Looking at the news this morning to see that the Netherlands is on the brink of another lockdown and Austria are about to lock up the unvaccinated, is it time to consider this government might actually have done something right?Our own Covid numbers remain high but are not increasing despite schools being back and the approach of winter. Certainly the government appears to have had a bit of luck with the unseasonably mild weather but, at this stage, it looks like the inevitable surge around Christmas might just be manageable (through the continuing heroic efforts of NHS staff).If the strategy is working, the chances are that credit should go to Sajid Javid one of the few remaining cabinet ministers of any competence. His failed bid to be Tory leader did suggest that he lacks the polish to be the next Prime Minister but we could do a lot worse.
Jeremy Parkinson ● 11d52 Comments ● 5d
Hello,My name is Emma, I am a third-year Geography student at Newcastle University. I am currently undergoing my dissertation on the changes and impacts on Turnham Green Terrace. I am hoping to collect data from the wider community of Chiswick to aid my dissertation. I am politely requesting residents and Business owners to please fill out this short survey below. https://s.surveyplanet.com/pw0394p6Thank you!
Emma Purcell ● 9d12 Comments ● 6d
See below article - the future for TfL looks grim.https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/london-underground-tube-bus-services-cycle-sadiq-khan-b966801.html
Loraine Pemberton ● 7d9 Comments ● 6d
Just a friendly reminder, our local businesses need our support. We spent our today at the wonderful Persian restaurant RICE, 293 Chiswick High Rd, Chiswick:-)
Katja Urban ● 7d2 Comments ● 6d
It appears every programme, even the news on both Radio and TV, are repeats. Are there any new programmes, serials, sit-comes, that are new productions -not rehashes of old ones? Where is all the creative talent this Country is/was sofamous for?
Jennifer Selig ● 8d6 Comments ● 7d
Copied from Twitter Hounslow Cycling@HounslowCycling·2hTwo people on bikes hit and run in Chiswick - Abinger Rd, Dukes Meadows. Both hit from the side/behind, neither vehicle stopped as their victim lay in the road. If anyone saw either event, please get in touch.I’m afraid there’s going to be a lot more cycle collisions in the dukes Meadows area as Hounslow Council, due to the blockage of the tunnel and construction of the car , coach and lorry parking have turned Riverside Drive and the promenade into very busy and dangerous roads, Hounslow have provided a safe cycling route from Barnes Bridge to Hammersmith, which was used quite often in the beginning, but cyclist seem to have returned to the promenade again which has become very busy.
Bernard Allen ● 7d3 Comments ● 7d
I live in a conservation area and would like to replace my single glazed wooden windows with double glazed wooden windows in the same style. Does anyone know if planning permission is needed for this please?
Margot Crowther ● 15d11 Comments ● 7d
Can anyone recommend a plumber who would fit an integrated dishwasher (plus fix a faulty isolation valve first)? The one we usually use isn't keen on fitting integrated appliances. Thanks
Carla Rowlands ● 7d0 Comments ● 7d
Anyone been to the High Rd. today. lost my car keys. Hadley gardens to Holly Rd. medical centre then to Boots next stop cafe Nero and back.Asked in all establishments no joy. One key and fob I believe.
Paul Jennings ● 13d10 Comments ● 7d
Can anyone recommend someone who can put up external Xmas lights on a 2 storey property in Chiswick. We have the lights - just need someone who can put them up!
Georgina Burns ● 7d0 Comments ● 7d
Hi, having real trouble working how to get a Day 2 test for someone who is coming to the UK from Germany and arriving in London.Any advice?Day 2 would be this Saturday, and our friend will be in Devon Can the traveller take the test at the airport on arrival (even though that means its on day 1)
Andrew Jones ● 64d11 Comments ● 8d
I regularly both cycling and walk my dog on Acton Green. The case currently featured on the front page had been related to me by other dog walkers but I thought it was apocryphal.
Obviously as it a live case I'll avoid talking about the specifics but I've always treated the pathway across the green as being a pedestrian priority one and that would include for those with four legs. That seems to be pretty much the universal attitude among cyclists using the path.
The suggestion that has been raised that cycling may be banned due to a local bye law is an alarming one. It would mean that cyclists would be forced to use the increasingly congested roads next to the park.
Andrew OSullivan ● 416d118 Comments ● 8d
Can anyone recommend a fast and reasonable supplier for a PCR/antigen test for fit to fly.
Simon Meyers ● 9d10 Comments ● 8d
As reported on this site TfL are currently doing a survey about accessibility on the tube and how they will choose which stations to make step free next.Chiswick is uniquely free of accessible stations on London Underground, Overground and mainline. Give its footfall, if the area were to get an accessible station it would be Turnham Green.The survey is easy to complete and at the end there is space for comments which you can make your case why you think Turnham Green (or another station in the area should be free).The survey is here: https://haveyoursay.tfl.gov.uk/tube-step-free-access
Mark Evans ● 10d4 Comments ● 8d
Honestly they do. Here's the link - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/KL8KBCYI feel like Phillipa now!
peter king ● 9d6 Comments ● 9d
We told you so.And still not a single, tangible (or intangible) benefit.And please don't say the vaccination programme. We did that under EU rules (as confirmed by the head of the Medicines Agency).
T P Howell ● 63d225 Comments ● 9d
Check out Channel 4 ‘Dispatches - Did Brexit Work for Business?’ - especially if you voted to leave the E.U. This short programme is available on All 4 for 30 days. It looks at what has happened since Brexit to companies that export to Europe, and the picture is pretty dismal, but we do get a contribution from Liz Truss who expects things will improve by 2030 or 2040. And the Netherlands seem to be doing very nicely thank you, courtesy of Brexit.
Alastair Banton ● 10d25 Comments ● 9d
I have just received a letter this morning- saying I have a free £20 voucher from our local council- apparently from ecovouchers and again from Steve Curran- doesn’t make sense to me- is this correct? Apparently every household should be getting this- I realise I am sceptical but would really like to know.
Helen Bamberger ● 10d16 Comments ● 9d
An elderly neighbour needs one. Posting in case anyone has one they would like to recycle…
Clare Gittins ● 11d2 Comments ● 9d
Hi,Someone here on the Chiswick W4 forum mentioned recently that Singapore Gardens in Chiswick was Giles Coren’s favourite restaurant. I looked it up and it seems the one he goes to so often is in North London. Does anyone know if the Chiswick Singapore Gardens is related to the one Giles Coren reviews so positively?Thanks,Joe
Joe Wengler ● 10d3 Comments ● 9d
HiPlease can anyone recommend a local puppy school?Thanks in advance Sarah
Sarah U Benson ● 12d3 Comments ● 10d
Much to the disappointment of the Cycling lobby, cycling just seems to get one small mention at Cop26 - at one session on day 10 out of Apparenty those leading the battle to save the planet don't seem to rate it as that important. You can find it if you look hard enough on https://ukcop26.orgIs it time for our great leaders in Hounslow and Ealing to "smell the coffee" and start focussing on rather more significant areas for saving our planet. As has been pointed out, our own C9 is highly unlikely to improve air quality and in many areas is making it worse. its is a very expensive distraction. There are plenty of our fearless leaders be doing that would improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions in our Borough?
Susan Engel ● 23d44 Comments ● 10d
Hi all, we are a 2 person household, generally careful with water consumption (no water running when brushing teeth etc). We have been on a fixed £360/year rate. Thames water is now installing smart metres and so I’m wondering how others have experienced their water bills post installation?
Nina Bodil ● 13d10 Comments ● 10d
Poor Ali, just 20, murdered for trying to help an old lady. One of the best of us gone, way too young
Carl Wynne ● 12d5 Comments ● 10d
A dog walker in East Acton has had their van stolen with six dogs inside, including a blind and deaf Collie, Cabbage. Please keep an eye out for them. https://www.mylondon.news/news/west-london-news/search-van-stolen-east-acton-22150121
S Powell ● 14d15 Comments ● 11d
‘Where have all the cooks gone?’I am driven to share these thoughts with you by two recent events: I like to start my day with ‘the best flat white in London’ prepared by my barista, the lovely Marianna of ‘Rhythm & Brews’. ‘R&B’ is my coffee-shop-of-choice on Turnham Green; it is there that Marianna and other attractive (I’m still allowed to say that, right?) waitresses serve exceptional coffee that gives joy and light to dark mornings. Yesterday though, I was ‘jonesing’ for some scrambled eggs to go with my croissant. Marianna explained that the kitchen was closed ‘for lack of a cook’. The owner, ever-elegant Ann, told me that the job had been advertised for some weeks ‘but we haven’t had one application’. By noon, I was gnawing my knuckles with hunger. I went on several websites, looking for take-away; I battled with website mice-type and the constant errors that is tech’s companion. I gave up and concluded it would be easier for me to walk to ‘Singapore Garden’ on Chiswick High Road. The restaurant is regarded by TIMES columnist Giles Coren as serving ‘the best Malaysian food in London’. That’s good enough for me.The charming hostess, Ping-Ting, explained that part of the difficulty in accessing the website is that ‘We don’t deliver any more, except Sunday evenings.; She shrugged. ‘We cannot get enough cooks.’WTF? Never mind ‘where have all the flowers gone?’ Where have all the cooks gone?The office of national statistics reports that, pre-Covid, there were one million unfilled jobs in the UK. Sixty thousand of these unfilled jobs were in the hospitality sector – before we donned masks and were told to stand six feet apart.If the jobs are there (and now, we presume, there are many more) why do so many people choose to ‘sign on’? Why do two million adults in this country choose to take money from taxes paid by those in work simply because, British citizens find the jobs unappealing. Two hundred thousand European nationals do not think like that; they scuttled home when Brexit told them they weren’t needed to fix our loos, build our basements, dig our roads… and cook our meals. Perhaps some ‘Brexiteers’ thought that a ‘full English’ could be equally well cooked by a full Englishman? As the Brexit pigeons come home to roost, we are finding that the English who choose to be unemployed would rather live off the English who chose to be employed.Of course, there are thousands who are applying fruitlessly for jobs they are either over- or under-qualified for, and still they fail to secure a position.Our current Prime Minster is famous – among other things – for saying ‘I’m all for having my cake and eating it’.Does he know any good cooks? Alternatively, if he can find cake on the half-empty supermarket shelves, will he please tell us the precise location?© ‘Brian Clewly Johnson.07557407450
Brian Clewly Johnson ● 12d10 Comments ● 11d
Been 3 weeks now since booster jabNot on my nhs app or history.Maybe it takes a while to update.
John Kennedy ● 19d47 Comments ● 11d
Jon Cotton, who worked on excavations in Brentford for some years, is giving a Zoom talk to the Brentford & Chiswick LHS at 7.30pm on Monday evening. It is really topical at this time of so much redevelopment in the town.There is still time to book a place - tickets are free and non-members are always welcome. Full details, together with a link to the Ticketsource page for the event, can be found on the History Society's website at https://brentfordandchiswicklhs.org.uk/
Valerie Bott ● 12d2 Comments ● 11d
This bus route continues to operate but is now prohibited from stopping in Chiswick (A316)despite doing so for months, Representations from Nick Rogers AM our GLA member, local residents, Chiswick House staff and Chiswick School pupils and parents and others have been forwarded to the GLA deputy mayor Transport. Here's the latest communication from Tfl Dear All We have received an update from TfL ' in relation to their monitoring of the usage of the 533 bus service. 'TfL have advised that in early September, they committed to monitoring usage of the 533 service and to subsequently share any updates on the frequency of the service, in view of this having been an area of great interest. The survey data TfL collected over the past few weeks showed that passenger numbers on the 533 are now considerably lower following the re-opening of the bridge to pedestrians and cycles. TfL have advised that the 533 will therefore continue to run non-stop between Mortlake and Hammersmith, to ensure a quick and reliable connection between Barnes and Hammersmith for those passengers who cannot easily walk or cycle across the bridge. TfL have further advised that they will be keeping this under close review. Furthermore, they plan to conduct a full review of the network in the Barnes/Mortlake area in the new year based on comprehensive passenger data that is collected annually during November - traditionally one of the busiest periods in the year.' We emphatically do not agree with TfL’s decision to continue to run the 533 service non-stop between Mortlake & Hammersmith. We will continue to challenge this decision..
John Todd ● 15d10 Comments ● 11d
Bookcase London is looking for a manager for our vinyl shop that is expected to open in February next year. This a full time position. Requirements include:- An Encyclopedic knowledge of music - Experience of buying second hand vinyl records preferred- Passionate about discovering and recommending exciting music- Happy to work in a small team If this sounds like you or someone you know please email: email@example.com with a copy of your CV. Please address the subject as ‘Vinyl Store Manager Application’. Thank you!
Jessica Bloom ● 12d1 Comments ● 11d
Well it can always be used as a prison or a barracks in the future.Where do they get these 'architects' from, North Korea?
Jane Kelly ● 18d25 Comments ● 12d
Still space tomorrow on our 1 hour ‘sampler’ workshop 'How to become a Theatre Producer' 7pm 15th November. Details at theatreproducertraining.com Please share. Thanks.
Nick Hennegan ● 12d0 Comments ● 12d
Recommendation wanted for a builder who can carry out structural work. Anyone had good experience and can recommend? Thanks
Lucy Johnson ● 44d18 Comments ● 12d
A Mr Trevor Bradley has written to the editor to point out that London Borough of Waltham Forest's raising of £1.3mn a year mentioned by another correspondent was 'rather lame' as Hounslow Council had done this in Hartington Road in six months. Mr Bradley adds these fines have been raised from people in travelling in just one direction on a prohibited section that measures 10 metres.
Francis Rowe ● 14d21 Comments ● 13d
I hope the industrial estate does not allow its land to be siphoned off to the cycle brigade. It is the home of many feral cats and foxes, including the particular area the cycle brigade want to annexe. All they have to do is dismount and walk three yards through an alleyway. Instead, they come whizzing through and almost run down dogs in the park. That will just get worse if more can enter together. A really, really bad idea. Go back to the drawing board on this one. A big notice saying 'cyclists dismount' would help to solve the problem quickly and easily with far less expense, and damage to wild and domestic animals.
Claire Moran ● 27d93 Comments ● 13d
so upset - got charged £42 postage for a 2.1 kg parcel. Please be alerted that you don’t go over £39.00 ( I believe) for gifts …. Otherwise the recipient has to pay costumer charges for HIS/HER Christmas present….Happy Xmas ;-)
Katja Urban ● 14d14 Comments ● 13d
I’m looking for new contract. Who do you recommend in this area ?
Maureen Yakoubi ● 14d3 Comments ● 13d
Is anyone else experiencing problems with post?Yesterday I received a letter dated 25th October most probably posted in Hemel Hempstead.I think we have had post everyday except Monday so wondering if there is a delay in one or more of the sorting offices as other letters have been delayed as well.
Chris Lucy ● 14d0 Comments ● 14d
Can anyone advise on how safe it is to leave a decent bike of modest value locked securely near the station during the day? Judging by the number of frames without wheels etc, maybe a bit dodgy?
James Tickell ● 18d12 Comments ● 14d
Does anyone know if the Beauty Lounge Turnham Green Terrace will find new premises in Chiswick and where it has gone? Thank you
Catherine Griffiths ● 14d0 Comments ● 14d
FOUND. Hearing aid near Chiswick Post Office. I found a pink and grey hearing aid this morning. I know how important (and expensive) these are, so please DM me if you know who this belongs to. Please can you also share. Thank you.
Johan Haynes ● 14d0 Comments ● 14d
I'm looking for an electrician for a small job, and would welcome any recommendations. Many thanks in advance.
Barbara Robinson ● 15d2 Comments ● 15d
Have you lost or abandoned two bicycles in the last three weeks? We have found two bicycles, one M and the other F, partly concealed at Strand on the Green. It's not clear whether they have been left on purpose or have been stolen.The bicycles are off road types with knobbly tyres, one of which is flat. The serial numbers have not been registered.
Chris Greenwood ● 15d0 Comments ● 15d
If you're reading this, David, I'd be grateful if you can PM me with your telephone number.I've got a new telephone, and somehow yours is one of a number that I've lost.Then I can arrange a meet with Danny when you're back from Spain.BestROGERI've got a new number but don't want it made public for the nutters on here.
Roger Talbot ● 17d3 Comments ● 15d
Hounslow Highways are not going to clear the majority of leaves in Chiswick until they are all down (with some exceptions - waiting for the schedule) (and this will be the case unless the contract is renegotiated) So if you want to do some sweeping, HH will give you bags and will pick them up. Ask them via Fixmystreet for HH bags for leaves and then when you have swept and bagged, report them as a fly tip and they will be gone within 24 hours. We did just this today and they were picked up within two hours. Please do NOT put pavement and gutter leaves in the green waste bags/bin as they are likely to be contaminated (plastic etc) and will then contaminate the green waste as collected by HHighways
Iris Hill ● 19d22 Comments ● 15d
Went on TFL Plan a Journey just to get departure time from South Acton Station, a one minute walk from my house, to Willesden Junction, a 15min journey. Suggested route was 'Walk to Acton Town 15mins, District Line to Ealing Broadway, Central Line to North Acton, 266 Bus to Willesden Junction, 47mins. Another good one that often comes up is, South Acton to Richmond.' Change at Kew Gardens, District Line to Richmond, when the train you're on is already going to Richmond. Moral of the story is, always have an A-Z on hand when using TFL Plan a Journey.
stephen gould ● 17d7 Comments ● 16d
Hounslow Highways have a survey at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/L3W8H2Dso let them know what you think!
Iris Hill ● 16d8 Comments ● 16d
For anyone wondering what’s going to happen to the old Gap unit. Life left in CHR yet for the right occupier.
Mark Talbot ● 105d5 Comments ● 16d
Can anyone recommend a local W4 household cleaner please. Would rather a personal reference than using a company if possible. Thanks in advance.
John Harding ● 17d2 Comments ● 16d
This sounds wonderful. Thank you Karen and everyone involved. I hope it brings comfort to her family, friends and passing locals. See the front page story for details
Tim English ● 19d8 Comments ● 16d
The award-winning (sic) London Borough of Hounslow has issued a Penalty Charge Notice against my car. I drove into Staveley Road by Chiswick School on 21 October 2021 at 14:56. Chiswick School was on half term from 18th to 29th October so the PCN has been wrongly (fraudulently?) issued.I am outraged that this PCN has been issued. Surely LBH is aware of the term times of every school in the borough? I wonder how many other PCNs have been incorrectly issued in similar circumstances. Many of the road restrictions are money spinners at the best of times. To find that LBH appear to be deliberately defrauding people is unconscionable.
Jim Currie ● 20d18 Comments ● 17d
So at National level Conservative MPs have now protected a sleazy colleague who breached agreed rules on lobbying and failed to declare financial interests (repeatedly), and now wish to tear up independent scrutiny .. exactly like one of our Chiswick Conservative councillors (Jo Biddolph) failing to declare interests in an anti-cycling lobby group while actively promulgating ... anti-cycling measures. And Conservative politicians at all levels claiming to lead against climate change, but in Chiswick doing absolutely nothing to support pedestrians, cyclists and any move to reduce car use ... in fact just the opposite. How can Chiswick residents still vote Tory? Or perhaps W4 residents think this is all normal behaviour?
Lisa Reynolds ● 23d81 Comments ● 17d
I’ve lost a man’s silver coloured wedding ring engraved on the inside, lost on Sunday afternoon between St Albans avenue and boots on the high road (possibly in the kids playground on acton green common). If anyone finds it, I’d be eternally grateful if you could get in touch. Many thanks.
David Hazle ● 18d2 Comments ● 17d
'Apartheid in Chiswick'. Shame on you, Cllr McGregor, for trivialising the crimes of apartheid or 'separate development'. I see no evidence of Chiswick residents having their homes demolished (District 10 in Capetown) or being deported to so-called homelands. Or of being removed from the voters roll. Or of being shot down while peacefully demonstrating (Sharpeville 1962, Soweto 1976). On the last day of Black History Month. I hope our local black and Asian Conservative Cllr will have the courage to tell Cllr McGregor tht it's time to read and reflect.
David McLoughlin ● 26d25 Comments ● 17d
Says it all.
T P Howell ● 18d17 Comments ● 17d
Al Jazeera features Chiswick High Road and the cycle lane in a longer production about the climate crisis and the challenges we face in tackling it because people oppose even small changes.
Some great footage of Chiswick and a busy well-used cycle lane broadcast by an international news channel.
Here is the link to the full piece for those interested https://www.aljazeera.com/program/people-power/2021/11/4/crisis-what-crisis
Paul Campbell ● 20d16 Comments ● 17d
Anyone know of a good bespoke tailors in the Chiswick area? I want to get a jacket made.
Colin Jordan ● 18d1 Comments ● 18d
One evening last week I was walking along Fishers Lane when I heard a bird screeching, apparently in great pain or terror, in the childrens' play park.When I looked in I could just make out in the low light a fox killing something. Another fox cleared off when it saw me, but the first one was determined to keep hold of its prey until it was dead.Anyhow, it occurred to me that with foxes being territorial, their numbers will adapt to the food available to them. Which is where people feeding foxes in their gardens etc come in. Such activity must mean that an urban area like Chiswick will now support more foxes than might normally be expected, And since they don't exist solely from food put out for them, or waste food and carrion they scavenge etc, then they will inevitably also predate the area's other wildlife, as I witnessed.Meaning that those cute little fox cubs you see enjoying themselves in your garden in the Spring and Summer, will eventually grow to kill the equally cute birds you put out food for in the Autumn and Winter.P.S. I've nothing against foxes, nor wouldn't cull them etc. Nor do I doubt that people who put out food for them are genuine animal lovers. But the agonising death throes of whatever bird this particular fox had caught was very upsetting and certainly caused me to think.
Richard Cathcart ● 25d53 Comments ● 18d