Last week we were graced by the presence of the Prime Minister as David Cameron made a bizarre flying visit to Hammersmith. In a visit to meet Conservative councillors that was both short and unexpected (including to them), the PM did not bother to meet actual Hammersmith residents. He then went on to declare his support for the demolition of Charing Cross Hospital, airport expansion, and the sale and demolition of council homes.
The Tory’s Parliamentary candidate commented: “We didn’t ask him to come here.” and that Cameron’s visit was “very smoke and mirrors”. Which says a lot about them both.
In less than two weeks, London votes in Council – and European – Elections.
One issue has dominated this election campaign – and indeed politics in Hammersmith & Fulham for two years: the Government’s proposals to demolish Charing Cross Hospital and close the A&Es both there and at Hammersmith Hospital.
Housing Crisis in Hammersmith Fuelled by Council Policy to Cut Affordable Homes
New research published today reveals how Conservative-run Hammersmith & Fulham Council has helped create the housing crisis in the borough.
Selling off council homes on the open market, emptying and demolishing blocks of affordable flats, allowing developers to make excess profits by including no low-cost homes in major schemes, manipulating statistics to hide housing need and classing households on incomes of £80,000 as a priority for rehousing are some of the techniques used to alter the social make up of the borough.
Closure of the Chronicle
As many of you will no doubt already know, the Hammersmith & Fulham Chronicle is to close on the 25th of April, leaving Hammersmith & Fulham as the only London Borough without a local newspaper.
I was very sad to hear this, having been a reader for the best part of half a century and a columnist or correspondent for almost 30 years. I recently submitted what may well be my final column in the paper.
Biggest ever planning giveaway marks end of Tory misrule in H&F
3 April was Christmas and Birthday in one if you are a developer looking to maximise your profit in Hammersmith & Fulham.
Council's Parking Fine income trebles in 5 years
Hammersmith & Fulham Council's annual revenue from parking fines has nearly trebled in the last 5 years, from £6 million to £17.8 million.
In a recent report in the Evening Standard, it was reported that the Minister for London, Brandon Lewis MP, believes that, "some councils are raising money illegally from parking."
One of the most successful policies implemented by former Mayor, Ken Livingstone, was the introduction of Police Safer Neighbourhood Teams for each ward in London.
These officers provided local people with reassurance, they were able to form strong, local links to help reduce crime, and they improved the public's opinion of the Met while also making people feel safer.
Those of you who are familiar with my website will hopefully have noticed the nice, new layout. I hope the new design will make the website more user-friendly and accessible.
Leading regeneration developer Stanhope is facing a political row over a groundbreaking deal that it is about to sign to redevelop a swath of London council estates.
The plan will see hundreds and possibly thousands of council houses in Hammersmith & Fulham, west London, demolished and replaced with properties for sale.