AGM – Monday, 10th February 2020 at 7.30 pm.

The Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held on Monday, 10th February 2020 at 7.30 pm.
The venue as usual will be the Age Concern Hall in Oxford Road North.
This will be Don Osborne’s last meeting as Honorary Secretary, a post he has held for over 17 years. Do come and commemorate this occasion with us.

Latest News: Hogarth Centre

Hogarth Youth & Community Centre

Hogarth Centre Open Evening on Thursday, 14th November at 7:15 – 9.00 pm.
The Hogarth Youth & Community Centre plays a crucial role with kids in our community and it is under threat of closure following funding cuts. The Centre provides a safe haven in central Chiswick for after-school and school holiday activities for young people aged between 8 and 21.
The evening will be informal and is intended to raise visibility, awareness and funding for the centre. The West Chiswick and Gunnersbury Society endorses the mission of the Centre and will be making a donation. We would encourage our members to attend the meeting and offer support in whatever way they can.

The Centre, is in Duke Road, W4 JR.  It is located at the southern end of the road, backing onto the A4. There are no parking restrictions at that time and the Centre’s car park will be open.


Green Up Gunnersbury – New Planters

wcgs_logo greenAs part of the Green Up Gunnersbury campaign, 2 new planters have been built and planted on the High Street opposite the Chiswick Business Park.

To read more details and see more pictures, please click here to visit our Green Up Gunnersbury page and scroll down the page.

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Latest News: Heritage Walk/Social Evening: Monday, 23rd September

wcgs_logoPlease come to a Society social get together preceded by a walk.
The walk will be an opportunity to look at local heritage and point out and give some background details on some of the buildings that the committee and members put forward to be included in the Local List.

The get together and the walk are open to members and their friends.

The walk will start outside Chiswick Library at 6.30 pm on Monday, 23rd September and the get together will be at the Lamb public house at 7.30 pm (approx).

Latest News – Great West Corridor Plan Review

The Council is now carrying out a final (Regulation 19) consultation on the the Great West Corridor Plan Review with a deadline for comment of 24th September 2019.

Party at the Piazza

Those who attended the Society’s meeting in June will recall members’ enthusiastic reception of Karen Liebreich’s talk about some of her past and current Chiswick projects. I am delighted that one of these the “Piazza” is to be celebrated on Sunday, September 15th and we are all invited. The street party will take place on Turnham Green Terrace from 11 am to 4 pm.


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Latest News – Secretary of State’s Decision on the Chiswick Curve.

The Society has received a copy of the Secretary of States decision letter concerning the appeals for the building and the associated advertisements.

The letter indicates that the Inspector recommended that the appeal be allowed and that planning permission and advertising consent be granted. 

For the reasons given in his letter, the Secretary of State disagrees with the Inspector’s conclusions and disagrees with his recommendation.

He has decided to dismiss the appeals and to refuse planning permission and advertising consent. 

The Society is delighted that the Secretary of State has dismissed the appeals but we are aware that this is not the end of the story as, unfortunately, the developer may challenge the validity of the Secretary of State’s decision by making an application to the High Court within the next six weeks.
We recognise that all planning decisions are a matter of balance between harm and benefit and we strongly endorse the conclusion of the Secretary of State :-
    39. Overall, the Secretary of State disagrees with the Inspector at IR12.164, and finds that the moderate weight to be attached to the benefits of the appeal scheme in     terms of housing provision, workspace provision and economic benefits, are not collectively sufficient to outweigh the great weight attached to the identified ‘less than     substantial’ harm to the significance of the above heritage assets. He considers that the balancing exercise under paragraph 196 of the Framework is therefore not favourable to the proposal. 
    40. The Secretary of State concludes that the proposal is not in accordance with the development plan overall, and that there are no material considerations which     indicate that the proposal should be determined other than in accordance with the development plan.

The Secretary of State’s decision letter together with the Inspector’s Report is available here.