Friday, 26 May 2017

The Candidates - Andy Slaughter

Andy Slaughter
Andy Slaughter has represented the London Borough of Hammersmith for Labour since 2010.  Prior to that he was MP for Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush from 2005 to 2010 and - before that - Leader of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham Council.

He is now fighting for re-election again, facing off against his Conservative rival, Charlie Dewhirst, who also ran against him in the 2015 election. We asked Andy a few questions about the major issues on which voters will cast their ballots.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Election Debate at St Stephen's Church on 24 May

St Stephens Church on the Uxbridge Road is hosting a political hustings next week on Wednesday 24 May, inviting all the political parties running for office in Hammersmith to speak.

The Panel will be chaired by independent journalist Rita Payne, and the subject of the debate will be "Church and State: Friends or Foes".

Come along on wednesday and put your questions (on any subject) to the candidates who are running for office in the General Election on June 8th.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Hammersmith - The Candidates

Hammersmith
Six candidates are to contest the Hammersmith constituency in the 8 June General Election.

The principal candidates are local councillor Charlie Dewhirst for the Conservatives and Andy Slaughter for Labour, making this contest something of a re-match of 2015, as these are the same two candidates that faced one another in the last General Election. They are also the only two with a serious chance of winning the seat.

The other candidates are Jack Bovill for UKIP, Jagdeosingh Hauzaree, an Independent,  Alex Horn for the Greens, and Joyce Onstad for the Liberal Democrats.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Heathrow - Last Chance to Stop the Third Runway

Theresa May's government, if re-elected (as seems likely), supports the Davis Report recommendation of a new North West runway at Heathrow.  

The Third Runway will result in many new flight paths and, for the first time, Shepherd's Bush, Askew Road, Ravenscourt Park and Chiswick will be affected. 

What will this mean? In short, a dramatic increase in noise levels, with aircraft directly overhead every 90 seconds from approximately 5.30am to 11.30pm. 

So the question for residents of Shepherd's Bush is, can the Third Runway still be stopped?

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Register to Vote by Monday - Or Lose Your Vote

Monday 22 May is the last chance to register to vote in the coming general election.  By now you should have had a letter confirming your registration and letting you know where your polling booth is located. Usually, it's a short walk from your house.

Plenty of people aren't registered in our Borough, and the 2014 changes in voter registration appear to have made things worse, especially among certain groups, such as students and minorities.

According to a recent piece in the Guardian, voter registration among school leavers has fallen 25% since individual registration of voters (rather than registration by the head of a household) came into force.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

White City Vision in the Evening Standard

White City - the vision
Another vision of the new White City development has been published in the Evening Standard.

It's a promotional piece, but it has some nice 3D images of the future of White City, and gives a useful impression of how the redeveloped neighbourhood will look.

On the left you can the see the new John Lewis department store, part of the ongoing expansion of Westfield, and further to the left the tall towers of the St James development on the old M&S warehouse site.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Pergola on the Roof is Back

Pergola on the Roof
Pergola on the Roof, the rooftop restaurant that brings outdoor dining to the top of the old soon-to-be-demolished carpark on Wood Lane, re-opened to the public on 3 May. 

Open all summer long, until 1st October, Pergola on the Roof follows on from Storeys, the 2015 street food venture that brightened up White City for the summer of 2015.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Former Unigate Dairy Site Plans To Go On Display

Imperial College Campus
Plans for the old Unigate Dairy site in White City will soon go on display.

Imperial College London, who own the land and plan to develop it, are holding a public consultation on their proposals for what will be the southern part of their new White City campus.

The university, which is building from scratch an entirely new campus in White City, says that feedback from the event will be considered before a planning application is submitted to our local Council (LBHF) later this year.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Wood Lane Esso Station to Become Art Installation

former petrol station on Wood Lane. Google Maps

Anyone who drives in London knows how hard it can be to find a working petrol station these days. The old Esso station on Wood Lane closed a while back (see photo above), and site owners Transport For London (TFL) don't seem to have an immediate plan for what do with it. In the meantime, it's fast attracting graffiti and rubbish. So, White City developers Stanhope have agreed to lease the site so as to "improve the area’s appearance and eventually introduce pop up uses."  Stanhope is taking a three year lease (with a two –year break clause) from TFL, and has appointed artists Craig Redman and Karl Maier to "create an art installation" at the former petrol station.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Hammersmith Society 2017 Environment Awards

Nominations for the Hammersmith Society 2017 Environment Awards are now open.

If there is a new building in our neighbourhood that you like and admire - or even one you hate - now is your chance to put it forward: for an award - or a wooden spoon.

The 2017 Awards will be presented at the Society’s AGM on Thursday 21 June, 7.00pm at the Dorsett Hotel, Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Re-Imagining Shepherd's Bush Green

Imagine if Shepherd's Bush Green was a pedestrian area, rather than a giant traffic island. An impossible dream? Not according to architects Henning Stummel, who have made a proposal to pedestrianise the north side of the Common and re-route two-way traffic around the west and south. The proposal is supported by the Hammersmith Society and was included in their most recent newsletter.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Hoxton Hotel Proposal for Shepherd's Bush

The Hammersmith Society has revealed details of the proposed Hoxton Hotel on the west side of Shepherd's Bush Green. The proposed new hotel will displace the current Post Office, and the existing buildings will likely be demolished, assuming that planning permission is granted. The image above shows the Dorsett Hotel on the left, and the proposed Hoxton Hotel on the right.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Shepherd's Bush Vicar to Run London Marathon

Bob Mayo, Vicar of St Stephen's Church on the Uxbridge Road, is running the London Marathon this weekend, Sunday 23 April. He is running to raise money for Street Child World Cup, a valuable charity who do important work with street children around the world. 

Bob is asking local residents for sponsorship to help him raise much-needed funds. 

You can find his personal page at VirginMoneyGiving.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Comedy Festival at The Bush Theatre 1-4 June

The Bush Theatre is hosting a Comedy festival this summer, running from June 1-4, featuring comedy acts Nina Conti, Tim Key, Joe Lycett and Shaun Keaveny.

The Bush theatre re-opened in March this year, after a year-long period of restoration, with a new season of political theatre, starting with "Black Lives, Black Words" on March 23.

For more details, times and tickets, visit: www.bushtheatre.co.uk or call the Box Office on 020 8743 5050.


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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Election Season Again - Who Will Win?

Andy Slaughter MP
It's election season again, with a General Election set for 8 June. Hammersmith MP Andy Slaughter, who defied his party's national setbacks in the 2015 General Election and was re-elected with a convincing majority, must fight once more to retain his seat.

We don't yet know who his opponents will be, but one thing is for sure - Andy Slaughter is a skilful politician who almost doubled his share of the vote at the last election. Even with Labour lagging in the polls, it will surely take an impressive Conservative candidate to unseat this well-established MP.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Evening Standard "Guide to Living in Shepherd's Bush"

Westfield extension 
The Evening Standard have run an extensive piece on life in Shepherd's Bush, exploring property, food and life in general. As the ES puts it: "Shepherd’s Bush and nearby White City are at the centre of an £8 billion regeneration that will see the already massively popular Westfield London shopping centre expanded with a new John Lewis flagship department store, plus 70 new shops and restaurants and more than 1,500 new homes at the White City Living development." To see the full article, follow this link.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Easter Egg Hunt at Brook Green Farmer's Market

Brook Green farmer's Market - every Saturday
Brook Green Food Market and Kitchen will host an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday.

Children's entertainment starts at 11.30 am and will include "face painting and an Easter egg hunt for all ages".

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Walkabout Gets Planning Permission

New building viewed from the north side of Shepherd's Bush Green
Dorsett Hospitality International, the group who renovated the old Shepherd's Bush Pavilion and have turned it into a successful hotel, have now received formal planning application to redevelop the old Walkabout pub, formerly the Shepherd's Bush Cinematograph theatre

The proposed building, which includes a new tower built into the old facade, took into account extensive community feedback, and aimed to make the new building fit better into the context of the existing Dorsett facade. 

Monday, 3 April 2017

Tri-Borough Agreement to End

Hammersmith Town Hall
The Tri-Borough Agreement between The London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, Westminster Council, and the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, is coming to an end.

BBC news have reported on it here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-39415618.  So what does it mean for residents of Shepherd's Bush?  It may mean hikes in Council Tax, given that the original TriBorough Agreement, brought in when all three councils were run by the Conservatives, was designed to save money in the first place.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Albertine Gets an A* for Food and Wine

Shepherd's Bush teacher and foodie Toni Sharpe has reviewed the re-launched and re-upholstered Albertine Wine Bar on Wood Lane for us, giving it an A* rating. 

The Albertine has recently re-opened under the guiding hand of local chef Allegra McEvedy, whose Mum started up the Albertine back in the 1970s. 

You can read Toni's review below.