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Planting Tree in Wormholt Park for 90th Birthday of the HM Queen

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News in Brief

Short excerpts of our recent news with links to the full stories

Rearranging deck chairs – again

We've been alerted to new proposed changes to the parliamentary constituency boundaries, and there's a distinct feeling of deja-vu.  Checking the annals, it was in 2017 when the last proposal surfaced. At the time, Tom said that the "changes to parliamentary boundaries seem bizarre" - ...
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Openreach fibre digging

Gigabit Broadband – coming to a front garden near you ?

Her Majesty's Government has decided that Gigabit broadband (FTTP) will help overcome recent economic woes, bridge the digital divide, and level up, and has declared £5 billion public funding for the first million homes and businesses. Initially, it correctly prioritises those most in need - ...
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Hammersmith Affordability 2020

Property Prices & Development: A 25-year review

So-called property porn continues to make up a good percentage of the TV schedules 25 years after Changing Rooms started Building the Dream in a Location, Location, Location for The Poshest Sleepover in Millionaires' Mansions, then over to The Great Interior Design Challenge, creating some Grand ...
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Mike Cartwright

Michael Cartwright

The Hammersmith Society very much regrets the recent death of Alderman Michael Cartwright, Councillor for Hammersmith Broadway ward from 1992 to 2018, Deputy Leader 2014-2018, and Mayor 2017-2018. A diligent public servant, Mike became Deputy Leader of the Council in 2014, leading the Administration to ...
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Open House 2021

Open House 2021

Open House has celebrated London's amazing architecture for the last thirty years, starting just two years after our own Awards. There's always been an eclectic selection of Hammersmith buildings in Open House, featuring some of our Award Winners over the years. Open House 2021 ...
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Hammersmith Bridge – History on repeat

We're pleased to see that a ferry operator has finally been appointed, and conversely disappointed at a low proposed (peak) capacity of 800/hr. total, i.e. 400 each way, cost - not free - £1.55 proposed, though included in hopper & concessionary fares, restricted operating hours of ...
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181 Talgarth Road - 2021 proposed scheme

West London Magistrates Court redevelopment – Update

In April last year we reported on the hotel development proposed for the former West London Magistrate’s Court site at 181 Talgarth Road, a proposal which would include two hotels:  a 442-bedroom, 23-storey luxury hotel, and a 440-bed, 10-storey tourist hotel. Permission for the development ...
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Ravenscourt Park Tea House - front

Ravenscourt Park Tea House

The Ravenscourt Park Tea House, a popular stopping point in the park, has been in a dilapidated condition for some time, and been a concern of the Friends of Ravenscourt Park, as well as being on Historic England's Buildings At Risk register. It closed in ...
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Smilers scrap metal merchants, Atwood Road

The Garage – an endangered species

Garages are an endangered species, locally and across London. Where once council flats would have had rows of garages below - often beloved of British spy and detective dramas where exclusively bad stuff happens - new developments are mandated not only to have bicycle storage, but ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.  ...
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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 ...
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