31 October 2009

Heavyweight chairs the leaders

BBC heavyweight John Humphrys will chair H&F council's ‘Quiz the Leaders’ meeting on Tuesday 10 November when residents will get the chance to grill council, health, police and fire leaders.

John Humphrys, who is a local resident, will lead what is bound to be a lively debate about some of the big issues affecting the borough such as the council's plans to redevelop local estates and their cuts in services.

He will chair a panel which includes Tory H&F council leader Councillor Stephen Greenhalgh, NHS Hammersmith & Fulham chairman Jeff Zitron, Detective Superintendent Steve Cassidy and Borough Fire Commander Steve Lumb.

The event will run from 7-8.30pm on 10 November at Hammersmith Town Hall.

11 October 2009

Bleak house

Hot foot from the Conservative party conference in Manchester is this video about Tory H&F council's plans to redevelop housing estates in the borough.

While local residents speak calmly about the threat to their homes, watch Tory leader Cllr Greenhalgh lose his rag: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/davehillblog/video/2009/oct/09/housing-london-tory-social

08 October 2009

Doomsday moves closer for estates

Tory H&F council this week announced plans to work with other landowners in Earls Court to redevelop the homes of 1,650 residents on West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates.

Residents on these and other estates fear that they will be moved out of the area completely and are campaigning against the council's plans.

The council has signed a 'collaboration agreement' to work with the operators of Earls Court, Capital & Counties.

Tory leader Cllr Stephen Greenhalgh said: "Signing the agreement does not mean we have agreed any future plan or proposal for the area - far from it. Nothing has been decided."

Oh really?

07 October 2009

Opportunity knock - the real cost of council tax cuts

While H&F Tory councillors are on 'champagne watch' in Manchester, The Guardian has been exposing the impact of their cuts in care and support for disabled and older people in the borough: