Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Hammersmith Park Needs Friends

Japanese Garden at Hammersmith Park
Hammersmith Park is a small but precious scrap of green space in a very urban part of our borough. 

Located in White City, next to the former BBC TV centre, it has been the subject of some local controversy in recent years.

The 2015 plans to install a series of football pitches run by Play Football, was a big concern for many local residents, especially the lack of consultation with residents' groups. 

More recently, a proposed expansion of the Japanese Garden has ruffled a number of feathers. We asked John Gordon-Smith, Chair of the Friends of The Japanese Garden at Hammersmith Park, to explain what is being planned. 

Thursday, 28 June 2018

LBHF Demolishes Climbing Frames in Hammersmith Park

Climbing Frame - demolished in March
Local parents who take their children to play in Hammersmith Park will be aware that both of the toddler climbing frames were removed in February and March of this year.

Four months later our children have nowhere to play, and our Council still have no concrete plans on what to put in their place. 

LBHF say that the climbing frames were dangerous, and had to be removed immediately.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Chicago Grill at 63 Uxbridge Rd Seeks 24 Hour License

Chicago Grill - 24 hour license?
Chicago Grill, a new chicken shop at 63 Uxbridge Rd a seeking a 24 Hour License.  Hardly news, you might think, but local residents have been fighting for some years to reduce the amount of late-night crime and disorder in our neighbourhood, which used to focus around the Walkabout pub and various 24 hour fast food restaurants and bars.

It's also worth knowing about the Shepherd's Bush Saturation Zone.  Most residents of Shepherd's Bush have probably never heard of it, or have the faintest idea what it means. But it is important, and it does matter.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Vanishing Hammersmith & Shepherd's Bush

Crane on Shepherd's Bush road
One remarkable feature of London life is the speed with which old buildings are demolished. You walk down a street and you see a big hole, and wonder - what used to be there?

This happened to me on Saturday, walking down Shepherd's Bush Road from Hammersmith, watching a huge crane (left) building another huge crane, on top of a huge new building site on the west side of the street.

What building had been there before, prior to demolition? Something beautiful? Something ugly? I could not remember.

Monday, 25 June 2018

Expansion of the Japanese Garden at Hammersmith Park

Japanese Gate and Lanterns
The Japanese Garden at Hammersmith Park is to be expanded, if plans put forward by The London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, in association with the Friends of the Japanese Garden, go ahead.

Twenty Japanese stone lanterns and an ornamental gate will be installed, in the course of a project which is supported by a number of Japanese businesses and by the Japanese Embassy.  

LBHF are consulting with the community, canvassing local views, so make sure to have your say. 

Monday, 11 June 2018

The Old Laundry Yard Needs You

Old Laundry Yard
The Old Laundry Yard at Shepherd's Bush Market is a potentially promising space for outdoor eating, but so far it doesn't seem to be getting much footfall.

I had lunch there last week with an old friend, and at noon we were the only customers.

Which was a shame, as lunch was seriously delicious - and I'll definitely be going back.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Royal College of Art Show Starts 23 June

Animation by Marcia Stewart at the RCA
The Royal College of Art, our new neighbours in White City, and launcing their latest graduate show at White City Place on 23 June.

The exhibition will feature the work of many different artists including animators, designers and illustrators and is open to the public from Saturday 23 June until Sunday 1 July in the WestWorks and MediaWorks buildings at White City Place.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Free Ethiopian Food Tasting on June 2 & June 9

Shepherd's Bush is playing host to a Free Ethiopian Food Tasting event on June 2nd and June 9th, on the south side of Shepherd's Bush Green.

The event is hosted by Delina, and involves "delicious ready-to-eat Ethiopian food", sold from a little shop at the Petit-Miracle hub - a retail space promoting small businesses in our neighbourhood.

Petit-Miracle hub is located just on the south side of Shepherd's Bush Green in front of the W12 centre - see map on the bottom left.

You can also book a place here at Event Brite.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Summer Celebration on 16th June at Kite Studios

Kite Studios is hosting a Summer Celebration on 16th June, billed as "an afternoon of creativity, followed by a party in the evening.

The event is a fundraiser for the Kite Art CIC Sponsorship Fund, which provides free art workshops for children with special needs, from Wendell Park Primary School.

This programme is in its third successful year and Kite Studios hopes to extend it to other schools in our neighbourhood.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Wood Lane Petrol Station Plans

Petrol Station on Wood Lane by Karl and Craig
According to a news item at WhiteNoise, the old Esso petrol station on Wood Lane is to be taken over by Elephant Magazine, who are to turn it into "a new space [to] act as a meeting place and hub for performance, discussion, film screenings, talks and workshops put together by our editors and curatorial team. A cafĂ© , shop and outdoor garden area complete this."

So, in plain English then, the old petrol station will become an arts cafe.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Hammersmith Society 2018 Awards Now Open

Nominations for the Hammersmith Society 2018 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 2018 Awards will be presented at the Society’s AGM on 5th July, 7.00pm at the Bush Theatre, Uxbridge Road, Shepherd’s Bush. The deadline for submissions is 16 May.

Saturday, 5 May 2018

St John's May Fair Saturday 12 May 12.30pm to 5pm

May pole dancing at St John's Notting Hill
On Saturday May 12th at 12.30pm there is a May Fair at St John's Notting Hill, a long-running annual event and a great place to take the kids.  The day features lots of activities, including face painting, may poles, a bric-a-brac stall, home baked cakes and jams, and plenty of other stuff.  Profits go to good causes around the world. It costs just £1 to enter, and kids go in free.

Friday, 4 May 2018

Labour Win Big; Hold LBHF Council

Conservative candidates took another drubbing in our Borough yesterday as Labour increased its hold over local politics at the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.

Following the trend from recent general and local elections, Labour increased their share of the vote, winning 35 out of a total of 46 seats across the borough's 16 wards. 

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Time to Vote

Polling Day by William Hogarth
Here at the Shepherd's Bush Blog we don't urge you to vote for any particular party; possibly because we strongly suspect that you wouldn't pay any attention if we did.

But we do urge you to vote, and to vote on the local issues that confront our neighbourhood. Ask yourself - what will our candidates do to make our parks better and our streets cleaner?

Are they in favour of new development and investment, and do they get things done?

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Liane Pibworth Wants Your Vote

Voting Wards in LBHF
Tomorrow is election day, and this year Liane Pibworth, whose experience becoming homeless with two young children means she knows more than most about the strengths and weakness of local government, is running for office in Shepherd's Bush Ward. We asked her a few questions about what she thinks is right, and wrong, in our Borough, and how she would try to go about fixing it.

Why are you running for office this year?
My journey towards this political arena has been forged though injustice and oppression, particularly when I and my children became homeless through no fault of our own.

We were unlawfully denied a duty of housing by the current council, and became street homeless for 8 weeks - and my baby slept in my suitcase.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Westfield Launches "Quiet Time" on Saturday Mornings

Westfield - quiet on Saturday mornings
Westfield, my local corner shop, has confirmed that, after a successful initial trial period, they will be continuing with a "quiet time" on Saturday mornings between 9 - 11am.

During this time, Westfield  will turn off the music in the mall, and the kid's mall, and they will encourage shops to do the same. 

This is very good news for parents with children with special needs, since children with asd (for example) can suffer sensory overload from loud music.  

But it's also good news for neurotypical folks - not everyone likes loud music when they go shopping.  Well done Westfield for being responsive and adaptive.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Visitor Parking is Changing - and it's a Shambles

Shepherd's Bush residents are angry and frustrated at a new visitor parking system being introduced by our Council. The old Visitor parking permit system in Shepherd's Bush is being discontinued at the end of April, as LBHF switches to a new system, run by Ring Go.

The Council say that this is needed "to make renewing and applying for a permit easier and more convenient". So far, the experience of local residents trying to register with the new ringGo system is that it isn't easy or convenient at all.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Old Laundry Opens Tomorrow

Shepherd's Bush Market seems to be getting its mojo back after the long process of redevelopment which ended in failure two years ago.

On friday the Old Laundry Yard (which was to have been the temporary home for the market, while it was being redeveloped) will open its doors to the public, offering visitors new streets food traders and also a community events space. 

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Al Lewis - Candidate for Addison Ward

Al Lewis
It's election season, and we're inviting candidates running for local office to be interviewed, and explain what their goals are, and why local people should vote for them.

Al Lewis is a charity worker who works for CAFOD, the Catholic development charity in Waterloo, and has lived in Shepherds Bush for a decade. 

He is now running as a Conservative candidate in Addison Ward, Shepherd's Bush.  

We asked Al some questions about his candidacy, and why this election matters. 

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Town Hall Redevelopment Proposals 20-21 April

New plans for Hammersmith Town Hall
LBHF are consulting again on their newest plans for the re-development of Hammersmith Town Hall.

The new plans follow on from LBHF's complete fiasco with the previous developers, whose legacy was the destruction of the attractive old Art Deco cinema on King Street.

Public consultations on the new proposals are to take place at the Town Hall on Friday 20 April 2018 from 4pm to 8pm and on Saturday 21 April 2018 from 10am to 2pm. All are welcome.