I don't recall seeing them this year.
Steve Bullman ● 106d0 Comments ● 106d
To save people the agony of having to deal with a future nightmare with Look After My Bills and Utility Point please read their horrendous reviews on Trustpilot. This is an email I received from Trustpilot this week. People are reading your review!Hi Neil Milkins,You recently wrote a review on Trustpilot and it looks like people find it helpful.117 people have already read your review. LOOK AFTER MY BILLS SHAMBLES.It is now 12 weeks since Look After My Bills without my knowledge or permission changed my energy provider from S.S.E. to Utility Point. Jacqueline Loughman promised me 9 weeks ago that they would resolve the matter within 14 days. A week ago their senior complaints manager Daniel promised me he would phone me on (29-12-20) and have the matter resolved. No phone call and no answer to my emails to him. In the meantime I am going to have a sky high electric and gas bill when this matter is resolved. It is near impossible to get a reply from them once you have emailed and phoned them and it is totally impossible to phone Utility Point as ALL their phone lines have been cut off. I have been on the phone and emailing 19 hours in total trying to sort this mess out. Anyone thinking of going with Look After My Bills or Utility Point please check their horrendous reviews on Trustpilot.
Neil Milkins ● 107d2 Comments ● 107d
I've posted this on the CW4 Forum but it is important for Isleworth residents too. You have until Tuesday 12th JANUARY to make your comments known to Hounslow Council, it's earlier if you're attempting to run a Business, that one is Thursday 7th January.Should you be concerned about the traffic issues in our lovely borough, finally HOUNSLOW COUNCIL are ASKING FOR YOUR OPINIONS but you must do this almost immediately after NEW YEAR.The Council has organised a series of engagement meetings online, the link is given below, on the many road changes made so far including one for Businesses in the Borough, the C9 in Chiswick and Brentford, the road closures in the centre of Chiswick and the South Chiswick Liveable Neighbourhood scheme in Grove Park/Strand on the Green. (Not included are the many additional schemes for further LTN's to come)It’s important that as many opposing voices as possible are heard to challenge Hounslow Council's view that these schemes are well supported. WE NEED TO RAISE THE DIFFICULTIES THEY HAVE CAUSED.There are four events, allocated by area, anyone can attend. They are online, book via Eventbrite using the link below. Hounslow Council wants people to submit questions in advance though they can also be asked during the sessions. More details via the link.https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/news/article/2236/hounslow_moves_ahead_with_next_round_of_phases_1_and_2_streetspace_engagementThe dates are:• 7pm on Thursday, 7th January: BUSINESSES boroughwide• 7pm on Friday, 8th January: North Chiswick (LBH language for north of the A4 - including C9 in Chiswick and Brentford & the road closures in the centre of Chiswick)• 7pm on MONDAY, 11th JANUARY: South Chiswick (LBH LANGUAGE FOR SOUTH OF THE A4 - incl. Hartington Rd)• 7pm on Tuesday, 12th January: IsleworthPlease circulate this widely to friends, family and neighbourhood groups. It is vital that the other side of the argument regarding the borough’s traffic is heard.Hounslow Council say they WANT TO HEAR FROM US - NOW IS THE TIME TO SPEAK UP, it's our last chance!They have more LTN's planned for us here in W4 too. So get your voices out there now before they start on the next tranche of misery.
Jennifer Selig ● 117d3 Comments ● 108d
UNICEF will feed children in the UK for the first time in their 70 year history!!!! I will say nothing more.
Nicholas Beard ● 123d8 Comments ● 108d
Hounslow CCG Communications TeamWebsite: www.hounslowccg.nhs.ukTwitter: @HounslowCCG The Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) will once again be in the London Borough of Hounslow tomorrow (Wednesday 5th August 2020), at Hanworth Road. Registration opens to book a test from 6pm today (4th August). Please note: Hanworth Road will not appear until 6pm the day prior to testing when trying to book. · Appendix 1: “Bulletin for Residents” is to be shared to the public via your communication networks/social media to encourage those who are symptomatic to get tested. The MTU will also be in the London Borough of Hounslow at Hanworth Road on the following days, so please continue to encourage Covid-19 testing; • Wednesday 5th August • Saturday 8th August • Tuesday 11th August • Friday 14th August • Monday 17th August • Thursday 20th August • Sunday 23rd August • Wednesday 26th August • Saturday 29th August (Registration opens for each testing day at 6pm the day before e.g. for Wednesday 5th August, registration opens on Tuesday 4th August from 6pm). You can find more information on the LBH website: https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/info/20007/health_and_adult_social_care/2183/hounslow_mobile_testing_unit_mtu
Bernard Allen ● 257d12 Comments ● 111d
Reading the COVID stats table on the front page ...Where is Syon Green?Asking Alexa for the weather tells me we now live in Brentford end, but Syon Green?
Sarah Felstead ● 121d9 Comments ● 115d
If you didn't cheer when you heard the news... perhaps you don't have Civic Pride.?Fancy dear old Brentford ..at last...getting into the semi-finals of that Cup.Fans should be dancing in the streets... but instead are locked up indoors. Shame.
Jim Lawes ● 117d7 Comments ● 116d
So having been kicked out of Blondin Park, Three Mobile and EE are now hoping to put up a 60-foot high monster mast in Boston Manor Playing Fields instead.It’s interesting to see that the proposed mast relies very heavily on Huawei technology. One of the drawings submitted to Hounslow Council specifies the deployment of a Huawei BTS3900A cabinet.http://planning2.hounslow.gov.uk/NPSPublicDocs/00688507.pdfIn case you’re not familiar with it, the Huawei BTS3900A cabinet is the part of the system that deals with your calls, texts, emails and web searches. The technology in the Huawei BTS3900A also makes it possible to send all of this to Beijing so the Chinese government can see exactly what you’re up to. You can object here (link below) but only mention planning-related concerns, like height, overshadowing and loss of amenity. Spying by foreign powers does not count as a “material” concern.https://eforms.hounslow.gov.uk/ufs/ufsmain?formid=A086_PLANNING_COMMENTS&ALT_REF=00132%2FA%2FCOM1&CASE_NO=PA%2F2020%2F2091&ebz=1_1594408177409&ebd=0&ebz=1_1594408177409
David Marshall ● 283d18 Comments ● 118d
Was anyone aware that waste and recycling collection day was changed this week in Boston Manor Road from the normal Tuesday collection, to today (Monday 21st December)? If so, how did you find out? I hadn't received any warning.
Helen Walker ● 119d10 Comments ● 118d
Now that Christmas has suffered a last minute cancellation and we are in extreme lockdown once more anything we can do to keep local businesses going is helpful. We have been having more takeaways than ever before and it provides welcome variation as well as a break from shopping and cooking. Today we were coming back from a walk and went past The Weir, which is now doing takeaways. We ordered a lamb roast for two and it was superb. So I've added them to our takeaway web page at https://www.chericbaker.co.uk/takeaway/ Refresh the page if The Weir doesn't show up at first. We've also had excellent takeaways recently from Holy Spice, Santa Maria Pizza and The Griffin.
Eric Baker ● 120d0 Comments ● 120d
The Northumberland Estate (Syon Park) have - as expected - have chosen this time of year to lodge another planning application with Hounslow council for developing the Park Rd. allotment site for housing. Having already lost the first application that went to a public inquiry they have been meetings with the Leader of the council and planning officers behind closed doors, an FOI reveals no Minutes taken of these meetings apparently.Interestingly if you look at the application (P/2020/4292) there are NO supporting documents provided, what with this and this ridiculous matter of Ballymore not applying for permission for that car park, these developers must think Hounslow is a real soft touch
Vanessa Smith ● 127d5 Comments ● 120d
Would it be possible to have the recycling teams take batteries? We are not going in to the supermarkets so other than a trip to the tip, booking just to get rid of batteries, the only other way to get rid of the increasing pile by my front door is to put them in the household waste. Is that what people are doing? Is there somewhere else to take batteries?
Sarah Felstead ● 126d7 Comments ● 120d
I've had my attention drawn to an app called OLIO which allows people with surplus food (as, for example, when your Christmas visitors have now cancelled) to offer it to someone who needs it (because, for example, their visits to family have been cancelled).Thought I'd mention it.
Susan Kelly ● 121d1 Comments ● 120d
Is it unreasonable to expect to get a GP appointment before Christmas? Our practice say there are no appointments until January at the earliest. We've tried the online service but that gets us nowhere. We are with the Brentford Group Practice. Are there any other doctors in Brentford that offer a shorter waiting time? Thanks in advance.
Pat Kingham ● 131d7 Comments ● 121d
The road just by the crossing near Ivybridge shopping centre has now been dug up for well over a week by Thames Water, with temporary lights and one way working around them. Since it has now just been left for over 5 days with not a soul to be seen can anyone speculate as to why utilities seem to make a habit of this. Let's go dig the road up put some barriers round said hole, restrict the traffic and then we'll all bugger off seems to be the thinking. It's only a little while since the same thing happened a few yards up the road. Yesterday two ambulances had a lot of problems trying to get through the build up of traffic which was backed up past Mogden Lane junction, if these people couldn't give a toss about us ordinary mortals they might at least consider the impact on emergency vehicles especially at this time.
Vanessa Smith ● 125d11 Comments ● 123d
I think a big round of applause is due to Debs of Marsh Produce who has steadfastly kept our market going with success especially the last one with the amount of paperwork involved, and was accessible to all including our Mayor in all his finery despite the wet, let's make a new years resolution to continue to support our market in market square Brentford is great despite what they are trying to do to us.
Jean Harrison ● 125d3 Comments ● 124d
Hey all,I regularly cycle along brentford highstreet past the McDonalds and up to the musical museum and pass through the little park there. It occurs to me that its a really sad looking park and could be soooo put to good use. Couple of cafe's with river views etc..Are there plans for this? has it been thought of before?
Angelo R Santagata ● 143d10 Comments ● 125d
You've been spotted in Chiswick Hi Rd several times just recently so how are you finding the traffic and the as yet to be opened two way cycle lane? Is that level of pollution caused by the barely moving traffic jams acceptable to the Greening of the borough. How safe will you feel pedaling the full length of this cycle lane from Kew Bridge to King Street in Hammersmith and back again? I have several ardent cycling friends who flatly refuse to cycle in C.HiRd as they say it is far too dangerous. Old habits die hard, so will old people who have grown up being told to look right, then left and then right again before crossing the road - well that won't do now will it as they stagger to cross the two-way cycle lane to the bus island perched in the middle of the road! I suppose when all these old twits have been felled, it might come good!
Jennifer Selig ● 126d0 Comments ● 126d
Moha has stayed with me for 18 months, ever since he got refugee status, and it's time he moved on to independent living.He is a teacher, trying to get back into teaching in the UK and with a six week placement coming up soon at a local school. Currently he works as a Starbucks barista in Chiswick/Ealing.His English is good and he is a very nice chap (and an ace cook!)But he doesn't earn much and is keen to find a room as a lodger or in a flat-share or a two-bed flat he and a friend can share.He can afford up to about £450pcm.Please dm me if you can help - or know someone who can.
Sara Nathan ● 139d2 Comments ● 127d
I have just replaced my small shower enclosure for a larger one. The installer now tells me he can’t dispose of the old enclosure and shower tray! LBH will not take this under their Waste Collection service - 5 items for a fee of £40.The two curved toughened glass panels, roughly 6ft x 2ft, would make ideal cold frames for anyone with an allotment or a garden where they might want to grow from seed. Could anyone put me in touch with any organisation or person who might like to have them? The triangular, curved front white shower tray is too shallow for a mini pond but is a good hard surface. I was thinking of Abundance perhaps or Chiswick House Gardeners - phone numbers/email addresses please.Alternatively any other ideas of how and where to dispose of this obsolete shower enclosure. I can't move it myself and my small car would not be any good either. HELP.
Jennifer Selig ● 132d2 Comments ● 127d
I popped into the library yesterday - now open for limited hours. I have to say it is looking splendid in there. Do go along and have a look at how the works are coming along and borrow a book while you're at it!As I posted some time back, I hope that the Adult Education offer is more than English as a Second Language/English for Speakers of Other Languages and/or Basic Skills courses. Some courses of general interest or foreign language courses would be appreciated by many, I'm sure.
Anne England ● 132d1 Comments ● 131d
Noticed on my bike how dim the lighting has become on Swyncombe ave in recent weeks.As I ride it more than I drive it, am finding this and several roads off Windmill road far to dark to be safe even as early as 8pm.But there is a marked difference to the norm. Is this deliberate or a fault?Make it rather less safe for pedestrians and those on two wheels ( including those of us who do have good lights on our machines)Has anyone else noticed this?
Raymond Havelock ● 133d3 Comments ● 132d
Dear fellow TW8 readersForgive me if I am raising a topic that's already been dealt with on the fabulous TW8 site (though I couldn't see any reference to this topic already).I am noticing more and more that people are referring to Catherine Wheel Road as 'the blue road'.The blue paint on Catherine Wheel Road is a marketing tactic by the developer. As such an historic town, Brentford needs protecting, and using wonderful local names like Catherine Wheel Road is part of that.It makes me really sad to hear people being 'bluewashed' into using a marketing term instead of the proper name... I've tried to find some history behind the road's name, but couldn't find anything. Do any local historians know the provenance of the name?Here's hoping!:)
Angela Burton ● 134d5 Comments ● 133d
On Worple Road - Vanessa gets a mention.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-53986389JL.
Jim Linwood ● 229d13 Comments ● 134d
Gradually the Hounslow Council workers are destroying all the areas where rabbits have lived for years, today they were working on the area next to GSK, this was the last rabbit habitat. Hundreds of trees have been cut down, admittedly some of them were small but ten times as big as those the council will plant, if they plant any. Some of the trees they have cut down were 50 years plus, no doubt the Council will claim they were diseased, pay a tree surgeon enough money and they will find a fault with any tree. There is no such thing as a dead tree, it is a monument to a wonderful living thing that has produced clean oxygen for this planet and it's wildlife and now is home to stag beetles and all sorts of living creatures. Shame on you Hounslow Council you are supposed to be the servants of the residents and taxpayers, how many have expressed their disagreement with what you are doing and how many have expressed their agreement?
Roy Baker ● 143d7 Comments ● 134d
I know many on this forum go to our wonderful local arts centre and they need money to keep going.https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/aa24cf30d1003d5b8e715ab77d147d88
Susan Kelly ● 144d12 Comments ● 134d
Reading the report on this sites news page and one wonders if our Council are from another dimension.Have none of these people seen what is already going on out in the streets of this borough?There are E scooter users riding with 2 people, riding on pavements, roads, in the dark, hooded,, no lights. often no refelective gear at all, or safety gear, riding along with dogs. Then riding with ear plugs and by the nature of the design completely unable to use hand signals or look behind them without losing control.70 years nearly of RoSPA and it's come down to this - just to suit a trend wave?Now a shop selling these and marketing towards pre- provisional licence age young people is to open in Northfields Ave.Yet on the BBC a report states that riding these is still illegal.Its so twisted that cameras and all means of enforcement can be deployed against fully insured and tested road users and yet not for people who clearly break the law, show not road sense for themselves or for others, pedestrians or road users.This current behaviour underlines the fact that users cannot be trusted so clear and effective regulations have to be in place.HGV and PCV drivers go through hell and risk losing their livelihoods if involved with a cyclist accident. They are treated as though guilty before any evidence or investigations are completed.Even when found completely not at fault, they are pilloried on social media. yet very little ever mentioned of the victim if it was in the event their fault. Or if it was neither parties actual fault.But one is not insured, tested, retested and trained. The other is not.And those supporting all this remain very deft at avoiding the facts and the real problems and issues.RoSPA , set up to bring safer use of roads for ALL road users has been completely swept aside and this is slamming all the advances and changes that they have brought about. Wholly irresponsible to the point of arrogant stupidity.
Raymond Havelock ● 136d7 Comments ● 134d
I recently received a letter from the council stating that they propose to install a permanent metal bike store in the road outside my house in Hamilton road. While I greatly support the council encouraging bike use in the borough, the proposed siting for this structure is wrong. There is a much better position less than 20 meters away on the yellow line next to the post box by the junction of Windmill road that doesn't impinge on the residents outlook onto the road, and doesn't use a valuable CPZ car parking space. If you are a Hamilton road resident and agree then please contact the council: https://tinyurl.com/bikehangars20-21 and let them know in the comments.
Stephen Keogh ● 140d13 Comments ● 138d
From Monday Night Scrutiny Committee. Says it all."RESIGN!" – SENIOR COUNCILLOR DEMANDS RESIGNATIONS OF FELLOW LABOUR COUNCILLORS OVER TRAFFIC SCHEMES. As the new traffic schemes were scrutinised Monday night, Cllr Richard Eason called for the resignation of Cllrs Hanif Khan and Katherine Dunne, two of the most powerful and active members running the Borough.Having criticised the schemes, Cllr Eason (Labour, Isleworth) told the Council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee: "Two of the lead members involved should have known better than this. They have lost the confidence of members and residents and they should resign. Their positions are untenable. The lead member for Transport (Cllr Khan) and the lead member for Communities (Cllr Dunne), and I feel they should be resigning from Cabinet to create space for this programme to be reshaped and delivered with the support of residents."Watch it herehttps://www.facebook.com/groups/brentfordtoday/permalink/839920300103067/
Chris Soze ● 138d0 Comments ● 138d
Hi everyone! My name is Gabriella Slater and i'm a Geography A-Level student at Latymer Upper School. For my coursework I am investigating the effects of air pollution on poor health in you area. I have created a short 14-question survey to better understand the public's perception of air pollution and I would really appreciate it if you could spare just 5 minutes of your time to fill in the survey (below) and help me out with my coursework. If this could be completed by the 5 November that would be great! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScQEoAQtqZW6IzgD65_8pINRy4-sy3n_ck7xb2q82qL7l4EAw/viewform?usp=sf_linkThank you so much,Gabriella
Gabriella Slater ● 169d11 Comments ● 139d
Here’s a thought, after what has been a very dark year and as we approach Christmas should we not try and spread some light to lift our spirits and bring some cheer?The good people of Richmond have led the way with this as you’ll see in the link below, so is it not time for Brentfordians to show that Brentford is Brilliant!If we all sprinkle a little fairy (light) dust on the front of our houses, flats, gardens shops, pubs, restaurants, canal boats, and who knows maybe even our new car park, just think how magical Brentford could become in the coming weeks?As we come out of lockdown (hopefully) we could have an official Brentford wide switch on with lights being lit between the hours of 4pm and 10pm each day from December 3 to January 1. So start spreading the word with your neighbours, friends and family and let’s show how truly Brilliant Brentford can be! https://www.swlondoner.co.uk/life/19102020-richmond-whitton-fairy-lights/
Martin Case ● 140d2 Comments ● 140d
Just been to Boston Manor park to walk my dog. I thought the vandalism of the trees would have been finished. Apparently not. 2 chainsaws working away.They've missed a big oak tree in the middle.Complete mess. What a way to destroy a bit of wild habitat we had in our area.Well done all involved.
Paul Lang ● 146d9 Comments ● 140d
I can see why people might get upset about this plan particularly with the loss of trees presumably to stop the roots unsettling the mast. But people will also get upset if their mobile phone signal isn't great. Putting the mast in a little used corner of a park next to some allotments is probably a lot better all round than some of the alternative sites.
Jeremy Parkinson ● 151d8 Comments ● 142d
The Mulberry Centre is a charity based in the grounds of the West Middlesex Hospital. The charity supports those with a diagnosis of cancer, as well as their friends and family, their carer or the bereaved and offers a range of services which are free to centre users. These include one-to-one counselling, complementary therapies and benefits and welfare advice sessions. There are also group session such as Managing Stress and Guided Meditation which are currently being delivered via ZOOM.During this time, support services are extended to the general public and NHS staff impacted by COVID-19 and of particular interest may be the Befriending telephone service.Please register (free) to access the services. Simply call:Rochelle 07759 946 600 9.30a.m.-1.30p.m.Raffa 07376 658 623 9.30a.m.-1.30p.m.Lucy 07592 873 235 1.00p.m.-5.00p.m.You can visit the website for the timetable and further information: www.themulberrycentre.co.ukAnne EnglandVolunteer
Anne England ● 145d1 Comments ● 143d
Excuse the double-posting. I was just thinking that the new topic heading would get more people to click into the entry.The Mulberry Centre is a charity based in the grounds of the West Middlesex Hospital. The charity supports those with a diagnosis of cancer, as well as their friends and family, their carer or the bereaved and offers a range of services which are free to centre users. These include one-to-one counselling, complementary therapies and benefits and welfare advice sessions. There are also group session such as Managing Stress and Guided Meditation which are currently being delivered via ZOOM.During this time, support services are extended to the general public and NHS staff impacted by COVID-19 and of particular interest may be the Befriending telephone service.Please register (free) to access the services. Simply call:Rochelle 07759 946 600 9.30a.m.-1.30p.m.Raffa 07376 658 623 9.30a.m.-1.30p.m.Lucy 07592 873 235 1.00p.m.-5.00p.m.You can visit the website for the timetable and further information: www.themulberrycentre.co.ukAnne EnglandVolunteer
Anne England ● 143d0 Comments ● 143d
Join nearly 3100 fellow Hounslow residents that have signed this straightforward petition.It is a petition to support the Vote of No Confidence in Steve Curran and his Council Leaders on the 10 November. It was started by a fellow Hounslow resident in Chiswick who like many residents across Hounslow, Syon, Brentford, Isleworth, Heston and surrounds is fed up with the chaos and misery brought by Hounslow Council. Its pretty simple, put a name in, address and email link, submit and then make sure you click on the link in the verification email sent to you. All the family can do it. Pass on to your friends.https://petitions.hounslow.gov.uk/REVERSECHANGES/I received a link to this petition on Thursday whilst walking back on Chiswick High Road, having got off a bus at Goldhawk Road. The air pollution was really bad that night as it was getting colder, chocked up with buses and cars. And tonight coming through Hounslow, Syon, Isleworth and Brenford the issues are equally as bad. From comments on social media it appears that there is increasing evidence that the Council has real problems with its lack of consultation with the Emergency Services and potential conflicts of interest with at least 3 councillors now being investigated.
David Riley ● 163d9 Comments ● 144d
Was having a good walk around the new development today to see how it is progressing and wondered if anyone knows what is to become of this 15th Century church? I googled and see that planning application was submitted some years ago to turn it into a gym. I am assuming this was rejected?
Steve Taylor ● 176d16 Comments ● 144d
Why is he always so patronising and rude?Can anyone explain?
Alison Robins ● 152d5 Comments ● 148d
A great many of you were disgusted at the appalling way CIC treated the Gunnersbury Park Bowls Club and expressed your support for our fight, so here's an update. Putt in the Park, with the backing of the CIC, put in a planning application, which would involve destroying the bowling green in order to turn it into crazy golf and use the pavilion as a restaurant/cafe. The first application was refused. They have now put in another application. Since the project remains the same, if there were a level playing field this application should also be refused. But who knows what's going on in the background...Our task now is to make sure the Planning Committee know how much we value the bowling facility and want it to continue. Our objections should be sent to email@example.com under the email title :Bowls Green and Pavilion, Gunnersbury Park, W3 8LQ (Ref: P/2020/3080) by 30 October 2020. Bowling is an almost a century-old tradition in GP, it's excellent to maintain physical health, to promote wellbeing and good mental health, to help combat obesity, to prevent loneliness and isolation in the older community. It should remain in the park as an amenity for posterity, costing the councils not a penny as it would continue to be maintained and looked after by the members as it has for so many years. If we win our fight, anyone can come along on their own or with friends to try bowling. We can provide free instruction to get you started and also the free use of equipment. You'll really enjoy it! So send in your objections and let us safeguard bowling in GP!
Bela Cunha ● 191d16 Comments ● 151d
Rupa Huq leads House of Commons debate on traffic measures this was on 4th Nov. MP Huq is the LABOUR MP for Ealing - from the front page of the CW4 she sounded sensible and aware of the disruption caused by imposing road closures without the full agreement of tbne residents living there. Where was our MP Labour Ruth Cadbury. In Hounslow there are many wards really suffering under these draconian closures being imposed on them. Why didn't she speak up on behalf of her distressed constituents? Isn't that what she was voted in to do - represent the people???
Jennifer Selig ● 163d16 Comments ● 152d
A 69-year-old pensioner has been abused and publicly slandered by a serving Isleworth Councillor, who until 2018, served as the Borough of Hounslow Mayoress.The 69-year-old was sitting watching a European Football match in a community club in Isleworth when Councillor Sue Sampson aggressively approached (uninvited) and demanded the pensioner leave the club. Ms Sampson seemed agitated and uncontrolled and her spoken broadcast was made (loudly) in front of several dozen people. It was embarrassing. The encounter went like this: -Councillor Sampson “You have got to leave this club now”.Pensioner (after being taken aback) “Oh, why is that?Councillor Sampson “Because you are being investigated by the police for identity fraud”.Councillor Sampson “and, you have heard from my Solicitor”Pensioner “I have never heard from your solicitor”Councillor Sampson “It doesn’t matter, you have to leave this club”.Pensioner “I’ve just told you I have not heard from a solicitor”Councillor Sampson “You can’t speak. You have to leave this club now”.At that point, the pensioner (me) left the building feeling absolutely humiliated and confused.I wrote to (and emailed) Ms. Sampson two days later and requested the Police Crime Reference she alluded to and that ‘her solicitor’ clearly spell out what this ‘fraud’ was. Not heard a word from her, the police, or any solicitor.This encounter was distressing enough but I’ve been contacted by and 80-year-old woman and a 64-year-old man who have confirmed Ms Sampson abused them shortly after I left the club that evening.Needless to say, a full complaint is being prepared and will be submitted to the appropriate authorities in due course.
Christopher Devlin ● 160d9 Comments ● 153d
Having lived in Brentford for over forty years I have been watching the planned redevelopment.Reading that: 'two planning applications were approved in 2018 for193 flats on the Watermans Arts Centre/Max Factor site (P/2017/3372) and the replacement of Watermans (of similar size to existing) plus 105 flats at the Police Station (P/2017/3371). The proposal for the Watermans site was called in by the Secretary of State in April 2018 following objections from Historic England regarding the visual impact from Kew Gardens of its height and massing.' It was called Watermans because its close to the water, when it moves are they going to re-name it as it won't be any longer?Also plans for the rear of St Lawrence Church to build 18 flats in the Victorian cemetery to the rear, which will see some of Brentford's ancestors (more than 10,000) dis-interned and reburied elsewhere.I can't help wondering when all these new apartments are built how the local schools, doctor surgeries, traffic chaos not to mention parking which has been a nightmare for some time, are going to cope.As the saying goes watch this space.
Barbara Dudley ● 183d23 Comments ● 157d
Only arrived home from Athens yesterday so ordered a small stock up for the food cupboard using the new Amazon Prime Morrisons delivery servicePlaced my order at 10.45 this morning and it has all been delivered already so an excellent service with great prices as well which could be useful for those shielding still
Paul Fisher ● 163d7 Comments ● 157d
I just updated the little takeaway guide at https://www.chericbaker.co.uk/takeaway/ Please support our local businesses and tell me of any errors or omissions. We've had recent takeaways from Holy Spice and Santa Maria, The Griffin next.
Eric Baker ● 158d2 Comments ● 157d
Today is the anniversary of the Battle of Brentford 1642 when Royalist forces under Prince Rupert laid waste to the town, nonetheless incurring less damage than our current beloved Council. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Brentford_(1642)
Mike Paterson ● 158d1 Comments ● 158d
We hear very little about mink in the uk. It is virtually impossible to estimate the number of mink in the wild especially on the canals. Does anyone know any thing, especially in the light of Denmark?
Nicholas Beard ● 160d5 Comments ● 159d
Just been looking at sales today. So far $56 billion. More shops to close I suppose.
Nicholas Beard ● 159d1 Comments ● 159d
Brentford TV to Brentford Today & TV: #Debate Not Hate#7tSponhsodaregd · OPEN WARFARE ERUPTS ON COUNCIL: VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE IN STEVE CURRAN PROPOSED BY CHISWICK CONSERVATIVES. A degree of antagonism is to be expected between councillors but the recent traffic schemes have stoked it to a new high, going from smouldering to red-hot. It has now crossed a line and got up close and personal. It has turned from mere hostility into undisguised fury, a state as close to open warfare as councillors can get without carrying arms.At the heart of the matter are the changes on Chiswick High Road, Turnham Green Terrace and Devonshire Road. It is not just their physical implementation, good or bad. It is about whether the Labour Council – with overwhelming Labour votes from Brentford to Feltham – really cares sufficiently about the relatively well-off Tory bastion on its eastern fringe. Backers of Cllrs McGregor and Biddolph believe it doesn't, that consultation has been minimal to non-existent, and that all this is evidence of political malice and class warfare, aggravated by a cultural chasm. It is Chiswick v the Rest.At first glance there seems little chance of the motion passing – Labour has a big majority – but it could trigger a process in the Labour Group itself to vote on Cllr Curran's leadership. The Group meets on Monday, the day before the Council meeting. When elected to his position, Cllr Curran won by one vote. Other Labour councillors could now offer themselves to the Group as an alternative – and there are a number of possible contenders: Amrit Mann, Katherine Dunne, Tom Bruce, Shantanu Rajawat. This is what happened in the Ealing Council Labour Group in similar circumstances recently, also centred around traffic changes – and their leader, Julian Bell, only just scraped home. The Hounslow Group doesn't have to follow suit but it could if it chose to do so. At this stage, it would look disloyal to step forward but the option remains open. If that happened, Cllr Curran would need to round up and secure support with various promises. He is a strong personality who loves his job and he would not give it up without a hello of a fight. He sees himself continuing for a number of years.The council debate itself offers a platform for the Tory rump to put the blame where they believe it belongs: on Cllr Curran and his Cabinet colleagues. They argue that he has used the current crisis to ram through major changes without the need for discussion and against the wishes of many locals. They will stake their position ready for the next council elections – under Cllr McGregor, an old bruiser – hoping that voters elsewhere may join them in their opposition to Cllr Curran's style of leadership. In response Cllr Curran will no doubt say the new restrictions were brought in at the behest of the Tory government, are on trial and will be independently reviewed in time. The Tories will say the High Road cannot wait, that he is "destroying Chiswick".It's the sort of row which would best be relished in the Council Chamber itself, where others can join in with a bit of shouting and jeering. Instead it will be online and not so entertaining. On the other hand it will be accessible and there will be many, not just in Chiswick, who might tune in for the big fight and savour the thumping even if there is no chance of a knock-out.
Vanessa Smith ● 167d4 Comments ● 164d
Informed yesterday that borough engineers have been measuring up for the blocking off of Swycombe Ave.This is being claimed as a direct fallout of the LTNs in Northfields & Boston ManorTheres no doubt it is a bit busier and for longer. But then Windmill road and the section to Northfields is far busier and taking an age on the E2 even at usually quiet times of the day.But the LTNs have been installed in very quiet localities.I think the extra traffic is more down to the major roadworks in South Ealing Road and Culmington road/Church lane with huge diversions which feed to Northfields and Little Ealing Lane plus the Road works in Boston Manor road Half Acre leaving Swyncombe Ave. as an only through route for local traffic.A bus route uses the road for students only and yet for 70 years even London transport have been refused permission to operate a bus route through the road, even a hoppa type was refused in the 1990sBut in all honesty, Swyncombe has always been a busier road even when at school in the 1970s it was a bit of a race track and had long queues.Residents concerns were dismissed as long ago as 1971 when Gunnersbury School was planned to move to the locality and expand by 200%. There were though more schools locally then but in recent months a new school has reopened at the bottom of the road. But then there were two thriving sports grounds which had traffic all weekend. That's gone now so it's actually quieter. But closing it? That will be as damaging as the LTNs and divide a community up even more.The real losers will actually be the residents of Swyncombe Ave as they will have the same problems inflicted as those in LTNs are experiencing now, especially the further isolation of elderly, less able and infirm.This is the result of meddling where it was not needed. Creates a problem that did not exist, and spawns another problem in the next street. and on and on.Hounslow ought to be leaning on Ealing over the LTNs without consultation, not looking to expand on an already ineffective imposition.It has to be accepted too that it is the Key local link route for emergency services. The Ambulance Station is in Boston Manor road and is already badly affected by the LTNs.For this reason and that it is also the route to a rehabilitation hospital, that there are no speed humps to allow safe transit of frail patients.And the wisdom of closing Occupation lane is still rather poor as that is causing patient transport issues especially for volunteer tranpost who do not have the benefit of air suspension vehicles.It could be anyone of us,family, friends or colleagues that might need that facility at any time.But certainly something to calm the speeds of road users. It's one of the few roads where the 20mph is less observed.
Raymond Havelock ● 187d30 Comments ● 164d
Has anyone been down to the meadow in Boston Manor park in the last two days and seen the devastation carried out yesterday to the 'wild' area by the canal? The area adjacent to the trees which were planted in memory of Alice Gross a few years ago has been razed to the ground. The shrubs and plants were brutally destroyed yesterday. This was a beautiful area of the meadow - wild and home to rabbits and other wildlife. Three trucks belonging to the park's current maintenance company were on-site yesterday, together with the 'digger' which destroyed all the plant life. I have some photos but do not know how to attach them. This gives me great cause for concern what other destructive changes are planned for the park following the award of the lottery grant. So much for protecting nature. Whoever instigated this should be ashamed of themselves.
Joan Adamson ● 199d53 Comments ● 165d
Does anyone know where I can buy Poppies without going in to a supermarket?
Sarah Felstead ● 168d6 Comments ● 167d
How are all you labourites feeling about your party today .
Gill Hutchison ● 172d23 Comments ● 167d
I know it's currently being refurbished/renovated but has anyone have any idea when it might reopen. I've been using Chiswick library whilst it's closed but I find the layout of Brentford is much more user friendly. Anyone agree?
Pat Kingham ● 192d21 Comments ● 168d
All credit to Hounslow council who are funding free school meals through half term for children.
Vanessa Smith ● 177d26 Comments ● 169d
Transport Secretary admits new cycle lanes are leaving roads 'backed up' with trafficGrant Shapps warns he is 'not prepared to tolerate' badly designed closures and cycle lanes, imposing 'sweeping changes' to communities. The Transport Secretary has admitted too many cycle lanes are being left “unused” with traffic “backed up” as a result of his green transport revolution, The Telegraph can reveal.In a strongly worded letter sent to councils, Grant Shapps has warned he is “not prepared to tolerate” badly designed road closures and new cycle lanes which are imposing “sweeping changes” to entire communities.And in a move that will infuriate cycling and green campaigners, he has declared the Government is not anti-car, explaining: “No one should be in doubt about our support for motorists.”Mr Shapps announced a £250 million Emergency Active Travel Fund in May intended to promote walking and cycling as the country emerged from lockdown. Councils were invited to apply for the cash by drawing up projects intended to entice people away from their cars and take more active forms of travel.However, critics have complained that badly designed road closures and new cycle lanes have in fact increased traffic and pollution on main roads, as well as reduced the number of people visiting high streets at a time when small businesses are desperate to recover from lockdown.Private residents have even launched legal action, claiming that because the schemes were introduced under emergency Covid powers, disability groups, local residents and businesses were not consulted, and consequently, normal local democratic procedures have been ignored.Meanwhile, so-called ‘Low Traffic Neighbourhoods’, where bollards and planters close off residential streets to traffic, have resulted in delays to 999 emergency response times as police, paramedics and fire crews encounter newly shut roads.The letter, sent on Friday to local authority transport bosses and local highways authorities and seen by The Telegraph, warns how a “notable number of councils used their funding poorly and were simply out of step with the needs of the local communities.”Mr Shapps continues: “I saw or heard from the public and parliamentary colleagues about far too many instances where temporary cycles lanes were unused due to their location and design, while their creation left motor traffic backed up alongside them; of wide pavements causing unnecessary congestion in town centres; and other issues that many have, rightly, reacted angrily to.”He explains how he had ordered his staff to “engage” with those councils where he had “concerns”, because badly thought out road closures and cycle lanes had been introduced.“Since then, numerous schemes have been scaled back and revised,” he wrote. “I am pleased with this, but the work will continue where local residents continue to have concerns.”He warns the second round of funding in the scheme could see some town halls receiving “considerably less” money if they fail to “embrace good design” or “consult their local communities”.He adds: “We all want to see the benefits that active travel brings to be realised, but poorly implemented schemes will make no friends for the policy or more broadly for active travel…“The crucial test is, does it deliver for the community it serves, and has it been done with their consultation.“Schemes must balance the needs of cyclists and pedestrians with the needs of other road users, including motorists and local businesses.“Only authorities which have passed these key tests will receive the funding they have asked for.“I want to be absolutely clear: we are not prepared to tolerate hastily introduced schemes which will create sweeping changes to communities without consultation, and ones where the benefits to cycling and walking do not outweigh the dis-benefits for other road users.”With The letter comes after thousands of people have held demonstrations and signed petitions forcing some town hall bosses into a series of humiliating U-turns after they introduced schemes with little or no public consultation.Last week, the Telegraph revealed how some councils were making hundreds of thousands of pounds in fines from motorists driving on newly closed roads.Projects in some parts of London have proven so divisive that planters have been daubed with graffiti and bollards ripped from the concrete. In one West London borough, opposition has been so vehement that police have had to attend to support council workers as they installed planters and bollards to close roads.So far, a total of £42,102,454 has been secured by 111 councils in England, including many London boroughs where opposition has been most vocal.https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/10/17/transport-secretary-admits-new-cycle-lanes-leaving-roads-backed/
Bernard Allen ● 183d8 Comments ● 171d
Maybe someone in Hounslow Council should have a word in Baroness Charlotte Vere, (from the Department for Transport) ear, that the closure is having a detrimental effect on the Brentford Marine business.MSO marine have boats that have been in for refits and they cannot get them back to their owners as they cannot navigate under Hammersmith Bridge. I also assume that, they must be having trouble in getting new work because of the same problem.So it looks as though the Department for Transport are trying to wreck the boat building businesses on the Thames as well.
Bernard Allen ● 172d3 Comments ● 171d
I am in Chiswick so not sure if this applies to Brentford residents if no ANPR cameras installed in your road. had trouble filling in Hounslow car reg form proving my address details (only lived at this same address since 1975, same car since 2002, 2 lots of Blue Badges, registered as extremely vulnerable - what more do they want?). A neighbour with same problem, rang Hounslow -was phoned back - ALL CHANGED.From now on those of us who were having problems with the form could, from today, give their details over the phone!! i.e. call the given number, as on the letter (020 8583 3322) and wait for a call back to then give our details. I said I assumed this was because of the high number of people who literally were not able to complete the form, and she had to agree. Apparently it was decided this morning!!
Jennifer Selig ● 174d1 Comments ● 174d
I have seen a portable UV light advertised. It is for killing bacteria. Is this just a gimmick, or for example would it be useful for running over shopping when you bring it back from the supermarket?
Nicholas Beard ● 179d4 Comments ● 176d
Please sign the change.org petition against the proposed (alleged) extension of the C-Zone to the North and South Circulars. It has already reached almost 107,000 signatures in the past day or so.Please remember that the ULEZ will be in force to tackle pollution; the C-Charge extension is purely a fund-raising exercise to bail out TfL.
Alison Robins ● 178d2 Comments ● 178d
Dear Local Community, at 19.37 this evening a masked (what looks like a white male) wearing a baseball cap and a large leather bag holding some kind of coffee cup approached my slightly open window and looked inside, seemingly to 'case' my house on Windmill Road. Reporting this to the police please be vigilant in the area.
angel peachey ● 179d0 Comments ● 179d
I just had a recorded message phone call from 'Visa' telling me that there was an purchase for £100 on my card. Needless to say I didn't respond and hung up. But thought it was worth warning others.
Pat Kingham ● 182d3 Comments ● 179d
Being a bit nosey, anyone know why Brook Lane was closed by the Police this morning? There were lights put up in the derelict and part demolished office building that is on the A4.
Paul Phillips ● 181d2 Comments ● 181d
How about giving Brentford and Chiswick roads back to the local people, that have been closed buy Hounslow Council on your watch.These local road closures are creating mayhem in Chiswick all done on the back of your Labour Council.These measures have been installed by your officers and councillors on the back of a Government safety streets initiative, which Councils have to bid for,.I think the Council are just making things up as they go along just to grab the money.How about sorting them out and install the important measures, but leave the stupid ones that are being installed out of spite by Hounslow Councilors.
Bernard Allen ● 209d33 Comments ● 182d
Has anyone been following this on local news groups, Facebook etc.? The residents of Ealing, rather than accept what has been passed down by their council as a fait accompli with minimum consultation, are organising and fighting back. It seems there are other groups in London doing similar, e.g. Islington. I think there is genuine grassroots anger over this. Do we have similar for our area? LTN = Low Traffic Neighbourhoods = in plain English, blocking roads. A cuddly name, which in reality couldn't be more sinister.
Mike Paterson ● 190d22 Comments ● 183d
https://www.rhs.org.uk/science/gardening-in-a-changing-world/front-garden-researchSo green gardens make us feel better!Read the blog:https://sola-blog.com/2016/05/09/greening-the-grey-vegetating-front-gardens-for-improved-well-being/
Philippa Bond ● 927d8 Comments ● 184d
Im sure this is out there, but the area/park in front of the music museum to me appears totally under used, neglected etc. Ive seen lots of plans to redevelop brentford near the morrisons but nothing for the area in front of the Music museam/ McDonalds.. Are there plans?
Angelo R Santagata ● 186d5 Comments ● 185d
For those familiar with the saga of the cladding/painting houses on two estates in Isleworth and the unhappiness of tenants and neighbours over the chosen colour on some homes, the role of the planning department in this was also being questioned. Advice from an independent source was that no planning permission was required and the work could have been done under permitted development.A Freedom of Information request to ascertain why Hounslow's housing and planning departments had gone down this road was returned with an answer that confirmed that our advice was indeed correct, but still did not answer the question as to why this was done. We pointed out that the information in the FOI was in fact incorrect so therefore there was no need at all for planning permission and we again asked for an explanation of their actions. Having gone round in ever decreasing circles and still not getting the courtesy of an straightforward answer I wrote to one of the Isleworth councillors, copying in the cabinet member for housing who had previously poo-pood residents complaints and asked that they personally asked planning and housing for an answer. Today I am told that our queries are being treated as a Stage 1 complaint, as we had not asked to go down this route I asked why this was happening without our agreement? The answer staggered me:"I have asked firmly and frankly for answers to these questions multiple times. I have also made my opinion very clear on this colour scheme. Peter Matthew has been very clear he will only deal with further questions and concerns as a Stage 1 complaint." So, an elected member is letting a council officer, a paid borough employee dictate what he will and won't do, since when did we elect officers? We elect councillors to act as our representatives and advocates not to stand for this nonsense. I find this absolutely outrageous, and it is clear that this officer will use the council's appallingly slow and ineffective complaints process as an opportunity to keep kicking this matter into the long grass. There have been many justified comments about how our P.M. is having his plonker pulled by one Dominic Cummings - well here we have the Hounslow version. What is wrong with the people we elect? It is quite simple - why did the housing department let planning persuade them they needed planning permission for work that could have been carried out under permitted development? Why did the affected homes have the removal of their permitted development rights inserted as a condition of the planning permission? Why were planning officers allowed to dictate the external colour scheme without any consultation?
Vanessa Smith ● 186d1 Comments ● 186d
Wards: Brentford – Isleworth – Osterley and Spring Grove - SyonItem Address Ward Ref. No. Case officer details2 Syon Park, London Road, TW8 8JF Syon 00707/E/P116 firstname.lastname@example.orgProposal Creation of a one-way link road between Syon Park and London Road, including associated engineering operations, earthworks,drainage and landscaping.No. ofsubmissions:Summary of objections (x7)- Will negatively affect the existing quite cycle route linking Syon House to London Road.- Cuts through a Grade I listed landscape to sacrifice this for commercial gain is unacceptable.- Extra traffic will only add to delays and pollution.- Would create an urban intrusion into a local, national and internally valued rural setting.- No realistic assessment has been given of volume of vehicle movements.- Left exit into London Road with increased usage of Syon Lane off London Road.- With no future use of the Wyevale premises or a master plan predictions are not possible to ascertain potential maximum traffic flow.- If the gates are left open, as suggested, at the busiest hours of the day drivers would inevitably be tempted to ignore “no entry” signage andenter via the proposed new route.- No preventative measures are indicated to deter usage by lorries/large vehicles.- Proposed gates and signage would clutter an existing rural setting.- Loss of grassland.- Fails to preserve the character and appearance of the parkland and conservation area.- Fails to preserve or enhance both the setting and special architectural and historic character of the Grade I Listed landscape.- Very special circumstances of the proposed have not been demonstrated.- Archaeological survival potential is assessed as “high”; therefore, ground intrusion from proposed tree planting and subsequent root actionwould remove or severely disturb any archaeological remains at the planting location.- The planning application provides insufficient information on public benefits to offset what may be the “less than substantial harm” to aheritage asset.- Negative impact on biodiversity and Archaeology.Summary of support (x8)- Allowing vehicles to come off the main road will reduce congestion and pollution.- Closure of garden centre has led to a drop in visitors to the park the proposed road will help bring back visitors.- New egress will aid in cars being able to leave the site without having to use Park Road.- Will improve access to nursery.- Will help businesses and residents of Brentford.General comments (x4):- Closing Church Street was a terrible mistake19Wards: Brentford – Isleworth – Osterley and Spring Grove - Syon- Reopen Church Street with traffic calming measures.- Suspend all parking on Park Road on event days.- Opening Church Street would have prevented the closure of Wyevale Garden Centre.Summary of reasons for approval- Less that substantial harm to listed park outweighed by public benefit.- No harm to highway and pedestrian safety subject to safeguarding conditions.(Please note that this item was previously added to the week 11 list recommending refusal, since then further information has been submitted toovercome the reasons for refusal).
Vanessa Smith ● 192d14 Comments ● 186d
Does anyone have any photo's of St John's RC school in Clifden Road and Brook Road outside Brentford FC ?
Jim O ' Reardon ● 3951d61 Comments ● 186d
As expected - even though they lost a previous application at a planning inquiry the Northumberland Estate, undeterred, are back again and inviting comments on their new proposal for 75 homes on the Park Rd. allotment site. Comments have to be made by Sunday November 1 2020. It is not clear if the allotments will have a viable future in this proposed development. This is an open space which is of benefit for the wider local community as stated by the planning inspector, please take this opportunity to support keeping it for current and future generations. Allotments are needed more than ever and contribute to the physical and mental well-being of those who cultivate them, as well as providing an ideal habitat for wildlife and additional biodiversity in the local area.The link is below.www.syonandparkroadconsultation.co.uk
Vanessa Smith ● 187d1 Comments ● 186d
A garden waste recycling lorry has just come down my road in Brentford to collect the contents of our blue boxes. For months we have had one recycling lorry collecting the tins/plastic and glass, with a different recycling lorry collecting paper/cardboard (all thrown down the same chute in the lorry - no separation of paper and cardboard). Has Hounslow stopped recycling paper and cardboard - anyone know?
Joan Adamson ● 201d16 Comments ● 187d
Make a list of arrangements for different surgeries? Let friends, family, neighbours know about the arrangements!
Sarah Felstead ● 207d33 Comments ● 190d
Bollards have suddenly appeared on Twickenham Road separating cyclists from the rest of the traffic and thereby narrowing an already overly congested road. And making access to West Mid hospital so awkward for the Ambulance service - there is nowhere for drivers to pull aside to let emergency vehicles pass! They have also placed bollards in Park Rd which has the rear access to WMUH! As far as we can tell no consultation with LAS was done prior to this bonkers and dangerous idea. Apparently this is to promote healthier lifestyles - the fact you might die because an ambulance cannot get access to a hospital doesn't matter! Really healthy!It has now been confirmed that no consultation with either LAS or the West Middx. hospital was done. The cycleway is now to be 'tweaked' with the view to allow easier access for the ambulance service whilst maintaining cycle safety. There is also going to be a road safey audit. Stable doors and horses?I'm not sure what passes for brains these days, but it seems to me that all relative consultations should have taken place before Hounslow went off on one, sticking bollards everywhere. Clearly if you are on a bike you are an exalted being around here - and sod the rest of us. It has also been declared that this is going to happen starting at Brentford Bridge right up to College Rd. Isleworth. I have reached the conclusion that the elected councillors in this borough are totally useless, and are only interested in dictating to the rest of us how we should live our lives, and if one more of them or their bloody officers mentions sodding Covid as a justification/excuse for imposing all this rubbiish on us I will scream.
Vanessa Smith ● 200d19 Comments ● 191d
So, where are we with the legalities of using these on the roads?A shortt trip to screwfix the other evening and they were coming at me from all directions. Those on the pavement, which I had to look out for as well, suddenly shot out into the road. None had warning lights on them. None had reflective strips or clothes, most were all in dark colours. One scooter flying down the opposite side of the road, coming towards me, had a passenger! Two teenager schoolgirls ( dark uniform ) with one hanging on her back like a rucksack. When we got around to the fire station, a car had pulled up into the front concourse and the car driver was checking a young lad as if he had clipped the scooter-ist. The scooter-ist was holding a dog.
Sarah Felstead ● 204d25 Comments ● 191d
Seems to be OK for the moment but worth visiting from time to time,https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings?location=%20brentford&fbclid=IwAR2YhAbM2_dXZN_a6n7lqzFUCDgkKMUxrhQ0lm6LbRM95aV2Yk5HQweoYiEJL
Jim Linwood ● 197d6 Comments ● 194d
HiI have lived in Enfield Road for over 25 years but since the introduction of CPZ it has become a nightmare. The council at their third attempt got the result they wanted by 2 votes as the majority did not even respond to the consultation. Now visitors and residents are hunted like animals by traffic wardens issuing tickets at weekends, late at night (10,11 and 12 pm) for the slightest infringement they can find.When this CPZ was first advertised it said it's only for 2 hours a day to stop students parking but the truth is now clear, it's for money and nothing else. In their latest scam 8 cars were ticketed because the council said sewer works were taking place. Signs were erected late on Sunday nightand the tickets were issued on Monday morning first thing. NO SEWER WORKS TOOK PLACE. When the residents who had been ticketed complained they were told hard luck, if you park you have to keep watching your car. This is not the way any local authority should behave and the Leader and the local Councillors who were made aware of this scam should be ashamed of themselves. Obviously as they will not act for the people who they claim to represent I think it's time for us to represent ourselves.So the question is how many residents of Enfield Road are up for getting this money-making scam off our backs.
Robert Ayres ● 197d2 Comments ● 197d
Residents of Enfield Road will know that finding a parking space at night can be difficult. At the start of the year a large number of us were given tickets for parking with two wheels on the kerb on the single yellow line outside controlled hours. Kerb parking is permitted in most of Enfield Road because it is so narrow. Most of the tickets were issued late at night. Due to the prompt intervention of local councillors (thank you, Cllr Lambert!) those PCNs were cancelled.Unfortunately they have started again, with residents' cars being ticketed late at night. If we come home late at night there is no other option but to park on the single yellow with 2 wheels on the kerb - there is nowhere else to go. I have, in the past, spent half an hour or so, late on a Sunday night, cruising round adjoining streets trying to find a space. You can't even do that now because of the Covid bollards.Please could anyone affected by this contact our councillors. A compromise might be to permit night parking on the single yellow, 2 wheels on the kerb between, say, the hours of 8pm and 8am.
Alison Robins ● 198d0 Comments ● 198d
According to Guy Lambert's blog (don't always agree with him, but I'm very glad he makes the effort to write it), EcoWorld are trying to change the plans for the redevelopment of the ground. Presumably, they're trying to squeeze more profit out of the scheme. That's what you'd expect, but I do hope lots of people will be keeping an eye on what they're up to. Not least the Leader of the Council. Knowing where he lives, it will be interesting to see how far Cllr Curran steps back from any decision.
Mark Gormley ● 205d16 Comments ● 198d
I have just read a piece from the BRC saying that in the case of a no deal tariffs will be applied to imported food. OK but one of the foods quoted was CHEDDAR CHEESE with a 57% tariff. I thought Cheddar was a British cheese. Surely some cheddar is produced in the UK. So how will the price rise be applied in the shops? To all cheddar thus boosting the profits of the retailers?
Nicholas Beard ● 283d17 Comments ● 200d
Brentford TV to Brentford Today & TV: #Debate Not Hate#5h · "I'D LIKE TO BE COUNCIL LEADER FOR EVER," SAYS CLLR STEVE CURRAN, "BUT THERE ARE ELECTIONS IN 2022. IF RE-ELECTED I'LL BE PUTTING MY HAT IN THE RING." Of dealing with the coronavirus crisis Cllr Curran, 65, says: "There are days when you think this is tough but I always think about the people who've got it tougher than me and there are thousands of them in the Borough, who haven't got a job, can't put food on the table, can't pay their rent or mortgage. I can deal with my own stuff."Of the Council's response, he says: "I think we've done everything we could with the resources we've got, and we're learning all the time. One of the real benefits, if there is a benefit, is it's brought our community together, and it's helped the Council understand how our communities work down to a micro level. Hundreds of our staff kept working to support our residents and I'm very proud of that, and I'm proud of the work the councillors have done – although we're not popular sometimes."
Vanessa Smith ● 204d0 Comments ● 204d
Dear AllLast night I took the H91 bus from Hammersmith Bus Station by the time we reached Chiswick Roundabout the bus had approximately 25 people on the lower desk, not sure how many on the upper deck as didnt look.People who were complete strangers were sitting next to each other.People standing were shoulder to shoulder.Bus driving was still letting people get on the bus.So i asked him did he not have a 30/35 Maximum for the whole of the bus and why was he still opening the front doors and letting people on. He replied that they would just get on in the middle of the bus if he didnt. I said he has a sign saying "Bus Full" to put in the front of the bus..........he replied "well your on the bus arent you?" so i gave up. However, for the next 4 stops that i was on the bus he did NOT open the front doors and let anyone on and no one tried to enter through the middle doors.........He was FULLY AWARE that he was in the wrong but no one had ever questioned him before and there is no monitoring of this AT ALL ............so if you do see this happening PLEASE SPEAK OUT to protect us all
Karen Palmer ● 206d3 Comments ● 205d
Hi everyoneI live in Tallow Rd and frequently experiences some random shakes in my home when everything is shaking at the same time (sometimes several times during the day for maybe less than a minute each time). I think it could be caused by the deep perforation they are doing at the new Ballymore Brentford Project across the road but was wondering if anyone has the same experience? Many thanks.
Andrea Locatelli ● 206d1 Comments ● 206d
Why is there not a reward if you report a large gathering. This has been tried at Xmas in report a drunk driver where up to a £1000 was paid. People will report for no reward as well. A famous game show host was reported for DD and caught. Also when cars had a tax disc there were many reports and since the disc was done away with the has been a huge revenue lost.
Nicholas Beard ● 208d6 Comments ● 207d
Please note that contrary to the story on the front page of this site, there will be no testing for Covid at Syon Park this Saturday 19th September 2020.Syon Park did host a session earlier this week. Following that short day, both Syon Park and Hounslow Council's Contingency Unit (who organise the sessions very efficiently) felt that planning to arrangements was required for safety for all. Hence the session will not be going ahead this weekend.
Beccy Thorp ● 213d4 Comments ● 208d
Really embarrassed to see the collective behaviour of the current pupils my Old School in the Boston Manor and Northfields areas.Congregating after school in large groups of 16 plus, blocking pavements, and a marked absence of the wearing of masks.Parks are similar with large groups of 16 plus sitting but not distancing.Non of this seems to be policed? But should it be? We might have been rebellious at their age but the onus was always on our own sense of self discipline and that whilst in uniform we were representing the institution of which we were part.And yet we have teachers at some local schools photographing parents dropping off kids in the morning and snitching to councils, but not a sign of any ensuring that their pupils exercise self discipline en route home.A far cry from my days at the school when teachers lurked en route to Ealing or Brentford and dished out detentions and worse for being spotted not wearing one's school cap or having removed a tie!The emphasis on self discipline, representing your school with dignity seems now to be more important now than then but completely disappointed. No wonder we have such a mess unravelling.So who is failing who? Teachers and parents for not instilling the values and sensibilities to kids over 14 or the authorities for not overseeing things are adhered to ?
Raymond Havelock ● 214d12 Comments ● 210d
Would like to plan a visit to JL but cannot see how I can get out of the car park while social distancing. Has anyone visited the store and used the car park? How does it work? Thanks
Sarah Felstead ● 213d6 Comments ● 210d
Is anybody else taking part in this research? I'd be interested to know how this is going for you. I've had two visits to date and on both I've agreed with the worker to be home by 3.00p.m. when they will visit. The 1st time the worker came 4 hrs later than he said he would and today it was near enough three hrs later. On both occasions I have, when the worker arrived, felt hurried. Today the worker wasn't wearing gloves as they are meant to (not that I rate the use of gloves against Covid highly) and today while waiting for me to carry out the test the worker smoked a cigarette. I can't say I've been overly impressed with the process to date.
Anne England ● 214d10 Comments ● 212d
Nice to see a bit on TW8 by Linda Massey, Don't know her but know of her.She has put in some great effort and the Brentford Show has been really good.Funnily enough I think it has been far better in Blondin Park than when in Boston Manor.The Bus and Car rally was really good addition giving a break from the slightly top heavy plethora of activist groups with a political slant which has dominated a bit.The local groups doing stuff that is an antidote to all this stuff and nonsense we have to endure is though, brilliant and needs far more support and prominence. Does not matter if it's Knitting Circles, Am Drams, Model Engineering, Table Tennis or Bowls Clubs, Mountain Biking or Cake Baking et all, it really is what Leisure and pleasure is all about and this showcase driven by Lindas efforts shows that there is a community locally that hangs in there despite the odds stacked against them all.So Well done Linda and team and let's hope next year sees Brentford/ Boston Manor and it's Northern Neighbour return as undivided and thriving.
Raymond Havelock ● 228d9 Comments ● 212d
Someone has recommended a Brentford MentalHealth charity - apparently they want some items of furniture. I want to contact them - anyone got a tel no or email address?
Jennifer Selig ● 217d6 Comments ● 214d
The newly-reinstated monthly Sunday market was a great success - well-attended with a good number and variety of stalls and no doubt helped along by the weather. It was good to see the market spread across the Verdict forecourt and I'm sure the numbers attracted to the event will have helped both enterprises.I'm hoping the book sale in aid of Food Box went well. What will become of the many left-over books? Could there be a repeat sale?
Anne England ● 217d5 Comments ● 214d
Just been asked by Mi at Mi Mi Nails Brentford, to let you know that the nail bar will now also be open on Sundays from 20 Sept, 10:00 till 5:00.
Jennifer Barnes ● 220d7 Comments ● 215d
A Child got sent home from school today 14-09-2020 the staff believe the pupil has Covid-19.(they actually just sneezed twice)and suffers from hay-fever.This pupil cannot go back to school until they are tested, but you cannot get tested as the are no appointments available for their post code.Now they go home to mum who is a vulnerable person and a sibling who attends a different school.Is it just me, or are the Government and local Authority trying to kill us all off.Surely the need for testing is even greater now than it was before?Its about time Hounslow go their finger out and organized more testing facilities, as they are failing the vulnerable residents of the borough yet again.
Bernard Allen ● 217d6 Comments ● 215d
We have just received a stray dog (a Chow) found running on the A4 by the junction with Lionel Road. It's a bit too excited to check for a chip at the moment but is safe and well. Any owner enquiries to email@example.com or 020 8583 2000 please. Many thanks.
Tony Bull ● 222d2 Comments ● 215d
I was disturbed by what I saw outside the Green School this morning at 8.30. Around 200 pupils were lined up along London Road awaiting admittance to the school with no social distancing or face masks.Does the school know what it isn't doing?JL.
Jim Linwood ● 221d9 Comments ● 216d
I seem to remember a Tony Betts posting on here ... is he the author of local history book, “Wassa matter mate, somebody ‘itcher?”
Sarah Felstead ● 217d2 Comments ● 217d
No this is not a joke:Hounslow Council has launched a new consultation on the future of Brentford Town Centre.http://www.brentfordtw8.com/default.asp?section=info&page=concouncil003.htm
Reg Ghosh ● 228d13 Comments ● 217d
Just copied this off the Ealing forum. Looks like wherever you get a Labour Council you get a dictatorship.Topic: We have an increasingly dictatorial Council who are Forum HomePosted by: Rosco WhiteDate/Time: 11/09/20 14:31:00zealously pursuing farcical "Consultations", whilst increasingly making very important and wide ranging decisions on our behalf behind closed doors and violating the democratic process.Shut up and put up with it, or, if there is something you believe is just plain "Wrong" - PROTEST.We are fast becoming Little Belarus.And I'm not joking.
Robert Ayres ● 219d4 Comments ● 218d
Have just seen that Council is proposing to make Enfield Road and adjoining roads access only. Have looked on Hounslow website and cannot find precise details of the scheme.Does anyone know exactly what is planned?Do we want it? Not, of course, that we have any say in the matter.Enfield Road is pretty quiet at the moment apart from speeding cyclists (the majority of whom don't bother with lights at night), scooterists and skateboarders.
Alison Robins ● 255d111 Comments ● 219d
Can anyone advise me. Who is responsible for trees in the borough that could be or become a danger ? Is it Hounslow Highways? Thanks in advance.
Pat Kingham ● 243d9 Comments ● 220d
In the light of the Bob Woodward revelations these two are an absolute must to watch in the early hours. Their handover is always entertaining but their programmes tonight will be amazing.
Sarah Felstead ● 221d0 Comments ● 221d
We are looking for a reliable cleaner, once every 2 weeks for 3 hours. References required. Any recommendations appreciated. Thanks!
Tamsin Kemmis ● 223d1 Comments ● 222d
As we are constantly being told at the beginning of TV programmes that there may be content that we might find upsetting, do you think there's any chance that any item that has Donald Trump in it could have a similar warning?Quite honestly every time he pops up spouting his nasty rhetoric and mangling the English language (profoundly accept?) I feel extremely nauseous, as for poor Abraham Lincoln's name being mentioned in the same sentence - for Heaven's sake, is there no end to this clown's vanity?
Vanessa Smith ● 234d4 Comments ● 223d
Brentford TV to Brentford Today & TV: #Debate Not Hate#5h · COUNCIL'S INTERNAL REPORT EXPOSES "PROBLEMS WITH CORPORATE CULTURE • PEOPLE POLICIES NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE • POOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT APPROACH" – As soon as he saw the document, Cllr John Todd took a screen grab. That was fortunate because, when he asked questions, it was immediately removed. It had been written by the senior management at Hounslow Borough Council and was a frank admission of serious performance failings. It declared: ‘Our digital offer is ineffective, our customer service delivery is not good enough (and)…We do not have a single Corporate, systematic way of understanding our customers and their needs.'The report was an Appendix to a recent Single Member Decision in which a Cabinet member sought an additional £500,000 to restructure the Council's Human Resources and Organisational Development Department.The Appendix said: "This is a programme of change, to ensure that the council is at the cutting edge of public service delivery. We are not at the moment…The first phase is to rectify current issues and problems with our corporate culture and infrastructure."We do not systematically look at how we are doing and how effective we are and whether what we are doing is meeting the real, objectively identified needs of our communities."Our people policies are not fit for purpose and our approach to investing and developing talent and rewarding people is inadequate."Our approach to public service reform and public service integration is segmented and very under-developed. Our approach to community engagement is poor. We are stuck in a neighbourhood renewal paradigm that pre-dates austerity."Cllr Todd says: "I posed a number of questions about this report believed to have been written in February including ‘who wrote this section?' and ‘where is the data previously published which evidences the adverse comments in this section?' I received a prompt response. The senior management had drafted this paragraph (italicised above). My second question was not answered to my satisfaction."Cllr Todd says: "My interest in the council's performance was heightened In June 2019 when the cabinet agreed a different way of assessing its performance data, highlighting success rather than failure. Our opposition role is to chase the latter so I met with the Chief Executive and Head of Overview and Scrutiny to express my concerns."My intervention over the HR and OD Report caused the Cabinet Member to direct that the published appendix I had quoted from be immediately removed from the LBH website. A most unusual course of action."The Cabinet member in question was Cllr Candice Atterton and here is the Council proposal she was approving: https://democraticservices.hounslow.gov.uk/documents/s163160/HR%20OD%20SMD%2027.8.20v2.pdf
Vanessa Smith ● 223d1 Comments ● 223d
Grant Shapps tells councils to stop abusing £250m fund meant for green transport revolution https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/09/05/grant-shapps-tells-councils-stop-abusing-250m-fund-meant-green/Grant Shapps has told councils to stop abusing the £250 million fund meant for a green transport revolution by installing pointless one way systems and barriers that offer “no benefit to anyone”.Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, the Secretary of State for Transport says he will personally intervene to scrap the worst examples where local authorities have ruined high streets and residential roads in an attempt to build cycle lanes and promote social distancincing for pedestrians.His comments come after a series of petitions attracted thousands of signatures from people across the country who fear councils are pandering to the cycle lobby.Campaign groups representing the disabled, small business owners, pollution activists and motorists have criticised the schemes for being rushed through with little or no consultation.Many have claimed traffic congestion has been shifted elsewhere, while pollution has increased and many high street shops are struggling to emerge from lockdown because parking spaces have disappeared.In some London boroughs, planters closing off roads have been vandalised amid concerns emergency vehicle response times have plummeted as firefighters and paramedics have encountered new road layouts.Mr Shapps announced the £250 million scheme to promote “a new era for cycling and walking” at the height of lockdown in May.But today, Mr Shapps stresses how “not everything has worked” and because they are trials and the height of the Covid emergency has now passed there is ample opportunity for councils to consult local residents, businesses and the disabled.In a direct message to council leaders, he says: “Where some councils have abused the cash, my message is clear: speak to local residents, get it fixed or no more cash.”He adds that while some schemes had been “done well”, in the worst cases “a number of them will be coming out soon”.The Sunday Telegraph revealed in July how the minister had personally intervened in his own constituency after being dismayed with the way Hertfordshire County Council had set up a one-way system in the village of Welwyn which was said to have left the high street deserted.He writes: “Some councils have introduced random one-way systems, which don't seem to offer many benefits to anyone.“Some of those plastic barriers that have gone up in town centres to widen the pavements can actually prevent pedestrians, including disabled people, crossing the road.“They narrow the carriageway for traffic, causing congestion and increasing danger for cyclists. They reduce parking for essential visits to the pharmacy or dentist or doctor. And they don't seem to be much used by pedestrians either.”The minister said while many green activists claim the car should “die”, he believes it should instead “evolve” to help save the planet.As an electric car driver himself he added how he was an “electric head” rather than a petrol head, a description for those obsessed with fossil fuelled motor vehicles.He also said it was essential to “keep the main arteries of our economy flowing” at this pivotal time as Britain emerges from lockdown and prepares for Brexit.He adds: “For those who say we shouldn’t be building roads, I say there’s nothing green about standing still in traffic, pumping out CO2 and pollution.”However, the Road Haulage Association (RHA) remained adamant last night that more needed to be done to ease congestion after it had seen members, particularly in London, complaining how journey times were increasing.“We don’t believe that the Government has thought through the practical reality or economic consequences of reducing road space for vehicles,” a RHA spokesman said.“This will only lead to increased congestion and delays to deliveries – all of which increases the costs of moving goods – and somebody’s got to pay for that.“We’re all for a ‘green recovery’ but you can’t do this by clogging up our roads and making it more difficult for people and goods to get about.“On a local level, councils are using Covid-19 as an excuse to circumvent proper consultation about traffic schemes and ignoring their damaging economic and environmental consequences.“We’re hearing from members, especially in London, of increasing journey times and delays. In one instance round trips taking up to 50 percent longer than normal.”
Bernard Allen ● 225d7 Comments ● 224d
Paramedics couldn’t get to patient because of covid-bollards blocking roadZoe Drewett Thursday 3 Sep 2020 10:57 amParamedics were delayed from treating a patient by 20 minutes because the road they wanted to take was blocked by newly installed bollards. The man was found unconscious by people living in Leighton Road in Ealing, London, at around 2.15pm on Saturday. Emergency services were called but the medics could not get past new bollards and raised flowers beds installed at the road junction. It has emerged the area is one of ten new ‘low traffic neighbourhoods’, created during the pandemic to make social distancing easier. According to the council’s website, the low traffic neighbourhoods are ‘essential for the post-lock down period where social distancing is needed, and public transport is at reduced capacity’.It is hoped that making the area only accessible to pedestrians and cyclists will ‘prevent increased future rat running’ as people choose to stay away from buses and trains and drive more instead. But London Ambulance Service had not been issued with keys to the new bollards – put up by Ealing Council three days before the man’s collapse. Witnesses said the paramedics were angry they could not get close enough to help the man during the medical emergency. Dominic Small, 53, who lives near the alleyway where the man was found said it took the medics around 20 minutes to park, then they had to walk 40 yards with their equipment to help the patient.He said: ‘The paramedic was really quite cross about the whole situation. In the end he had to park across on the other side of the barriers and walk to the patients around 30 to 40 meters and treat him that way. ‘If they had to get to him for something more serious, it could have been the difference between life and death. They had to go quite a distance and then if they had to trolley someone that far back to the ambulance it would cause a crucial delay. ‘The paramedics said it was a risk to health and safety and we should complain to the council as they can’t. ‘I asked the council why they haven’t removed the barriers given that they now know the ambulance services don’t have keys, but have not got a response yet.’The sick man was treated at the scene and refused to be taken to hospital, the ambulance service said. Ealing councillor David Millican said the bollards caused another ambulance hold-up on Tuesday evening when an elderly resident fell and had to wait an extra 30 minutes for paramedics to arrive because of the new diversion. The woman needed to stay in hospital overnight and is now said to be fine but her husband was worried about the slow response had it been a matter of life and death, the councillor said. He added: ‘I’ve been warning senior councillors and council officers for many weeks that the emergency services would struggle to navigate and pass through the road blocks.'The refuse lorries are also unable to pass through the barriers, meaning it is taking them much longer to complete their rounds, as there are sections of the scheme that their lorry cannot reach.‘If refuse lorries cannot pass through the barriers then clearly fire engines cannot either, despite the assurances we have received.’ Christina Fox, who lives near the new barriers, called them dangerous and said someone could ‘die waiting’ for an ambulance. London Ambulance Service claimed they reached the first patient within their target of 18 minutes for a category 2 emergency call. Category 2 calls are those that are classed as an emergency for a potentially serious condition that may require rapid assessment, urgent on-scene treatment or to be urgently taken to hospital. Ealing Council has been contacted for comment.Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2020/09/03/ambulance-couldnt-get-to-man-who-collapsed-because-of-road-bollards-13216848/?ito=cbshare Twitter: https://twitter.com/MetroUK | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MetroUK/
Bernard Allen ● 228d14 Comments ● 225d
Does anyone know why it is that the binmen leave the bins - wheelie and recycling - scattered all over the pavement when, with the same amount of effort, they could put them inside people's front gates?
Alison Robins ● 228d13 Comments ● 226d
Brentford Voice’s recent Plant Exchange and Sale raised an impressive £680 thanks to you, our community. We would now like to try and help the Hounslow Community FoodBox again with your fantastic support.Brentford Voice will hold a secondhand book sale on 13th September 2020 beginning at 11.00 a.m. in the Market Place, High Street, Brentford. The sale will coincide with the regular Brentford Market which is held on the second Sunday of each month.All proceeds from the book sale will be donated to Hounslow Community FoodBox. Only cash payments will be accepted so please come armed with an adequate supply of coins and notes.In the light of current restrictions buyers will have to judge each book by its cover. There can be no browsing or tender fondling of books. Social distancing will be observed at all times, hand sanitiser will be provided, and masks are advised.We would very much welcome any donations of secondhand books. Books suitable for readers of any age - hardbacks and paperbacks, fiction and non-fiction - will all be most welcome. We ask only that your donations are in reasonably good condition.Donations can be dropped off in advance at:20 Avenue Road, TW8 9NS or 46 Lateward Road, TW8 0PLThe Verdict Bakery in the Market Square has very kindly offered to accept book donations in advance of the sale. Please drop off your books at the Verdict during their opening hours (8.00 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and from 10.00 a.m. on Sunday).Alternatively, please bring along your donations to our stall in the Market Place from 10.30 am on 13th September.
Jim Storrar ● 226d0 Comments ● 226d
I've been working locally this week and had to go up and down Brentford High street several times during the day.I wonder how any shops are still in business. It's completely dead.Quite shocked as the last time I was working in the vicinity during the lockdown it was busier!It was not long before I asked a couple of shops open.They are all on their last knockings. Simply lost all Passing trade. No buses stopping most of the time to the point that no-one takes a chance to use the local stops as they are closed so often.No parking whatsoever and all the possible parking is occupied. Alternative parking for passing trade is too far away for those quick in and out purchases and no signs advertising free parking and where.Plenty of signs for no stopping though.What a complete shambles.
Raymond Havelock ● 241d23 Comments ● 226d
'School street restrictions' on front page - unbelievable! I especially liked this bit below, as truth is the first casualty of war - it seems that Covid has been one of the excuses to erode local demoracy."Resident only access restrictions would mean that residents' vehicles and residents' visitors would be permitted to enter the affected roads. Residents would not be exempt from the Edensor Road stopping restrictions. Residents can register their own and their visitors' vehicles free of charge. The council say there is no impact on traffic leaving the roads during the hours of operation.If you are expecting a visitor during the hours or restriction, you would ideally need to register them by letting the council know in advance using an online form which is not yet available. However, in the case of unplanned visitors, you will be allowed to register them with the council until the end of the same working day. Regular visitors such as carers would need to be registered once, and blue badge holders living in the area would also need to be registered.The council say, “While the need to register vehicles presents a slight inconvenience to residents, we have streamlined the process as much as possible, and made it free of charge. Feedback from existing schemes suggests the benefits greatly outweigh any inconvenience.”No explanation given as to what those who are not online can do.
Vanessa Smith ● 232d22 Comments ● 228d
The fact is now out, we have some of the slowest speeds in Europe. It takes nearly double the time to download a movie here than in some other countries. Still there is light at the end of the tunnel (fibre). Boris has promised superfast broad band everywhere!!!!
Nicholas Beard ● 229d0 Comments ● 229d
PHE is to be replaced with a German style organisation. I note PHE has only been in existance seven years. Is this the way forward. I dont know. What do other contributors think?
Nicholas Beard ● 246d9 Comments ● 230d
I see that Mark Frost & Co have attached notices to lamp posts in Grove Road Isleworth and also Ridgeway Road stating that they are going to remove the island at the end of Grove Road,it is used by most of the students coming up College Road to attend Isleworth & Syon School,not to say it is also used by residents. This crazy move has been on the cards for some time, but what with no planning meetings which can be attended by the public, the scheme looks like going ahead. I have contacted the Mayor who has been silent so far. I wonder what Mr Ferguson Head of Isleworth & Syon School thinks of this scheme,since it may be his pupils get mown down by reckless drivers. Also the removal of parking spaces for residents is planned.
Richard Buchanan ● 234d5 Comments ● 233d
Looked out yesterday to see an LBH parking attendant breaking his neck to hand out tickets in Enfield Road. I asked why he was ticketing cars with residents permits and he pointed to a yellow sign which said (Bays suspended sewer works) I said but there are no works going on here. I then asked him to stop while I knocked on my neighbours doors so they could moved their vehicles the answer was sorry mate to late.Now here's the odd thing the yellow that appeared overnight on Sunday had disapeared overnight by Tuesday. So it was in place just long enough to ticket 8no vehicles while no sewer work whatsover was carried out.
Robert Ayres ● 237d6 Comments ● 234d
I read that a farmer in Bucking has had around 50000 trees cut down near his farm. He said we are replanting new trees but lots of them die. Why are new trees dying? I know someone will be able to answer this.
Nicholas Beard ● 238d7 Comments ● 234d
Last night I went to bed at about elevenish and became aware of a lot of noisy activity in the road. Eventually I looked out of the window and saw a load of youths (male and female) gathering around 35 Enfield Road and going in and out of the property. They looked as though they were up for a party. Some arrived on foot, others by private car, some were dropped off by taxi. The age range was probably late teens/early twenties.At about midnight the noise increased and about twenty (possibly more) people spilled out of the house and into the road where they milled around. Shortly afterwards a police car arrived and also Hounslow's Noise Team. There was music thumping away.The police officers had a long conversation with some of the occupants of the property and one of my neighbours and myself came out of our houses and spoke to the officers and also the noise people. Apparently the back garden of the property was heaving with people - some of whom were smoking weed and taking cocaine.The owner does not live at the property but rents it out - we think he's been doing the airbnb thing. A similar "event" took place at the property the weekend before last. He is, apparently, not bothered on the occasions when he's been contacted about what's happened.Police said they were powerless to do anything; noise team said they would be contacting the owner.The party continued for most of the night. The volume of music increased. There were continual comings and goings and shouting in the street. I observed people emerging from the property and urinating/defecating behind parked cars and then going back inside.I also rang the police and was told that they had been contacted by a number of local residents but that, in reality, there was very little they could do.I gather that this sort of thing is fairly common at the moment. It's horrible for local residents who just want to go to sleep. The party was still going strong at 4am but I managed to get some sleep by going to the back of the house. Did anyone else hear this event? What can we do to make sure it doesn't happen again??
Alison Robins ● 240d35 Comments ● 236d
I wonder if any readers of this Forum have any views on Brentford Dock Limited's proposals to remove access by others in Brentford to a large part of the Brentford Dock Estate?This would be achieved through the erection of 8 electronically-controlled gates that would remove public access to the open area at the southern end of the estate.Our family has lived in Brentford for 43 years and we have always enjoyed access to this area. The walk and the magnificent views over the Thames and across to Kew have provided us with a regular physical and mental tonic.There is no doubt that the land in question is in the private ownership of Brentford Dock Limited (BDL) and it seems that there is no public right of way. It also appears that no planning permissions would be required.If the Dock residen