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Your Neighbourhood Grant

Now in its second year, the Your Neighbourhood Grant supports projects, events and activities that come from local residents and that have the backing of their local Councillors.

The Spring Grove Residents Association Platinum Jubilee Event held on Spencer Road Green

Awards made in Osterley and Spring Grove Ward in 2021/2022 and supported by councillors were,

  • a contribution to a install a defibrilator at St Mary’s Church Hall, Osterley Road
  • equipment, supplies and a cherry tree for the Friends of Jersey Gardens to enhance their park
  • funding to the Spring Grove Residents Association to put on a Platinum Jubilee community event at the much loved Spencer Road Green on 3 June 2022, read more about their day, here.

Applications are accepted for up to £1,000 towards each project from a pot of  £3,000  allocated for Osterley and Spring Grove Ward.  Guidance on what can be applied for can be read here.

This year, the council is asking that funding applications should come directly from Councillors, so if you have an idea for a project that you would like to be supported by the Your Neighbourhood Grant, please email or call one of us,

If not one of our Ward residents, find contact details for your own councillor on the Council website

If residents have any questions about the Your Neighbourhood Grant please contact the Council’s Thriving Communities Fund Managers Michelle Hutchinson: or Kate Wilson:

The grant is now open and applications are being accepted until Friday 7 October 2022.


TL  18.8.2022

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Gillette Building Tour

Bonnington Gillette Corner Hotel 2006 unrealised proposal

When Gillette owners, Proctor and Gamble, shifted the last of the Syon Lane production line to Łodz in 2006, the 42,000 square metre site was sold to Bonnington, the Ireland based international hotel and leisure firm.  It had ambitions for an office park and a 500 bed hotel, later reduced to 300 beds then eventually none when the system of capital tanked in the late noughties and loans from the Allied Irish Bank could not be repaid.

More modern manufacturing plant used for film production

The site, is much more extensive than the three Grade II Listed elements of the Bannister Fletcher 1936 factory and office building, WFC Holden’s 1935 bank and the four separate cheeky cherubs lamp standards fronting Syon Lane.  It extends beyond Syon Lane to include the former Pernod House on its corner with Great West Road and Harlequin Avenue making up the rear where later manufacturing buildings are now used for film production.

Extensive and uninterrupted space within the Grade II listed main building

After Bonnington, the whole site was bought after 2013 by the firm involved with the former EMI plant at Hayes, the Vinyl Factory Limited.  They now say that applications to develop, extend and enhance existing film production and associated activities on the whole site are soon to be submitted to Hounslow Council, preserving the integrity of the listed elements there.

A chance discussion with Mr Matthew Rees, Hounslow Council’s Head of Planning Development, whilst visiting the former Williams Dye Works site recently, satisfied an eight year quest and yielded contact details for the Gillette Building owners.  Arrangements for a tour for Isleworth and Brentford Area Forum (IBAF) Councillors followed, made for 5 August 2022; people from Osterley and Wyke Green Residents Association and Brentford Voice were invited too.

Main staircase to be restored subject to planning

The last time I went inside Gillette’s was in 1992 on a tour with my Acton College tutor group which also coincided with the planning application for building a Tesco store on the United Biscuits factory site.  The event was an opportunity to nose, more than anything else, interesting to see the unfinished en suites on the first floor facing Syon Lane.

West facing ground floor former manufacturing hall

Planning applications are awaited but the developer has agreed to run a series of pre planning exhibitions and meetings on site in the run up to formal submission, perhaps later this year.  As a member of the Hounslow Council Planning Committee, I shall be unable to make comment once proposals are lodged.

Main building, Listed south facing elevation towards th Bank

I do know, however, that my Ward colleagues Councillors Aftab Siddiqui and Unsa Chaudri are keen that any film production enhancement at Gillette opens up valuable work and training opportunities for the people of Osterley and Spring Grove as well as other parts of our borough.  The owners are now briefed on the quality, practical learning delivered at West Thames College associated with digital film making, make up, hair and construction and we have put them in touch with college Principal Tracey Aust.

West facing elevation with Gillette Tower Clock under repair

Further reports will follow as and when.  Look out for an item on the Gillette Tower clock restoration currently taking place, coming soon.

TL 18.8.2022


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