Monday 29 February 2016

Bush Theatre to Close for Renovations in March for One Year

The Bush Theatre - closing in March
The Bush Theatre on the Uxbridge Road is to close for a year for renovation. Just over a year ago they held a public consultation about their plans to redevelop the theatre, and the plans have now been announced publicly.

The project is scheduled to take just under a year, and during this period the Bush will be closed to the public.

They start work at the end of March 2016 and hope to open the redeveloped Bush Theatre to the public at the start of 2017.

Saturday 27 February 2016

Shepherd's Bush Market Back in the Court of Appeal on March 2

Shepherd's Bush Market
Spare a thought, once again, for the Shepherd's Bush Market traders, who will be in the Court of Appeal next week, on Wednesday March 2, to contest the latest High Court decision in the ongoing legal battle over the future of the Market.

They have been locked in a five year battle with developer Orion over the future of the site.

The most recent event in this long-running legal dispute occurred almost a year ago, in July 2015, when market traders appealed the 2014 decision by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to uphold a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) over the site.

Friday 26 February 2016

Re-Revised Walkabout Plans Revealed

Re-revised plans for the old Walkabout pub
Dorsett Hospitality International, the group who renovated the old Shepherd's Bush Pavilion and have turned it into a successful upscale hotel, opened their doors yesterday on thursday 25 February for a second public consultation on their new, re-revised proposals for the old Walkabout pub, formerly the Shepherd's Bush Cinematograph theatre. The fresh drawings have taken into account community feedback from the last presentation on January 26th, and aim to make the new building fit better into the context of the existing Dorsett hotel.

Wednesday 24 February 2016

China and Co for sale - for £3m

China and Co
China and Co, the props company based in Shepherd's Bush, are selling up and moving their business to Acton.

If you're looking for a spacious post-industrial building ripe for residential conversion, it could be yours - but you'll have to dig deep in your pockets to find the £3m asking price.

It's a sign how overheated the housing market in Shepherd's Bush has become that such a dizzying asking price is even feasible.

You can see the listing here, described as a "one bedroom commercial property" at

Tuesday 23 February 2016

House Prices Up Again In Shepherd's Bush

Terrace in Shepherd's Bush

Data just in for 2015 shows that over the year, the average house price soared by a huge 28.7% to above £750,000. 

Good news perhaps for those who own property, - but very bad news for anyone trying to buy their own home, especially anyone trying to get by on a normal or average wage. 

Monday 22 February 2016

Ash Dieback Comes to Shepherd's Bush

Ash dieback on Shepherd's Bush Green. There is no cure
Hymenoscyphus fraxineus (that's Ash Dieback to you and me) has come to Shepherd's Bush. Pity poor neglected Shepherd's Bush Green, as its mighty ash trees are turned into firewood.

The trees that line the edges of the park are London plane trees - a kind of super-hardy sycamore, a variety that seems to tolerate all the pollution we can throw at them.

But the ash trees aren't so lucky, and our benighted green will be all the poorer without them.

Friday 19 February 2016

Shepherd's Bush's New Park

Proposed public park. 
Did you know we're getting a new public park in Shepherd's Bush? It's all part of the new Westfield development, and that of St James to the north - on the old M&S warehouse site east of Wood Lane.

The whole area is being redeveloped, and the price exacted by the Council from the developers was a new public park. It's not huge and, since it runs below the Hammersmith and City tube line, it will be noisy. But still - new green lungs for our very urban neighbourhood can't be a bad thing.

To imagine what it will look like, see the photo to the left.

Thursday 18 February 2016

Public Exhibition of "Walkabout" Plans on Thursday 25th February from 4.00pm to 8.00pm

2016 - new Proposal
Dorsett Hospitality International are opening their doors once again for a second public consultation on their revised proposals for the old ‘Walkabout’ pub, formerly the Shepherd's Bush Cinematograph theatre.

The designs for the new building have been further revised, apparently in response to comments received from the public. So it looks as if Dorsett Regency are taking the process of consultation very seriously.

Anyone who would like to see the new plans should come along to the Dorsett Hotel on Thursday 25th February between 4.00pm and 8.00pm.

Wednesday 17 February 2016

Comedy Fundraiser on 15 March For Kids With Autism

Princess Victoria, Uxbridge Rd
Focus West London is holding a storytelling event by way of a fundraiser for their Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Saturday Club on the evening of 15 March 2015.  The event takes place in Shepherd's Bush  - at the Princess Victoria pub on Uxbridge Road.

The event is described by FWL as "an evening of eclectic and fabulous tales", hosted by comedian Sarah Bennetto.  Come to Shepherd’s Bush's finest gastropub and "lose yourself in an evening of stories". And, help support autistic children and their families as well.

Tuesday 16 February 2016

TV Centre To Host Resident's Meeting Tuesday 22 March at 7pm

TV centre - as proposed by Stanhope
Stanhope, the developers who are currently masterminding the huge redevelopment taking place on the old BBC site on Wood Lane, are organising a briefing for the residents of Frithville Gardens and MacFarlane Road on Tuesday 22 March at 7pm in the East Tower, Television Centre.

Local residents are invited to come along and share their views on the new development.

Monday 15 February 2016

Letter from Dunkirk

Sea front at Dunkirk. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Bob Mayo is Vicar of St Stephen's church on the Uxbridge Rd, one of relatively few places in Shepherd's Bush where our many diverse and disparate communities genuinely come together.

As part of his community work, Bob recently visited the refugee camp in Dunkirk, where thousands of desperate migrants hope to reach the United Kingdom.

Monday 8 February 2016

Hammersmith to Get a Makeover

The Hammersmith Gyratory, that terrifying traffic island that puts fear in the heart of London's cyclists, is to get a makeover from our Council.

The plan by LBHF is to make it safer and more bicyle-friendly.  And who would argue with that? To see the details, follow this link.

The transformation of Hammersmith gyratory apparently include:

Friday 5 February 2016

48 Hour Tube Strike Planned For Saturday 6 February at 9pm Is Now Suspended

Shepherd's Bush tube station. Closed Saturday from 9pm
Remember the Night Tube? It was supposed to come into force last September, but due to strikes by Tube drivers, it has been (apparently) indefinitely postponed.

Now, drivers threatened to strike again, with a 48 hour walkout starting on Saturday night, but this has now been called off.

The RMT had planned to strike 9pm on Saturday, 6 February, lasting through Monday, and scheduled to finish on Monday 8 February at 9pm.  The strike is suspended pending further talks

Wednesday 3 February 2016

Return of the Goaloids?

Goaloids in 2013
The Goaloids may be returning to Shepherd's Bush Green.  In 2013 we got a new piece of public sculpture, two rotating giant metal cubes, designed to celebrate the sporting history of our neighbourhood.

The Goaloids were always intended to be temporary, and in early 2015 they were removed by the Council.

Now however, our Council appears to be looking to bring the Goaloids back. A planning application submitted by LBHF has been posted at the Council's web site.