HAMMERSMITH GROVE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION
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THE XMAS NEWSLETTER

 

Happy Holidays Everyone!

 

THE XMAS APPEAL

This Xmas we are campaigning to raise money and food to help the local Food Bank. You can donate directly here: https://www.youcaring.com/hammersmithfulhamfoodbank-1037093

or drop off any items or spare change to be donated at 203 Hammersmith Grove. Rosie Whitehouse is coordinating the collection. The Food Bank helps former residents of Grenfell Tower some of whom live in our neighbourhood so please give generously.

 

TRAFFIC SOLUTIONS

We have had a very successful year. We have been working to cut the amount of traffic on Hammersmith Grove and the council have agreed to implement a plan subject to consultation that will cut the number of cars and lorries on our street. Work should begin in the spring. Please be sure to register your approval of the plan at: www.lbhf.gov.uk/hamgrovenorth by 15 December 2017.

 

It is also good news that Jewsons have agreed from next year to load their supplies onto smaller lorries before they arrive in Hammersmith and we have worked with the council to install bollards on the corner of Trussley Rd and Hammersmith Grove.

 

This summer we had our first Street Party and a big thanks goes to all of those who organised it especially Naomi Hewitt. We also raised over £500 for the local Food Bank and a carload of supplies to help out local residents in need.

 

We welcome new members so if you have not yet joined or you would like to renew your membership you can visit our website www.hammersmithgroveresidents.com or email us at hammmersmithgroveresidents@gmail.com

The membership fee is £5 per person per year and everyone over the age of 16 is welcome. You can drop off cash for your membership fee at 211 Hammersmith Grove.

 

Please come to our Annual General Meeting on 7 February 2018 at The Grove Pub at 6.30pm.

 

Happy New Year to All of You. Looking forward to seeing you on 7 February.

Keep Well!

 

Sally Bissoondialsingh

Chair

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GOOD NEWS

We are happy to announce that Hammersmith and Fulham Council have agreed to install physical signage for the lorry restriction (7.5 Tonne +) in Hammersmith Grove. This was announced in the London Gazette on April 28th and will be picked up by all the satellite driving Apps.

 

The council has also agreed to the narrowing of the north and south ends of Hammersmith Grove. Work will begin in August 2017.

 

Stephen Cowan, our ward councillor and the Leader of the Council, has also introduced rental electric cars across the Borough and there are cars to rent at the north end of Hammersmith Grove/Astrop Terrace.  

Be Part of the First Hammersmith Grove Street Sale

 

So we’re planning to hold a street sale along the length of the Grove where all ages can easily get involved and help us get to know each other a bit more, as well as help us do a bit of a spring clean. Here’s how we think it could work:

When
Saturday 10
th June – for 4 hours during the middle of the day 

See noticeboard

SAVE OUR HOME ZONE

Fears have been raised about the level of traffic using Hammersmith Grove and the adjacent streets that would threaten Hammersmith Grove’s status as a “Home Zone”.

 

Although at public meeting on 1 March HAGRA was assured by the council that only ‘minor’ traffic congestion would be caused in Hammersmith Grove by the implementation of the Better Junction Scheme and Cycle Super Highway, an LBHF traffic officer has told us that they expect that a third of the traffic currently using the Hammersmith gyratory will be pushed into our streets. 

 

It is clear that LBHF are concerned that traffic will simply be dispersed into side streets. The head of the Council, Stephen Cowan was keen to inform HAGRA earlier this year that he was considering measures to prevent traffic increase in Benbow Road, an indication that traffic is set to rise in the area as a whole.

 

When a Better Junction scheme was introduced last year in Elephant & Castle the number of cars and lorries using residential streets rose dramatically. In order to insure that this does not happen in Hammersmith, LBHF has invited HAGRA to put forward a list of measures to protect our streets.

 

HAGRA is lobbying to protect our “Home Zone” before work starts on the Better Junctions project this autumn. Help us to save our “Home Zone” by writing to the council to express your concerns.

A MESSAGE FROM CLLR STEPHEN COWAN, LEADER OF LBHF

 

 

The leader of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham has released the date of the public meeting that will oppose a new 14-storey building on the "Triangle Site" at the junction of Hammersmith Grove, Glenthorne Road and Beadon Road.

 

The meeting will take place at 6pm on Monday 13 February 2017 in the Playfair Room, Hammersmith Town Hall. Please contact Davina Barton on 020 8753 2698 or email davina.barton@lbhf.gov.uk for further information.

A MESSAGE FROM HAMMERSMITH GROVE

Here is what we would like to be done about the traffic chaos in Hammersmith Grove:

 

1) 7.5 ton restriction signs to be reinstated at South end and North end of Hammersmith Grove, to be seen clearly from Goldhawk (both from West and East) and Glenthorne Road. Jewsons must be reminded of the restriction and it must be enforced by use of cameras.

 

2) 2-3 Victorian linked iron bollards to be reinstated at the junction of Trussley Road & Hammersmith Grove.

 

3) The Trussley Road/ Hammersmith Grove corner pavement height to be raised to 10cm so as to prevent lorries driving on the pavement.

 

4) Enlarging of the traffic islands at Glenthorne Road and Goldhawk Road ends of Hammersmith Grove. Sizes to be determined with the residents upon consultation.

 

5) Width restriction signs (7-8 feet) to be displayed at both Goldhawk Road and Glenthorne Road ends of Hammersmith Grove.

 

6) No right hand turn from Glenthorne Road to Beadon Road.

 

7) One Bus Lane only on Beadon Road. This is conditional on the above points being met.

 

8) We support the idea of the mixed use in the southern end of Hammersmith Grove and Glenthorne Road.

 

9) The nodes along Hammersmith Grove must all be narrowed with enlargement of pavement with bollards.

 

We are happy to work with the council if they respect that we are a Home Zone and enforce the legal status of the area.

WE DONATED OVER SEVEN HUNDRED MEALS TO HELP NEIGHBOURS IN NEED

The Christmas Appeal to raise money and food for the Hammersmith Foodbank was a great success. HAGRA raised £1068.48 and  90KG of food.

That's an amazing 703 meals. Thanks so much to all who donated to help neighbours in need. The cash raised will help with the administration of this sadly much needed service.

A huge thanks to all of you who donated. It was very generous. 

THAMES WATER & THE SEWER IN THE GROVE AND ASTROP TERRACE

 

In June 2015, we engaged Simon Ricketts, a Planning, CPO and Local Govt. lawyer to write a stiff letter to Thames Water. Simon was assisted by our local resident barristers A Cecil and D Lowell in drafting this letter. We thank the Cecil family for the use of their garden to have our first informal meeting to meet Ricketts and Stephen Cowan, the leader of LBHF Council.

 

We thank those who underwrote the lawyer Ricketts' letter. There was no doubt TW was taken by surprise by such a concerted effort from us. Thank you all! James Cecil also printed 1,000+ flyers alerting the residents of TW's intentions and distributed them on our streets, along with the local residents, some of whom were teenagers.

 

In October 2015, TW, without any warning/notice started to mark our streets with coloured paints in order to conduct a sewer pre-construction survey. The concerned local residents kindly tweeted the photos of this to us and we were able to contact Stephen Cowan to work on TW on our behalf. Stephen was able to get TW to clean the paint off our streets.

 

In November 2015, with a determined push from Stephen Cowan, TW took Hammersmith Grove, Verulam House and Astrop Terrace off the list for the 2nd consultation potential sewer sites. This consultation is underway as we write. This is a huge victory for us, even if the "Final Decision" by Thames Water does not guarantee our streets are not put back on as potential sewer sites. We will keep fighting.

 

We all thank all you members and residents who have signed our petition and gave us your contact details and your support. We could not have come this far without all of you.

HELP A NEEDY NEIGHBOUR: THE XMAS APPEAL

 

 

Christmas is coming and we have decided to try to raise money for the Hammersmith and Fulham Foodbank.

 

We need your help however small!

 

You can find out more about them here: http://hammersmithfulham.foodbank.org.uk

 

They distribute an extraordinary 3 tonnes of food a month so need as much help as they can get. They are expecting a big surge in demand over the next few weeks as so many children in the borough will no longer be receiving free school meals.

 

They are happy to be given both money and foodstuffs but have a big stock of tea and baked beans and would prefer long-life juice and tinned meat. Running the charity is an expensive business and they need a supply of funds to buy the items that don’t happen to get donated so every little penny you can spare will go to help our neighbours in need.

 

HOW TO DONATE!

 

  1. Donate via justgiving.com here: https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/hammersmith-grove
  2. You can give donations to Rosie Whitehouse at 203 Hammersmith Grove. If you write a cheque make it payable to Hammersmith Grove Residents Association so we can gift aid it and the charity will get more money from the government. That way we can gift aid the entire donation so the UK Public Purse will match 25% of the amount we donate.
  3. Donate on line at http://hammersmithfulham.foodbank.org.uk/donate but don’t forget to tell us what you have donated so we can keep a running total. Don’t forget to click the gift aid button. 

SAY NO TO HGVs

 

 

The number of large lorries and coaches using the local streets has shot up in the last year. One reason is that drivers use apps like Google maps to find the quickest routes. It is not only dangerous but is increasing pollution levels. We would like to see the traffic island that used to sit in the middle of Trussley Road replaced and the have other measures introduced to stop large HGVs from using the local streets as a short cut.

Please support our campaign by using twitter to tweet images of them at us, local councillors and the companies involved. In January we will ask residents to write to the local council to request that something is done. Watch this space.

UP AND COMING: WAITING FOR SPRING

 

We have planted with the council’s permission over 300 bulbs in front of Verulam House to brighten up the Grove in springtime. Many thanks to all the local residents who donated bulbs and there time to do this. Councilor Caroline Ffiske, the Judah family and the Lowell family donated 300+ spring bulbs. We were happy to see Stephen Cowan helping out on the day. A big thanks to Richard Green, Mireille Farjon, Michelle and Lilly Hagemeier, Lorraine Ainscow-Searle, D. Lowell, Rosie Whitehouse, Eve Judah and Y.Inaba for their help planting. 

Get active!

 

If you live or work in and around Hammersmith Grove please join us! We will keep you informed about local news and events. Membership is £5 per person and anyone over the age of 16 is welcome.

 

Email us at: hammersmithgroveresidents@gmail.com

 

Join us on Twitter: @HGresidents

Like our Facebook Page: Hammersmith Grove Residents Association

 

 

It’s Your Grove – Make it Groovy!

 

HELP OUR NEIGHBOURS IN NEED THIS CHRISTMAS!

 

Dear All

 

Christmas is coming and we have decided to try to raise money for the Hammersmith and Fulham Foodbank.

 

You can find out more about them here: http://hammersmithfulham.foodbank.org.uk

 

They distribute an extraordinary 3 tonnes of food a month so need as much help as they can get. They are expecting a big surge in demand over the next few weeks as so many children in the borough will no longer be receiving free school meals.

 

They are happy to be given both money and foodstuffs but have a big stock of tea and baked beans and would prefer long-life juice and tinned meat. Running the charity is an expensive business and they need a supply of funds to buy the items that don’t happen to get donated so every little penny you can spare will go to help our neighbours in need.

 

HOW TO DONATE!

 

  1. You can give donations to Rosie Whitehouse at 203 Hammersmith Grove. If you write a cheque make it payable to Hammersmith Grove Residents Association so we can gift aid it and the charity will get more money from the government. That way we can gift aid the entire donation so the UK Public Purse will match 25% of the amount we donate.
  2. Donate on line at http://hammersmithfulham.foodbank.org.uk/donate but don’t forget to tell us what you have donated so we can keep a running total. Don’t forget to click the gift aid button.

 

Many thanks,

 

Lorraine

 

Chair of HGRA

 

SIGN THE PETITION AGAINST THE SEWER: https://www.change.org/p/thames-water-hammersmith-and-fulham-city-council-no-to-the-sewer

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Our Campaign

We are working to oppose the plans to build a relief sewer in both Astrop Terrace and Hammersmith Grove. Why?

 

In the short term:

  • 15 months of drilling through concrete 7am-7pm weekdays, 7am-1pm Sat
  • Followed by 2 months of 24 hour construction work
  • 25 lorries everyday, reversing up Hammersmith Grove and Richford ST

In the long term:

  • Vents from the sewer will cause pollution. Sewer gas emmissions are dangerous to health.
  • It effects the Hammersmith Conservation Area and trees will be damaged.

We do not oppose the construction of a relief sewer in principle as this is needed but oppose its construction in residential districts. Even Thames Water have said that the site has been assessed as less suitable with regards "in engineering, planning, socio-economic and community, and property terms. It is also noted that the site is considered less suitable with regards specifically to noise, air quality and flood risk."

 

 

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hammersmithgroveresidents@gmail.com

 

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