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Osterley Library has friends

Longer term residents will be familiar with this one.

St Mary's Crescent, Isleworth

On St Mary’s Crescent since 1966

Though, no matter how long people have had the pleasure to live in Osterley & Spring Grove Ward, Hounslow’s largest and greenest, everyone should by now be aware of the scale of unnecessary cuts in government funding in name of austerity. Just 24% of the London Borough of Hounslow’s spend is raised by Council Tax.

Locally, mooted closures of Osterley Library have been fought off three times since 1992. Its and the neighbouring Osterley Bowls Club site being mentioned as potential for development on pages 43, 44 and 48 of this council document has again raised interest.

Late last month, the Osterley & Wyke Green Residents Association circulated this flyer that encouraged some 50 residents to a meeting at Thistleworth Tennis Club to discuss the possible fates of both facilities.

Osterley Library opened by past Labour strongman Alf King 50 years ago

Osterley Library opened by past Labour strongman Alf King 50 years ago

It was explained at the meeting that whilst the site could be developed for housing, the property strategy document states Osterley Library would be relocated should this be likely to happen.

For where it is and what it offers, Osterley’s library is a valuable local resource and more people are encouraged to join and use it.  The place offers not just books but newspapers, magazines, information, computers, quiet study space, regular activities for children and adults as well as a good reason for otherwise isolated people to get out of the house and see folk.  Apart from our three parks, Osterley Library is the only council facility in the whole of Osterley & Spring Grove Ward.

Osterley Bowls Club may be another matter. Reduced and attempts to encourage new membership and other factors raised such as local parking controls within the Osterley Station CPZ give club officials cause for concern.

To assist, the possibility of revising controlled hours on St Mary’s Crescent has been discussed with the council’s traffic team. It has been agreed that residents there will be written to before the end of October asking whether they may wish the same controls as in Jersey Road (east of the Osterley Park main gate), Monday to Friday 10am to 12pm rather the current weekdays 9.30am to 5.30pm.

Osterley Bowls Club since 1936

Osterley Bowls Club since 1936

To find out more about Osterley Bowls Club please go to www.osterleybowlsclub.org

A Friends of Osterley Library group has been set up and people are asked to write to info@owgra.org.uk to join.

Useful background, legislation and current policy on libraries can be found on this HM Government site.

TL 8.10.2016

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H28 bus to the West Mid – safe for now

Transport for London says it has “deferred making a decision on the proposed changes to route H28” and “will have further discussions with the London Borough of Hounslow about these proposed changes.”

H28s on Wood Lane Isleworth

H28s on Wood Lane Isleworth

TfL reports the outcome of last year’s consultation here:  https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/e8-110-h28 .

The consultation was meant to be about improving routes to West Middlesex University Hospital following the government’s NHS cuts at Ealing Hospital last year. However, a number of folk suspect that it may have also been another austerity cuts exercise, this time with local public transport as the victim.

160406 WMUH sign

One of the TfL proposals was to reroute the E8 towards the hospital and to take the H28 out of Wood Lane, Amhurst Gardens and Twickenham Road. This would mean removing bus access to the West Mid from Spring Grove, Osterley and North Isleworth as well as other neighbourhoods in the borough .

Results of the consultation showed a very good response on the H28 from local folk and can be found on pages 5, 31-38 and 81-82 (notes from the meeting I arranged) here. They included,

  • The route needs to go to WMUH – 82 responses
  • Wood Lane needs to be served by a bus route – 68 responses
  • Generally opposed – 58 responses
  • This route is used by a number of elderly/vulnerable people who rely on it to do their weekly shop/get out and about – 56 responses
  • Will lose direct, cheap link to Tesco – 43 responses
  • H91 is not an alternative route for Wood Lane/Northumberland Estate – 29 responses
  • Northumberland Estate is not served by any other bus route and will result in a long uphill walk/walk to get other buses – 18 responses
  • Proposal will adversely affect Wood Lane residents taking children to local schools – 13 responses
  • Will increase the cost and time of my journey – 13 responses

The current route of H28 is safe, for now but this is probably because there is an election for a new Mayor for London next month and the current do nothing Mayor Johnson would not have wanted this cut in the spotlight.

H28 at Wood Lane level crossing

H28 at Wood Lane level crossing

I have spoken to Hounslow Council’s head of transport and when TfL does have these “further discussions”, I shall ensure that residents are involved and continue to do my best to represent.

TL 6.4.2016

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Some cream for Jersey Gardens

The late and great Richard M Nixon often spouted the etymological fallacy that the Mandarin word for crisis was interchangeable with the word for opportunity.

JG Sign

One of my first trips out after the council elections in May 2014 was being shown around Jersey Gardens by one of its Friends. Tales of some neglect, past failed ambitions and thieving of the ornate. Crisis? Perhaps, for some but never insurmountable.

Another alert at that time was from Councillor Theo Dennison, the council’s cabinet member for finance and other things, announcing that bids were being sought for the large pot of S106 developer planning contributions in the council’s account. Opportunity? For sure.

From my eighteen bids made on behalf Osterley & Spring Grove Ward and other parts of Isleworth in November 2014, one made it on to the May 2015 cabinet report. Theo saw the merit and £76,600 was allocated for, “Improvements, restorations and repairs to boundaries at Jersey Gardens. Sustained practical support for Friends of Jersey Gardens and other groups interested in its improvements.” Met with a little scepticism, it took a couple of emails to convince the FOJG Chairman that the cash was real before he was prepared to pow wow.

Stolen gate on St Mary's Crescent to be securely replaced

Stolen gate on St Mary’s Crescent to be securely replaced

We met on site before Christmas with Gaye from the council’s parks team, Jim and Unsa from parks contractor Carillion and John Love from Thistleworth Tennis Club, the latter to see whether there was scope to combine some joint fence works. Notes from that meeting can be found here.

Reconvening at Osterley Library in February 2016, Carillion came back with a scheme for this phase of works which was agreed by the Friends and includes:

Wood Lane to Ridgeway Road North fencing to be replaced

Wood Lane to Ridgeway Road North fencing to be replaced

  • Replacement and renovation of the most deteriorated pathways within Jersey Gardens and a cleaner and flatter ramp up to the playground area
  • Refurbishment of unused original gates currently facing Great West Road securely relocated to St Mary’s Crescent and the Ridgeway Road North access New double gates by the tennis court
  • Improved access points to the play area
  • Replacement and repair to low fencing along the Ridgeway Road North footpath and along the footpath towards Wood Lane.

These works are due to start later this month, March 2016 and other Friends and residents have also been advised via the latest newsletter which can be found here.

Jersey Gardens south eastern view with Osterley Hotel on skyline, 1932 photo courtesy of Hounslow Libraries Local Studies Section

Jersey Gardens south eastern view with Osterley Hotel on skyline, 1932 photo courtesy of Hounslow Libraries Local Studies Section

There is certainly plenty more to do to realise the long standing ambitions to restore Jersey Gardens, a unique and beautiful by product of the construction of the Great West Road in the 1920s.

Following a call for the next round of S106 bids, a request for funding of a potential second phase was made in January 2016 for,

  • Footpath illumination from Wood Lane to Ridgeway Road North
  • Improvement of paving to the playground
  • Horticulture and landscape apprentice project in conjunction with LBH Skills and Employment Team, Carillion, Hounslow Highways, National Trust, Capel Manor College and others to restore the Sunken Garden.

The outcome of this and another 16 bids (see my responses for both calls for bids here) will be shared when known later in the Spring 2016. Should there be similar success in securing funds, I shall continue to work with the Friends and others help progress further works in Jersey Gardens.

As always, happy to discuss but in the meantime, if not already a supporter, please make contact with the Friends of Jersey Gardens either by e mail to its Chairman, colinhume131@gmail.com or leave letters c/o Friends of Jersey Gardens at Osterley Library, St Mary’s Crescent, Isleworth, Middlesex, TW7 4NB.

TL 5.3.2016

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H28 Bus: Still time to tell TfL

There was a decent turnout from all parts of Osterley & Spring Grove Ward at last Wednesday’s (9.12.2015) meeting with Transport for London, kindly hosted by Thistleworth Tennis Club.

Talking local transport at Thistleworth

Talking local transport at Thistleworth

Some thirty folk came to the lunchtime event offering many good reasons why the H28 should remain pretty much intact, maintaining the link between West Middlesex Hospital and other links and locations with Osterley and North Isleworth. There was also fair comment on the absurdity of running a double decked E8 bus down Amhurst Gardens.

Notes from the meeting can be found here and a highlighted comments were: Continue reading

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H28 Bus Route Changes: Meeting on Wednesday 9 December at 11.30 am

Transport for London is consulting on proposals to stop running the H28 in parts of Osterley and Isleworth.  It would mean no direct bus from these neighbourhoods to West Middlesex Hospital and other parts of the town.

Proposed new route for the H28 which will see the removal of a service to West Middlesex Hospital operating since 1995

Proposed new route for the H28 which will see the removal (in red) of a service to West Middlesex Hospital operating since 1995 (this map incorrectly shows current route E8)

TfL are running their consultation until 18 December 2015 and have delivered this consultation document to households in the area, they are also running an online survey which can be accessed here.

Blakey-from-On-The-Buses-598214

To offer residents an opportunity to find out more and complete their responses to this consultation, I have arranged a meeting from 11.30 am to 1.00 pm on Wednesday 9 December 2015, at space kindly provided by Thistleworth Tennis Club, 129A Ridgeway Road North, Isleworth, Middlesex, TW7 5LX.

Currently, the H28 stops very nearby.

TfL staff will be there to answer questions and carry paper copies of the survey for residents to complete.

Tea and coffee will be available too, courtesy of Thistleworth.

All are welcome.

 

TL  30.11.2015

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