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March 2009

Regenerate the Borough? Yes We Cannes!
Council representatives attend international property conference in the South of France

"One of the Worst Routes in London" Under Review
Have your say on the notorious 266 bus

Shepherd's Bush Woman Killed by Ferrari
Victim pinned against cemetery railings in North Acton

No Service Charge Drop for W12 Stores
Westfield retailers to miss out on fee decrease

Joined-Up Roadworks
Efforts underway to stop streets being repeatedly dug up

A Lick of Paint for Market Signs
New signage being put up at Shepherd's Bush Market

The Streets of Shepherd's Bush Go On-Line
Street View is latest feature launched by Google Earth

Onwards and Upwards
Local footballer tipped for Premier League

An Underground War
"Stovepipe" at the West 12 Shopping Centre

Home Made Talent At Leiths
We speak to school's former student, now managing director, Camilla Schneideman

Alfresco Dining at Del'Aziz
We enjoy some fusion food on the first sunny day of the year

Notorious Police Killed Could Be Freed
Man who murdered police officers has spent 42 years behind bars

Council Tax Cut Goes Ahead
Three percent reduction agreed at budget meeting

Circle Line Comes to Shepherd's Bush
Trains will double in frequency from December 2009, say London Underground

Crime Falls in Hammersmith and Fulham
New figures released as 300 residents attend Crime Summit

Billion Pound Loss for Westfield
Plus news of local store closures and buy-outs

Fly-Tippers Cost Us Over £1m
H&F sees huge rise in incidents of illegal dumping

School for Scandal
Only 62 percent of children get first choice of secondary school in H&F

Radioactive Paedophile Suspect at Large
Local college owner could endanger others

Will H&F News Listen to Residents?
Campaigners against Goldhawk Estate development petition Council

The Buyers Are Back
Local estate agents say the year has started well

Teenager Stabbed in Uxbridge Road
Police appeal for witnesses

Hannah Montana Rocks Fans at Westfield
To mark beginning of new series of smash-hit show on Disney Channel

The Choice Between Heating and Eating
Campaign group lobbies to end fuel poverty

February 2009

"This Type of Crime is Rare"
Police reassure residents after fatal shooting on Christmas Eve

Lights Out!
Westfield illuminated sign to come down after outcry from residents

Tube Workers Threaten Strike Action
Over the loss of what they believe to be more than 3,500 jobs

Desperately Seeking Dennis
Gulf War serviceman searches for relatives of WW2 dead

Robbery on Old Oak Common Lane
Man has wallet stolen after being punched in face

Garden Waste Service is Scrapped
Survey shows many residents wanted to keep service and improve it

Joined-Up Train Travel
More trains and more destinations for W12 rail passengers

February is 'Scams Awareness Month'
Residents are asked to help in scams investigation

Bus Services Return to Normal
Brand new bus station re-opens after early morning crash

Love, Death...and Secrets
Neil LaBute's "Wrecks" at the Bush Theatre

From Balzac to Bamboo

We try out the newest eatery in Wood Lane

Blame Game Over Snowy Transport Chaos

Council denies it did not do enough to keep the roads clear

Not Quite Prepared For More Snow

Council warn they are running out of salt to grit roads

Local MP Resigns Over Third Runway

Andrew Slaughter steps down from Government position

Poles Given Government Money to Go Home

Homeless eastern Europeans helped by local charity

Two Westfield Stores in Jeopardy

Shoe shop goes into administration, Adams in limbo

Bargain Booze Banned

New curbs on off-licences after local schools complain

Meals on Wheels to Cost More

Services for the elderly up 15% as Council cuts take effect

Yummy Mummy in Trouble

Westfield maternity store in administration

January 2009

Council Publications Are "A Threat to Democracy"

MPs urge councils to support local media, not compete with it

Top Floor Trouble

Westfield leisure centre in doubt as economy weakens

Parking Consultation Underway

Residents in several parking zones are asked to comment

Coffee Giant Under Attack

Windows smashed at local Starbucks branches

Heathrow Third Runway Gets Go-Ahead

Campaigners pledge to fight on despite decision

Missing Woman Sparks Concern

Teaching assistant has not been in touch with loved ones

No VAT Cut For Parking in H&F

Council one of three local authorities not to pass on the cut

Banning Order for Football Fan

Loftus Road Spectator "gave Nazi salute"

New Bus Route Arrives in W12

TfL re-route 228 after local campaign

Easy Rider

Uxbridge Road bus lane opened up to bikers

Uxbridge Road Dispersal Zone Order to End

Police: No plans to renew the order but area will be monitored

Still Time to Vote for Hammersmith Park

Local green space could win a cash prize

Council's PR Spend Under the Spotlight

Critics say published figures do not give the full picture

Controversial Sex Ad Is Axed

Shepherd's Bush billboard to be removed after complaints

Local Man Shot Dead in Loftus Road

Three arrested following fatal shooting

Supermarkets Sweep Aside Credit Crunch Blues

With most reporting record trading over the festive period

Council Victory Over Home Care Fees

Elderly and disabled residents to start paying for home care services

HMV Tips Local Band As The One To Watch

White Lies makes top 10 unknowns expected to make it big in 2009

Using Your Senses

We sample the sights, tastes and sounds of Esca

It's An Honour

Local man gets CBE in New Year's Honours

"The Worst Is Over"

Estate Agent says buyers are back in the market

Whittard's Saved From Becoming Westfield Casualty

Coffee and tea company bought out by private equity firm

Say Hello Wave Goodbye

Westfield eatery closes down after just six weeks

December 2008

We Are Amused

The Queen Adelaide relaunches as an upmarket gastropub

It's All Greek to Me

A fleeting taste of southern Mediterranean food

All Change, Please

Major bus routes no longer stop outside West 12 centre

Garden Waste Costs the Earth

New proposals could see huge fee hike for green-fingered residents

Train, Train, Plane

Direct rail service from W12 to Gatwick Airport comes to an end

Day of Rest

One Westfield store keeps its doors shut on Sundays

Cervical Cancer Vaccine Pilot Launched

Local Boots is one of ten pharmacies taking part

Boost for Local Hospitals

GPs to treat non-urgent cases in A&E departments

The Real Cost of Cheap Clothing

'Primark effect' quadruples textile waste in council tips

TfL's Christmas Gift to Motorists

No Congestion Charge over festive period

A Step in the Right Direction

New online service helps locals plan cleaner, greener journeys

50 Ways to Leave Your Lover At Christmas

A Yuletide cocktail of break-up stories at The Bush Theatre

"Christmas Will Be a Nightmare"
Frustration over new parking rules near Westfield

The 20p Parking Bays
A new rate to encourage people to 'stop and shop'

A Piece of History is Brought Back to Life
A century-old building is the new bus depot

Burst Water Main in Scrubs Lane
Traffic disruption and no water in surrounding area

New Bus Station Opens
10,000 passengers per day are expected

Third Runway Decision Postponed Until January
Transport Secretary says more time is needed

Job Centre Wins Reprieve
More staff to deal with rising unemployment

Confusion Over Lift at Central Line Station
TfL say matter is under review, despite suggestion to the contrary

Police Appeal After Fatal Collision
Young motorcyclist is killed in Askew Road

Congestion Charge Zone's Western Extension to be Scrapped
By spring 2010 following result of Mayor's public consultation

SNT Officers Diverted to Westfield
Officers form temporary squad to police shopping centre

Football Match Dedicated to Slain Teenager
Kiyan Prince is remembered on his 18th birthday

Childcare Matters
A new scheme offers free childcare for Westfield workers

Six Million Pounds to Spend on Green Spaces
Hammersmith Park could be in line for a huge cash prize

The Real Mexican
Andale, andale, arriba, arriba, arriba!

'Tap Top' Is Tip Top For Tap Water
Award winning carafe aimed at London's discerning drinkers unveiled

Getting to the Root
Grants of up to £5,000 for local community groups

November 2008

Traffic, Traffic Everywhere
More parking chaos in store as new restrictions are several weeks away

"Prada People Don't Use The Tube"
Council finally react to residents' complaints about parking

Westfield Opens
A steady flow of visitors but no gridlock on the streets

And Still They Come
Visitors pour into W12 to visit the new Westfield shopping centre

Westfield Opening Attracted Thousands
Plus pictures of the first day's events

Living Next To Westfield
Residents re-write the Council's logo

Market Traders Say Westfield Could Benefit Them
But more must be done to point shoppers in their direction

Council Staff Face Contract Changes in Cost-Cutting Move
Thousands of staff at Hammersmith and Fulham Council affected

Blue Velvet
Stylish decor and imaginative vegetarian food at Tibits

Covert operations drive down car crime in Hammersmith
Decoy cars and DNA catch car thieves in borough

A Primary Concern
Parents are advised to apply early for local schools

Lambs to the Slaughter
Shepherd's Bush sheep are wiped out

All Change at the Empire
Popular music venue gets a new name

It's a Bear Market
Local children make stuffed toys for Children in Need charity

Fire at Recycling Centre
No reports of any injuries

October 2008

The Final Countdown
Westfield shopping centre prepares to open

How Much Further to Fall?
We do some number crunching to try and shed light on the local housing market

Dowie Given The Boot
QPR manager is sacked after just five months in the job

What Credit Crunch?
Huge pay hike for W12's London Assembly Rep

Utility Companies Fined for Unsafe Working Practices
Electric saw is left lying in the street outside primary school

Reading Between the Aisles
Shepherd's Bush Library to move to Westfield shopping centre

Feeling Half Dead
Doctors study patients who have had a brief encounter with death

Thousands of Pounds up for Grabs
Grants on offer for Uxbridge Road shops

Over a Third of Local Children Live in Poverty
According to research carried out by child welfare organisation

Bobbies on the Buses
New police team for local transport hub

Reggae Legend Dies at Hammersmith Hospital
Music fans mourn as Alton Ellis loses battle with cancer

TfL Announce 150% Increase in Penalty Fares
New £50 fine introduced to act as greater deterrent

British Consumers Least Willing to Pay Extra for Green
UK ranked last for allowing environmental concerns influence what we buy

H&F Taxpayers' Money Not At Risk
Council confirm they have no investments in troubled Icelandic banks

Third New Station for W12
We also look at traffic, parking and cranes in Wood Lane

In Limbo
Ginglik still waiting to hear their fate

Council Tax Set To Fall Again
But critics say other charges in the borough have soared

"The Next Station is Shepherd's Bush"
Passengers "delighted", shopkeepers hope business will pick up

One Year On
A look at the compulsory recycling trial on its first anniversary

Town hall calls diverted to Rochdale
Outsourcing customer services will save £150,000

Energy company fined over giant hole in H&F road
£4,000 fine as unsafe pavement holes put pedestrians in danger

Get Up-To-The-Minute Emergency Alerts
All the info on incidents near you direct to your mobile phone

228 Gets Go-Ahead
TfL announce their decisions on local bus routes

Window On The Green
The lights are out but the show must go on at the Bush Theatre

Man Flu Is Not A Phenomenon To Be Sniffed At!
Survey discovers men most likely to suffer and those most 'nurseable'

Crazy Paving
New curbs on turning front gardens into parking spaces

September 2008

'We Apologise For The Delay'
Overground station finally welcomes its first passengers

"Culture Not Concrete"
Ginglik supporters rally to save threatened club

Rugby Legend Helps Launch Local Appeal
H&F sportsman needs 24/7 care after tragic accident

Cool Trains Unveiled for Hammersmith & City Line
Tubes will have aircon, CCTV and walk-through carriages

"It's A Boy, Ma'am"
W12 consultant becomes gynaecologist to the royals

Police Swoop on W12 Crack House

Several arrests made in early morning operation

Kicking Up a Stink
Council calls for cross-capital support against 'super-sewer'

Shepherd's Bush Youngster Wins Peace Award
14-year-old is recognised for setting up 'anti-crime' campaign

Train Too Crowded?
London Assembly wants to help you find a seat

Cool Carafe Competition Creates Tap Water Chic
Eateries and watering holes soon to be graced with iconic 'carafe for London'

Yoof Behaving Badly
H&F gets Government grant to tackle youth crime

Thank You For The Music
Local musician makes it to semi-finals of national Song Writing Contest

Life Sentence for Shepherd's Bush Murderer
Jail for man who killed his friend in drunken row

Going Overground
Mainline station is finally ready to open

'A Great Local'
W12 pub wins Time Out's 'best new gastropub' award

Bloemfontein Road: Pictures
Proposed new development sparks storm of controversy

Arsenal Trio Line Up For London Legends Date in Borough
Fulham's Craven Cottage to host England v Ireland match

A Risky Business?
Council to decide whether to buy oil on the futures market

Local Crime Figures Just a Click Away
W12 has 'average' crime rate compared to the rest of London

Genetically Modified Pigs
Hammersmith Hospital research moves to US to escape red tape

The Week in Pictures
Find out what's been happening around the Bush

Live Dancing Billboards And A Stairway To Heaven
Not enough to keep the M4 out of list of Britain's most boring roads

Last Week's Bus Strike
First Group fleet out of action

C-Charge Consultation Begins
Residents living on borders are invited to take part

Fears for the Future of Borough's Largest Green Space
Nature-lovers anxious over plans for major new development

From Silk Road to Askew Road
Saffron, pistachios and limes at the Sufi Restaurant

Legal Challenge Over Home Care Fees
Campaign group takes on the Council

Westfield on Target to Open at End of October
Construction is said to be progressing "extremely well"

Six Year Sentence For Hijacker
W12 man found guilty of stealing luxury cars from supermarket car parks

Ginglik Owners "Gutted" Over Threatened Closure
Bar will cost £300,000 to keep open

Bus Strike Goes Ahead
First Group fleet plan second 48-hour walkout in September

Robot Enlisted in Fight Against MRSA
Number of infections is down, says local NHS Trust

Persistent Offenders Banned From Borough
Courts grant ASBOs against two local men

August 2008

Praying for a New Church
Parishioners look for new home after devastating fire

Tube Station On-Track for Mid-October Opening
But no clarity on lift until end of August

Green Light for Green Makeover
Most residents approve of plans for Shepherd's Bush Green

"Super Sewer" Could Cost Residents £200 Each
Nearby park would be ruined for eight years

Going Down
H&F house prices fall faster than anywhere else in London

New Law Will Satisfy Appetite For Fairness
Restaurants to be banned from using service charges to 'top up' staff pay

Major Fire on Shepherd's Bush Road
Homeless woman held on suspicion of arson

Local PCTs Ranked Amongst Country's Worst Performers
Healthcare Commission survey places Hammersmith & Fulham in bottom 20%

Bloemfontein Road Development Gets Go-Ahead
Multi-million pound complex will include polyclinic, shops and homes

Is Parking Set to Get Worse?
Residents fear Westfield shoppers will take their parking places

Bus Hits Bridge on Old Oak Common Lane
Four people injured as bus loses its roof

Breaking Up is Hard To Do
'50 Ways to Leave Your Lover' at The Bush Theatre

Have You Got Text Appeal?
Find out if your texting style is the most attractive

July 2008

Newly Released Documents Cast Doubt Over Tube Station Closure
But TfL still insists station could not have remained open during upgrade

The White City of the Future
Schoolchildren share their hopes and dreams as part of a new artwork

W12 Trickster Jailed for Seven Years
Pensioner conned out of £120,000 in building scam

Hammersmith Academy Opening Delayed Until 2011

Proposed new buildings will not be ready for 2010 intake

Council Workers Stage Two-Day Strike
Services affected across the borough

The Road to Poland
Cancer survivor gears up for marathon bike ride

Get Your Kit On
New shirts for QPR following sponsorship deal

Cops Crack Down on Scrapyard Thieves
Gangs target old cars to sell as scrap metal

Action Girl Amanda
Emma Brophy talks to the Pied Piper of west London

'Putting Residents First Is Not What You Are Doing'
Consultation results show extent of anger over home care fees

Things To Know About John Humphrys
Emma Brophy discovers some interesting facts about the broadcaster and author

Westfield Jobs Fair Cancelled
Overwhelming response caused safety fears

Council Workers' Strike is Confirmed

Unions prepare to walk out over below-inflation pay offer

Councillor Jets Off to "Millionaires' Playground"

Hundreds spent as council staff attend Cannes property convention

Television Centre Should Be Listed, Says English Heritage

The famous Wood Lane building has an 'iconic presence'

Army Base Mourns Fallen Soldiers

Flags at half-mast at South Africa Road site

A40 Closes For Fuel Protests

Motorists warned to avoid the London-bound road from White City

Life Sentence for Shepherd's Bush Murderer

Man found guilty of killing woman in her own home

Tube Travel Has Never Been Cooler

TfL unveils plans to stop passengers breaking out in a sweat

Dear MP, Please RSVP

Mixed results for local MPs in 'Responsiveness League Table'

The Heavenly Vineyards of Wood Lane

Albertine is a wine lover's paradise

The Final Countdown

Customers bid farewell to Goldhawk Road post office

Community Service Order for Hamza's Son

Controversial cleric's son in court on attempted burglary charges

A Disarming Encounter

Shepherd's Bush police search for weapons in knife arch operation

W12 Doctor in Miracle Cure

GP takes drastic action to rid himself of chronic illnesses

Let Them Eat Cake

We try some classy sweet treats at Fait Maison's Goldhawk Road branch

Engaging The Community In Fight Against Crime

Proposals to reduce crime and increase public confidence

Phoenix Knighthood Head who inspired Lenny Henry has been knighted

Three New Polyclinics for Hammersmith and Fulham

Could polyclinics close down your GP's practice?

Watch Where You Poop Pooch!

Councils warned over using CCTV for 'trivial' surveillance

June 2008

Gridlock on the Green

Thames Water says Wood Lane roadworks are essential - but could have waited

The Eagle Flies the Nest

All change for Askew Road pub

Wife of Shepherd's Bush Bomb Plotter Gets 15 Years

Yeshi Girma is jailed for failing to tell police of her husband's plans

Thinking Big

London Assembly rep has ambitious plans for West London

Sign of the Times?

Uxbridge Road estate agent shuts up shop as think-tank warns of housing job losses

Things We Hate Most About Customers

Restaurateurs turn the tables on difficult diners

Has Anybody Seen the 266 Bus?

Local bus service is said to be 'one of the worst in London'

CCTV Snares W12 Gunman

Armed police tackle man waving weapon outside shopping centre

We Believe

Sikh Temple plays host to multi-faith pilgrims

Fifth Avenue Glamour Comes to W12

More luxury brands prepare to move into Westfield

Double the Info or Double the Waste?

Council doubles output of newspaper one week after The Londoner is scrapped

Possible Viagra Therapy for Sickle Cell Disease
A major new trial begins at Hammersmith Hospital

Johnson & Johnson

After Mayor Boris, Andrew Johnson becomes new Mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham

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