June 2017 

Annual General Meeting

Members and guests are cordially invited to our AGM which will take place on Wednesday 21 June at the Dorsett Hotel, Shepherd’s Bush Green, London W12. Doors will be open from 6.30pm and the meeting will commence promptly at 7pm.

In addition to the normal AGM business, the winners of the 2017 Environment Awards and Wooden Spoons will be announced. The Society’s Patron, the Mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham (see below) will present the Awards.

We are delighted that Henry Peterson, Chairman of the St Helen’s Residents’ Association and Adviser to the Old Oak Interim Neighbourhood Forum has agreed to provide us with a brief update on developments at Old Oak and Park Royal.

The Society is most grateful to the Dorsett Hotel for again providing the venue.

An agenda, chairman’s report for the year and a list of schemes nominated for awards will be circulated in advance of the meeting. We would welcome nominations from members to join the committee.

The New Mayor and Mayoress

We are delighted that the new Mayor, elected on 17 May, is Cllr Michael Cartwright. Michael was elected as a Councillor in 1992 and represents Broadway Ward. He was Deputy Leader from 2014 – 2017. He is a member and long term supporter of the work of the Hammersmith Society. We understand that Cllr Mercy Umeh will continue in the role of Deputy Mayor.

We also wish to congratulate Rosemary Pettit on her appointment as Mayoress and Consort to the Mayor. Rosemary has been on the Hammersmith Society committee for several years and was Chairman from 2012 to 2015. She is now standing down from the Committee, where she has acted as Membership Secretary for the last two years. We thank her for everything she has done on behalf of the Society in these roles, and wish her luck in her new role.

Capability Brown Statue and beyond

The statue was finally unveiled at a ceremony on a glorious afternoon on 24th May in front of an invited audience. Unfortunately the original Guest of Honour Sir Roy Strong was unable to attend due to ill health but the organisers were delighted that Gilly Drummond, Chairman of the Capability Brown Festival Celebrations 2016 was able to take his place, together with Cllr Michael Cartwright in his role as Mayor. Gilly is also Chairman of the English Heritage Historic Parks and Gardens Panel and President of the Association of Gardens Trusts. The Leader of the Council Stephen Cowan, MP Andy Slaughter and the sculptor Laury Dizengremel were also in attendance. Celebrations continued in the Blue Boat Pub nearby.

The location of the statue is on the newly adopted riverside walk at Distillery Wharf, but unfortunately the statue has been removed temporarily to rectify a slight wobble, but will be returned in about two weeks.

Congratulations especially to our Committee Member Richard Jackson for making the project happen, raising the necessary funds and overcoming so many obstacles along the way.

Following the success of this statue, it seems that plans are now afoot for another statue to commemorate William Morris. Watch this space!

Opening of the Riverside Walk around Queens’ Wharf

For years the long held ambition for a continuous riverside walk from Chiswick to Putney Bridge has been thwarted by the presence of Queen’s Wharf and Riverside Studios involving a detour along Crisp Road. At last the final section in front of Queen’s Wharf and the new Studios has been completed and opened.

Local Plan : Examination in Public

We have reported on the progress on the new Hammersmith and Fulham Local Plan over the last two years. The revised Plan incorporating several of our comments and recommendations will now be the subject of this Inquiry by a Government appointed inspector. He will be assessing the soundness of the plan and conformity to planning law including the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the London Plan. The hearings will take place in the Council Chamber of Hammersmith Town Hall over a period of six days, commencing on Tuesday 13th June. Members of your committee will be in attendance for some of the hearings to press our case for those matters which we have raised but have not been incorporated. Anyone may attend but not speak except by prior agreement. For more details visit :

Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for Hammersmith Town Centre

In addition to the main plan above which sets out the broad strategy, an SPD will be prepared in due course for the Town Centre. This will be based upon the Masterplan which is currently being prepared in consultation with the Residents’ Working Party.

Town Hall site

The cinema has now been demolished but work has stopped. We are waiting a statement from the Council as to what is happening on the Town Hall project.

OPDC – Local Plan Update

Again, we have previously reported on the development of the Local Plan for the Old Oak and Park Royal Development area. This has to follow the same standard national procedure and consultation timetable as the H and F Local Plan. We commented on the initial plan in some detail and OPDC are due to publish their next stage Plan, which should incorporate and respond to comments made. Members of your committee will be examining and commenting on the revisions.

Transport Updates

Transport for London TfL is progressing its Better Junctions and Cycle Superhighway proposals for the Broadway and Town Centre in conjunction with the Council’s Highways Department. There have been concerns raised over various issues including bus lanes in Beadon Road and further consultations are due to take place at the end of June.

The long term ambition for the Flyunder is still part of the Local Plan but needs further and more committed engagement by TfL.

Preparation is still in progress for the major repair works scheduled for Hammersmith Bridge next year : No dates for the repairs and related closure have been announced yet : The Hammersmith Society have asked to be consulted on the colours and lighting of the bridge.

On 12th June there will be an electric car club event in Lyric Square between 11am and 2pm, and 10 – 15 June is Bike Week. On Saturday 10th June, Hammersmith Grove will be closed for a street party.

As part of the Mayor of London’s proposals to improve air quality in Hammersmith, all buses using the Bus Station will be required to be ultra low emission or electric by 2020.

TfL’s consultation document on modifying plans (and bringing forward dates) for the Ultra Low Emission Zones is still open until 25 June. Visit

Telephone Boxes

These are referred to as boxes but are actually big steel slabs with a telephone mounted on one side and an illuminated rolling advertisement display on the other. They are being promoted and installed by BT and are clearly principally a means of raising revenue while purporting to provide a public service. They are usually mounted across and therefore blocking the footway. We have complained to the Council about these and hope any future applications will be refused. Similar applications for several of these in Putney have recently been refused by Wandsworth Council.

H and F ArtsFest and London Festival of Architecture

H & F ArtsFest this year is taking place between 3 and 11 June : Events in Lyric Square and elsewhere. Visit

London Festival of Architecture for West London kicks off with an exhibition and launch at the St Paul’s Church Centre on Tuesday 20 June. The theme is Memory and there will be various events, building visits and guided walks over the following two weeks. Details will be viewable from next week at or  where you can also find information about HammersmithBID’s programme of Summer Events in Lyric Square.

Linford Christie Stadium : Possible venue for QPR?

Members of your committee had a preliminary meeting with representatives of QPR and Thames Valley Harriers on 24th April  to hear outline plans for incorporating a new stadium on this site.

QPR and Thames Valley Harriers are exploring the possibility of a partnership that would see a new football stadium and community athletics facility at the Linford Christie Stadium. The idea is still at a very early stage – no plans have yet been published – but QPR and TVH are engaging early with local schools, residents, charities and community groups to listen to their views about the area and whether it could be improved.

Join representatives from QPR and Thames Valley Harriers at 7pm on Tuesday 20th June for a tour of the Linford Christie Stadium.

Meet for a tour of the existing site, before sitting down in the community room at the Linford Christie Stadium to discuss the idea.

For further information, see links below :

You need to register to attend; there is a limit of 30 free places.

Best wishes

Tom Ryland
The Hammersmith Society
Campaigning for over 50 years



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