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News in Brief

Below are short excerpts of our recent news with links to the full stories. Scroll down to select from our list of news topics, or to check our Diary, recent Twitter and Facebook postings.

Foster & Partners bridge proposal

Hammersmith Bridge update

It's now just over six months since the Bridge was closed to pedestrians and cyclists, and over 22 months since it was closed to traffic, yet there is neither a Bridge repair contract nor an alternative crossing facility in place. Repair work will not progress until there is ...
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Bridge anchor

Hammersmith Bridge – better repairs ?

We've made several meaningful and thought-through suggestions in the half-dozen articles, and as many letters to the main bridge protagonists in the last year, from simple widening the pathways to make the bridge more accessible, and to improve public safety, to ways to invisibly fix the 19th century ...
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Bernie Sanders waits at the Bridge

Help! I’m not on Social Media

As membership secretary, I regularly hear the clarion call  "I'm not on Social Media so I can't see your posts..."  It's a popular myth that you must sign up, notwithstanding the fact that our latest Twitter and Facebook postings automatically appear on our home page (have you checked ...
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Foster & Partners bridge proposal

Hammersmith Bridge – Radical temporary bridge proposal

Bridge proposal We were surprised and excited in equal measure to see a radical new proposal published by the council, in partnership with Foster and Partners and Sir John Ritblat of Delancey, the company now owning the Earls Court development site.  This is designed to temporarily solve the ...
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thumbnail of Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP Hammersmith Bridge 16.11.20

Hammersmith Bridge update

Following the Zoom public meeting three weeks ago, we considered our recent articles on the bridge, and, as promised, wrote to Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State for Transport,  Baroness Vere, Chair, and Dana Skelley, Director of the Bridge Task Force, as shown below (click to open).
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Hammersmith Society Awards Map

Website Improvements

The website continues to be updated with improvements to layout (such as use of tabs on some new pages), usability, and of course, plenty of new material.  We mentioned the new guide recently, it's been renamed more accurately the Website & Accessibility Guide, and updated.  Accessibility improvements include ...
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Bridge Permanent Stabilisation

Hammersmith Bridge update

Many Society members joined the Zoom public meeting with the Bridge Task Force a week ago. A FAQ, links to Task Force reports, and a copy of critical correspondence between the Task Force chairman and LBHF immediately prior to the meeting, can be found on the council website, ...
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Planning for the Future - HMG

Changing the Planning Process

In March of this year the government promised legislation to improve the supply of new homes, including legislation on building safety, rental reform, social housing – and an update to the planning system. Following this, a government White Paper Planning for the Future proposed very significant changes ...
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Quaker meeting outside and garden

New Quaker Meeting House

(Click on images for full-sized versions, then scroll through the set) Members of the committee were very pleased to be offered a socially-distanced tour earlier this month around the recently completed Quaker Meeting House in Bradmore Park Road, opposite the Grove Neighbourhood Centre.  Designed by Satellite Architects, chosen ...
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Hospitality in the Park (Finsbury Park)

Linford Christie Stadium and Wormwood Scrubs update

We reported earlier this year on plans for the Linford Christie Stadium site, which is right on the edge of Wormwood Scrubs and which, like the open space itself, is Metropolitan Open Land. Last year the Council held a consultation on the future of the stadium, which resulted ...
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/ Conservation, Council, News, Parks/Open Spaces
Hammersmith Bridge closed to river traffic August 2020

Hammersmith Bridge update

A head of steam is certainly building up for Bridge repairs, especially as winter approaches, but it remains to be seen whether this will translate into action. After much media/social media coverage, including stories on London TV news, a task force was set up on 9 September, chaired ...
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Covid-19 map, 2020-10-14

COVID-19 in Hammersmith

The national picture for COVID-19 is mixed with some areas much more affected than others.  Despite well-publicised issues around test-track-and-trace, in a world of "big data", the Government has made significant efforts to publish quite detailed data at various levels, if not always easy to tease out. At ...
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/ Consultations, Council, Government, News
crossrail delays

Crossrail, HS2, bridges and Oh… those delays

Crossrail passes through the top of our borough at OPDC, where it joins HS2, the UK’s other high profile and eyewateringly expensive rail project. This, contrasted with failing local infrastructure such as the unfunded Hammersmith Bridge and now A40/A3220 viaduct, puts us in a rather unique position to ...
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/ Government, News, OPDC, Transport/TfL
1G to 5G phones

5G : Cutting through the mumbo-jumbo

Health scares, 18 metre masts, autonomous vehicles, economic recovery, critical national infrastructure, Huawei... It's a long list. In Hammersmith we've started to see planning notices for 5G base stations, ironically mostly from the company named Three, and yes, since you ask, they are using Huawei. From the Society's perspective, ...
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12-14 Wellesley Ave - 2019 proposed

Wellesley Avenue Appeal

The Hammersmith Society is supporting our affiliate, the Brackenbury Residents Association and the local action group in objecting to the development proposed for the former Aston Martin garage at 12-14 Wellesley Avenue. The application scheme proposes a 3-storey building, significantly higher than the street building line, with 1,800 ...
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Town Hall extension demolition

Town Hall extension demolition

Since the Town Hall extension was shrouded in scaffolding last year, internal strip-out has been progressing, and this year a gentler strip-out has been taking place inside the old Town Hall building, pictured.  We're told that this continued where permitted during lock-down, but now we can see that ...
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Our Diary

  • London Forum: London Plan

    Thu 25th Mar | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

    Small Sites policy in the new London Plan

  • Committee meeting

    Mon 12th Apr | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Committee meeting

    Mon 17th May | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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