Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Macfarlane Road Residents' Association Meeting 7 May

Mark your calendars - the Macfarlane Road Residents' Association is back, and meeting up again on 7th May.

The Macfarlane Rd Residents's Assocation is a local residents' group that gathers quarterly in Shepherd's Bush to try and improve our local neighbourhood. We work with the Council and the police to try to make improvements to the sort of problems that confront local residents, such as parking and anti-social behaviour. If you're a local and you'd like to get involved, come along and have your say.

Monday, 25 March 2019

Doyle's Opticians Opens in West 12 - With a Secret

Doyle's Opticians - not what it seems
A new optician has opened in the West 12 Centre but, rather oddly, they aren't open for business.

Doyle's Opticians, next door to Lidl, are not actually open to the public. When I knocked on the door yesterday afternoon, I was politely told to come back with a reservation. How to make a reservation? "Online".

What sort of optician won't open their doors to a customer? The answer, of course, is an optician that isn't an optician.

Thursday, 21 March 2019

One Less Pointless Phone Booth in Shepherd's Bush

Props to our local council for the removal this week of one of the old phone booths on Shepherd's Bush Green.

Once upon a time we needed phone booths - because hardly anyone had a mobile phone. But now, since almost everyone has a phone, they are dinosaurs, their vandalised skeletons decaying in our busy streets.

Mostly nowadays they seem to be used as public urinals, or as advertising for local fast food restaurants.

Shepherd's Bush Green can feel like a bit of an obstacle course at the best of times, so one less phone booth is surely a good thing.

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

New Playground in Sight at Hammersmith Park

The children's playground at Hammersmith Park has been closed and fenced off, suggesting action at last after the children's climbing frames were removed in February and March of last year.

Despite promises that replacement would take "a few months", a year has passed and local parents are still waiting.

The poster apologising for the closure suggests that the works will be completed "by the end of March 2019".

Past experience suggests that we can take that estimate with a pinch of salt, but at least we can be reasonably confident that the new playground should be in place before the summer.  Hopefully.

Thursday, 21 February 2019

West 12 Shopping Centre to be Redeveloped

W12 viewed from Rockley Rd
Landsec, the company that owns the West 12 Shopping Centre ,has revealed plans to demolish the back half of their shopping centre site and build a new tower.

During the redevelopment, some businesses will have to close - at least temporarily - such as Vue, Fitness First and Lidl.

Go around the back of the West12 and you can see why they might want to do this. The pizza Express restaurant (which would presumably also have to go) is only a one-storey building. Building up definitely makes sense for the developers.

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Elephant Cafe - How it Turned Out

Elephant - how it was meant to look
Last summer the old Esso petrol station on Wood Lane got taken over by Elephant Magazine, who promised to turn it into "a new space to act as a meeting place and hub for performance, discussion, film screenings, talks and workshops". Plus, of course, a  "cafĂ©, shop and outdoor garden area". As often happens these days, the plans were accompanied by a shiny digital image of what the development might actually look like. So, how did it actually turn out?

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Troubadour White City Theatre To Open This Summer

Troubadour White City
There is good news for theatre lovers in White City.

A new pop-up 1,200 seat theatre will open this summer in the old BBC car park on Wood Lane.

The venue will be known as "Troubadour White City Theatre", and will be one of the largest entertainment spaces in London when completed. 

Monday, 28 January 2019

Council Tax To Rise - But Should it?

Hammersmith Town Hall
Hammersmith & Fulham Council says it will impose a 2.7% increase in our Council Tax bills from April 2019.

LBHF says the rise is needed because of "central government austerity and rising demand for services".

But is a tax rise really necessary? We think there is a better way.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

St Stephen's School Consultation

St Stephen's School on the Uxbridge road, widely admired by local parents, is having a consultation on the feasibility of expanding into secondary school education, and founding a new partner school.

To this end they are having a consultation, open to parents of children at the school and the wider community.

You can find the survey here - note that it must be completed by close of business today, 23 January.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Hoxton Hotel Re-Applies for Planning Permission

The developers of the proposed Hoxton Hotel at 65 Shepherd's Bush Green have re-applied for planning permission to demolish the old buildings and build a new hotel.  If you're thinking "but didn't they already get planning permission for that?" you would be right.  Planning permission for the site was granted back in 2017, but the owner of a flat in nearby Pennard Rd successfully challenged it by way of Judicial Review, and managed to get the plans quashed.  So now the developers are going back for round two.

Monday, 21 January 2019

Humans of Shepherd's Bush: No 10

"I first walked into St Stephen’s Church in 1985 and all my family and I still attend. My position is Chair of the Church Committee, which oversees all the business of the church; but really I see my role as one of drawing people into the community that the church provides, whether it’s through being on the weekly rota for lay duties (reading, prayers, refreshments), or singing in the choir, through helping in the Sunday School, welcoming people who have moved to the area and getting to know them, or through collecting up rubbish in the churchyard and looking after the garden.

Monday, 14 January 2019

H&F Report It App for Your Phone

Our Council has launched a new app - the "H&F Report It App" for Your smartphone.

The app allows you to report problems like fly-tipping to the Council on your phone, without the need to send an email or make a phone call.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Shepherd's Bush May Lose 48 Police Officers as Khan Cuts Bite

Fewer police in Shepherd's Bush?
There are fears that there will be many fewer police officers on the streets of Shepherd's Bush as a major City Hall funding scheme faces the axe by Mayor Sadiq Khan.

The so-called "Patrol Plus" scheme was launched former mayor Boris Johnson and currently funds 339 police officers in London - of which 48 are in Hammersmith & Fulham.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

DIMCO Licensing Hearing on Jan 16th

DIMCO Buildings - open until 3am?
The DIMCO Buildings, The Grade II listed former electrical station which sits at the heart of the Westfield shopping centre, is now an events venue.

They have applied for a late-night entertainment license from our council, and the hearing date is January 16th at 10 am, in the Council Chamber at Hammersmith Town Hall.

Anyone who took the trouble to comment on the application, at the official LBHF site is entitled to speak at the hearing, for or against.

Saturday, 5 January 2019

Farewell Rev Bob Mayo

Rev Bob Mayo
The Reverend Bob Mayo, who has been vicar of St Stephen's and St Thomas church on the Uxbridge Rd since 2005, is to leave us in February.

On December 2nd, Bob announced that he and his wife Sylvie will be leaving St Stephen’s. Bob will be moving to Rochester in Kent to take up the post of Chaplain at Rochester Prison, a detention centre for young offenders, formerly known as Borstal Prison.

We asked Bob to talk about his experience of life in Shepherd's Bush over the past twelve years, how the neighbourhood has changed, and about the challenges of his new journey.

Friday, 4 January 2019

Former Ginglik Site to Re-Open in 2019?

Edwardian loo, later Ginglik nightclub, now derelict
There may be some good news at at last for the much-neglected East corner of Shepherd's Bush Green.

The site formerly occupied by Ginglik, the Edwardian loo-turned-nightclub that closed a few years back, may have a new tenant.

LBHF have apparently been marketing the property, ending on thursday 6 December, and "offers have been received".

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

The Corner House in Brook Green Closes

Corner House closed
The Corner House in Brook Green, on Shepherd's Bush Rd, is no more.  It seems to be another casualty of the general decline of the British high street, and a particular loss for our neighbourhood.

The Corner House replaced a rather quirky vintage furniture store, and represented (at least in theory) an innovative and potentially new way of using former retail space.

Monday, 31 December 2018

Five New Year's Resolutions for Shepherd's Bush

Few of us wouldn't benefit from a few improvements, and Shepherd's Bush is no exception. We live in a busy, vibrant community which is - let's face it - a bit rough around the edges.

What would make our neighbourhood a better place to live in 2019? Below are four suggestions for ways to make life in the Bush just a little bit better.

Saturday, 29 December 2018

Macfarlane Road Residents' Association Meets 29 Jan 2019

Mark your calendars - the Macfarlane Road Residents' Association is meeting up again on 29 January.

What is the Macfarlane Rd Residents's Assocation? It's a local residents' group that gathers quarterly in Shepherd's Bush to try and improve our local neighbourhood. Our next meeting is on 29 January, so if you're a local and you'd like to get involved, come along and have your say.

Monday, 17 December 2018

Central Line Strike on Friday

Central Line is on strike again on Friday
Fancy some last-minute Christmas shopping in Central London this weekend? Don't bank on it.

Tube drivers on the Central Line are on strike again, from 9pm on Friday, December 21, and continuing into Saturday until Midnight.