticed this?
David Squire ● 186d1 Comments ● 166d
Covid enquirey finds resources were switched to Brexit.
Nicholas Beard ● 166d0 Comments ● 166d
Have the temporary lights that were causing so much congestion finally gone please? I don't want to drive down there specially to find out!
Susan Kelly ● 176d23 Comments ● 168d
Is now happening. Yesterday evening at about 6pm there were at least 20 cars queuing along Whitestile Road and back up Junction Road in an attempt to get out onto South Ealing Road. This meant that anyone who had turned left into Whitestile Road from South Ealing Road was unable to drive along Whitestile Road - it was blocked by the oncoming traffic. Traffic was queuing up South Ealing Road as far as the eye could see and barely moving.Not the first time this has happened recently.I am guessing that this was traffic trying to bypass the roadworks and traffic lights on Windmill Road or people trying to bypass the queue down the A4 to the new traffic lights at the roundabout at the Ealing Road/A4 junction.The Windmill Road works seem to be never-ending and are causing huge tail-backs. If you are driving north from Brentford and want to get across the A4 junction you have to sit through several green phases before there is enough room in Windmill Road to clear the junction safely and not get stuck in the yellow box. The same thing is happening to traffic turning left into Windmill from the A4.The new traffic lights at the Ealing Road/A4 roundabout are causing lengthy tailbacks along the A4. They are also affecting traffic turning left onto the A4 from Windmill Road because even if the lights at the Windmill Road junction are green there is not enough room on the A4 to make the turn. This then also holds up traffic coming down Windmill Road which wants to go straight ahead or turn right.As others have said, the old traffic lights at the South Ealing roundabout worked perfectly well. I've been driving round that roundabout for the last 20 years (don't take that literally!) and never encountered or witnessed any problems. You just had to make sure you gave way to traffic already coming round the roundabout, even if lights were green in your favour. At least the traffic kept moving.The other problem locally is the roadworks on Kew Bridge Road which are causing tailbacks to the County Court. There has been some suggestion that these are not due to the construction of the Cycleway but because of gasworks being carried out at the same time.So, 3 points/queries:1. When are the Windmill Road works going to end?2. Please can we return to the old traffic light system at the Ealing Road roundabout.3. When are the Kew Bridge Road temporary lights going to be removed so that we can have a normal traffic flow once again?The gridlock which is now a daily occurrence around here at the moment does nobody any good - whether you're a driver, cyclist or pedestrian. I was walking down Whitestile Road yesterday evening and it was horrible. So was South Ealing Road.
Alison Robins ● 172d8 Comments ● 171d
Reading between the lines of the article on the borough's leisure centre bailout, the council seem to have decided to give them another year.They deserve some credit for this as many other local authorities have wielded the knife when it comes to swimming pools and gyms.What the numbers make plain though is that this level of losses can't be sustained. There is no prospect of an immediate sharp drop in energy costs or a sudden rush of people to take up memberships. One way to mitigate the problem might be to finally do something about the redevelopment of the Fountains. I haven't been to all the facilities in the borough but I presume this is the largest and most expensive to heat. Schemes to knock it down and build housing along with a new more energy efficient centre have come and gone. Doing this now would reduce the operating losses and give the prospect of a modern facility which didn't have a bit of an odd smell that more people would pay to go to.
Jeremy Parkinson ● 174d3 Comments ● 173d
Incredible how those in positions of power and influences can say something that’s patently not true. Lambert’s latest ‘amusing update’ contains his thoughts on car ownership and parking in London. He said this:‘By the way, before the tabloid picks this up and says ’Lambert trying to ban cars’ I’m not and none of this is nobody’s policy, just me musing.’Well, it is somebody’s policy, that of the London Cycling Campaign of which he and other Labour councillors are members. Lambert’s musings echo the speech given to the Labour conference last year by the LCC chief executive Ashok Sinha, who said:“We need to free people from the burden and tyranny of owning tons of metal that sits unused 90 percent of the time,”I’m not sure that most car owners see it as a tyranny and a burden, although they might view the policies of Lambert and his colleagues as exactly that.Anyone who looks into the strategies and aims of the LCC will recognise its direct influence on policies pursued by Hounslow, Ealing and other councils in London. Low traffic neighbourhoods, cycle lanes, reducing parking spaces, etc, are all part of the plan. Make owning a car as expensive and inconvenient as possible to simply force people off the road.They’d have you believe that car owners are singlehandedly responsible for all the problems in London, yet car ownership in the capital has actually declined in the last 20 years, despite a massive increase in population. London is unique in that in the UK.Congestion is caused by blocking roads, whether that’s due to roadworks, an accident or lame-brained traffic management policies that funnel all vehicles onto fewer roads. Yes, there are peaks where volumes are higher but most of the time most roads are pretty quiet.Inevitably Lambert will brand me a car lobbyist (which I’m not) and a Tory (which I certainly am not). I simply think that people should be able to make their own choices, not be dictated to by a self-interested minority.Lambert advocates car clubs, but doesn’t even consider that vehicle ownership is often a key to economic activity for many. Does he think those ubiquitous Ubers are anything other than privately owned vehicles? Like most utopians he thinks most of us are sitting at home deciding which leisure activity to pursue next. Simple minded, no?Ironically Lambert has a nice shiny new car and presumably a nice secure private parking space in Brentford. He doesn’t ‘need’ a car, so why does he have one? Surely he and others should practice what they preach?!
Simon Hayes ● 179d27 Comments ● 173d
In 2021 Intel decided against manufacturing chips in the UK citing Brexit. Yesterday Germany announced a $33 billion deal to manufacture chips at two sites in Germany. Always we hear how important chips are, but no action!
Nicholas Beard ● 174d0 Comments ● 174d
Did anyone find out about the history of his circumstances?
Sarah Felstead ● 188d14 Comments ● 178d
Anyone know what was going on at the canal bridge today? there were lots of fire engines and police cars.
Marcus Gadd ● 182d1 Comments ● 181d
No doubt the council has fully consulted the residents of the roads affected by these plans. We wouldn’t want to think that the changes are being imposed in an entirely undemocratic way. No doubt the deal with the Ebike company is a nice little earner for Hounslow.
Simon Hayes ● 212d43 Comments ● 182d
For the past few days there has been significant, lengthy congestion on and around Windmill Road due to some ‘works’ supposedly ‘in progress’ (though no obvious sign of anyone doing anything. The temporary lights in operation are bringing traffic to a standstill.The queues at peak times are stretching back almost to the junction of Swyncombe Avenue. Coupled with the temporary lights at South Ealing Road roundabout it's causing gridlock.It’s not going to be solved by implementing LTNs or any other harebrained scheme, but by the quick completion of the undoubtedly essential works. As windmill road falls under the control of Hounslow Highways perhaps the bike lobbyist from there can indicate when the road might reopen.
Simon Hayes ● 198d23 Comments ● 182d
My neighbour thinks he saw an article in Hounslow Matters saying that LBH has bought a machine that cleans the food waste bins before returning them to the doorstep…? I can’t find it. Does anyone know about this?I am so fed up with the food waste bin being returned on its side with the open lip downwards, contaminating the other recycling boxes that they lay it in. It would be lovely if they just locked it and stood it upright…. :(
Sarah Felstead ● 221d19 Comments ● 185d
We have just received the renewal notice for car insurance only to find that the premium has doubled and then some. Can anyone recommend a good company or is it just a case of switching every year? Thanks in advance.
Pat Kingham ● 195d6 Comments ● 191d
Very interesting. 301 km away. Signal takes 16 mins to arrive. Worth a look.
Nicholas Beard ● 191d0 Comments ● 191d
A group of people (4 or 5) wearing hoodies, seem to have watched a neighbour going out for a walk last night and smashed the doors down to gain entry. Around 10pm.Luckily the house was not empty and when the people inside put the lights on, in alarm at the noise, they scarpered. Seems they may well have been equipped to make a night of it, so did you hear of any other similar break ins last night?They used a dark car which was parked a short distance away.Northumberland Estate area but with a car they probably covered some distance.
Sarah Felstead ● 204d2 Comments ● 193d
The fiasco continues. The poster on the noticeboard says in excess of 11 million pounds spent on the park and house. So why are there still no toilets open, which has been the case for years and people are forced to go in the bushes.The cafe still remains closed while the council considers bids fromthose interested in operating it.Vanessa the manager says the toilets will open when the cafe opens, which begs the question will the bacon butty chef also be the toilet cleaner!As usual Hounslow Labour Council shows no forward planning. I would have thought Councillor lambert who claims he is a regular park user would have noticed this.
Robert Ayres ● 224d34 Comments ● 193d
I did not realise that new diesel cars had a second tank for ad blue. I only found out because I saw a ad blue pump in a garage. Has anyone experience of a car with ad blue? How much does it cost etc?
Nicholas Beard ● 198d5 Comments ● 195d
Hi everyone, we’ve been hearing this loud drilling noise that might be coming from a sort of drilling tower in the Bus garage area for some days now. It almost sounds like a siren and it goes on for the whole day. Does anyone know if this is part of the Brentford Project construction plan or whether it is something else? Working from home with the windows open is becoming a bit annoying with this constant background noise :D Just wondering what it is and how long should I expect it to go on still. Cheers!
Federica Lusardi ● 206d6 Comments ● 198d
We keep hearing about the housing crisis in London yet many council owned properties stand empty despite residents applying for them. Why is this allowed to continue?
Mandy Waters ● 198d1 Comments ● 198d
Dyson thinks not. Also at the same time the PM is trying to get maths taught until 18 years old. All this while it was announced last week a Taiwanese company is to build a battery giga factorie near Dunkirk in France, and Sweden is getting one. Does not look like we are likely to become a science super power any time soon.
Nicholas Beard ● 211d7 Comments ● 198d
The inverness Lodge Social Club, 9 Boston Manor Road, Brentford TW8 8DW is holding a fun race night on Friday 2nd June at 8pm. Everyone is welcome. Fun bets start at 50p and there is a raffle with all proceeds going to the London Air Ambulance charity no: 801013.We look forward to seeing you.
Sarah Porter ● 199d0 Comments ● 199d
That interesting collection of some 40 businesses in the Blue Zone ...an area of sprawling old buildings south of the High Street... are likely to be on the move by the end of the year.The blue zone area is apparently owned by Ballymore... and they need it back from their tenants (the duke of london's empire) ... so they can build more FLATS FLATS FLATS for the local authority!It was always on the cards apparentlybut unknown to many of us. Aren't we poorly informed and kept up to date...by them them and them?I gather that many of the activities will be moved to the east zone ... which includes the jazzy car park.
Jim Lawes ● 205d2 Comments ● 205d
I've been reading reports that the Ealing MP Rupa Huq is celebrating victory in a battle to build more tall skyscapers near their High Street.Plans for a 26 storey tower scheme have now been turned down.She was amongst over 2000 objectors to the Scheme and had used the words like "monster", "white elephant" and "sore thumb"But most of all ...she used the phrase"STEALING OUR SKY"..... most telling and effective.Looks like it's too late to say that in parts of Brentford. The High Street will be in shadow most of the day ...won't it?
Jim Lawes ● 210d7 Comments ● 206d
Work is currently taking place on the old Church building with scaffolding all around.The plan, it seems, is for the building to be open to the public... with a café cumcoffee lounge and a meeting place.The Church Tower is some 600 years old,the interior timbered ceiling is being given tlc and wall plaques still survive.The Church is owned by Hounslow Council for whom the work is being undertaken..
Jim Lawes ● 257d14 Comments ● 208d
From Brentford Today & TV #Debate not HateNEXT BOROUGH MAYOR IS SET TO BE CLLR AFZAAL KIANI. FOR THE FIRST TIME THE MAYOR WILL BE APPOINTED BY THE LEADER, NOT ELECTED. Annual General Meeting of the Labour Group is next Monday 15 May. The agenda omits the usual "Election of Mayor", thereby setting a precedent and indicating what we reported here three months ago – that the decision will be taken by the Leader Cllr Shantanu Rajawat. Other Councillors are said to be "up in arms".
Vanessa Smith ● 215d3 Comments ● 215d
I much enjoyed a trip on the 211 bus route today from Hammersmith Bus Station to Victoria.It's an interesting route anyway...but at the present time the display of Union Jacks on the street lampposts in Fulham and Pimlico were a sight to give me pride and delight.Returning home via Chiswick and Brentfordfelt like being in a different world in "Coronation speak"Such indifference was unknown back in 1953.What's happened?
Jim Lawes ● 222d6 Comments ● 219d
West London News Man stabbed to death after break-in
Robert Ayres ● 229d2 Comments ● 219d
After decades of fleecing their Housing Tenants through charging Rent for poor quality housing stock & rip off Service charges, Tenants are finally going to see their homes brought up to 21st century standard. Millions ££££ taken in rent & service charges for over 50years has been stuffed into the Pension pots instead of been ploughed back and renovating Hounslow Councils Housing Stock.
Philippa Auton ● 220d0 Comments ● 220d
Ermergency Services rapid response to a fire at a Council flat in a heritage property owned by Hounslow Council prevented Lives being lost in an inferno. The fire had broken out inside the Council flat Monday morning. Home to a mute vulnerable man with Special needs, left without his usual wrap round local authority provided Carers over the Bank Holiday Weekend. Residents of the Victorian era property & neighbours in Worple road were shocked to discover he’d been neglected. A Leaseholder living above the fire with his wife and baby, were alerted by smoke and quickly ran down to the front of the property kicked the door in. He managed to assist the confused gentleman to safety before the Fire service and Ambulance arrived. The Victorian era property built in 1873; a former Police Station, has become a grave concern for its Residents owing to the lack of essential property maintenance by the owner Hounslow Council. The family living above the fire would had normally been away during the Bank Holiday. Two Police Officers were trapped inside the flat for several hours having prized open the original rotten sash window to let out the smoke fumes were then unable to close it again and secure the flat,
Philippa Auton ● 223d0 Comments ● 223d
They're requesting planning permission,& they promise not to have noisy scooters parked outside on double yellow lines and zig zags on Ealing Road ...opposite McDonaldsWell on Saturday their boss parked his Landrover halfway across the pavement .. on the yellow lines and zig zags.causing a headache for Bees fans walking home from the game. Dodgy dodgy dodgy.I have a photo I'll send to Guy Lambert.
Jim Lawes ● 265d14 Comments ● 223d
Where can I buy an Oyster Card in Isleworth or Brentford?JL.
Jim Linwood ● 224d3 Comments ● 223d
I was wondering if any of you folks knew of a local gardener.I just want a slightly overgrown lawn mowed,25yds x 15, and a small front garden.Any suggestions appreciated.
Keith Iddon ● 225d2 Comments ● 224d
Can anyone recommend a good cleaner?Need someone for about 3 hours a week.
Mark Gormley ● 230d1 Comments ● 225d
Who is responsible for the delivery of this magazine as I have only just seen whole stacks of these fully bound and dumped on the j/w Crowther Ave and Clayponds Ave all soaking wet so as we once again get hit with the maximum amount of local taxes and this council can't even deliver their wonderful information rag.
John William Selfe ● 254d27 Comments ● 226d
Sadly I've reached the age(84) and with perhaps some medical conditions where I need to declutterI'm holding onto my history books for the moment but I have many others that will have to go.On Chiswick High Road at the Stamford Brook Bus Garage stop ... I discovered a BOOK BANK. I have started leaving books there...for others to take.There also a book bank on THE ISLAND (Security Office) in Brentford.Any other places where I can donate.. and where others can take freely?
Jim Lawes ● 233d12 Comments ● 227d
We haven’t seen our cat Richard Parker since Thursday evening (13/04), grey bengal tabby mix with black spots, green/yellow eyes. He can be mean to strangers so be aware if you do spot him, he is chipped too. Please message me on email@example.com if you see him. Thank you
Cerys Maher ● 238d4 Comments ● 234d
In March 2023, The commissioner of the Met Police Sir Mark Rowley admitted the force has 'racists, misogynists and homophobes' in its ranks – as Home Secretary Suella Braverman blasted 'serious failings of culture, leadership and standards' at Scotland Yard. On 6th April I sent a lengthy email to Mark Rowley pleading with him to review The Hammersmith Nudes' murders of the 1960's. I told him that I am in contact with adult children and other members of 6 of the murder victims. I told him that many of the victims' family members are convinced that if the victims were police women, doctors, nurses or solicitors there would have been a review. On April 11 I recieved the following."Dear Mr Milkins,My apologies for the delayed response. I have forwarded this matter to the appropriate team for their review and direct reply to you.Kind regards,***** ******** ********* | Inspector | Staff Officer to the Commissioner."Today I received a a phone call from New Scotland Yard followed by the following email.Dear Mr Milkins "It was good to speak to you on the phone just now, and as promised, I am emailing to confirm my details. I recognise the huge amount of dedication you have put into your investigations and I am sorry that these terrible murders remain unsolved, despite your efforts.There have been various reviews conducted regarding these cases over the years and I know you were in contact with DC Paul Rogers in 2007, and most recently, DC Adam Bailey in 2020. It remains the case as per DC Bailey’s letter that the links between Harold Jones and the victims are not substantive enough to enable a definitive finding that he was responsible for their deaths. I hope you understand that because Jones died in 1971 and there is no additional material further to what has been looked at in the above reviews, we won’t be reviewing the cases again at this time.Having said that, I know you are determined to continue with your work, and if there is something substantive and probative that you find that you would like to bring to our attention in the future, please do so.I wish you all the best."DC ***** ****** | CSC - Major InquiriesSpecial Casework TeamTHE MUST GO ON. AND IT WILL.
Neil Milkins ● 235d0 Comments ● 235d
Age Concern Chiswick has a lovely garden at their Friendship Club in Oxford Road North, W4 4DN but we are short of people to look after it. Can you help? Have you a spare hour or two on Mondays or Thursdays? If so, do get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8742 7007.
Age Concern Chiswick ● 238d0 Comments ● 238d
Wouldn't it be a tonic for Brentford folk if the once proposed pedestrian bridge across the River Thames to the Kew Towpath came to fruition.The bridge would take one to "Brentford Gate" which is an entrance to Kew Gardens.With the attractive £1 entrance fee for oldies like me ... it would enhance our remaining days!If cyclists were allowed to use the bridge (no riding allowed?) they would be halfway to Richmond before they knew it! Brentford Lock West is getting a new bridge this month to ease their trips to Brentford Station...so perhaps now is the time for the "Ballymore Footbridge to get back on the Agenda. Yes a bridge named after a sponsor.Past offorts failed to progress due to lack of financial support.
Jim Lawes ● 243d12 Comments ● 239d
A nice little piece telling us that there will be a Canal Festival this year. It was fun last year - I particularly loved the music in the Market Place and it was wonderful that the weather was great. But the article would have been nicer still if the dates of the festival had been included. "Who, what, when, where, how" seem to have disappeared from the journalist's canon.
Sue Rowe ● 248d3 Comments ● 247d
Anyone else’s foundations are shaking heavily due to the industrial impact drilling at the old Brentford football stadium? Our entire building is moving when they use that machine. I do hope it doesn’t cause damage to our buildings?
Jai Williams ● 252d5 Comments ● 248d
How can money just disappear? I really don't understand - anybody got an explanation? Thanks.
Anne England ● 248d6 Comments ● 248d
So, Sadiq Khan is claiming that the “silent majority” support his plans to charge us a huge daily amount to drive on our roads. Does he think that we would believe that only people who are strongly against these measures will speak out, and those who are strongly in favour will just sit quietly by? He is using the same dishonest tactics used by our local council – to ignore or discredit the results of their own consultations that are verifiably and resolutely against their plans, in favour of inventing conversations with mystery persons that appear to support them. I think that we are all in favour of better air quality, but is this going to produce a significant and measurable improvement? And is this the best use of our money at this time? We are experiencing the highest inflation in a generation, we have fuel poverty, a social care crisis, a mental health epidemic, an influx of refugees from a war – I could go on. So, what are our Labour administrations in Hounslow and City Hall prioritising – building cycle lanes and fining us for using our cars to get to work. How can they justify a 5% council tax rise locally, and a whopping 10% increase for the GLA, when people can’t heat their homes or feed their families? These people have become complacent and expect to be returned time after time, so make no effort to truly represent their constituents or take our views into account when they’re spending OUR money. When you’re next in the supermarket wondering what you can afford to eat, think of the millions being spent on these pointless schemes. I think it is time that these people – both in Hounslow and City Hall, who have shown no interest in truly representing us and are happy to raise taxes and fritter away our money on grandiose and pointless schemes, need to be voted out at the first opportunity – literally anyone else would be better than this lot.
Graham Thorpe ● 250d0 Comments ● 250d
Its finally been admitted there will be border control posts at Belfast and three other locations. And goods crossing the Irish Sea will be subject to checks.
Nicholas Beard ● 1306d17 Comments ● 252d
(See the article on the front page of TW8).These are important clarifications:1) if you wish to comment to LB Hounslow on the Article 4 Direction, you should include your name and postal address within your email.2) Brentford Voice would welcome your general opinion on the gating, irrespective of whether you are in favour of the gates or against them. Please email your thoughts to: email@example.com
Jim Storrar ● 289d36 Comments ● 253d
Has anyone experience of reusing old glass frames by having new lenses put in them? I have a couple of pairs I would like to reuse, but I am uncertain of who to go to, and whether it is a good idea?
Sarah Felstead ● 257d7 Comments ● 253d
The consultation report into the Brentford to Hounslow Cycleway proposal (not the one they have just started building but the one further west which is on the drawing board).https://haveyoursay.tfl.gov.uk/hounslow-brentford-walking-and-cycling-changesThere are some interesting comments in the report and bus island by-passes were clearly causing people a lot of concern.What TfL haven't done is give details of overall levels of support or opposition to the scheme presenting responses in a way in which it was impossible to work out even broadly what was the balance of opinion.You may argue that this is underhand and assume that it could only be because the level of opposition was overwhelming or say that this is meant to be a consultation not a referendum.What I can't recall is if there was ever a question asking for overall opinions on the scheme in the original survey. They have taken it down now so it is hard to find out. If they did then an FoI request may be necessary to find out.There is to be another consultation on more detailed plans later this year.
Jeremy Parkinson ● 255d0 Comments ● 255d
Sarah Felstead ● 270d16 Comments ● 257d
At risk of attracting further ridicule and contempt at being unable to track down documents online, could someone point me in the right direction for a more detailed map of the new section of the Cycleway planned between Watermans Park and Kew Bridge?
Jeremy Parkinson ● 269d35 Comments ● 258d
It was kind of King George V and Queen Mary to open a stage of the Great West Road back in 1925.It is a major throughfare through Brentfordof which we used to be most proud.Take a walk from the Chiswick Flyover...starting on the west side... and you'll been startled to see masses of trapped litter ..seemingly left alone for years.Use the still active subway (ref A4 Smiths Factory)... ignore the filth and litter (not cleaned for years)...litter all along and in front of Dell, chaotic cycle path ..disgraceful Gatehouse zone at Gunnersbury Park.. and then the flytipping scene at the Sunley Plot at the entrance to Lionel Road North. Who is in Charge?
Jim Lawes ● 265d11 Comments ● 258d
Shall we share details of the best cream teas around? If we are going to do this + maybe we should decide what makes a really lovely cream tea?
Sarah Felstead ● 278d10 Comments ● 260d
.... have been apparently hotellingwith their families in Brentford TW8prior to their match versus Brentford B and v England at Wembley this weekend.Another thumbs up for TW8!
Jim Lawes ● 260d0 Comments ● 260d
I gather that the friendly Enfield Road,in North Brentford, are have a Street Party ...sometime that weekend.Good on them!
Jim Lawes ● 268d2 Comments ● 261d
So now the M4 will be closed as far as the A4 to Hogarth Roundabout. With the only notice being on this site . - Less than a week.The TfL/ Highways Authority advice? Use the A40 or the A4.Do they not know that these roads are also currently severely restricted for ongoing works with tailbacks on the A40 to the M25 and is causing delays and gridlock in Hayes, Southall and almost impossible to get across Ealing to Brentford or Acton ?Then there are works on South Ealing Road, in Boston Manor and Hanwell.Then there is Richmond Town Centre blocked right in the middle with a 30 min detour via Sheen heading North- which diverts the bus right back into the epicentre of congestion.Plus ongoing Tube works of which the notifications have also been reduced by 4 days.The messed up weekends, the impossibility of working on call, and the waste in fuel, added pollution, stuffed up incomes, stress and damage to local trade.How on earth is this Road Management? and why such late and scant information to residents over what is a wide area.Plenty of posters all over the place about Ulez and untrue claims of clean air ( now being taken up by the ASA) But nothing about actions that are making life an absolute hell for everyone on foot in a car or on a bus.Worse than third rate.
Raymond Havelock ● 264d2 Comments ● 263d
The bridge is still closed. Planning application applied Sept. 2022 for strengthening. With the major improvements to the Park great shame there is currently no access from the towpath. I assume the various bodies involved are still fighting over who pays. Does anyone have some positive news?.
Chris Dakers ● 312d12 Comments ● 264d
Someone on the REAL BRENTFORD facebook group is asking the very legitimate question.about all the maintenance work that keeps going on underneath the M4 passing through Brentford.... and currently causing great delays.We heard about water leakage, the damage done by SALT etc.... but what is the real problem. Is it being disclosed?Lots of wires seem to have been inserted into the cement column s etc.What's it all about.Does the M4 need rebuilding in TW8?
Jim Lawes ● 287d15 Comments ● 264d
We are currently looking for a venue for a baby shower probably for about 30 people. It would just be for a Saturday/Sunday afternoon (1pm - 4pm) preferably with on site parking and catering facilities.Any ideas. Thanks in advance.
Pat Kingham ● 279d9 Comments ● 266d
I've noticed two buildings that were destined to be SAVED ...are seemingly beinguncared for, are showing signs of disrepairand could well be deemed soon for sad demolition.One is the old Wilson and Kyle staff canteen and grinding building that had the interesting staggered brickwork.The Jupp overhanging warehouse could do with some tlc before that too is given the bulldozer treatment.Anyone concerned?
Jim Lawes ● 295d7 Comments ● 270d
Is this open now, does anybody know? If so, what times? Can't seem to find out by googling!
Susan Kelly ● 299d25 Comments ● 272d
We got a package for someone of that name, but the address is obviously wrong
Mark Gormley ● 275d0 Comments ● 275d
Can anyone explain why Greggs are allowed to pile bags of rubbish all over the pavement outside their premises every day. Should they not be required to have proper commercial rubbish disposal?Also a thank you to Hounslow Council for installing two new wooden cube seats by the willow tree on the Market Square. This will stop those dangerous people who drive over the pavement and under the tree in order to park illegally on the square and endanger all who use it.
Cherry Baker ● 289d7 Comments ● 275d
Bicycle sales are at a 20 year low and there’s no real prospect of boosting them. Maybe all that multi million pound investment isn’t needed after all!https://road.cc/content/news/uk-bike-sales-fall-lowest-level-20-years-299457
Simon Hayes ● 287d11 Comments ● 282d
•It's 1st March.•So it's St David's Day.•Brentford's links with Wales?The M4 motorway of course ...and welsh friends and associates
Jim Lawes ● 285d4 Comments ● 284d
Just received letter from Chartwell Vision building contractor based in Kent. I do hope that there vision improves before they start work as the address given reads adjacent to 2 Carville Crescent, Feltham,TW13 7DD which is Fernside Avenue, Feltham. perhaps LBH can help out before residents in Fernside have a block of flats in their road.
John William Selfe ● 285d3 Comments ● 284d
You are welcome to look around this local listed building. Surprisingly very little has structurally been altered. The property’s freehold is owned by Hounslow Council, had been converted into flats . The wooden sash windows albeit now rotten contain the original panes of glass. ,The electric circuit boxes are over 60 years old have a distinctive retro look. The Loft has a beauty of its own, displaying superb carpentry. Missing roof tiles have invited rain over the decades to add attractive hues to the wooden joists and beams. Also in the Attic is an Asbestos insulation quite rare in residential housing. The cracked lathe and plaster ceilings when gently pressed become animated, giving a gentle ripple effect. The subsidence has created a deep crack that runs down from the ceiling to the floor. Outside of the property plant life flourishes with young trees growing from drains and attached to the outside wall a 30ft rusty gas pipeline continues to feed gas into the building. Bring a hard hat.
Philippa Auton ● 288d9 Comments ● 286d
2 dining chairs need the covers on the seat pads replacing. Do you know of anyone? Thanks
Sarah Felstead ● 290d4 Comments ● 288d
Experience of tomato growing - hints and tips - would be appreciated. Grow bags? Seeds? Thanks
Sarah Felstead ● 293d7 Comments ● 289d
Oh to think that the traffic headaches of Chiswick will be intensified in Brentford...in the next year or two. Are Brentford's Councillors on the case in good time to make suggestions and amendments.Chiswick, my birthplace, is such a disaster.Accidents waiting in the wings.
Jim Lawes ● 314d20 Comments ● 290d
You will have read the article on the front page.You may be aware also...via BRENTFORD VOICE... that Hounslow Council might be engaging expensive lawyers to fight this prohibition.I sat next to a lady on a bus yesterday and we engaged in interesting conversation. She lived in Brentford Dock and was fully supportive of restricting public access to their river and canalside location.They pay their maintenance chargesto keep the place tidy..amongst other things. But it's OUR local scalleywags who let Brentford down again. Some of their disgusting habits ruin things for the rest of us.Urinating and depositing poo on your homeland is no fun to tolerate. Litter is bad enough.I've come to the conclusion that Brentford Dock are right and Hounslow Council and Brentford Voice should tonedown their opposition.No wonder the Pump House Crescent estate of apartments (behind Holland Gardens) is fenced in too ..to keep out Green Dragon Lane swalleywags (if they exist).Summarising... these badly behaved locals spoil life for all of us and we should accept that and not force the issue.I loved looking at the River Thames from outside Justin Court at the Dock... but no more. Thank you scalleywags.
Jim Lawes ● 326d37 Comments ● 292d
We are a regulated local (not for profit)community group and we seek an enthusiastic, experienced archivist! Have you got the skills to catalogue a sporting collection of <1000 items but with more coming soon. This is consultancy but sleeves rolled up, there's work to do. After the cataloguing >> scanning!Can you help - join us - come on board - this is not voluntary.Local (very local) sporting interest helpful!Thank you!Don
Don Tanswell ● 295d2 Comments ● 294d
FYI there is a kindness wall at the junction of t'high street and Catherine Wheel Rd. where you can hang upo an unwanted coat,jumper,hoodie etc.for anyone who might need one.
Keith Iddon ● 304d12 Comments ● 295d
When Morrisons move to the new location on the BRENTFORD PROJECT site...I gather that it will be smaller in size compared with the present one.Is just one supermarket enough...with the thousands of people moving into the town?Today's Metro Newspaper lists the popularity score of the TOP TEN SUPERMARKETS.M&S, Aldi and Waitrose score very well.followed by Iceland,Lidl,Sainsburys and Tesco who are considered middling. Morrisons trailed in 9th place followed by the Co-Op.Are local shoppers happy?
Jim Lawes ● 296d1 Comments ● 296d
There have been some exceptional low tides on the Brentford Waterfront this week.One can see the levels in front of Lot's Ait reduced to puddles.I fancied my chances of reaching the riverbank by going down those steps at Smith Hill. Even the lower steps were caked in thick Thames mud and I had to retreat.My footwear was plastered.Returning home...I washed the solid Thames mud from the soles etc. The mud stank of sewage. One hears that the Thames does have a whiff sometimes. One would have thought modern technology would have sorted the problem. Successive local MPs have knocked on Thames Water's door. The boss gets paid a fortune. LET'S HAVE SOME ACTION!
Jim Lawes ● 298d2 Comments ● 297d
I have recently been fascinated by the area around Smith Hill (at the bottom of Ealing Road and leading to the river) and likewise Goat Wharf, The Thames Path and Lot's Ait.Really gritty Brentford stuff.The tide is sometimes so low, just puddles, that it's tempting to wade....or certainly to do some mudlarking.In the basement of the Max Factor building,a small enterprise called STUDIO KLOX seems similar to the MAN'S SHED that operates in Isleworth Cemetery.Studio Flox is involved with cushion making, UPHOLSTERY, Furniture varnishing, yoga, and various other crafts and interests.This evening they were hosting a talk about the old Gas Works! A hidden gem of an area!
Jim Lawes ● 298d3 Comments ● 298d
A quote from an anonymous thinker. "How many Silver-back gorillas would be required, and how long would it take to train 1 of the gorillas to sit at a piano and play Beethoven's 5th Symphony?"
Neil Milkins ● 301d2 Comments ● 300d
If you can tear yourself away from whatever ale house or curry emporium you are frequenting this weekend perhaps you could answer a simple question:How many pedestrians were killed or injured on Swyncombe Avenue between 2010 and 2022?I bet you could find the answer fairly easily from your council colleagues. You used pedestrian safety in general as a reason for the closure being made permanent, but failed to provide any specifics relating to the road. Are you hiding behind dodgy data?
Simon Hayes ● 303d25 Comments ● 300d
Here is a question I would like any of our Councillors to answer.Why did you hire a private company to carry out a consultation with ratepayers money and when they reported that there was huge opposition,ignore the result ?It is obvious that the Labour council never was going to listen to their residents views.I,like many residents, am disgusted at this level of comtempt for the people of this borough shown by this group of self-serving yes men who blindly toe the party line without a whimper, who by their action show they have no respect whatsoever for their constituents.
Robert Ayres ● 321d53 Comments ● 300d
Should be very interesting as to what questions we will be allowed to ask.https://www.london.gov.uk/events/peoples-question-time-ealing
Debbie Paradin ● 301d1 Comments ● 301d
Yes, Guy was admiring his handiwork in Whitestile Road when who should happen along but Cinders."Oh Guy", she said. "You look sad". "Yes", he said. "I'm getting a lot of stick about my handiwork and it's the wicked wizard who lives down Enfield. He keeps on about this thing called democracy and refused to accept my excuses." "Oh", said Cinders. "I see you have been telling a few little white porkies. Well, a few more won't hurt. Tell them you met a lady who told you everyone loves them and Guy, don't be down if it all goes tits up. I have the perfect job for you, as the widow Twanky in my pantomime - if we can find a frock big enough to fit you. So go away and use your monotonous, boring, self-promoting blog to say 'Approval on the Ground for New Permanent Road Barriers'. Then there was a thunderous fart, a flash of smoke and Cinders disappeared.
Robert Ayres ● 301d0 Comments ● 301d
Does anyone know if Syon Lane is open for through traffic yet? Thanks.
Pat Kingham ● 306d9 Comments ● 303d
I found a bank card today with the name Vagisha Kajla.If anyone knows her please reply, and if she can identify the lost card I will arrange to get it back to her.
Paul Thompson ● 307d0 Comments ● 307d
Having a clear out, I find I have containers of unused CD's and DVD's plus plastic cases. Anyone interested - FOC of course!Also, can anyone suggest what I can do with unwanted cables etc. I don't want to send them to landfill. Thanks.
Joan Adamson ● 309d14 Comments ● 308d
Hounslow has made the Private Eye 'Rotten Boroughs' Awards 2022 - category 'Brass-necked Councillor of the Year'. "One of the reasons Hounslow Labour councillor Puneet Grewal found herself de-selected last April may have been that she had claimed £17,976 in allowances over the year, but managed to attend just one meeting. Nice work while it lasted!"
Vanessa Smith ● 340d19 Comments ● 310d
ILLEGAL TRANSFER FROM ENERGY PROVIDER SSE TO OVO.A response given on Trustpilot on 26-1-23 by energy provider SSE regarding my illegal transfer from energy company SSE to energy company OVO which are part of the same company."Hi, Thank you for your recent email, I apologise for the delay in my response.We appreciate you contacting us. When I check your account, it has already been transferred to OVO Energy. As a result, your account has been closed and we no longer have access to it. I suggest you to get in touch with OVO Energy because they are the team that can assist you.Thank you for contacting SSE."John from OVO has informed me that I was tricked by SSE to sign up to OVO with a false promise of a £50 energy credit.And the response given on Trustpilot by OVO. Thanks for getting back to me, Neil.I've checked over your account and I can see you've managed to reach the team. I am sorry that the letter has caused such confusion, but the install would have had to have been with SSE.Thanks,Dave.Both SSE and OVO are continuing to argue that the other party are to blame for the illegal transfer. I have to wait about 7 weeks for SSE and OVO to sort the mess out before the Energy Ombudsman will intervene. Anyone wishing to change energy providers would be wise to check on Trustpilot the company they are thinking of using before deciding. SSE and OVO are having shocking reviews. See part of Which magazine review of OVO below. "Ovo Energy came near the bottom of the table in 13th place out of 16 energy companies rated by 10,197 members of the public in the annual Which? customer survey. This is a big drop from last year, when it came joint second. It had poor two-star ratings for almost all of the aspects of service we looked at, managing an average three stars for just one - the accuracy of its payments."One dissatisfied customer said: 'It’s impossible to contact them. Online options don’t make it easy to solve problems.'
Neil Milkins ● 312d0 Comments ● 312d
Do come to a talk by Jennal Amin of Gunnersbury Park Museum, exploring people's memories of working in three local factories (Firestone, Trico and AEC) and the impact that their closures had on people's lives. She will also be most interested to hear your experiences of working in other factories or workplaces. Do bring along any relevant photos you may have.At the Friendship Club, Oxford Road North, W4 4DN. firstname.lastname@example.org. 020 8742 7007
Age Concern Chiswick ● 317d3 Comments ● 312d
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