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
|Party||Elected in 2018||Total councillors||Change|
|Elected in 2018 35||Total councillors 35||Change+9|
|Elected in 2018 11||Total councillors 11||Change-9|
|Councillors change compared with 2014|
The first result from the London Assembly election is in, with the Conservative candidate Tony Devenish holding the West Central seat by 2,225 votes from Labour - much reduced from a 14,000 majority in 2016.
The West Central seat includes two Tory run councils - Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea, as well as the Labour Hammersmith and Fulham - and has been held by the Tories since the creation of the Assembly in 2000.
The result may be a blow to the hopes of Conservative candidate Shaun Bailey. The last time a Conservative won the London mayoralty, Boris Johnson in 2012, West Central was won by more than 29,000 votes.
Environmental campaigners have moved into a site near Wormwood Scrubs in protest over HS2 construction work at part of a nature reserve.
The company said it had to move a sewer and will reinstate the habitats.
Environmental protester Bradley said: "I'll stay here until HS2 gets stopped, until the government does something about the climate and ecological emergency we're in."
A spokesperson for HS2 said it was working with Hammersmith and Fulham Council on a "masterplan that will improve the Scrubs, enhancing the biodiversity" of the area.
In February anti-HS2 protesters lost a legal bid to remain in a network of tunnels they had dug near London's Euston station.
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Hammersmith and Fulham Council has postponed the opening of its two rapid test centres until next week.
The two test centres will be located at the Sands End Arts and Community Centre in Peterborough Road, and an office building at 145 King Street.
They will offer residents who are not displaying symptoms the new lateral flow tests, which can provide results within 30 minutes.
Residents who are showing symptoms should not try to visit these sites, and should instead order a standard PCR swab test to be delivered to their home, via the NHS website.
The two centres had been due to open on 21 December. They will now open on 30 December and residents are advised to book an appointment via the council’s website.
A third site in Shepherds Bush was also due to offer the lateral flow tests.
Instead, the council has said a “mobile testing centre” will be set up, where residents can receive the PCR test.
The council says postponement was due to operational changes needing to be made, following the announcement that London would be placed in Tier 4.
However, it did not comment on what these changes were or if the problems behind them.
Dave has been selling the Big Issue in west London for more than nine years. But he's had to stop because of the second national lockdown and is now struggling to get by.
Twenty one areas in London are to get mass testing for coronavirus.
The kits, which can deliver results within 15 minutes, are being rolled out to select areas across the country.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the tests would help to detect asymptomatic cases.
The areas in London getting the kits are:
Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, Brent, Camden, City of London, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Wandsworth.
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Volunteers have collected hundreds of sleeping bags and packs of toiletries to support homeless people this winter.
Layla Roche and her friend Nina McNeill put out an appeal in Hammersmith and Fulham which resulted in people donating sleeping bags, hats and gloves.
The volunteers will also give out toiletry kits and PPE, including face coverings, gloves and hand sanitisers, as well as packs of food and pet food.
In previous years they have also given out 30 to 40 survival kits around Victoria Station and more at Earl’s Court.
Ms Roche, who has been unable to do her job selling her crafts at Portobello Market because of an underlying health condition and the pandemic, said: “We started doing this about five years ago when we came across people walking around.
“It’s literally just the public wanting to help.”
She said the pandemic meant it’s harder for people to find somewhere like a day centre to shelter inside.
“I find it cold and freezing but I can come home and get a hot meal. It’s so much worse on the streets.”
Since the pandemic began, the local council found emergency accommodation for 332 homeless people, including 63 with no recourse to public funds. It was given £473,819 as part of the Government’s Next Steps support for the homeless.
Local Democracy Reporting Service
A west London borough is planning to follow in the footsteps of Liverpool to do mass coronavirus testing.
Hammersmith and Fulham Council is hoping to start offering more tests with a fast turnaround “very soon.”
On Wednesday the council’s head of public health, Dr Nicola Lang, told the health, inclusion, social care and accountability committee it was discussing the tests with the government.
“We are in discussions with the Department of Health on mass testing,” she said.
She said they hoped to do lateral flow tests which “look for a bit of protein on the surface of the virus”.
The tests got underway in Liverpool this week and Dr Lang said: “We are planning to start this very soon in Hammersmith and Fulham.”
The test is “a bit like a pregnancy test and the results can be turned around in 20 to 30 minutes, she explained.
However the sensitivity of the tests means the pickup rate of the infection “is a bit lower”, she said.
The borough’s latest rate of positive test results is 211 per 100,000 people in the last seven days to Wednesday.