PLEASE NOTE the first lecture is taking place on Wednesday 25th January ...
AN EMAIL FROM
FINDLAY BREWER ABOUT THEIR WINTER LECTURES PROGRAMME 2017
Wednesday 25th January “From Messina to Hammershoi; Some Hidden Gems of the National Gallery”
Wednesday 22nd February
“Brexit from the perspective of the rest of Europe” Misha Glenny
Thursday 30th March “What has happened to the unaccompanied child refugees in Europe?” Lord Alf Dubs
Wednesday 26th April “Did the baby boomers let their children down?”Lord David Willetts
All lectures will take place in THE UPPER ROOM St Saviour’s Church, Cobbold Road, W12 9LN, from 20hr00 - 21hr00. Refreshments will be available from 19hr40
Be introduced to some of these by Matthew Morgan of the National Gallery, one of our trustees and anchor lecturer, as he takes you on a tour of some hidden gems.
The National Gallery is home to some of the most instantly recognisable pictures in the world. However, amongst its 2,300 paintings are works that have the power to astonish and amaze which are not so widely known.
Misha Glenny is a former Central European correspondent for the Guardian and the BBC. His books include: McMafia: Seriously Organised Crime; Dark Market: How Hackers Became the New Mafia; The Rebirth of History: Eastern Europe in the Age of Democracy; The Fall of Yugoslavia: The Third Balkan War and The Balkans 1804-2012: Nationalism, War and the Great Powers. Misha is a distinguished author and Europe expert, well qualified to help us think of Brexit from the perspective of our European neighbours.
Lord Dubs arrived in the UK in 1939 as a six-year-old refugee fleeing the persecution of Jews in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. He was a Battersea MP from 1979-87 and Director of the Refugee Council 1988-95. He became a peer in 1994, served in the Northern Ireland Office from 1997-99 and was chair of the Labour peers from 2000-05. In 2016 he proposed an amendment to the Immigration Bill which said the government should “make arrangements” to relocate and support 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children from other countries in Europe. MPs rejected the amendment.
The Rt. Hon. Lord David Willetts is the Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation. He served as MP for Havant (1992-2015), as Minister for Universities and Science (2010-2014) and previously worked at HM Treasury and the Number 10 Policy Unit. His current roles include, Chair of the British Science Association and member of the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Lord Willetts has written widely on economic and social policy. His high-profile book “The Pinch – how the baby boomers took their children’s future – and why they should give it back” provides the background to this intriguing lecture.
All our eminent speakers are local people supporting our local charity, and giving their time for free. Please come, enjoy their expertise and support The Upper Room.
Traditionally the lectures have been on the last Wednesday of the month, but Lord Dubs was not available on 29th March so his lecture is on Thursday 30th March.
Space is limited, so in order to guarantee yourself a seat for any of the lectures please telephone Arlene on 0208 740 5688 or email on: email@example.com
St. Saviour Wendell Park Church Cobbold Road | London W12 9LN
We would also like to bring to your attention some "Apps" which may be useful for you.
1 - NEXTDOOR
There is an 'App' called “NEXTDOOR” which is for 'neighbours' in your area as defined in your settings.
“NEXTDOOR is the private social network for you, your neighbours and your community. It's the easiest way for you and your neighbours to talk online and make all of your lives better in the real world. And it's free.
NEXTDOOR’s mission is to provide a trusted platform where neighbours work together to build stronger, safer, happier communities, all over the world”.
People are using NEXTDOOR, for example, to:
Borrow a ladder, organise a Neighbourhood Watch Group, track down a trustworthy babysitter, find out who does the best paint job in town or ask for help keeping an eye out for a lost dog.
Specifically in the Askew Ward recently there have been notices of items being offered for sale (hamster cage, etc.), the Christmas comes to Starch Greennotice, Yoga classes, piano teaching, flats for rent, etc.
2 - “LOVE CLEAN STREETS” [also "H&F REPORT IT”] This App enables you to report items of concern to the Council and is easy to use and effective …. Once set up click on "Begin", Click on the map to show where is the problem, take a photo of the problem and give a description, add hashtag and category and then "Send".
CATHNOR PARK – UPDATE We would like to update you on the Park and also to get your opinion on Cathnor Park
GENERAL CLEANING: The Council contractor, Idverde, has moved into a ‘winter park cleansing frequency’, which is twice a week (generally Monday and Friday) with special attention being paid to the benches within the play area.
GATES WITHIN THE PARK: The self-closer/spring mechanisms on all the gates need to be repaired and a post put for the double gate (to secure the ‘Bowl’ or No Dog Zone). A contractor is currently procuring the materials to affect the replacement of the playground gate closers imminently.
LEFFERN ROAD ENTRANCE TO PARK: The previous entrance gate was removed as part of the Melina Road project as the vehicular entrance there was blocked. Presently the LBHF Parks Manager states that ‘the bollard in place of the gate does assist in general access to the play area and park for parents with pushchairs and increases overall accessibility for people with disabilities’ however, LBHF still have the gate in storage so if replacing it is deemed appropriate it can be done promptly.
We would like to hear your opinion on whether the gate at the Leffern Road entrance (Leffern Road is off the top of Greenside Road) should be replaced. If you have an opinion and wish to send a reply to firstname.lastname@example.org and answer the following:
Should the Leffern Rd entrance gate be replaced ? YES or NO
What reason would you give for your answer above?
What is your main reason for visiting the Park?
Visiting the childrens’ playground ?
Transit between Greenside and Melina Road ?
Dog walking ?
Other (please give details)
Do you have any other views on to make about Cathnor Park area?
The following email has been received from Mr Andy Slaughter, MP for Hammersmith giving information and his views on the proposed constituency boundary changes.
If you wish to make any
comments then they
MUST BE RECEIVED
by the Boundary Commission
MONDAY, 5th December 2016
You can submit your views onlineor by post - for details see below in Andy Slaughter's email:
As you may be aware, the Boundary Commission is currently drawing up plans to change the boundaries of parliamentary constituencies and I thought you may be interested in commenting on these plans as a representative of the Cathnor Park Area Action Group.
Under current proposals, College Park & Old Oak, Shepherds Bush and Hammersmith will be going their separate ways at the next General Election with the borough of Hammersmith & Fulham being split amongst three parliamentary seats. Full details about what has been proposed can be found here.
I do not think the current proposals make sense so I will be submitting an alternative proposal to the Boundary Commission which will keep Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush together and offers a better solution for Fulham and Chelsea too. Full details of my proposal are attached (see below), with a map of my proposal for the three central London boroughs here.
The Boundary Commission is keen to hear the views of community representatives regarding these plans and a public consultation is underway until 5 December. If you would like to comment on these proposals, or support my alternative plan, can submit your views online here or post them to: Boundary Commission for England, First Floor, 35 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BQ. PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT COMMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5 DECEMBER.
Please do copy me into your response, and let me know if you have any questions or comments.
Boundary Commission for England (BCE), initial proposals for new Parliamentary constituency boundaries in London. Response from Andy Slaughter, MP for Hammersmith 1.Introduction I am the Member of Parliament for the Hammersmith constituency, a position held since the General Election of 6 May 2010. Between 2005 and 2010 I was MP for the former constituency of Ealing Acton & Shepherds Bush. Between 1986 and 2006 I was a councillor in LB Hammersmith & Fulham, representing Gibbs Green, later North End, wards in West Kensington. From 1991-1996 I was Deputy Leader and from 1996-2005 Leader of the Council. I am resident in Askew ward in Shepherds Bush. I have lived in Hammersmith & Fulham all my life and have been an elected representative in the area for over 30 years. I gave oral evidence to the Assistant Commissioner at the hearing held at Central Hall in Westminster on 18 October 2016. 2.Reason for responding The BCE’s initial proposal for the Hammersmith area is to divide the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham (LBHF) between three Parliamentary seats. Whilst I understand the constraints of the current review and do not object in principle to constituencies which cross borough boundaries, I believe the current plans could be much improved for local residents whilst better respecting local government boundaries, adhering to current Parliamentary constituencies and protecting local ties, all of which would be disrupted by these proposed changes. 3.Objections to current proposals
My concern is that the current proposals are not as respectful to the current Parliamentary constituencies or local authority areas as they could be in central London (by which I mean the Cities of London and Westminster and the boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea).
I understand that the BCE has decided not to adhere to borough or sub-regional borders, other than respecting the River Thames as a natural boundary, but I think the BCE’s aims could be better achieved by adopting such boundaries where possible.
Under the initial proposals, LBHF wards currently in the Hammersmith seat will be moved into seats where the majority of wards are in the boroughs of Brent (College Park & Old Oak) or Ealing (Askew, Shepherds Bush Green and Wormholt & White City). This means that around 40% of residents in the current Hammersmith seat will find themselves in different Parliamentary constituencies where the majority of the other wards are in a different local authority.
The proposal also extends the current boundaries of the Cities of London and Westminster seat into two wards in Camden which are not part of the current constituency – just as they are not part of Westminster or the City of London.
The proposed Queen’s Park and Regent’s Park seat takes in two wards from Brent when the majority of wards are located in the borough of Westminster. Again, this is very different from the makeup of the current Westminster North seat.
The initial proposals create an ‘orphan ward’ in College Park & Old Oak (CPOO).
CPOO is to be placed in a new Willesden constituency otherwise exclusively comprised of wards in the London Borough of Brent. Yet, CPOO is, in terms of geography, economy, history and community ties, completely integrated into the LBHF.
The division of LBHF at the Goldhawk Road is not a natural boundary within the borough. Communities on both sides of the road are increasingly similar and integrated
Whilst I understand and appreciate that only a few of the 73 existing constituencies in London can remain unchanged, and that many of the new constituencies will cross borough boundaries,
I believe that there is a better approach that respects current constituency boundaries and the close relationship that exists between the local authorities in central London.
LBHF itself cannot justify a whole number of constituencies and the boundary must be crossed, but the logical place for this to happen is in between south Fulham and Chelsea, which are similar communities already joined in the same seat.
My proposal would keep central London together and proposes that there should be four seats wholly contained within the Cities of London and Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea (see attached map).
This is adopted by the Labour Party in its response, which makes proposals for the whole of London. I support their submission but limit my comments to the central London sub-region, and to the Hammersmith area in particular.
Under my proposal, the Cities of London & Westminster BC is enlarged to include the Lancaster Gate ward and also the Brompton & Hans Town and Royal Hospital wards of Kensington & Chelsea (which is an area of Chelsea that many people consider to be part of the city centre).
The Westminster North BC would include the five northern wards in Kensington & Chelsea – which are characteristically similar to neighbouring wards in Westminster and broadly recreates the former Regent’s Park & Kensington North seat.
The Hammersmith BC is extended to include Fulham Broadway ward.
Chelsea & Fulham BC would include the whole of the Radcliffe and Stanley wards as well as eight others currently in the Kensington constituency.
This proposal makes more sense than the initial proposals for a number of reasons.
Firstly, it respects the strong administrative and political links established between Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster. These were brought together five years ago as the ‘Tri-borough’, and have adopted ‘shared services’ across two or all three boroughs in areas such as children’s services, adult social care and library services, environmental and leisure services.
Unlike the current proposals, the four seats proposed for central London do not extend into the neighbouring boroughs of Brent, Ealing and Camden but instead are contained within the central London boroughs.
This proposal requires far less disruption to the current Parliamentary constituencies than the BCE’s initial proposals.
Under my proposal, Hammersmith BC and the Cities of London & Westminster seat retain all their current wards.
The revised Westminster North BC retains over 90% of its current electorate and Chelsea & Fulham over 75% of its electorate.
It maintains the links between Chelsea and Fulham that the Boundary Commission only introduced at the last review.
5.Fulham Broadway ward
The addition of Fulham Broadway ward to the current Hammersmith constituency is a natural fit and there are close community ties between Fulham Broadway and the north Fulham wards of North End and Fulham Reach.
The large local authority housing estates of Maystar and West Kensington in North End ward have community links to the Clement Attlee estate in Fulham Broadway.
North End Road, the main shopping street in this part of Fulham, runs from Avonmore & Brook Green ward, through North End ward and into Fulham Broadway ward.
The central hub for North End and Fulham Broadway wards are the shops and the North End Road Market located in Fulham Broadway ward
The West Kensington/Earl’s Court Opportunity Area, a 20 year redevelopment scheme for the area covers parts of both wards. This is not the first time they have been linked for regeneration purposes. In the late 1990s a ten-year £45 million investment programme, New Deal for Communities, was based on the two wards.
6.College Park & Old Oak ward
My proposal avoids the creation of an ‘orphan ward’ in CPOO, and takes into account the geography, economy, history and community ties this ward has with the rest of Shepherds Bush.
A large part of the ward is separated physically from the rest of its proposed new constituency by Wormwood Scrubs Common, major railway lines and depots and an industrial estate. Much of the housing in this ward is owned by LBHF.
Part of the ward is south of the Westway and included in the White City Opportunity Area with integral links to the rest of Shepherds Bush. White City Station and the BBC Media Village are in part of the ward, but the population, business and retail sectors which they serve, including Westfield, are in adjacent Hammersmith wards.
In 2011, the Boundary Commission proposed a similar move for CPOO to a new Brent constituency. I received 279 responses from the residents of CPOO (10% of all households) objecting to these plans and these responses were passed to the Commission during the last consultation. Local opinion has not changed since then – indeed there has been local opposition in College Park to joining the LB of Brent for the past 30 years – but I will be encouraging CPOO residents to have their say in this consultation.
Looking to the next 10 years, CPOO will be the site of the main HS2 interchange, bringing Crossrail, GWR, Heathrow Express, London Overground and Underground together at a single point. LBHF will play a major role in the development of this site and it would be peculiar if the MP representing this massive project otherwise exclusively covered a different borough.
Conclusion As someone who has lived in Hammersmith & Fulham all my life and who has been an elected representative in this area for over 30 years, I know the communities very well. It is my considered opinion that the proposals put forward by BCE could be much improved and I hope that you will consider adopting the counter proposal put forward here, which I think better reflects the communities in central London whilst also respecting current Parliamentary and local authority boundaries. Andy Slaughter MP Labour MP for Hammersmith