Chiswick Homefields councillor John Todd reports back on his week
The poor quality of pavements on Brackley Road
The overpowering temporary CPZ signage shown in the photo below led to numerous residents getting PCNs in the early morning before the normal CPZ start time. I’m pleased that these were subsequently withdrawn.
Residents have been requesting new paving for many years without success. The photographs shown at the top of the article highlight the potential real danger to pedestrians.
A recent response from Hounslow Highways said ‘the defects found are currently below the investigatory level for repairs to be carried out’
LBH announced a new £2m paving fund which I asked be used but without success.
Homes for Ukranians Scheme
I’ve dealt with a number of constituents still waiting to receive the Government grant via Hounslow Council.
The council, in its defence, cite the considerable delay in receiving results from the Disclosure and Barring Service.
They’ve now agreed to place more staff on this project and advise those seeking this allowance that they may be eligible to receive a grant in the interim from the LBH Household Support Fund.
Dukes Meadow new footbridge
Nearly there….. Hollow structure now filled with special grout. Utilities and groundwork proceeding too.
Moxons the architects describe the bridge as ‘One of the lowest carbon and most environmentally conscious brIdges in the UK’.
The view at Barnes Bridge As I’ve mentioned earlier we liaise closely with a group in Barnes who want to reopen a pathway on the redundant rail-bridge across the Thames.
Moxons are kindly helping them in their endeavours as can be seen from their website - Theviewatbarnesbridge.org.
Council grant to Chiswick School
I’m delighted that LBH endorsed my suggestion that the school be awarded £1000.00 towards a Black History project
Drug dealing is a real issue in our Ward. Residents are angry at the blatant street dealing. Councillors are working with the local police and the Council.
The council have now agreed that their hired police task force of 8 police officers work in Chiswick to address this issue.
Our GLA representative Nick Rogers is raising with the Met Police the suggestion that delays at the police laboratory in confirming the identity of the drugs seized are inhibiting our police performance.
LBH empty council homes scandal
The number of empty council homes has now reduced from 536 to below 500. Some of these empty for over 5 years. The Cabinet remain completely silent about this appalling situation.
Two more properties in Chiswick have recently been identified as being empty for over a year.
Cllr Jack Emsley a fellow Ward Councillor has persuaded our Overview and Scrutiny Team to conduct an investigation into this matter. He will actively participate.
Chiswick Repair Café
Popped in at the invitation of Charlotte Bullock. So much productivity going on. Sewing machines buzzing away, electricals goods especially toasters in bits , and other diverse items too.
The café have an enormous amount of skills and expertise they can call on and are fully conversant with the regulatory obligations associated.
A valued addition to W4.
Old Chiswick Protection Society
I attended the recent AGM of the Old Chiswick Protection Society.
Chiswick Mall and the surrounding area have had lots of rat running by vehicles endeavouring to queue jump the A4 delays. Excessive speed was noted too.
Whilst LBH eventually addressed this issue I think more could be done by working with Hammersmith and Fulham Council.
The President gave an update regarding the Chiswick Eyot.
‘A pair of remarkably beautiful kingfishers has taken up residence at the eastern end of Chiswick Eyot.
They join the almost always present heron, egret, geese and ducks that call it home. Great crested grebe are also now familiar but less frequent visitors. This enhancement of the Eyot’s bird life is entirely consistent with its (little known) formal designation as a Local Wildlife Site. The sterling work of the OCPS River subcommittee and Thames21 to reduce erosion and the influence of alien invasive species such as the Chinese Mitten Crab and Himalayan Balsam is also part of this overall enhancement. The Eyot is now at its healthiest for years.’
Cllr John Todd
CONSERVATIVE COUNCILLOR SURGERIES
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 takes this surgery).
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Tuesday 22 November at 7:00 pm: Chiswick Area Forum
Tuesday 29 November at 7:30 pm: Borough Council
Our Current Service Support to Chiswick
CONSERVATIVE COUNCILLORS and CONTACTS
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
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
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November 20, 2022