In case you missed the latest achievement from the ‘son of a bus driver’ which was revealed today.Fleet size but by 11 percent over the same period.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-64743139
Simon Hayes ● 24d25 Comments ● 23d
really feeling like a takeawy tonight. Where would you recommend?
Maggie Philbin ● 25d14 Comments ● 23d
Today has seen a third casualty in as many months at Turnham Green Station. All of them and others are entirely avoidable and it is shameful that the council and TFL do nothing to make it safe. There are many issues, from the narrowness of the platform, to the strange stairs and poor traffic management (bottlenecks) and culminating with Piccadilly train transiting at extreme speeds. Simple fixes would make the station safe: including mandatory one way traffic AND having the Piccadilly train slow down if not stop altogether at the station. I fear the worst every time I see an old person or children or buggies entering the station.
Mike Gene ● 30d30 Comments ● 24d
We learn today that we are sending meat to Europe for processing. How can this help to grow our economy? Also as the farmers point out it actually lowers our productivity. It seems we never learnt anything from the 2021 pig crisis.
Nicholas Beard ● 25d4 Comments ● 24d
On Friday 17th of Feb 23 at about 13.30 I received a call from my neighbour telling me that there was fire at the back of my property at Ramillies Road.I started walking back from Devonshire Road and by the time I crossed Chiswick High Road, I could see a fire engine in the vicinity of Lloyds Bank.I carried on walking back home and arrived home several minute before the fire engine arrived.I was later told by one of the fire officer that the fire engine got stuck in Chiswick High Road for some minutes.I have written to Hounslow Council and have asked them to come up with a solution for the delays of emergency services due to the present traffic scheme.
Aldo del Bottegone ● 29d90 Comments ● 24d
Michael Good ● 24d6 Comments ● 24d
On LB Hounslow's website: www.hounslow.gov.uk Search Cyclingand on LB Ealing's website: www.ealing.gov.uk Search CyclingFind a group so that you can go out and get some cycling practice together - two wheels and more. Able and not so able. Adult and child.Also what is happening in schools.Check it out.
Philippa Bond ● 25d0 Comments ● 25d
So, I got myself a bike recently to use around chiswick. So far I find the chiswick part a bit of a pain. It's stop start , zebra crossings, stop start traffic lights which seem to take an age. However the king street section has been really good in comparision. From Hamm to Goldhawk it really goes and goes. UNTIL JUST NOW, I was cycling along at about 12-15mph and I was at a section where there is a small raised kerb between the cycle lane and the road. Just as I was reaching a side road a van turned left infront of me and nearly wiped me out, I managed to rapidly swerve and avoid a collison into the side of the van. A near miss! I think the fact there is a kerb between me and the van makes me invisible.
Nik Solomon ● 25d2 Comments ● 25d
Hi all, I just wanted to check if anyone else has recently received a PCN for driving down Hartington Road despite having a Resident Permit already issued Nov/2022? Were there any new restrictions introduced that tI'm not aware of? Thank you :)
Fernanda Ruiz ● 28d5 Comments ● 26d
Did anyone else experience Virgin Media broadband issues in W4 3xx today? I spent about 30 minutes on a call with an Indian call centre this afternoon. I checked everything with my router only to be told there was something wrong at my end. They said they'd send an engineer out on Wednesday because there was a fault with my router. Now they have just sent me a text to say there was an issue in W4 3xx. Absolute jokers, especially when they sent me a letter today to tell me my monthly charges are going up in April.
Alan McBride ● 28d11 Comments ● 26d
Hello, my name is Moyra, I have lost my elderly poodle who was last seen when I walked her late last night.Please do contact me asap.Lost sight of her at Dukes meadows 21st February, was last seen at the foot of Barnes Bridge.Please contact Moyra 07976919188
Carol McShane ● 27d4 Comments ● 26d
Dear Fellow ChiswickiansWould you like to join us on Sunday 26th February 2023?Meet at Christ Church Turnham Green at 2.30pm for an hour's litter pick then back to the Church for Yummy Cake, Tea and Chat
Mitra Alam ● 26d0 Comments ● 26d
Odd request, but I need to move a whole bunch of boxes and furniture from a storage unit back into our flat after decorating.I am planning to hire a van, but just need someone strong and careful to help me lug it back for 3-6 hours on Sunday.Man, Woman, Teenager - whatever.Live near Stamford Brook ThanksJit
Jiten Patel ● 28d6 Comments ● 27d
https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/stories/2022-07-15/rise-of-single-use-vapes-sending-tonnes-of-lithium-to-landfillEnough to make 1200 electric car batteries
Philippa Bond ● 31d7 Comments ● 28d
An interesting Italian new system:https://resource.co/article/colocating-anaerobic-digestion-composting
Philippa Bond ● 30d1 Comments ● 28d
Happy New Year Litter Pickers! We are back this Sunday, meet outside Christ Church on Turnham Green at 2.30pm for about an hour, litter picking on the Green and surrounding residential streets.Then back to the Church by 3.30pm for Tea and Cake and a Chat.If you have your own gardening/protective gloves please bring them.
Mitra Alam ● 61d16 Comments ● 28d
I was walking along Fishers Lane earlier when I noticed that someone had stopped a car going north towards the underpass by the playground. They were explaining that if they went through they would get a fine. The driver thanked the person saying they had no idea there was a restriction and was about to turn around when a man came up to them and said that as they had already passed the camera therefore they might as well just carry on through. The car took his advice and moved on but, by the look of the vehicle they could ill afford the £65 it will cost them.Was the man correct and does that mean that Hounslow Council fine people travelling north and Ealing Council fine people travelling south?
Anita Blake ● 35d35 Comments ● 28d
I have about 50 match programmes from the 90s and 00s. Would anyone like them?No charge, but you would need to collect.
Paul Thompson ● 33d6 Comments ● 29d
We are a regulated local community (not for profit) group and we seek an enthusiastic, experienced archivist! Have you got the skills to catalogue a sporting collection of <1000 items but with more coming soon. This is consultancy but sleeves rolled up, there's work to do. After the cataloguing – scanning!Can you help - join us - come on board - this is not voluntary.Local sporting interest helpful!Cheers,Don!
Don Tanswell ● 30d2 Comments ● 29d
Hi,Could anyone recommend a Chiswick acupuncture practitioner who might be available this week? The Chiswick acupuncture clinic and Grove Park clinic are not available today.Thanks
Lynn Jackson ● 34d5 Comments ● 29d
Gas prices in the EU have fallen to a 10 month low. When will ours follow?
Nicholas Beard ● 80d25 Comments ● 29d
Lancashire Police said they "sadly recovered a body" after they were called to the River Wyre near Rawcliffe Road at 11:35 GMT on Sunday.A statement said formal identification had not yet been carried out "so we are unable to say" if it was Ms Bulley.Police said they were in the process of identifying the body and were currently treating the death as unexplained.
Brian Coyle ● 30d4 Comments ● 30d
Hi, does anyone know where I could get small (polaroid size) cards printed for my lovely Dad's funeral? Needs to have photo and text on the front and a few words inside.Not sure if snappy snaps etc could do that. Not having much joy online.Thanks
Apple Leiper ● 30d2 Comments ● 30d
To be agreed at Hounslow cabinet meeting on 21st February and by the full council on 28th February.
Richard Greenhough ● 31d3 Comments ● 30d
"A local business owner with premises nearby said, “I’m 100% onboard with the message that these crossings are trying to convey but if they start to look shabby the gesture becomes counterproductive".The rest of the article is in the same vein. It appears that Stonewall are active in local media, attempting to counter the local outcry against the crossings, which are virtue-signalling by Hounslow Council and a terrible waste of money. The sooner the crossings disappear under dirt and/or are rubbed away the better. Remember that Stonewall is lying to the public and Government, and should be defunded: #Stonewallmustfall
Una-Jane Winfield ● 36d32 Comments ● 30d
Anyone else fascinated by this?I have tested it for some research on a technical issue. Not very accurate, and the information out of date. But perhaps a reasonable starting point.Just out of interest, I asked the question: "What is the history of Chiswick", and then reran the same question a few times.Here is the first answer. I will post the next two answer to follow:"Chiswick is a suburban area of London, located in the west of the city. It has a long and rich history dating back to the Roman period.During the Roman period, Chiswick was an important site for the production of pottery and tiles, with evidence of kilns and other industry found in the area. The village was also an important stop on the road that connected London with Bath, and it is believed that a Roman road passed through the area.In the Middle Ages, Chiswick was a small village with a population of around 100 people. The village was largely rural, with a number of farms and fields. In the 16th century, the area became popular as a location for grand country houses, and several wealthy families built large homes in the area.During the 18th and 19th centuries, Chiswick grew rapidly as a residential suburb of London. Many of the grand country houses were converted into more modest homes, and new streets and developments were built to accommodate the growing population. The arrival of the railway in the mid-19th century further accelerated the growth of the area, making it easier for people to commute into central London.Chiswick has a rich artistic and cultural history, with several notable residents including the artist William Hogarth, who lived in the area in the 18th century, and the poet Alexander Pope, who built a villa in nearby Twickenham.Today, Chiswick is a popular residential area with a thriving community and a wide range of amenities, including shops, restaurants, and parks. The area has also become a popular location for film and television productions, with several notable productions filmed in the area, including "Downton Abbey" and "Doctor Who.""
T P Howell ● 31d9 Comments ● 30d
A quote from an anonymous thinker. "How many Silver-back gorillas would be required, and how long would it take to train 1 of the gorillas to sit at a piano and play Beethoven's 5th Symphony?"
Neil Milkins ● 36d25 Comments ● 31d
Whatever you say about Nicola Sturgeon - she was a consummate politician, of all the shower we've had she was head and shoulders above them. It will get very interesting now I would think, as from here it seemed very much as if the Scots Nats were a bit of a one-trick party? It maybe that now we'll see what sort of government they provided across the board as there are other very important things people are rightly concerned about. Robert Peston last night said that when interviewed she always tried to answer the questions put to her - what about that! Most of the rest spend ages trying to deflect everything. She was always concise and well briefed and frankly put waffling Bozo and the top tw*t Trump to shame throughout Covid. Most of all I have admiration for both her and Jacinda Ardern for having the sense and concern for putting their country above personal ambition, in knowing when you've had enough and fresh thinking is needed, and having the maturity and humility to say so.
Vanessa Smith ● 33d19 Comments ● 32d
Just to say that TGT has single-way traffic lights in operation by zebra due
to what looks like water rising from under the road.
I guess they know it could be a bigger issue given what has happened in the area
Julian Pavey ● 33d7 Comments ● 32d
A delightful new Coffee Shop is opening in Isleworth called COUNTRY LOVE..on the London Road...near the junction with St John's Road.The furnishings would be acceptable at a 5 star hotel.The owner wished to have a single line of flowers (potted or in narrow troughs) on the pavement outside. Hounslow Council refused her permission to do so.Yet in Chiswick High Road,on the corner with Windmill Road, I noticed today that WHEELERS have a extended their already big share of the pavement. Excessively so in my view.Is there one rule elsewhere...but not for Chiswick.
Jim Lawes ● 36d5 Comments ● 32d
21 About the disaster in Turkey.I’m all for inclusivity, but ….
Liam Robinson ● 34d8 Comments ● 33d
I was surprised to see these appear on the High Road by the end of TGT this morning - I had no idea they were being planned.In principle I think they are a great idea and am very much on board with their message but I couldn't help notice that, after just a few hours, they were starting to get a bit scuffed up. Take the chance to see them as soon as possible while they are relatively pristine because they might look a bit scruffy quite quickly.
Anita Blake ● 47d197 Comments ● 33d
do i have to pay for a temporary parking permit, even if i have a permit already? used to be that it was free for one Month.
Cormac Cullen ● 34d5 Comments ● 33d
Age concern Chiswick is proud to present informative talks and lectures this Feb. 1. Thursday 9th February at 11.30 am: a talk by a senior Elections Officer from LB Hounslow about the new photo Identity (ID) requirements for voting in local and national elections. This is very important as you will not be able to vote without the right ID. 2. Thursday 16th February at 12 noon : a short talk by a representative of Scottish and Southern Electricity about Priority Services Registers. All energy suppliers and network operators are legally required to keep a register of vulnerable customers. He will explain who is eligible and how to get your name recorded. The talks are free and open to all! No need to bookWe are located at :The Friendship Club, Oxford Rd NChiswickLondon W4 4DNNearest tube : Gunnersbury Buses: H91, 110, 237, 267,440For more info, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Age Concern Chiswick ● 42d6 Comments ● 34d
Let's face it front line politics for most people has to be a drain on your sanity apart from anything else. So I am full of admiration to Ms. Ardern for having the honesty and guts to say she's had it. Would that some of our lot (mostly men) would also take a dose of reality both in national and local politics. I well remember Estelle Morgan appointed Education Minster resigning, after saying she was in over her head, startling honesty, is it because women are more secure in who they are or simply just more realistic? Whatever it is, just wish more politicos would take note. When past your sell by date - bugger off.
Vanessa Smith ● 61d34 Comments ● 34d
Is the refurbishment of the camelia greenhouse fully funded yet?? The wood frame is rotting and needs urgent, expensive work. Instead of opening in February it is closed this spring, as it was last spring. Can the Trustees tell us what is being done to raise funds and get remedial work under way, please?
Una-Jane Winfield ● 36d1 Comments ● 34d
How awful - I hope our country goes to help soon -
Helen Bamberger ● 43d23 Comments ● 34d
I was devastated to learn of the sudden closure of Good Boy Coffee on Chiswick Common Road. The sign on the shop gave no reason of why they closed so suddenly and the staff never gave any indication that anything was awry. Does anyone have any info?
Ben Geofferson ● 38d16 Comments ● 34d
Looks like the government has put an end to Wandsworth Council attempt to start fining people breaking the speed limit in 20mph zones.http://www.putneysw15.com/default.asp?section=community&link=http://neighbournet.com/server/common/ldrswandroad009.htmI'm a big fan of the 20mph speed limit in urban areas - it makes the whole envirnoment much less stressful. However, I'm pleased with this decision. It can be very difficult to stay under 20mph and I think lots of drivers genuinely intending to adhere to the limit drift over. There danger was that giving council's the power to do this would have resulted in another money spinner and lots of people struggling financially getting hit with fines with no real net benefit to road safety.
Jeremy Parkinson ● 41d12 Comments ● 34d
With what has been going on lately does anyone have any theories?I'd rather get away from UFOs and outer space and concentrate on what they possibly are, where they are from, and what they are doing.Given the balloon sighting, this has led to the detection of these last two objects very quickly and the shooting of them down. Have they been overhead for far longer than we know?Have we had these objects over our skies without knowing, could we in time now have our own official sightings?I see something last year during our heatwave and have emailed Howard Hughes of The Unexplained over this as i was totally baffled to what it was and its course and change in direction on a clear hot sunny day. On what has happened lately ive only just yesterday googled objects in sky summer 2022 and have found a video. Not quite what i did see but has similar points to it but it was only one object and very high up. But strangely its around the same time and it was over west london also. By telescope revieled more than the human eye as my first thought was a party baloon. But given height,its movements and weather conditions i ruled it out. But could it have been a surveillance drone. Could it have been something that we now know about in north america Again,forget UFOs,it takes 4 years to get to the nearest star,but it makes an interesting conversation. Well from my point of view it does anyway not that im a expert on this subject https://metro.co.uk/2022/07/14/group-of-3-metal-sphere-ufos-spotted-making-turns-over-london-16996832/
Julian Pavey ● 35d17 Comments ● 34d
Our cunning plan to curtail freedom of movement in Chiswick is going well. The bike lane is blocked for cyclists but usefully slowing vehicular traffic. Traffic towards Hammersmith is at a near standstill day and night. Onwards to gridlock!!
Davey Harris ● 38d17 Comments ● 35d
Richard Johnson who is behind the 66 Stall proposed food market on Chiswick High Road was on Dragon's Den last night trying to get investment for his food awards business which seems to be his main activity. He came over as very engaging on a personal level and clearly a food connoisseur and lover, but was a spectacular fail on the business presentation front. It is the last pitch on the programme. Thumbs down from all the Dragons. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m001j0bl/dragons-den-series-20-episode-6
Susan Engel ● 39d21 Comments ● 35d
Hi, Does anybody have any experience of tenants taking over management of a residential building under the Right to Manage optiona? We have a flat in South London where the managing agent has been appalling. (This is the second agent we have used) As residents, we are all considering taking over the right to manage. Would be grateful for any comments from someone with expeience/knowledge of this? Thanks
K. Gdaniec ● 40d20 Comments ● 36d
A friend of mine has finally decided to sell his house in Central Chiswick after renting it out for years. Any recommendations on a suitable sales agent based on personal experience? Sensible realistic pricing, professional approach. No approaches from actual agents please. And it really is for a friend, not me! I’m not going anywhere… seems the market is a bit slow.
Susan Engel ● 42d23 Comments ● 36d
A brilliant 15 min discussion between two midwives:https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001j3jf
Philippa Bond ● 36d0 Comments ● 36d
ILLEGAL TRANSFER FROM ENERGY PROVIDER SSE TO OVO.A response given on Trustpilot on 26-1-23 by energy provider SSE regarding my illegal transfer from energy company SSE to energy company OVO which are part of the same company."Hi, Thank you for your recent email, I apologise for the delay in my response.We appreciate you contacting us. When I check your account, it has already been transferred to OVO Energy. As a result, your account has been closed and we no longer have access to it. I suggest you to get in touch with OVO Energy because they are the team that can assist you.Thank you for contacting SSE."John from OVO has informed me that I was tricked by SSE to sign up to OVO with a false promise of a £50 energy credit.And the response given on Trustpilot by OVO. Thanks for getting back to me, Neil.I've checked over your account and I can see you've managed to reach the team. I am sorry that the letter has caused such confusion, but the install would have had to have been with SSE.Thanks,Dave.Both SSE and OVO are continuing to argue that the other party are to blame for the illegal transfer. I have to wait about 7 weeks for SSE and OVO to sort the mess out before the Energy Ombudsman will intervene. Anyone wishing to change energy providers would be wise to check on Trustpilot the company they are thinking of using before deciding. SSE and OVO are having shocking reviews. See part of Which magazine review of OVO below. "Ovo Energy came near the bottom of the table in 13th place out of 16 energy companies rated by 10,197 members of the public in the annual Which? customer survey. This is a big drop from last year, when it came joint second. It had poor two-star ratings for almost all of the aspects of service we looked at, managing an average three stars for just one - the accuracy of its payments."One dissatisfied customer said: 'It’s impossible to contact them. Online options don’t make it easy to solve problems.'
Neil Milkins ● 47d16 Comments ● 36d
I don’t know how many forum contributors were at the Upper Room event at St. Michael’s and All Angels last night but wasn’t she just on great form? Ninety next week apparently- remarkable.Passionate about the arts, education, young people, her profession, Shakespeare, the planet. Appalled by so much by what is happening in this country. A great evening.
Stewart Jones ● 39d2 Comments ● 36d
Hi, We are looking to get our front garden renovated. Does anyone have any recommendations please? The plan is to have a black and white tiled path with larger grey tiles on rest of the garden, we also need to get the wall rebuilt and new railings and a gate. Thanks in advance
Alison Taylor ● 41d9 Comments ● 36d
A very different Sunday morning compared with last week when, at this time, I was just getting home from hospital after an epileptic seizure.Sincere thanks to the great ambulance crew and to the wonderful Accident & Emergency professionals at Charing Cross Hospital.
Les Wilson ● 44d10 Comments ● 37d
Can't see this posted to you good folks from W4 but in case anyone has been to Ealing hospital and still has some of their kit - Physiotherapists appealing to people to return unused walking aids to Ealing Hospital.Thousands of aids are given to patients every year, but many aren’t returned when patients no longer need them.Victoria Manson, Principal Lead Musculoskeletal and Pelvic Health Physiotherapist, at Northwick Park Hospital, said, “We do have a shortage of crutches, frames and walking sticks.“This means it can be a struggle to provide patients with the support they need, which in some cases can lead to discharge being held up. It costs tens of thousands of pounds a year to replace walking aids.“We’d really appreciate it if people can have a check at home and return any aids they have. That will allow us to clean them up and re-use/recycle them for other people to use.”If you have a metal Zimmer frame, crutches, or walking sticks, return it to Ealing Hospital - Level 1 Orange Wing, Physiotherapy department.Wooden walking sticks and commodes will not be accepted.
Peter King ● 41d3 Comments ● 37d
Interesting article on the front page this evening about collisions on C9 in Hammersmith. Who’d have thought that those nice gentle cyclists might cause the worst injuries.‘Of the four incidents in which cyclists were injured during the year, one involved a car, one involved a goods vehicle and one involved a motorcycle (with the motorcyclists receiving slight injuries. The fourth which occurred at 8.05pm near the junction with Leamore Street on Friday 22 July 2022 was a collision between three cyclists in which one of them was badly hurt.’
Simon Hayes ● 39d48 Comments ● 37d
Interesting little piece in today's 'i' regarding falling street lamps in Wellington N.Z. And who should get a mention? None other than CCF, well known to Chiswickians and other Hounslow residents from his time as a traffic officer for L.B.H. Seems there is a problem with metal fatigue in some street lamps installed only five years ago, and could possibly fall down without warning, could cause 'injury or death'. Nice to know Chris is on the case.
Vanessa Smith ● 38d6 Comments ● 37d
Anyone fancy an evening of blistering rock covers, The Breaks are back at the George IVth tomorrow evening (11 Feb) from 9.00pm to late, free entry...www.the-breaks.co.uk
Charlie Makin ● 39d1 Comments ● 38d
Table Top Sale, Saturday 18th February, 11am - 2pm. Set up from 9am. Tables £15. St Michaels Church Hall, Elmwood Road W4.For more information/ bookings, email Sue White on:email@example.com
Vanessa Cobb ● 39d0 Comments ● 39d
I was wondering if anyone had one or two tickets to this Saturday’s Fulham match they would be willing to sell? Fulham is doing a memorial event before the game against Notts Forest, with pictures of fans who have passed away shown on the screens and printed in the programme. My mother-in-law’s partner, Ernie – Fulham born and bred and a lifelong Fulham fan – died recently and we have given his name and picture to be included. It would be lovely if one or two of the family could be there to witness it. If you can help, would you message me? Thank you!
Jane Yettram ● 40d4 Comments ● 39d
Just wanted to give Chairman & Son a shout out, we took a stool along with the fabric on Wednesday and just collected it. Fantastic job, true craftsmanship if anyone wants to upcycle a piece these are the team to use 👏👏👏 local crew deserve all our support one very happy customer
Jayne Thorburn ● 39d0 Comments ● 39d
Really happy and relieved to say that I found Bear shortly after midnight. She was cold and ravenous but thanks to some wonderfully kind people who let me know about sightings I was able to find her.
Maggie Philbin ● 42d8 Comments ● 39d
Never mind the ambulance crews and the nurses, how will we manage without these dedicated public servants? I shall always treasure the memory of getting a ticket outside my own home because resident parking had been craftily suspended the day before and I hadn't noticed. Or the time I got a ticket while I was looking for a machine that worked, in the days when they took change.
Davey Harris ● 41d10 Comments ● 39d
Would be grateful for recommendations- someone to supply and fit a stone/marble/granite worktop, with cut-out for basin.
Colleen Jonson ● 41d4 Comments ● 41d
Anyone know Vagisha Kajla? I found a bank card in that name this morning.
Paul Thompson ● 43d3 Comments ● 41d
Does anyone know a carpet fitter that does small jobs. We need a section of stair carpet taken out and replaced by a new piece. Many thanks.
Raymond Dixon ● 42d0 Comments ● 42d
Having a clear out, I find I have containers of unused CD's and DVD's plus plastic cases. Anyone interested - FOC of course!Also, can anyone suggest what I can do with unwanted cables etc. I don't want to send them to landfill. Thanks.
Joan Adamson ● 45d19 Comments ● 43d
Hi, does anyone know of a competent person who carries out repairs on Bosch diswhashers. Thanks
Amanda McLaren ● 43d2 Comments ● 43d
I know people on this site are amazing at finding missing cats so I hope you can help me track down my chocolate/cream sortie who went missing early on Sunday morning. She goes out but always pops in and out of the house all day and sleeps at home at night. Do please check sheds as it was a lovely day on Sunday and she may have decided to curl up in one while you were gardening. Full details of how to get in touch are here https://www.identibase.co.uk/lost-and-found/missing-pet/61230
Maggie Philbin ● 43d0 Comments ● 43d
Can anyone recommend someone?I'm looking for someone to pick up a washing machine and deliver it to me. Not so far - S. Ealing to W12.
Marlene Plimley ● 45d3 Comments ● 43d
Happy Brexit day everybody.Third anniversary today.🇬🇧
James Dow ● 49d48 Comments ● 44d
Does anyone know what’s being filmed by Prebend Mansions near Airedale Avenue?
Sandra Taylor ● 44d1 Comments ● 44d
Just wondering if anyone participated? My results were:6 pesky parakeets, 2 wood pigeons, 6 bloody pigeons, 1 starling, I blue tit, 1 robin, 1 lesser spotted woodpecker.
Jill Merrett ● 50d14 Comments ● 44d
A shout out for this wonderful fishmongers and seafood bar, on Devonshire Road. Went for the first time last night and ate some truly delicious food. The salmon with home made soda bread was really delicious. Oysters, langoustines, potted shrimp…and decent selection of wines. We’d only popped in for an aperitif but stayed. Wishing them great success- lovely people and great service.
Colleen Jonson ● 45d2 Comments ● 45d
Is anyone able to explain the relationship between these two? I thought Lampton 360 was wholly owned by Hounslow Council. I heard yesterday that 12 park warden jobs at Hounslow Council are being axed at the end of March as they cannot afford to pay them going forward. Yet the 12 people are being invited to apply for some jobs at Lampton 360, though not for all of them and not necessary for the same type of work. There are some groups who have raised concerns with Hounslow Council about these park warden jobs going as they believe they are essential for helping keep anti-social behaviour down in some parks. If Hounslow Council say they don't have the money, how does Lampton 360 have it?
Margot Crowther ● 45d4 Comments ● 45d
My son goes to school in central London but unfortunately that means not many local friends to hang out with at the weekends. Anyone else in the same situation? He’s nearly 12, loves Minecraft, coding, animals and going for crepes on the high road. Not keen on team sports so that rules out sports clubs. Drop me a message and maybe we can meet up and go from there.
Pamela Seth ● 45d1 Comments ● 45d
Bourne Place is no longer 2-way. Including to the mom who ushered her two cycling toddlers and followed on her own cycle this morning, into the path of my oncoming car.
Marie Power ● 49d69 Comments ● 46d
Snappy snaps will be shut when I need it. So wondering if there is still a passport photo machine at turnham green tube station?
Rob Reynolds ● 46d7 Comments ● 46d
I have one Brentford ticket for tomorrows game vs Southampton.South Stand Block s107 row 13.Face value - £45, will accept £35Pls messageJames.
James Wright ● 46d5 Comments ● 46d
Two identical, matt black, faux leather, one with original sewn Fire Protection cert. attached, the other with certificate 99% removed. Bought as a pair. Lightly used, unmarked, No fees wanted. 90 cm Depth, x 68 H x 89 W.Removal from our W4 address may be tricky, they are heavy to lift. Would give to charity but they will not take the unmarked chair. Anyone?Crowthergolf@gmail.com contact.
Peter Crowther ● 46d0 Comments ● 46d
Hi,As part of the Wild Chiswick (swifts) initiative, I have volunteered to manage a map of sightings etc. I know I can order a detailed map online but back in the day estate agents (which are not endangered) used to give away local maps. To save me visiting all of them, does anyone know if any of them still do this please? If yes, which one? Needs to cover the W4 Postcode area.TIARalph
Ralph Charlwood ● 46d1 Comments ● 46d
Vanessa Smith ● 48d42 Comments ● 46d
Do come to a talk by Jennal Amin of Gunnersbury Park Museum, exploring people's memories of working in three local factories (Firestone, Trico and AEC) and the impact that their closures had on people's lives. She will also be most interested to hear your experiences of working in other factories or workplaces. Do bring along any relevant photos you may have.At the Friendship Club, Oxford Road North, W4 4DN. firstname.lastname@example.org. 020 8742 7007
Age Concern Chiswick ● 52d1 Comments ● 48d
I can't get any sense out of TfL's shambolic website. Does anyone know if local buses are affected by strike action today (Wed)?
Colin Jordan ● 48d3 Comments ● 48d
The sleaze never stops.As I understand it, people with too much money have accountants to do their tax fiddling for them. So what happened here? Unless, of course, he carelessly didn't inform his accountant. As for Mr Moneybags Johnson...........if this was a loan, where are the T&Cs and has he started paying it back?Or was it just a good old-fashioned bribe?Just asking!
Sarah Vickers ● 56d78 Comments ● 48d
As we know, the normal traffic restrictions on Stavely and Hartington Roads were suspended over the Xmas/New Year period, 27 Dec to 02 Jan.However, LBH carried on issuing fines as normal, due to what was described as an "operator error".This was reported on the front page on 06 January:http://www.chiswickw4.com/default.asp?section=info&page=conroad379b.htmThis report included the following:Conservative Councillor for Chiswick Homefields, Jack Emsley, wrote to the council’s traffic department to ask for clarification, and has confirmed that all fines issued during the Christmas period will be cancelled.He said, “I’m pleased that we have been able to secure the cancellation of these fines, but the fact is that they should never have been issued in the first place...(More here: http://www.chiswickw4.com/default.asp?section=info&page=conroad379b.htm )This was repeated in the Hounslow Herald of 06 Jan, with the same verbatim quotation from Cllr. Emsley:https://hounslowherald.com/chiswick-councillors-help-secure-cancellation-of-christmas-pcns-p20369-95.htmHowever, in the Hounslow Herald the following week (13 Jan), the Reader Comments page included a letter from Cllr. Katherine Dunne, LBH Cabinet Member for Climate, Environment and Transport Strategy, claiming:"This is not true. All erroneously issued PCN's were cancelled by the traffic team on 3rd January before any councillors, including myself were aware of it." So which is it? Cllr. Emsley improperly claiming credit, or Cllr. Dunne covering up?
Richard Cathcart ● 64d9 Comments ● 49d
Hello- any recommendations for someone to come and check the pump on our IKEA dishwasher? Thank you.
Colleen Jonson ● 50d3 Comments ● 49d
More than 5,200 votes from motoring groups, equivalent to one in 10 responses, were discounted by officials, reducing opposition and allowing Mr Khan to claim there was no “overwhelming” dissent.https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2023/01/16/london-mayor-sadiq-khan-accused-manipulating-poll-expand-ulez/?WT.mc_id=e_DM94047&WT.tsrc=email&etype=Edi_Cit_New_v2&utmsource=email&utm_medium=Edi_Cit_New_v220230117&utm_campaign=DM94047
Les Wilson ● 63d34 Comments ● 49d
https://thecritic.co.uk/the-war-on-cars/All across the UK, a war is being waged against car drivers. Matters became worse last week when new research emerged, appearing to support Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs).The Guardian called it “the most comprehensive study yet of such schemes in the UK”. It soon received praise from Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, and his Walking and Cycling Commissioner, as well as activists, who used it to conclude that LTNs are a roaring success.You didn’t need a statistics degree, though, to immediately spot that there were a few “issues” with this much-celebrated investigation. For starters, it had been funded by an organisation called Possible – “a UK based climate charity working towards a zero carbon society” – which has held events to encourage people to go “car free”. It is hardly the natural adjudicator one would hope for.Then there were the researchers, from the University of Westminster’s Active Travel Academy. According to its website, this academy (that no one’s ever heard of), wants to “address the acute global problems that car dominated transport systems have created.” So that’s two opinionated guides to the data.The data, itself, raises eyebrows. Researchers reviewed data from schemes “introduced between May 2020 and May 2021”. Although they reassure that the study has been “adjusted to account for Covid-era and other longer-term and seasonal changes”, it is an odd selection, given that traffic was in no way normal for parts of those years due to Covid lockdowns. Another issue with the research is that, for all the claims of being comprehensive, it was collected from less than half of the 96 LTNs installed in London between these two dates.Anyone with a basic understanding in statistics can see that everything about this “study” — from the flawed methodology, to its partisan commissioner and researchers, to the journalists who bigged up its results (one of whom, The Guardian’s political correspondent, Peter Walker, has written a book titled How Cycling Can Save the World), to the Mayor and his “czar” doing the same – stinks.It is, in fact, part of a much broader movement taking place across the country, in which elected bureaucrats, supported by a “Lycra Lobby” of cycling activists and eco wonks, are doing everything they can to end car use. Their tactics include cherry picking data, abusing democracy and smearing their opponents. Walker, for instance, recently wrote an article in The Guardian, in which he said “people objecting to traffic restrictions can easily become exposed to much murkier ideas”, implying that these include “alarmist conspiracies, often overlapping with antisemitic ideas of the New World Order and all-powerful “globalists”.” He and others get away with their militant anti-car campaigning because a large section of those in the upper echelons of power — from the media, to other politicians to the financially better-off — are on board, or complacent, perhaps because they don’t need to drive to work.As a journalist, I should explain that I am not some sort of “car fanatic”, as some have implied when I have have criticised anti-traffic schemes (as well as suggesting I am an “WEF conspiracy theorist”). I don’t drive, enjoy cycling and probably have a relatively low carbon footprint, having not eaten meat for over 20 years. I came into this political area after a chance meeting with a delivery driver in 2020, who complained to me about the issues he was having conducting his business, due to increasing anti-car measures under Khan. I felt for him and said I’d look into it. I did, interviewing local tradesmen — and they were mostly men — to find out their views. Their frustration, and financial losses, were palpable.Since 2020, things have become much worse for these tradersSince 2020, things have become much worse for these traders, with councils across the UK stepping up their efforts to ban cars, increasing anti-traffic schemes, including ULEZ (Ultra-Low Emission Zones), in spite of people continuing to make their objections known. Opponents of traffic reduction schemes are not conspiracy theorists or worse — self-employed couriers/ plumbers/ decorators, for instance, are some of the biggest economic victims, losing money each day because LTNs elongate their journeys, reducing the number of jobs they can carry out. Some traders have spent lots of money on upgrading their car to electric to be ULEZ compliant, only to find out that the car is now simply banned from certain routes. There’s also the disabled, vulnerable and elderly to consider.Drivers have turned to democratic channels in the hope that their concerns might be listened to. Recently, for instance, constituents in Haringey attended a council meeting, hoping for an exchange with the elected representatives who had installed LTNs. But the councillors called it off, blaming “disruption”, which others disputed. Often, bureaucrats — pretending to care about what locals think — launch farcical LTN consultations long after they’ve implemented them. The LTN resistance cannot win, not least because they rarely have the time, platform or economic bandwidth to stop anti-democratic measures, and they are up against a wealthier elite — including wonks — that deploy biased research to gaslight them. The concerns of ordinary people are no match for the white papers and purported intellect of the Lycra Lobby.Trying to raise these concerns, which I do regularly on Twitter and in articles, has been a lonely business, namely because I am trying to convince people who don’t drive to care about cars. People should remember that this is about more than vehicles; we are seeing an assault on democracy, in which one part of the population thinks it can override the rights of others, to the point of crippling their businesses, by using a dubious moral justification; that LTNs are good for everyone. For all these claims, it was shocking to see London recently become the most congested city in the world. How did this come about? Based on recent events, don’t expect an objective analysis any time soon.
Michael Good ● 57d47 Comments ● 49d
Anyone living within a mile or so of the stadium would have suffered from a bright orange glow from the pitch (grass) lights left on all night this week. The colder weather has made this worse but it is still not sustainable. No solutions or updates from BFC as yet despite this issue being raised over a year ago. Maybe Chiswick W4 could highlight the issues for local residents and wildlife? (Not able to attach photos)
Jason McAleer ● 54d37 Comments ● 50d
From Hammersmith and Fulham"Senior Trading Standards Officer Doug Love said that these groups check for any security features and sell the information on a “mug list” to burglars for cash.He said, “They see what they can about a home, to see if the resident might be gullible enough for another trader, or to have a look to see what type of security is at the front door, like if there is a chain or if the person is security conscious. We know there’s a currency in that sort of thing.”He said the scammers often pretend to be ex-inmates on a probation scheme, despite no such programme existing in the borough.The fake salesman are known to go door to door in the borough with holdalls of poor-quality dusters, dishcloths and sprays and flash fake permits. Doug said catching the criminals was “almost impossible” because victims report the crime weeks after it happened.Hammersmith and Fulham’s trading standards department released a guide to help locals to spot a scam in action. It advises residents to put a “no uninvited traders” poster on their front door, use smart doorbells with built-in cameras, or door chain for unexpected callers.Doug said, “Don’t deal with cold callers. Full stop. At its most innocent, they’re people selling overpriced goods. But at the more sinister end, it’s assessing the potential for far more serious crimes.“If you don’t know who’s knocking, don’t open the door or use a door chain. We need to warn people, especially elderly residents, from being as trusting as they are. The successful scammers are the charming, persuasive ones.”
Iris Hill ● 51d7 Comments ● 50d
Since there were so many numbers floating around on the fines i thought i would ask the council for the data direct — it's embedded here in the answer to my FOIR
IF their data is right and assuming an average fine of £65 (some will be rescinded, some will pay £130 late fine) then they have earned £6.87m for 2 streets in 12 months !
I have queried the data however as Staveley fines are sometimes 4x than Hartington & I don't understand why that would be
Ceinwen Mailvagnam ● 60d53 Comments ● 50d
I have today been reading about a gentleman called Kyril Zinovieffwho had been born in Russia some 110 years ago.It seems he moved to Estonia and then settled in Chiswick at the quaint location off Turnham Green called Arlington Cottages.Did he appear on that long list of famed Chiswick Residents that was compiled on this Forum...some time back.Was he or his family known here locally.?He once spoke of a ghost at his W4 home!
Jim Lawes ● 60d16 Comments ● 50d
Beware new credit card scam. They tried this one on me yesterday. Got a phone call just after 5 pm supposedly from JL Mastercard. The guy knew my name & asked me if I had a John Lewis card ending in… I said yes, he asked if I had tried to make a purchase for £600 in Liverpool a few minutes beforehand. I said no, then asked if I had given my card or its details to anybody. I said no. He then said he would cancel this transaction and also cancel my card and issue me with a new one. In the meantime they he was going to text me a security code which I was to read back to him. I then asked him to hang up and call me back so that I could check the details. I never heard anything back and he didn’t send any code. I’m guessing the ‘security code’ would have been the OTP which he would have needed to make an online purchase. Interestingly he called just after 5pm when the customer service/fraud dept have just closed . Crazy as this is, there is no 24/7 hotline to report and fraud, and these scammers know that they have a 17 hour window before I would’ve been able to report anything ( customer services doesn’t open till 10am on Sunday)Please beware and share.
Sandra Taylor ● 51d7 Comments ● 51d
Just been watching a video of the Labour MP, Darren Jones interviewing the odious CEO of Royal Mail, Simon Thomson, at a Commons Select Committee hearing. What a brilliant interviewer he is, doesn't stand any nonsense, and doesn't take no for an answer. Wish there were more like him. Apparently, some of Thomson's responses "may not have been wholly correct", and Thomson may well have to be called back.
Brian Coyle ● 51d0 Comments ● 51d
What a remarkable woman and what a remarkable life. I had no idea she lived in Chiswick. I must have walked past her house hundreds of times.
Anita Blake ● 51d3 Comments ● 51d
I normally used to get this done in Shears, the tobacconist/pipe shop on the north side of CHR, but it looks to be closed down.I then went to the Vape shop nearby (also on North side, used to be a phone shop?), since their sign said they replace batteries.But when I showed it to them, they looked bemused and said they couldn't do it for me.Anyone else local who is open and can help? (It's a fairly standard Mens' watch with a steel case etc, it was cheap to buy, but has done the job for 20-odd years mow)
Richard Cathcart ● 713d23 Comments ● 51d
This 120 year old (?) Royal Mail red posting box has seemingly been taken out of service.It currently still stands outside Kew Bridge Station,TW8 but within a Chiswick Ward with it's posting aperture sealed with a piece of wood.It's ignored by nearly everyone... who have, perhaps, no idea of it's significance.King Edward the 7th did indeed open the 3rd Kew Bridge in 1903 and so the King Edward VII insignia on the box is revelant. It ought to be saved although many will not know why
Jim Lawes ● 53d7 Comments ● 51d
I'm not a fan of processed food but it is interesting all the different efforts that are being made to help and allow us to move towards less of a meat and fish based diet.It's easier and easiest to increase the number of vegetarian dishes you eat first and in other countries' cuisines these are far more common than in the traditional British one. In fact you wouldn't even be thinking of separating food into those different categories if you were eating a lot of Italian, Indian and Mediterranean food - you could automatically be eating a diet with less meat but still plenty of protein.https://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/food-drink/vegan-new-food-drink-products-b2260234.htmlThere are lots more Vegan cookery books and it is becoming easier to find more meat and fish-free food when you are eating out and about even if it is asking for double portions of the starters - which are often more interesting than the mains!
Philippa Bond ● 67d57 Comments ● 51d
Have been having a clear-out at work. Have many of the above mentioned that surgical staff wanted to bin. These are simple to assemble. I've been using at work to protect my face when using sporicidal sprays. I'm sure there are plenty of other potencial uses.... Happy to drop off bulk amounts to local groups or schools, but also to individuals with smaller numbers...
Amanda Odonnell ● 51d0 Comments ● 51d
I've having a problem typing text when posting on these local Forums.After say three lines of text the words become disorientated, jumble up, text leapfrogs over each other and becomes a mighty blurr.This does not happen texting elsewherebut only here and TW8. What could the.matter be?Anyone else suffer the same?
Jim Lawes ● 53d4 Comments ● 52d