Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council

All of the seats in Hammersmith and Fulham were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

LAB HOLD
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 35 Total councillors 35 Change+9

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 11 Total councillors 11 Change-9
Councillors change compared with 2014

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Teenager stabbed in White City

Another teenager has been stabbed in London.

Police were called to reports of a stabbing on Willow Vale in White City at about 12:01.

The male victim was taken to hospital in a life-threatening condition, police said.

Officers are in the process of informing his next-of-kin.

No arrest have yet been made. A crime scene remains in place.

Hammersmith Bridge costs rising as repairs delayed

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Hammersmith Bridge
Reach PLC

The major Hammersmith Bridge refurbishment project will be delayed into the New Year, with the estimated cost of the works rising by £11m.

The historic bridge was set to be closed for works by late 2018, but local leaders say the complexity of finalising the major engineering plans has set it back.

The works will close the bridge, which is used by 20,000 vehicles a day for an unconfirmed period.

The delay is causing costs to mount for Transport for London (TfL), which wants the bridge owned by Hammersmith & Fulham Council (H&F) strengthened to allow double decker buses to drive over it.

Figures provided to London Assembly transport committee chairman Caroline Pidgeon say TfL had spent £546,000 by August on traffic wardens stationed at either side of the bridge to monitor weight restrictions.

City Hall officials also wrote that TfL had been told by H&F that works were likely to start in autumn 2019.

However, H&F says it did not know where that date came from, saying detailed planning was still under way, and the works yet to be put out to tender.

A spokesman said the date had not been discussed with TfL and "there is no confirmed start date yet."

TfL said they were "talking to the council about time-scales and the cost of the repairs so that these can be finalised over the coming months.”

Papers being presented to the council’s leadership on 5 November show the provisional price-tag has risen to £36m from 2014’s £25m estimate.

TfL and the London Bridges Engineering Group were to shoulder the bulk, loaning £1.5m over two years to H&F for the shortfall.

Ms Pidgeon said she had been asking for clarity on a timeline for the works and accused the council of “not being open about what’s really going on."

She warned that TfL, already facing road maintenance budget cuts and the cost of Crossrail delays, needed to get the refurbishment underway before financial pressures worsened.

The Grade II listed bridge has survived the Blitz and a bombing but has been frequently closed for repairs, as its Victorian era engineering was not designed to bear modern traffic loads.

Vacant caretakers' home offered to teachers

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Teachers will be offered homes in vacant caretakers’ houses in west London in a bid to retain and recruit staff deterred by the high cost of housing in the capital.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council is getting empty caretakers’ homes ready for teachers to rent but rooms could also be offered to other key workers.

It said a couple of houses are available because caretakers have retired.

The homes would be made available as house shares through its property guardianship scheme.

Teachers would be offered tenancies of six months or more and would share kitchens and bathrooms.

The head of children’s services Steve Miley said his department had teamed up with the council’s corporate property services to look at offering accommodation through the council’s existing contract for property guardians.

He said: “This scheme allows the council to quickly let rooms, using temporary licences for teachers. Many of our schools are reporting challenges in recruiting and retaining teachers.”

A council spokesman said: “This scheme is one of the ways we are working to support teachers and help them deal with London’s high living costs.

“As caretakers retire, homes become empty and we’re working with schools and prospective tenants to determine fair rents for the teachers who need them."

The council planned to have the accommodation ready this autumn.

Bus depot demolition plan thrown out after objections

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A scheme to knock down an old bus depot beside the railway line in Parsons Green and replace it with offices was turned down after 137 residents objected over fears of “traffic mayhem” in a “notorious cut-through”.

Developers Sandown Properties Ltd applied to demolish industrial buildings on the triangular site on Hurlingham Road, backing onto the railway line.

They planned to keep the facade of the 1880s single storey former London General Omnibus Depot and replace it with an office block.

However, 137 residents from Hurlingham Road and surrounding streets wrote to Hammersmith and Fulham council about their concerns about the height of the proposed scheme, traffic and congestion from workers and deliveries to the offices and concerns about the impact to the conservation area.

Olympia car park could be part of 'Pergola London' chain

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Pergola
BBC
The White City pergola attracted 230,000 people during 2016 and 2017.

A car park beside the historic Olympia Exhibition Centre could be transformed into a temporary restaurant.

The team behind the popular Pergola on the Roof pop-up restaurant at the former BBC car park at White City want to open an eatery at the 1930s multi-storey car park.

The Incipio Group plans to put a pergola on the building roof at Maclise Road and run a restaurant there and on the fifth floor with a capacity of 500 for three years.

It runs a pergola restaurant in Paddington, which has self-service dining, two bars and DJs at the weekend and attracted 180,000 visitors last year.

The White City pergola attracted 230,000 who soaked up the sun on the roof during 2016 and 2017.

But English Heritage is considering making the Olympia car park a listed building in its own right as it is one of London's first multi-storey car parks, built in 1936-37.

It was designed by Joseph Emberton and is in the Grade II* Olympia Exhibition Centre complex which he created.

The centre's status was only just increased to Grade II* in May.

The plan will be considered by Hammersmith and Fulham council's planning and development control committee on 10 July.

'No plans to close Charing Cross Hospital'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

There are no plans to close Charing Cross Hospital 'in the foreseeable future,' councillors and campaigners working to save it have been told. The £7.2 million funding Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust has sunk into redeveloping the hospital's accident and emergency department (A&E) showed it was investing in the hospital's future, a senior staffer said. Medical director Professor Julian Redhead was speaking at the Hammersmith and Fulham Council (H&F) health, inclusion and social care policy and accountability committee meeting last night.

H&F and Save our Hospitals Hammersmith and Fulham (SOH) have been campaigning against any reduction of services at the hospital.

Designs for new Fulham arts centre up for award

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Sands End Arts Centre
BBC LDRS

Designs for an arts centre in a park in Fulham are in the running for an architecture award.

The project for the Sands End Arts Centre has been shortlisted in the people's choice category in the New London Architecture awards.

Commissioned by Hammersmith and Fulham Council, the plans are aimed at transforming the site of the disused Clancarty Lodge in South Park, which is off Clancarty Road.

The centre, which has been partly been funded by Chelsea Football Club as part of their proposed new stadium, is set to open in spring next year.

Other contenders for the award include the Bethnal Green Memorial to people who died in a disaster at the Tube station during World War Two.

The new Bridge Theatre in Southwark, the Herne Hill Velodrome and the Walthamstow Wetlands are also in nominated.

Council to hold 'dry runs' of flooding response

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Flooded King Street
@Robiwalker

A council is to conduct dry runs of its emergency responses to burst water mains after repeatedly flooded residents and businesses with in Hammersmith and Fulham.

Families were evacuated and the water supply to two hospitals was affected due to multiple floodings in King Street and Goldhawk Road earlier this year.

An estimated 250,000 people could have lost water while repair work was carried out, according to the annual emergency planning report presented to Hammersmith and Fulham Cabinet on Monday.

A surface water flooding exercise is planned for September with key partners to test its emergency responses, the Local Democracy Reporting Service found.

The review found council staff were quickly on scene during the flood, working with emergency services and Thames Water to ensure residents and businesses were cared for.

Labour increase majority in Hammersmith and Fulham

Labour have increased their majority on the Hammersmith and Fulham Council, taking nine seats form the Conservatives.

They now have 35 seats to the Conservatives 11.