At a meeting in November with the managers of Stamford Brook station and the District Line, we raised with them the fact that the train arrival and destination boards on the station had never worked since they were installed at least ten years ago. The manager of the District Line promised to look into why this had happened. He had only recently been appointed and so was unaware of this longstanding issue. He emailed the SBRA some time later to say that the technical specification in the contract had been wrong when they were acquired ten years ago and he thought it unlikely that anything could be done about it now until a new refit happened in 2020. However, as some people may have noticed, the boards are now working , showing the destination and time until arrival of the trains. We emailed him to thank him for following up on this enquiry, managing our expectations but then surprising us by making a small but worthwhile improvement for his customers. Apparently, very little cost was involved.
I would like to bring to your attention a public consultation on the proposal to closure of Hammersmith Magistrates Court.
"This consultation sets out the proposal for the future of Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court and Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court, including the closure of the buildings and the work being absorbed by existing courts in London.
The closures will also contribute to the consolidation of the London criminal court estate and, through disposal, provide funding for the ongoing process of reforming court and tribunal services in England & Wales.
The consultation seeks the views of everyone with an interest in the work at these courts."
This took place on Tuesday 12 July at the Scout Hut in Wilson Walk next to Stamford Brook Tube Station. We had a well-attended and enjoyable meeting with food and drink afterwards. The Committee reported on its activities during the year and we had an interesting discussion of local issues. We were fortunate to be joined by our MP, Andy Slaughter, Charlie Dewhurst from the Council , Sgt Tim Brown and Don Tanswell from our neighbouring residents' association, who has been leading the campaign to force Thames Water to reduce the nuisance from the Storm Tanks.
Topics discussed included Heathrow, the Super Sewer and the possibility of an underpass through Hammersmith.
Jackie Mortimer and Brian Fitzgerald retired from the Committee, and were thanked for their contributions, and David Crane (Palgrave Road ) and Henrietta Dale (Emlyn Road ) were elected to replace them.
A great night was had by all on Thurs 28th when we got together for drinks at the Duchess of Cambridge. We will be doing it again on Thurs 27th October at 8PM. All are welcome! As usual, there is no agenda to be followed other than getting to know our neighbours better!
Details for the pub are here: http://www.duchessofcambridgew6.co.uk/
On Sunday 12th June Stamford Brook held a wonderful community picnic to celebrate the Queen's 90th Birthday. As the whole country celebrated the event Birthday with street parties, lunches and picnics, we held our own picnic in celebration with local families and friends.
The gathering was an informal affair with games and fun for local families at the heart of the activities. We held sack,egg and spoon and three-legged races. But the highlight of the afternoon was the highly competitive 'Throw The Welly' competition, which went on late into the rain.
The rain just about held off to the later stages but the hardy types of Stamford Brook sat through them all with brollies at the ready. By the time the rain arrived, the afternoon was finished off with a rousing sing song under the trees!
More photos in our Gallery here. www.sbra.org.uk/gallery
The full set on Facebook are here: www.facebook.com/stamfordbrook.residents/photos (Don't forget to 'Follow' us!)
Monday 16 May 2016
Tabard Theatre, Bath Road 7.30 pm
The Chiswick Calendar is hosting a live EU Referendum debate, at the Tabard Theatre on 16th May. Hosted by BBC News presenter Julian Worricker, the debate brings together a panel representing politics, business and journalism to discuss the most important political decision of a generation: Should we go or should we stay?
The SBRA, in conjunction with CHATR, have put together a briefing note for Members on the potential impact on Stamford Brook of the proposed Third Runway at Heathrow. We would encourage all members to log-in and read the note via the link below:
It was a great year for Halloween again in Stamford Brook with the ghouls and ghosties out early! Lots of houses and families through themselves into decorating their houses and doorways to usher in All Hallows Eve. Click here to see our Gallery of photos:
The Local Council, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, has suggested ending weekly bin collections to save money, moving to a bi-weekly or other arrangement. They have launched a consultation (on their website here) into reducing refuse collections and street cleaning across the borough. We would recommend all Residents look at the site to see what the Council are proposing.
Early informal responses from Residents indicate that Residents believe that weekly collections are a basic council service and they should look for savings elsewhere. To support them, Cllr Charlie Dewhirst and Gred Smith are leading the resistance to the change with information online here. They have created an online petition here which we would encourage you and your neighbours to sign before the end of the consultation stage on 12 November.