Councillor Gerald McGregor of Homefields Ward reports back on his week
Cllr Gerald McGregor
Work still continues listening to, assisting and supporting local residents. There are a large number of concerns raised by residents across Chiswick and your Conservative Councillors are responding to a range of issues by logging requests, building case work files for a response from the council and trying to find out more details about major planning proposals. A key concern now is height and over building in new projects and the latest plans for Chiswick Terrace involve a range of important retail premises. We can’t wait to get the Chiswick Forum back up and running under new chairman Cllr Ron Mushiso.
Traffic and Transport
Another disheartening disruption to daily life in Chiswick. Detours of up to a mile and a half are having to be made when Turnham Green Terrace is subject to road works and closure.
The site manager indicated to the Local Conservative Councillors just how difficult the job was, with a relatively light covering of tarmac sitting on a concrete sub-surface. Drilling out the concrete to provide a working environment, then assessing the damage in detail, with repairs to the pipework and filling the hole. The aggregate materials supporting the new pipes linking the existing infrastructure were put in place first, before then replacing the concrete raft and finally the new tarmac surface. All the materials dried out quickly allowing the team to use compacting equipment to fully secure any damage.
The site manager had inspected the whole length of the terrace and was not optimistic about other holes appearing. The tarmac appeared to be showing some cracks under strain in several places and not in those areas previously repaired. In consequence we may be in for more disruption in the near future. Much of the infrastructure has been in place for more than half a century
Turnham Green Terrace before midday on Wednesday 29 June. Still closed with massive disruption to traffic. Motor bicycles and cyclists endangering the workforce and pedestrians alike by carrying on riding and powering around the works in progress onto the pavements in complete breach of any road safety criteria.
The Working surface back in place over a twenty-foot hole, back filled and repaired in record time (thanks to the good weather and their expertise) by the Wimbledon based Cappagh Civil Engineering Group
Traffic flowing freely after 12.15 on Wednesday 29 June, seven days earlier than was originally feared
Hounslow Council and Ealing Council refused point blank to re-open Fishers Lane to private motor traffic during this further loss of Turnham Green Terrace; at a recent council meeting the new leader, Cllr Rajawat promised to be a listening administration.
“ Plus ca change “
A TfL officer from the Bus Support Division quickly on site at 12.25pm to take down the closure and diversion Bus Stop signs on Turnham Green Terrace for the E3 buses. The first bus down the road can be seen in the background going Southbound. Great Co-Ordination. The technology in use was a long pole!
There are major concerns for shopkeepers, retailers and traders in Chiswick when this sort of incident occurs as it damages footfall in restaurants and premises and makes transporting goods well-nigh impossible. In this case the silver lining to the cloud is the speed of Hounslow Highways, Thames Water and Cappagh and TfL in responding to this major incident
Better news for all the community: A Roll of Honour in Chiswick
The Street Party Streets Celebrating Her Majesty the Queen
The platinum jubilee celebrations were unique at every level. The events around 4th June captured the imagination of many people; coming out of Covid-19 lockdowns the need to socialise and regain contact with friends and neighbours led to an unprecedented number of parish thanksgiving services and local street and neighbourhood parties.
Chiswick Southfield was celebrated a fortnight ago on these pages so let us now look at the three other wards in Chiswick, Gunnersbury Park, Homefields and Riverside. Every street party organised could claim a grant from the Jubilee fund and Hounslow Highways was busy on Public Holiday duty packing up barriers and warning signs and moving them from street to street across the area.
Let us truly thank and recognise the public-spirited organisers and volunteers and those who participated, putting new life back into our local communities. These are the parties logged by Hounslow Highways:
Who came first?
June 2nd The Spring Bank Holiday
Priory Avenue and Devonshire Road
June 3rd The Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday………
Cornwall Grove and Ernest Gardens
June 4th The Saturday of the Celebrations
Sutton Lane North, Lonsdale Road, Pleydell Avenue
Grantham Road, Grove Park Terrace, Abinger Road
Wilmington Avenue, Thorney Hedge Road, Silver Crescent
June 5th The Sunday (with the greater number of parties)
Spring Grove, Wavendon Avenue, Strand on the Green
Foster Road, Grove Park Road, Whitehall Park Road
Wolseley Gardens, Airedale Avenue, Upham Park Road
Thornton Avenue, Wilton Avenue, Milnthorpe Road
Chara Place, Stamford Brook Avenue, Burnaby Gardens
Beverley Road, and last but not least Wellesley Road
The Chiswick Councillors send hearty congratulations to all those who got involved in organising, supplying, feeding and helping others enjoy the wonderful few days.
Please remember that your Conservative Councillors are here to help and assist all residents in matters concerning your needs in the community and your concerns about local Hounslow Administration in Chiswick. We also act as a conduit by forwarding and escalating concerns and enquiries through Nick Rogers our Local South West Greater London Assemblyman and into Central Government.
We are beginning the next four-year cycle of the Council with new colleagues and we are already busy at work having hit the ground running after the Election. We have held surgeries and our response rate to residents with new issues is reflected in the amount of casework underway.
If you prefer to see a local councillor confidentially face to face, then please do so in the first instance through our regular surgeries:
SURGERIES IN CHISWICK AND GUNNERSBURY
We are back to our usual routine of holding face-to-face surgeries in Chiswick and in Gunnersbury.
Chiswick: Every Saturday from 9.30am to 10.30am at Chiswick Library (the eight Conservative councillors take this surgery in turn).
Gunnersbury: First Saturday of the month from 10am to 11am at The Gunnersbury Triangle Club, Triangle Way, off The Ridgeway, W3 8LU (at least one of the Chiswick Gunnersbury ward councillors take this surgery).
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Thursday, 30th June at 7pm: Planning committee
Tuesday, 5th July at 7pm: Cabinet
Thursday, 14th July at 7pm: Planning committee
Tuesday, 19th July at 7pm: Borough Council
Tuesday, 1st September at 7pm: Overview and scrutiny committee
Tuesday, 13th September at 7pm: Chiswick Area Forum
Chiswick Homefields ward
Cllr Jack Emsley email@example.com 07977 396017
Cllr Gerald McGregor firstname.lastname@example.org 07866 784821
Cllr John Todd email@example.com 07866 784651
Chiswick Riverside ward
Cllr Peter Thompson firstname.lastname@example.org 07977 395810
Cllr Gabriella Giles email@example.com 07966 270823
Chiswick Gunnersbury (was Turnham Green) ward
Cllr Joanna Biddolph firstname.lastname@example.org 07976 703446
Cllr Ranjit Gill email@example.com 07976 702956
Cllr Ron Mushiso firstname.lastname@example.org 07976 702887
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