Have just spotted this new restaurant in Elliot Road. Looks good. Has anybody been there
Alan Green ● 34d9 Comments ● 3d
On the last day of my tenancy, the inventory company booked to meet with me, without notice (or my permission) accessed the property hours in advance / unaccompanied.It wouldn't have necessarily been an issue had it not been for the fact some possessions were still in situ and in the process of being moved. An item is since unaccounted for, with a crime ref logged.I'm in the process of following the Managing Agents complaint procedure, although to date - they have been found wanting in their response(s)Could anyone please recommend a solicitor dealing in property disputes so I may seek advice on the matter?Thanks
Richard Schofield ● 3d2 Comments ● 3d
Hello all. Odd request, I know, but with sustainability very much in mind, does anybody happen to have any exterior wood paint in a neutral colour (black/grey/taupe etc) knocking around that they'd be happy to part with? It's for my front door so I won't need much. I'm more than happy to give you some money for it but I just would rather not buy a whole new can for a small job. Thanks in advance. Martha
Martha Roberts ● 4d2 Comments ● 3d
Can anyone recommend a somatic therapist / counsellor who they have had success working with locally or in central London?Thanks,Julia
Julia Weston ● 4d1 Comments ● 4d
Minnie and Boo need a new home. Already spayed and flea treated. B&W and Tabby. Used to children, affectionate. Home check applies. 07778 183003 text only please.
Juliet Hogg ● 9d2 Comments ● 4d
Parking enforcement officers across Hounslow have secured a £4k pay rise, Unite the Union has revealed.Pay will rise from £24,420.50 to £28,730 by November 2023.The deal was struck after Unite escalated strike action indefinitely.The workers took two weeks of strike action in January and a further month of strike action from Monday 6th February until 5th March, followed by indefinite strike action.They have now voted to accept the 18 month pay deal worth almost 18%. https://chiswickherald.co.uk/k-pay-rise-for-parking-officers-in-hounslow-p17549-95.htm
Julian Pavey ● 5d2 Comments ● 4d
Have to confess I was completely unaware of there being a traffic warden strike in Chiswick. I hardly ever use a car so it doesn't affect me directly but when I have been walking along the High Road recently there hasn't been any noticeable impact. Probably most people are unaware and still paying but it must be a blessed relief for businesses and shoppers not to run the constant risk of fines.
Diane Brown ● 11d13 Comments ● 5d
I parked my car for an hour to walk my dog on Xmas, Boxing, and News years day, I assumed (I know silly) being bank holidays parking would be free, when I asked around the virtually empty car park everyone assumed the same as the notices aren't clear. The total charges for the three sessions would have come to less than £2.50p. I recieved PCN notices for each occassion. When I appealed saying it was a genuine mistake and that I pay on all other occassions I got short shrift from the Parks parking agent (Gemini Parking Solutions) saying I should have read the terms oand conditions (which arewnt on their app) and I was parked on private property. I find this strange as the park is owned by Ealing and Hounslow Councils and I am local tax payer. I appealed to the Parks CEO and my local councilors to intervene and use their discretion as Gemini informed me that the Park made the regulations. I've heard nothing back. Even if I'm clearly in the wrong the penalty charges totally £510 is grossly disproportante and unreasonable (after the initial PCNs Gemini referred me straight to their debt recovery agency charging me a £70 admin charge for each PCN). I have managed to get some national media interest in this story and Id be interested other people's experiences? thank you.
Gareth Sinclair ● 12d26 Comments ● 5d
Please watch the little film in the front page news item.Joanne - what a star!
Bruce Hammal ● 5d0 Comments ● 5d
Just to point out as Cllrs read these threads. The rainbow crossing is causing more confusion than before it was painted into the road. I spent 20 mins on the phone while observing traffic turning right into CHR from TGT and I noticed unlike before more hesitant drivers turning with 3 stopping at the entrance as such to the cycle lane and one further car entered the cycle lane and exited at Devonshire road as rest of cycle lane was closed off. Those not local to the area are clearly unaware of a cycle lane and i think some drivers now think the cycle lane is the car lane going north and eastbound traffic is 2 lanes. No doubt about it,the rainbow stripes without road markings are causing confusion for non-locals or regulars to that turning I think this needs to be rectified with markings as soon as possible as one could have an issue that is definitely avoidable
Julian Pavey ● 32d34 Comments ● 5d
Good news. Let's hope if they reinstate it they will spend more on public transport, especially buses, and to make walking in cities more pleasant than the nightmare it has begun because of the priority given to cyclists. And more attention paid to the needs of the disabled and/or elderly. https://www.forbes.com/sites/carltonreid/2023/03/09/uk-government-cuts-452-million-from-active-travel-budget/?sh=3dc5ea4a5470
Claire Moran ● 11d27 Comments ● 6d
This morning I find no electric circuit to all machines and sockets. I have switched everything off but the fuse board keeps popping so need someone today as the fridge freezer is involved.Please don’t recommend as I will not be using them again.Any other recommendations?
Elizabeth Ross ● 7d7 Comments ● 7d
Anyone interested in a small upholstery job, two antique dining chair cushion pads, removable? Please PM me and I can send photos.
Bridget Swithinbank ● 342d13 Comments ● 7d
Marlene Plimley ● 8d1 Comments ● 8d
Trust has made an announcement to this effect on social media
Felicity Caborn ● 8d0 Comments ● 8d
Hi everyone,For my dissertation I’m looking at whether social media marketing has a bigger influence on buyer behaviour than broadcast marketing when used by supermarkets in the UK at Christmas. I have created a survey and and am looking for people to fill it out (I need a minimum of 100 responses) it only takes between 10-15 minutes and all your help would be greatly appreciated! Feel free to pass the link on as the more responses I get the easier it will be for me to analysis the data - thanks!I’m also looking for people to take part in a 20 minute video interview over Zoom so if you’re interested in taking part feel free to message me! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeSb9fj5stPJgPl1A3COPy4wLDL67G8_71SrWmPdepbpjlrGQ/viewform?fbclid=IwAR0aaAW1U_k5E5tLYGMaRtrVihH6oUcN0yMdiYjDk5C6X4y9yArzhJxvHU0
Tahlia Klein ● 9d5 Comments ● 8d
What we all knew - but some perversely continue to deny. Cycling lobby has been strangely quiet on here recently. Infuriating though that in response to a petition which garnered over 10,000 signatures so had to be taken note of by Parliament, Uni of Westminster has been awarded contract to mark its own homework,led by a leading LTN and cycling proponent. You couldn't make it up. It's appalling and either stupid or corrupt or both.https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/flaw-in-roadside-counters-for-low-traffic-schemes-j6wbwvzjn Low-traffic zone success ‘based on inaccurate data’Andrew EllsonFriday March 10 2023, 10.00pm, The TimesTraffic counters used to monitor the impact of low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) are not accurately recording vehicles during heavy congestion, The Times can reveal.Research suggests that between 5 and 35 per cent of cars, vans and lorries in slow moving or stop-start traffic are not being counted, calling into question the claimed success of the controversial schemes.Scores of LTNs were introduced during the pandemic and many more are planned. They use bollards, planters or camera enforcement to block through traffic in residential areas. The idea is to encourage people to walk or cycle instead of using their cars for short journeys. However, critics say the schemes force traffic on to a small number of surrounding roads, increasing congestion and pollution.Councils that have introduced LTNs have mostly hailed them as a success, pointing to data showing they have cut traffic both inside the areas and on some of their boundary roads. However, local residents have often been baffled by these claims, saying they have witnessed significant increases in congestion on the boundary roads.Now The Times can reveal that MetroCount, the manufacturer of the automatic roadside counters used by most councils to provide their data, advises against installing the rubber tubes on heavily congested roads because they under-record traffic.The company says the counters are “not designed to work” in stop-start traffic and are recommended to be used in “free flowing conditions”.It explained: “Vehicles travelling very slowly might not be classified correctly, either the axle hits are too far apart so it splits them and places them into an unknown vehicle class, which doesn’t get included by default, or it attaches those axle hits to a vehicle in front or behind.”This means if there is little or no congestion at the measuring points before the LTN, the number of vehicles counted is likely to be accurate. However, if the LTN creates congestion at the count points, the post-implementation surveys will not record the true number of vehicles.There are also fears some counters may not have recorded vehicles travelling under 6.2 mph at all. One north London council has already been forced to admit it under-reported congestion on the boundary roads surrounding one LTN.Enfield council confessed that cars, vans and lorries travelling in congestion had not been recorded after the Fox Lane LTN was introduced because a software update had changed the setting without its traffic engineers realising. MetroCount said the council’s contractor appeared to have made “a deliberate choice to change the default setting, contrary to MetroCount documentation that advises caution when surveying slow-moving or congested traffic”.It added: “Every single report produced by our software lists all the parameters selected at the top of the report, including any speed range settings.”The Times approached eight inner London councils that introduced LTNs during the pandemic to ask what settings they had used on their counters, whether they had been adjusted after their schemes were implemented and whether they were confident in the accuracy of their data, but none of them answered. Almost all of the councils have presented their LTNs as a success, claiming traffic reductions even on some boundary roads.Following the discovery of its error, Enfield council conducted a manual count of vehicles on four roads that also had automatic counters. This survey found that the automatic counters under-recorded nearly 3,000 vehicles — the equivalent of 5.4 per cent — over a 12-hour period.Dozens of videos have emerged on social media of cars moving very slowly or being stationary over counters on LTNs’ heavily congested boundary roads.One resident of Enfield was so suspicious of the data recorded on his heavily congested road near the edge of an LTN that he trawled through 24 hours of CCTV to see how many vehicles had actually passed his home.Ediz Mevlit, a bus driver from Palmers Green, said: “The council said only 1,845 cars a day passed through my road on average and congestion had reduced. But when I watched the CCTV back, I counted 2,523, that’s about 30 per cent more — and I probably missed a few because I sped up the footage. I was so angry because they had been making me feel paranoid. It’s the gaslighting, telling me traffic has reduced when it hasn’t.”After Enfield council’s recording error was discovered, it re-ran all the data without the 6.2 mph filter and recovered some of the undercounted vehicles. This changed its reported data from a 5.7 per cent increase on boundary roads to 8 per cent but critics say new data still did not record vehicles during heavy congestion because of the counters’ inherent limitations.In a report on Hackney council’s LTNs, John Wilde, a director at Charles & Associates Consulting Engineers, said: “Automatic traffic count surveys cannot be considered as broadly accurate [on congested roads]. A CCTV method survey would be more robust, and would also capture the stationary or slow-moving traffic conditions, whilst also allowing for clearer assessment of the peak periods.”Automatic counters have also been the primary source of data used by academic studies suggesting that LTNs work. This week a petition demanding the government carry out an independent review into LTNs surpassed 10,000 signatures, forcing a response. It said the Department for Transport had already appointed the University of Westminster to “undertake an independent evaluation of active travel schemes funded in 2020-21”.The director of the University of Westminster’s Active Travel Academy is Professor Rachel Aldred, a former trustee of the London Cycling Campaign, which has been one of the most vociferous advocates of LTNs.Enfield council said new traffic data on its boundary roads meant there was “no material change” to its previous conclusion that the Fox Lane LTN should be kept. It added that it did not rely on automatic counters alone and used other methods of assessment such as bus journey times to consider the impact of its schemes.The council also said it was not appropriate to compare directly the data between the manual counts and the automatic count, or draw conclusions from the disparity because they were not conducted at exactly the same spots on the roads.MetroCount said: “Our counters have been used for over 30 years, in over 130 countries, and all have their own conventions and standards, usually excluding lower and higher ranges of speeds. The physics of traffic counters of all varieties requires use within some ranges to achieve the usually very high accuracy.”The residents feeling the impact of LTNsIt was a struggle for Christiane Comins to get to the protest outside Islington town hall this week but she got out her crutches and gritted her teeth. Comins, 53, has multiple sclerosis (Jack Malvern writes).While she has a blue badge that gives her permission to drive through her neighbourhood, this is of no use for the delivery drivers she needs for essentials or the friends she relies on for help.Her neighbourhood, in the Barnsbury area of Islington, is the latest in the north London borough to be proposed as a low-traffic neighbourhood (LTN). It prompted a protest of more than 100 residents outside the town hall on Tuesday.“Because I’m disabled, I’m not only reliant on taxi journeys to or from the hospital but also reliant on friends coming to visit me,” she said. “I’m reliant on food deliveries to the house. They won’t be able to come. I may just drown in a pool of my own tears. I used to say I should jump in the Thames, but I can’t climb the bridge any more.”She said her MS comes and goes and that she dreads returning to a bedridden state. The last time, her friends were able to visit and even hold a party for her. “That can’t happen now if Barnsbury LTN goes ahead. I have MS and it’s a bugger. I go up and down.“Of course I support cyclists, but do they need every street in the neighbourhood? No, they don’t.” She worries not only for other people with disabilities but for local shops.“I worry a lot for some businesses like our butcher, who is feeling the pinch from [existing] LTNs. It’s quite frightening how little say you have.” Others at the protest complained that their daughters felt unsafe walking home at night through streets deserted of traffic.Nicholas Mason, 78, a retired solicitor, said his journey time to pick up his granddaughter from school in Tottenham, north London, had tripled. Jonathan Harrison, 75, a retired architect, added that the zones were frustrating his journeys to hospital for cancer treatment.A few weeks ago he received £480 in traffic fines for driving past a camera near his home. “I never saw a sign saying don’t come in this road. I had no idea they’d closed it. I think it’s totally outrageous. There’s been no consultation. None of this was in their manifesto, that they’re going to make it impossible to drive. It’s a pointless, ridiculous, vengeful policy.”
Claire Moran ● 10d11 Comments ● 9d
Spartacus the Thracian gladiator, along with Crixus, Gannicus, Castus Oenomaus and 50 other warriors went to Brewers Fayre and ordered Sunday lunch. Owing to staff shortages the first meal came out after 90 minutes. The waiter shouted "Who is for Sunday lunch?" Spartacus said "Me. I'm Hank Marvin." In turn all gladiators in turn shouted "No me, I'm Hank Marvin."
Neil Milkins ● 9d0 Comments ● 9d
See below link, oh and Cllr Katherine Dunne gets a mention...Labour council applied for exemption from ULEZ expansion:- https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11831329/Labour-council-applied-exemption-Sadiq-Khans-controversial-ULEZ-expansion.html?ito=native_share_article-top
Loraine Pemberton ● 13d14 Comments ● 9d
See story on the Chiswick calendar. Please read all of the article. Cllr Biddulph has made what appear to be untrue statements about the Flower Market.https://chiswickcalendar.co.uk/sunday-street-food-market-for-chiswick-high-rd-turned-down/
David McLoughlin ● 13d71 Comments ● 10d
What do readers think of this new tax that is being considered. A higher tax on cheaper tyres that wear more quickly is also reportedly being looked at.
Nicholas Beard ● 18d21 Comments ● 10d
I have unfortunately had to have two root canals redone including removing the crowns - the root canals and crowns in both teeth are less than a year old, but infection had got in under the crowns. I have just had the root canals redone by a specialist root canal company but they don't do crowns and I am not keen on going back to the dentist who did the crowns a year ago. Any recommendations for a dentist good with crowns would be appreciated.
Claire Moran ● 20d11 Comments ● 10d
When the prospect of a terrorist attack against Iran International was first raised last year, it was claimed that they were planning to move out of Chiswick into a new base in Park Royal. Is there any update on this?
Mark Evans ● 34d16 Comments ● 10d
Wonderful news this week that, after a long battle, the Commons voted in protect the safe zones around clinics such as Marie Stopes in Ealing.
Additionally they voted down an insidious Conservative / DUP amendment to "allow praying in the zone"
Great work by local group Sister Supporter and the support of Rupa Huq.
Given the continuing reports of child abuse, misogyny and the recent Synod commitment to support homophobia is it not time to break the link between state and all churches and to protect children by removing churches from schools.
Julie Canterbury ● 11d8 Comments ● 10d
Any recommendation for reasonable bodywork repairs? Has anyone tried the bodywork shop in Stamford Brook Arches?
Iris Hill ● 15d2 Comments ● 11d
For those that are interesting in these things, Labour held on with a reduced share of the vote but still winning over half. Lib Dems took most of the votes Labour lost, Tories made zero progress despite campaigning hard on ULEZ.
Jeremy Parkinson ● 11d0 Comments ● 11d
A Michael Lock is complaining about Football Fans doing a Number Two at his place of resident. He also has numerous other complainsIs he alone? Or is there a large problem with post-match poo in Chiswick?https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/21565782/neighbours-premier-league-ground-disgusted-poo/
Ian Mortimer ● 19d34 Comments ● 11d
Green wallet was stolen at the Chiswick M&S on Friday 3rd March. Would love to find my US driving licences under Uslan or Clauson. Thanks!
Natasha Uslan ● 12d0 Comments ● 12d
Hello!As the only theatre company in Chiswick (?) I wondered if anyone might be able to help with publicity for our forthcoming anniversary production of the comedy/drama TWO, by Jim Cartwright from 12-29th April at the Tabard. Maverick is all about new talent and new audiences and if you have a window (or office/shop?) we’d be very grateful if you could display a poster or hand out a few leaflets. The Tabard are also doing GREAT deals on group bookings. Free tickets are difficult, but you will DEFINITELY get a drink… or two.. after the show!You can reply here or email me email@example.com. Further info on the show is at www.MaverickTheatreCompany.com and, of course, on the Theatre at The Tabard website.Thanks very much in anticipation. We’re only a small theatre charity and ANY help is much appreciated. x
Nick Hennegan ● 9d0 Comments ● 12d
Apparently one of my gas radiators is blocked and needs a power flush - does anyone know whether Peter Earles is still around?
Felicity Langton ● 13d2 Comments ● 12d
The film with Kim Novak and James Stewart is one of my all time top favourites so I went to the Tabard Theatre to see Bell Book and Candle prepared to be a bit underwhelmed.In the event it was fantastic, obviously not in the same way as the film but nevertheless it captured its spirit very well. We are so lucky to have this theatre on our doorstep.
Felicity Caborn ● 13d1 Comments ● 13d
As per the front page, Staveley Road closure to be permanent but Burlington Lane to be closed only during school hours.Yet the consultation was massively against the current restrictions.Clearly local democracy is irrelevant to LBH (no change there).To be clear I have no issues, and in fact support, closing both Staveley and Burlington to vehicular traffic during key school drop off and collect times (and lunch times) - there are obvious safety benefits. Whether that should be from c. 8 am- 5pm or c.8-10am then 3-5.30pm or completely from 8am-5.30pm is a difficult issue.Then there is the issue of whether if one road only should be opened to vehicular traffic, why it is Burlington rather than Staveley. I cannot remember the last time I used Burlington outside of school hours (on a bike!), but during the day it is so heavily parked up that it is extremely narrow
Justin Stephenson ● 16d16 Comments ● 13d
People from Teesside are being bussed around the country to make intimidating cold-calls, a trading standards officer has warned.Claiming to be ex-servicemen or ex-offenders they become aggressive if they cannot make a sale, Stockton Home Safety Association was told.Trading standards officer Paul Chilver said they were given a "set script" to put pressure on householders."They're trained in how to intimidate people," he said.The sellers go door-to-door, offering items like cleaning products and cloths, claiming to be trying to turn their life around."They come from Nottingham, pick up a busload from Teesside and then travel around the country," Mr Chilver said.The meeting heard householders who did not buy from someone claiming to be ex-army were accused of not supporting soldiers "fighting for this country" who were "protecting you".'Like county lines'Others said they were trying to prove they were worthy to join the army by getting a job."It's all a con," Mr Chilver said.Some even carried card machines and elderly people in particular felt "obliged to give them some money to get rid of them", he added.Stockton councillor Ann McCoy said: "It's almost like county lines, only in trading standards."Common in the past, cold-calling appeared to have been "reinvented", she added.The meeting was told cold-callers were also common on Teesside with regular alerts from local Neighbourhood Watch groups, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.Mr Chilver advised people to politely refuse to buy and then call 101.
Iris Hill ● 14d1 Comments ● 13d
My local MP, Rupa Huq, has been allowed back into the Labour party after she was censored for calling Kwasi Kwarteng ''superficially a black man''. Also in Ealing the little donut of a mayor was getting in a right old hissy fit when locals dared to object to his roll out of the ULEZ. He called them covid deniers, vaccine deniers, racists and, finally, Tories! How dare ordinary honest working people worried about their livelihoods question his judgement. He is the supreme arbiter of all London and we should all be so glad we have him, single headedly saving us from heavens only knows what.
Peter King ● 18d37 Comments ● 13d
So now we know what Hounslow Council really think about Chiswick and why they cannot be trusted to make objective decisions about services and infrastructure in our area. Last night at a Council meeting the Leader, Councillor Shantanu Rajawat is reported in the Brentford Nub News as saying in response to questions from the local ward councillors:"I am so incredibly proud of the Labour side. Tonight, we have shown why we are the administration and you are consigned to the backwaters of Chiswick."
David Kerr ● 20d41 Comments ● 13d
I help care for my mother who is physically active but can be quite forgetful which makes organising things for her quite a trial.Someone has suggested to me that there is technology that is available that can help with situations like this including from Facebook and Alexa. The main aim would be to be able to set calendar reminders for her remotely but it would also be good for her to have voice activated control of radio stations and perhaps audio books. It there was a device that incorporated a screen at which she could do video calls (she doesn't have a smartphone) that would be great.Has anyone been in a similar situation and come up with any good solutions?
Anita Blake ● 15d10 Comments ● 13d
Hello.My well trained husband is heading back to London from New Zealand for a few weeks work.Does anyone have a room he could lodge in from mid-April?CheersVanessa
Vanessa Folley ● 15d1 Comments ● 14d
Just a FYI that there could be longer queues at post offices. In the old regime if you were going to send a parcel abroad, then you just needed to fill out a customs form, get your postage label and then post your item.The new regime means extra processes and the following will need to be entered into the post office system:- recipient's address- recipient's address (again) as well as the name- for each individual item in the parcel at least the description and value- sender's detailsSo if someone in the queue in front of you has 10 parcels going abroad and numerous items in each parcel, then unfortunately you may have to wait a long time.Please be kind and patient with the hard working postmasters/postmistresses - it's a huge amount to enter into the computer system compared with the old regime and it's mandated by Royal Mail.
Milan Joshi ● 26d15 Comments ● 14d