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

Most Recent

  1. Hammersmith Bridge ferry service to be launched

    Hammersmith Bridge

    A ferry service will be set up to replace Hammersmith Bridge, the government has announced.

    The 133-year-old bridge was closed indefinitely to motorists in April 2019 after "critical faults" in the cast iron casing were found.

    The closure comes after temperatures surpassed 34C in central London for several days last summer - the first time that has happened since at least 1961.

    Transport Minister Baroness Vere said: “While we continue to consider all potential short-term solutions, such as a temporary bridge, we want to find the fastest way forward.

    "I am delighted to say we are now urgently working to get a ferry service up and running for Londoners on both sides of the river."

    The suggestion was made on Thursday following the third meeting of the Hammersmith Bridge Taskforce which was established last month by the Department for Transport.

    Cracks in bridge
  2. Shepherd’s Bush Market sold

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    The Old Laundry Yard

    Shepherd’s Bush Market traders are feeling “hopeful” after the west London destination was bought by a new owner.

    For an unknown price, a 75.5 per cent stake in the market land has been bought by a joint venture between developer, Yoo Capital, and an investor, Astarte Capital Partners.

    One of their first actions has been to waive traders’ outstanding rent payments from March to October.

    The remaining 24.5 per cent remains with U+I Group, who had been unwilling to commit to cancelling traders’ rents, despite months of lockdown and lower footfall.

    James Horada, chair of the Shepherd’s Bush Market Tenants Association, said the news that rents were no longer due was “very helpful”.

    “We’re hopeful about Yoo Capital,” said Mr Horada, who works at his grandfather’s textiles shop.

    “So far the people we have met seem to be understanding of the situation.

    “The traders have had a hard time with how things have gone. A lot of them have had their reservations.

    “This has been a good note to start on. We’re hopeful Yoo Capital are going to be sympathetic and a professional company who understand the importance of the market traders.”

    The 106-year-old market has more than 100 traders among its pitches and railway arches beneath the Hammersmith and City Line.

    Yoo Capital and Hammersmith and Fulham Council have also signalled that new homes could be built on an adjoining parcel of land between the market and Goldhawk Road, called the Old Laundry Yard.

  3. Kensington and Chelsea records highest coronavirus infection rate in London

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    Kensington and Chelsea recorded the highest coronavirus infection rate of any London borough last week, figures show.

    The rate was 24.3 per 100,000 cases and 38 new cases confirmed. Hammersmith and Fulham recorded the second-highest infection rate with 37 news cases of COVID-19 recorded in the west London borough. Its official infection rate per 100,000 people was 20.

    The two boroughs also have the smallest populations of any London boroughs, with Hammersmith and Fulhan having a population of 185,000 and Kensington and Chelsea has 156,000.

    The eight London boroughs with the following highest rates were:

    • Harrow – 19.1 per 100,000
    • Wandsworth – 18.8 Hackney
    • City of London – 16.8
    • Lambeth – 16.3
    • Barnet – 15.7
    • Waltham Forest – 15.5
    • Richmond Upon Thames – 15.2
    • Tower Hamlets – 14.8

    While infection rates are rising, nowhere in the capital is at risk of being placed on the government’s “watch list”. This is when a part of the country or a city reaches a rate of 40 cases per 100,000. However, 20 cases per 100,000 is the threshold the government uses when considering whether to put restrictions on travelling home from certain countries.

    There are currently 39 areas in England that were on the “watch list” last week, either because they had just reached the 40 cases threshold or had done so in a previous week.

  4. Hammersmith Bridge: MP calls on government to act

    An MP has written to the government asking for action over the continued closure of Hammersmith Bridge.

    The crossing has been closed to motorists since last year, but had remained open to pedestrians and cyclists until earlier this month after "critical faults" in its cast iron casing worsened.

    Hammersmith Bridge
    Cracks in the bridge

    In a letter addressed to transport secretary Grant Shapps, and shared on social media, Sarah Olney MP called for a temporary solution to be found.

    The Liberal Democrat MP for Richmond Park said her constituents had endured "two weeks of stress, disruption and lengthy diverted journeys" since the 133-year-old bridge was closed to pedestrians on 13 August.

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    Meanwhile, Ms Olney said she hoped that an update on plans for "bus enhancements" would be announced by Friday.

  5. Pupils could be ferried across Thames while bridge is repaired

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    Children on the school run could be ferried across the Thames in a boat after Hammersmith Bridge was closed to pedestrians and cyclists.

    The grade II*-listed crossing was shut last week after cracks in its iron pedestals expanded in the hot weather.

    Microfractures were first found during a structural survey in April 2019, which led to a sudden ban on motor vehicles.

    With schools due to restart in September, both Labour and Conservative councillors in Hammersmith and Fulham (H&F) have floated the idea of using boats to help pupils complete the school run.

    The Tories say families with children “on the wrong side of the river” are in “absolute panic”.

    The council’s ruling Labour group said yesterday that it is “seeking to put a temporary ferry in place with local partners, possibly just for school children”.

    Council leader Stephen Cowan was said to have met with the Port Authority and others to discuss the idea.

    “We’re doing our best to make sure we have something in place and minimise disruption to children during the school term,” the Labour source said.

    Transport for London has said it will provide 200 additional buses to support pupils affected by the bridge closure.

    But a TfL spokesperson cast doubt on whether a ferry could be viable.

    They said: “We have assessed the options for providing a crossing for people walking and cycling, and previously concluded that a ferry would not be appropriate.

    "This is because it would require new piers at a location where at low tide the river is very shallow and therefore they would need to extend a significant distance into the river.”

  6. Care homes shut to new residents over virus test concerns

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    Care homes in Hammersmith and Fulham are closing temporarily to new residents over concerns about the shortage of tests for asymptomatic people who could have coronavirus.

    Hammersmith and Fulham council took the precautionary step after the government said it could not deliver the tests.

    Ben Coleman, the cabinet member for health and adult social care said the four care homes in the borough were closing to new residents “as a precaution while NHS North West London works on a local solution for testing asymptomatic staff.”

    More people in England died from coronaviruss in care homes than elsewhere, according to government statistics.

    Office of National Statistics data showed 14,589 care home residents died from coronavirus between March and 24 July.

    And a quarter of them lived in homes in London.

    The virus was the cause of death for 33 per cent of men and 26 per cent of women living in care homes across the country.

    Coronavirus can show up in a range of symptoms, including a high temperature, a continuous cough, loss of smell and taste.

    But some people do not have any of these symptom and 40 per cent of cases could be asymptomatic according to a study of cases in an Italian town by researchers from Imperial College London and Padua University.

  7. Council announces £16m shortfall amid pandemic

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    Hammersmith and Fulham Council will need to save a further £16m because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

    At a meeting on 23 July, councillors were told in detail about the unprecedented costs the council has taken on, due to everything from lost parking fees to buying supplies of PPE.

    The council is in line to receive about £22m of government support, however its finance policy and accountability committee heard a shortfall of about £16.4m would need to be met by the authority.

    The council’s new head of finance, Emily Hill, told the meeting that thousands of businesses in the borough “simply were unable to pay because they didn’t have any money coming in”.

    The committee report said there could be “early implementation of potential 2021/22 savings”, and that these will be brought to a council Cabinet meeting in the autumn.

  8. Borough's note 'small increase' of Covid-19 cases

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    Three West London boroughs have seen only small increases in the number of recorded coronavirus cases since the start of July, despite the easing of lockdown.

    The boroughs of Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, and Hammersmith and Fulham, have seen increases of 3.3%, 2.3% and 1.6% respectively since July.

    As of Thursday, Westminster had a running total of 895 confirmed cases. Kensington and Chelsea, with a much smaller population, had 572 cases and Hammersmith and Fulham had 767.

    It suggests Londoners have succeeded in containing the spread of the virus by taking precautions such as wearing masks, social distancing and working from home in order to keep transmission levels low.

    However, health experts warn that the true number of cases in the community could be higher due to the limitations of Covid-19 testing.

    Graph showing coronavirus cases in Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster
  9. Town hall to become boutique hotel

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    Fulham Town Hall

    Plans to turn Fulham Town Hall into a 90-room “boutique” hotel and events venue have been given the green light by councillors.

    Exterior and interior features of the “ornate” grade II*-listed landmark, opposite Fulham Broadway Station, will largely be preserved.

    But blueprints show that the first-floor committee rooms and concert hall will become a co-working office space, and a public restaurant will face Fulham Road on the ground floor.

    Its old debating chamber will continue to be used for events such as weddings.

    The Town Hall, built in 1890 with Georgian architecture, was last used for council administrative purposes in 1965, when Hammersmith and Fulham councils merged into one.

    It continued to be used as a registry office until it was sold by the council in 2014 for £10 million, when it was said to be “dilapidated and water damaged”.

    The developer, Ziser London, has also signed a 20-year lease for hotelier Lamington to run it.

  10. Hammersmith Bridge plans 'parked' during pandemic

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    Hammersmith Bridge

    Transport for London (TfL) and the government have “parked” funding negotiations for Hammersmith Bridge repairs amid the coronavirus pandemic, London’s deputy mayor for transport has said.

    The west London river crossing has been closed to traffic since April last year, when cracks were found in the pedestals.

    Repairs are expected to cost around £120 million and TfL has been negotiating funding from the Department for Transport.

    But Deputy Mayor Heidi Alexander said on Monday that talks have been paused amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

    While “everyone would like to get the bridge open to motorised traffic" the project will come with "a very hefty price tag”, Ms Alexander told the London Assembly transport committee.

    Some 22,000 vehicles and 1,800 buses used the bridge each day prior to closure – and have now been diverted for more than a year.

    London Assembly member Tony Devenish, who represents Hammersmith and Fulham, said a closed bridge is “a real hindrance to west London” during the pandemic.

    Restoring the crossing will be particularly important for elderly and disabled residents, he said.

    But Ms Alexander said Hammersmith Bridge is the type of “shovel ready” project the government could fund immediately.

    Hammersmith Bridge is owned by Hammersmith and Fulham council, but TfL has spent £25 million to fast-track designs for repair work.

    Ms Alexander added that there currently "is not an easy way to find £120 million in TfL’s capital programme in order to do this work" but "if government will assist us in funding this then we can make it happen.”

  11. Temporary mortuary set up in Fulham goes unused

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    A temporary mortuary in west London created to help cope with deaths from coronavirus has remained unused so far.

    The tented structure has capacity for 150 bodies and was erected beside West London Coroners Court in Bagley’s Lane in Fulham.

    It was set up in April at the height of the pandemic. Hammersmith and Fulham Council is responsible for caring for the coroners’ court.

    A spokesman said it has not had to be used to help cope with the high number of deaths during the coronavirus crisis.

    A similar tented building was erected at Westminster coroners court in Horseferry Road in central London in March for people who died from the virus in the boroughs of Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea.

    Earlier in May, Wandsworth councillors heard that a temporary mortuary for up to 900 bodies at Putney Vale Crematorium had so far “been unused” during the coronavirus pandemic.

  12. Pavements being widened to help social distancing

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    Pavements in one London borough are being widened to allow shoppers to maintain social distancing.

    proposed pavement widening

    Hammersmith and Fulham Council said work started yesterday in King Street and Uxbridge Road to install temporary barriers and weighted cones to reduce the width of the roads.

    The temporary changes will be complete by today and will take roads down from two-lane to one-lane, or 3.5 metres-wide, for vehicles.

    Sections of the cycle lanes on both sides of Uxbridge Road will close to make space for the wider pavements.

    White pavement markings with two metres spaces will also be painted to help people social distance while queueing for shops.

    The council’s cabinet member for the environment, Wesley Harcourt, said: “People have told us they want to be able to queue safely when doing essential shopping.

    "These temporary measures will do just that and put their health first.”