I found a blue phone found near the Goldhawk Road yesterday 23rd May.I phoned several people listed as contacts - but the two people I got through to did not seem like close contacts. One said they thought it belongs to a lady in a wheelchair - whose name may or may not be Jones.I left my details with them but no-one has called so far.The phone is now out of power and I do not have a charger that fits it - so cannot do any more detective work.Does anyone know anyone who fits this description who has recently lost her phone?Hilary T
Hilary Atherton-Tomlin ● 8d0 Comments ● 8d
I'm wondering if anyone has any knowledge or experience that they can impart on this issue that I'm facing?To set the scene: I bought a flat in Chiswick in early 2021. It is a house converted into 2 flats. I share the freehold of the building with "Mr X", but (by leasehold) I own the first floor flat and Mr X owns the ground floor flat. Both flats have their own separate back gardens, which border each other.Mr X does not live in his flat, and it is instead rented out, so we do not know him particularly well or see him particularly often.Mr X has Japanese knotweed in his garden. We first spotted this in spring/summer 2021, and informally asked him to remove it. He did, but it appears that he only had it cut back and it quickly returned.We informally asked him again twice to remove it in 2022. The first occasion led to further cutting, and it then grew back. On the second occasion, his response was somewhere between being aggressive and blasé. Despite my attempts to explain the risks to the building and to neighbouring gardens, and that cutting it was in fact potentially counterproductive, he basically said it is his business and that he is not worried about it.We are now in spring 2023 and the Japanese knotweed has returned with a vengeance. It is sprouting through cracks at the base of the shared building (within Mr X's garden) and is getting extremely close to my garden.So what is my best option on how to proceed with this? I am considering writing a formal letter to Mr X, explaining my major concerns in detail and setting out the situation with Japanese knotweed under the law. Could I subsequently seek a Community Protection Notice against him if he continues to allow it to spread untreated?What I am a bit confused about is the freehold/leasehold situation. Am I in any way responsible for this situation? Should this have been flagged up on the TA6 form when I purchased the flat? The TA6 form was filled in by the seller to say that there is no Japanese knotweed - which is true for my flat and its garden, but not the entire freehold.Perhaps the answer is "it depends on the lease", but if anyone can provide any insight, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Alex Cavell ● 38d17 Comments ● 10d
I have a 90 litre Aquarium and Cabinet/Stand along with an internal filter, lights and various accessories.I don't want any money for it, I just want it to go to a good home.Happy to send a picture, not quite sure how to do it here.Jason
Jason Maddocks ● 11d2 Comments ● 10d
My black and white elderly female cat has gone missing, last seen here Sunday evening (21 May)Please let me know if you see her, or maybe find her in your garden.I am at 27 Windmill Road W4 1RN, Tel 0208 995 1867.Many thanks, Catherine Meisels
Catherine Meisels ● 10d3 Comments ● 10d
Our doorbell rang twice at midnight tonight (Sunday 21st), first time he/she walked off because of the security lights but returned about 2mins later with hood up and covering the lower half of his/her face for the camera. Woke up the entire house on a school night and spooked Rosie our dog. I mean who in their right mind would expect anybody to answer the door at midnight on a Sunday night? Didn't get a photo but dark brown short jacket with a hood and light track suit pants, looked a bit wired and decidedly dodgy.
Chris Blackwell ● 10d2 Comments ● 10d
Am really at the point of screaming at my TalkTalk broadband. Need something that I can use for studying mostly, but still like to play online games (at my age!) and communicating with the outside world. Am looking through NHS discount sites, but hoping to get some local sounding.
Amanda Odonnell ● 11d2 Comments ● 11d
Went to get my bahn mi at lunch-time, there was a closed sign on the door, and it looks empty inside. Anyone know what's happened, or where they've gone? I will really miss them!
Emma Wellings ● 15d6 Comments ● 11d
In exchange for £30 donation to Protected Paws animal rescue charity. Charles Bentley 1000w Hover Mower.
Juliet Hogg ● 11d0 Comments ● 11d
Hi, does anyone have recommendation for a carpet supplier and carpet fitter for stairs. RH carpets and carpet store on Goldhawk Road has been recommended on the forum from 5 years ago. Does anyone have recent experience with them or have other recommendations? Many thanks.
Bilguun Batbayar ● 11d5 Comments ● 11d
Can anyone else hear it? Sounds like a racetrack in operation somewhere between Chiswick Roundabout and Sutton Court Road.
Adam ONeill ● 31d24 Comments ● 11d
FYI annual festival of science talks in pubs is on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday next week.There are more West London pub venues than previous years,https://pintofscience.co.uk
Michael Robinson ● 12d3 Comments ● 11d
It's not just Chiswick that is reaping the benefits of investment in safe cycle infrastructure and liveable
"Millions of people across the country are set to benefit from £200 million of government funding for cycling and walking schemes, helping to promote healthy travel, reduce emissions and grow the economy".
"Active travel is also estimated to bring a £36.5 billion boost to the economy in a year through increased high street spending and better access to jobs, delivering on our priority to grow the economy."
Paul Campbell ● 13d39 Comments ● 11d
I am 71yrs old, I have a disability affecting dexterity and tenacity as well as feel unsteady on a ladder. I tried to replace the flouorescent tubes in the overhead light fitting in the kitchen but felt unsteady and could not coordinate insertion of the ends of the tubes into the fitting. As of 13:30hrs Hounslow Homes advised me that it was not an emergency so my wife and I have to prepare food in darkness or in the partial light provided by a table lamp.
Peter Hogan ● 12d1 Comments ● 12d
My cat has been missing for 24 hours from the grove park area. male , neutered, microchipped. Tabby, shorthair. Quite big, very long. Lost his collar a few days ago
Faith Bridges ● 12d1 Comments ● 12d
Claire Moran ● 15d14 Comments ● 13d
From Brentford Today & TV #Debate not HateNEXT BOROUGH MAYOR IS SET TO BE CLLR AFZAAL KIANI. FOR THE FIRST TIME THE MAYOR WILL BE APPOINTED BY THE LEADER, NOT ELECTED. Annual General Meeting of the Labour Group is next Monday 15 May. The agenda omits the usual "Election of Mayor", thereby setting a precedent and indicating what we reported here three months ago – that the decision will be taken by the Leader Cllr Shantanu Rajawat. Other Councillors are said to be "up in arms".
Vanessa Smith ● 22d58 Comments ● 13d
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/eligible-pensioners-urged-to-claim-pension-credit-to-help-with-cost-of-livingJust over a week to claim.
Philippa Bond ● 22d11 Comments ● 13d
Although I no longer drive, I own a van, in order to allow my family to transport my disabled daughter Michelle. Yesterday I received a message rapidly spoken, informing me that I had incurred a parking fine. I realised that this must be for a visit by other family members to the Isabella Plantation on Sunday afternoon. I had no opportunity to ask questions, and it emerged that neither of the drivers were aware of a fine being imposed. Michelle's Blue Badge has been applied for, and may well be delivered soon. Can anyone remind me of the details of the very helpful poster here who often advises on parking appeals? Unfortunately,I picked up the phone on its first ring, so there is no recorded on the answering machine
Arnold Saxton ● 16d10 Comments ● 13d
Hi guys I’m looking to get some building work done and am looking for recommendations for general contractors please. Thanks in advance
Simon Johnson ● 14d5 Comments ● 13d
Can anyone recommend a good handyman as I need to replace a single joist to our garden deckingMany thanksMike Redshaw
Mike Redshaw ● 15d1 Comments ● 14d
There has been some discussion of late about whether opinion is shifting on the issue of reopening of Hammersmith Bridge.The Barnes Bugle which is a community newsletter for the area conducted a poll recently asking people for their views. Barnes is the one area where you might expect a higher proportion of people to be okay with continued closure as many roads there which were heavily trafficked are now relatively quiet.The outcome was that 74% supported a full reopening with two thirds backing the Foster/Cowi double decker plan and 7% a complete rebuild of the bridge.People who aren't happy with this outcome will say that it is 'self-selecting' and only 361 people responded which means that some organised manipulation wouldn't have been difficult to achieve. However the Barnes Bugle seems to bend over backwards to be neutral on this issue and they probably can be trusted to have done all that was possible to ensure their poll was a fair reflection of local views.This confirms the idea that there has been no shift on public opinion on this issue because elected politicians from all parties in affected constituencies remain committed to full reopening.Of course that doesn't mean the bridge will actually reopen. The planning application by H&F doesn't seem to have been submitted yet despite them claiming they were about to do so and there simply may not be the money in a financially challenged economy like ours.
Jeremy Parkinson ● 20d49 Comments ● 14d
For Chiswickian car supremacists still licking their wounds and plotting their revenge against the cyclists, you are not alone and your kind are suffering losses all over the UK. Your surrender is long overdue. Those who repent shall be shown kindness and will certainly find the next ten years of redistribution of road space easier to take.https://www.newstatesman.com/spotlight/climate-energy-nature/2023/05/ltn-war-on-cars-failed-move-votersCries of a “war on cars” have failed to move votersThe local election results suggest cities can safely stick to their plans to lower traffic and emissions.By India BourkeLow traffic neighbourhoods represent a “war on cars”, claims an article on ConservativeHome. Curbing traffic in service of net zero is the result of a “colossal mass hypnotism”, says the Sun. The concept of 15-minute cities, which favours pedestrians over cars, is an “international socialist concept”, according to the Tory MP Nick Fletcher.Such are the cries of the largely right-wing UK voices, from motoring lobbyists to TV hosts, who claim to champion wider concern over the reallocation of road-space to the disadvantage of cars.One key campaigner is the anti-fuel tax campaigner Howard Cox, author of that column in the Sun, who announced on Tuesday that he will stand as the Reform Party’s candidate in the next London mayoral elections. A core pillar of his campaign is opposition to the plan by Sadiq Khan, the present mayor, to expand the city’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone, which places an extra charge on polluting vehicles.Yet England’s latest set of local elections show that opponents to such initiatives, however vociferous, are not an electoral threat.In Oxfordshire last week, after campaigning in opposition to restrictions on cars such as low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs), traffic filters and 20mph limits, the Conservative Party lost control of their last remaining district council in the county, a former party stronghold. In Bath local Tory candidates similarly pitched the election as a referendum on traffic reduction measures, and suffered a resounding defeat to their Liberal Democrat rivals.Defeated Conservative councillors are blaming “national issues”, but this pattern of strident Tory opposition to car-use reform followed by electoral loss is not new. Take the London local elections in 2022 or the city’s mayoral election in 2021, in which there were similar outcomes.Emily Kerr, a Green Party councillor in Oxford City, told Spotlight: “Good childcare and a strong NHS are far more important than a made-up culture ‘war on drivers’.” She cited two local cases where new LTNs, school streets and segregated cycle lanes help “over 85 per cent” of children to walk, scoot or cycle to primary school.“These elections have proven you can’t win votes by promising to stop inconvenience to drivers,” added Leo Murray, co-founder of the climate charity Possible. Instead of bowing to pressure from a small minority, “local councillors need to keep calm and carry on” with policies that increase safety, reduce emissions and improve air quality, he said.None of this is to dismiss the concerns of those who fear they will lose out from the shift to increasingly car-free cities: from residents worried about increased air and noise pollution on the larger roads onto which side-road traffic is diverted, to business owners who may have to contend with reduced car access. There are also of course cases where the locations of specific traffic-calming measures needs review.But the idea that changing our car-orientated infrastructure is an affront to individual freedom is a dangerous myth. As the journalist Daniel Knowles argues in his deep-diving new book Carmaggedon: “[Cars] are among the world’s leading causes of what economists call ‘externalities’ – costs imposed on others by your decisions.”There are costs to the NHS for respiratory disease treatment; car-parking space that could otherwise be used to build houses; and road transport emissions contribute 15 per cent of CO2 emissions globally. Our current reliance on cars is unsustainable. Even the electric vehicle revolution entails costs to the planet in the form of mining.A key question, therefore, is whether politicians will be more ambitious about embracing reform now that voters don’t appear to punish car-restricting policies. The Labour-led government in Wales is pressing ahead. “I can understand why politicians are nervous about taking on an issue that causes pushback to flare-up, especially on social media,” Lee Waters, the Welsh government’s deputy minister for climate change, said. “But my view, which may sound pious, is that given the scale and nature of the climate threat, we’ve got to take risks, because otherwise we’re screwed. In politics you have to be prepared to lose in order to fight for something that is right.”In September the Welsh government will be introducing a default 20mph speed limit on restricted roads. Most road building projects across Wales have been halted or amended, in an attempt to take seriously the advice of the independent Climate Change Committee on road transport. Although there was resistance to the latter policy, Waters said, it “has not been as bad as we feared”. The experience of the city of Ghent in Belgium also suggests such ambition can even be an electoral benefit. In April 2017 the city government introduced a traffic “Circulation Plan” that makes it very difficult to drive though the city from one side to the other – and the result was an improvement to the local economy even as the number of car trips taken fell.“There was a lot of commotion in the run-up to the implementation of the plan,” admitted Filip Watteeuw, Ghent’s deputy mayor, including demonstrations and death threats. But the following October he was re-elected with an increased majority. “I increased my vote count by a factor of four. I think politicians who improve the quality of life, who are clear about how they want to achieve this, that don’t back down because of a little resistance but who also dare to adjust – and that’s different from backing down – if necessary, should not be afraid.”Westminster, take note.
Paul Campbell ● 20d79 Comments ● 14d
I would be very happy to give a free ranging home on my roof garden to two guinea pigswhose owners might have outgrown an earlier interest in them.
Joy Skinner ● 27d5 Comments ● 15d
From today's Open Democracy newsletter:-Ealing Council said it plans to spend £182,268, of which it has already put down £160,000. Following a live screening of the coronation, the council has programmed several musical performances and a fireworks display.In December, the Labour-led council said it was facing a deficit of £5m and would have to make at least £2m of savings from its budget for public health, adult social care, and leisure centres.The council is currently fighting a legal challenge over its plans to turn Ealing Town Hall – described as the borough’s “crown jewels” – into a 140-bed, boutique hotel. Signing off the plans in 2016, councillors said the move was necessary because the Grade II-listed building is “very expensive to maintain and repair and is in considerable need of refurbishment”.
Claire Moran ● 27d161 Comments ● 16d
Hi, On 16 May I lost dark grey icandy baby change bag, with changes of clothes, milk, bottles, nappies, wipes, and other items in there. I was travelling in the car from Fraser Road, down Devonshire Road and onto Chiswick High Road up to Goldhawk road and it has fallen out of the boot (which somehow came open). I would be very grateful if anyone has found it they can let me know, as I use it every day for my baby.
Sarah Williams ● 16d0 Comments ● 16d
Chiswick is lucky to receive visits from Swifts each summer, truly remarkable birds.But here, as elsewhere in the UK, these birds' numbers are under pressure for a variety of reasons.A petition has been launched, as follows:"Make swift bricks compulsory in new housing to help red-listed birds""Swifts have declined by over 50% in the UK. Adult swifts, known for site-fidelity, return to the same nests. We want swift bricks to be required in all new housing, to provide homes for these birds. Surveys show these are used by red-listed swifts, house martins, starlings and house sparrows."https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/626737This petition, which closes on 30th April, currently has nearly 80,000 signatures, but needs another 20,000-odd to ensure that it will be considered for debate in Parliament, so please take a minute to sign, then pass it on.
Richard Cathcart ● 59d12 Comments ● 16d
https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/info/20053/transport/2504/e-bike_rental_scheme_trial/3 This should take you to the page where there are separate links for each of the three Chiswick wards. “The majority of bays will host between nine and twelve e-bikes. Bays will be located either on the footway where there is sufficient space and pedestrian clearance, or in parking bays. A bay with capacity for nine e-bikes will be approximately 7m long, which equates to approximately 1.5 car parking spaces.“E-bike trial will launch in Brentford and Chiswick by early June 2023.
Marie Power ● 19d15 Comments ● 16d
Anyone been local for a nice Sunday roast lately??
Claire Harrington ● 18d11 Comments ● 17d
Charles Bentley 1000w Hover Mower. Perfect working condition. Proceeds to Protected Paws animal charity.
Juliet Hogg ● 18d0 Comments ● 18d
What’s with the super loud Leonard Cohen? Understand it’s been booming all afternoon.Anyone know what’s going on?
Skye Palmer-Jones ● 19d6 Comments ● 18d
This was on the market around 3 years ago at £4,950,000. It's basement flooded!
Jack Daniels ● 22d6 Comments ● 18d
Andrew Bridgen has been expelled from the Conservative Party after he made controversial comments about coronavirus vaccines. Mr Bridgen was stripped of the Tory whip and forced to sit as an independent MP in January after he tweeted claims that Covid vaccines were the “biggest crime against humanity since the Holocaust”.A Conservative Party spokesman confirmed this afternoon that Mr Bridgen has now been formally kicked out of the party. The spokesman said: “Mr Bridgen was expelled from the Conservative Party on 12th April following the recommendation of a disciplinary panel. He has 28 days from this date to appeal.”Mr Bridgen said in a statement: “My expulsion from the Conservative Party under false pretences only confirms the culture of corruption, collusion and cover-ups which plagues our political system.”Mr Bridgen said he “will continue to serve my constituents as I was elected to do and intend to stand again at the next election”.https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2023/04/26/rishi-sunak-news-latest-snp-sudan-labour-keir-starmer-pmqs/
Les Wilson ● 36d21 Comments ● 18d
Hi,In years past we’ve enjoyed the London Mela at Gunnersbury Park. It got cancelled during the Covid years and I was trying to figure out whether it was coming back this year. My basic Google searches turn up nothing though I see reference to the Wembley Mela and other smaller ones. The one in Gunnersbury Park was massive and really interesting. Does anyone happen to know if this event/festival is planned for 2023?Thanks to anyone who replies? I am grateful for the W4 Forum community who often reply with info to my random questions!!!Joe
Joe Wengler ● 19d2 Comments ● 18d
Hi all, for those of you who live in a house which has been converted into flats and where you your neighbour own the freehold- would you have any recommendations for building insurance? We have been quoted a 40% increase to ours. We and our neighbour always get a building insurance together each year but this years premium is ridiculous (haven’t even claimed anything!).
Nina Bodil ● 21d9 Comments ● 19d
I have been listening to all the furore about voters having to produce. ID at polling stations in common with the rest of the world. It seems that those most affected may be the elderly but to me ultimately it seems sensible to have some form of checking process. But in all the outrage I reflected on the absurd waves online consultations launched/inflictedby Hounslow and other Councils affecting crucial aspects of daily life with which many elderly people struggled even more. Come to think of it most of us did. Far less democratic and more discriminatory and subject to widespread gaming. But that wouldnt suit the narrative.
Susan Engel ● 27d61 Comments ● 20d
The Embassy seems such a peaceful place...located as it is in Edensor Road.An article in THE TIMES today however suggests that all is not well in that country with Mr Putin agitating and causing disturbing trouble... which could spill into W4 ..just like the turmoil at Chiswick Business Park.You may have knowledge. You may have a view.
Jim Lawes ● 20d0 Comments ● 20d
Good Morning I am looking for a fencing outfit that is trustworthy, affordable and reliable. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. David
D.A. Benn ● 23d3 Comments ● 21d
Are parking restrictions enforced today in Chiswick?
Adrian Irving ● 24d9 Comments ● 22d
This radio programme was very interesting:Costing the Earthhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001lqn1Costing the Earth yesterday 9/5/23 - see above - had a lot on our unpredictable weather eg flash flooding and how to mitigate this. James Wong interviewing contributors.
Philippa Bond ● 22d0 Comments ● 22d
Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced local painter & decorator? Thank you
Carmen Litiu ● 688d7 Comments ● 22d
We’ve got two old laptops which I would like to retrieve photo files from, is there anywhere local that I can take them to?
Phil Spivey ● 26d6 Comments ● 22d
Details on PetsReunited
Alison Howard ● 24d1 Comments ● 23d
If you haven't listened to the Londongrad podcast series by Tortoise Media I strongly advise you to do so. I believe it is not possible to fully understand what happened in this country over the last decade unless you have heard it.For those that have already listened, there is very exciting news. They have announced their next series is to be on Iran's Hit Squads in the UK. This is bound to be fascinating in its own right but, for readers of this forum, Chiswick will undoubtedly be featuring quite a lot. The first episode drops early next month.
Francis Rowe ● 34d6 Comments ● 23d
Hi,I recall in the past forum threads/posts about the route for previous royal fly pasts. In particular the last Jubilee.I think there also used to be a fly past each year on the Queen’s birthday too (or it was to mark an annual occasion of some sort.) Those fly pasts seemed to fly almost directly over my old house on Rusthall Avenue.Can anyone predict the route tomorrow and a good place to view it? Would the open space next to Kensington Palace near the Round Pond be a good spot?Thanks,Joe
Joe Wengler ● 27d10 Comments ● 23d
Oh dear, what’s shame, never mind.
Madeleine Hazard ● 30d71 Comments ● 23d
Well Done All new hanging baskets etcReally appreciated.
John Kennedy ● 24d2 Comments ● 24d
Just wondering if anyone has a Friday ticket (p.m or all day) that they don’t need and that I could buy off them? Thank you!
Martha Roberts ● 27d2 Comments ● 24d
Anyone had any recent experience of a kitchen refurb. Ours needs a complete overhaul. We have a reasonable budget, but not huge
Alexandra Christine Moore ● 24d0 Comments ● 24d
Keys lost on/near Chiswick High Road yesterday 5th around 6pm. Please reply if you know about them
Jenny Oppenheimer ● 27d1 Comments ● 24d
HiCan anyone recommend someone who can advise on Google ads please?Thanks
David Powers ● 27d2 Comments ● 25d
Saw in 'Three' Hammersmith a broadband offer of 20.00 per month, first 3 months free. It looked so straight forward. A small box which plugs directly into a socket. I wonder if anyone has gone in for this and has any comment. Its seems a bit too good to be true.At the moment I have Virgin at about 35.00 a month and cables all over the place.
Stephen Gould ● 31d6 Comments ● 25d
We have a wooden desk looking for a new home - if possible today or tomorrow. It is roughly 97cm high (inc a shelf) 53cm deep and 87cm wide, with a pull out section and drawer. Collect from The Avenue.
Johanne Coker ● 25d0 Comments ● 25d
Can anyone recommend a good cleaner?Need someone for about 3 hours a week
Mark Gormley ● 37d1 Comments ● 25d
I'm very concerned that my neighbours may not be watching the Coronation on TV, as I can hear them listening to music and moving around. It is also the case that they have in the past made disrespectful remarks about Camilla in the garden, which I have overheard. To whom should I report this unpatriotic behaviour, so that they can be arrested and preferably imprisoned under the new legislation?
Davey Harris ● 26d14 Comments ● 26d
I need to thank our postman in grove park - he delivered post today - surely he should have had the day off . A great Thankyou .
Helen Bamberger ● 26d0 Comments ● 26d
I've happily used Economic Moves before, but they're not available on the date of my next move (end June).Can anyone recommend an alternative firm (or one to avoid), for a move outside London from W4?Thanks in advance.
Richard Cathcart ● 28d6 Comments ● 26d
Prompted by the other 'Dyson' thread - What is the best vacuum cleaner to buy?Does it need to be cordless? Does it need to be bagless? Should it be vertical or flat with a flexible hose? Should it be robotic?WHAT IS the go-to vacuum cleaner??
Michael Brown ● 28d27 Comments ● 26d