Council is letting down Fulham cyclists

LBHF is failing to invest in sufficient secure storage facilities for Fulham cyclists, leading to widespread vandalism and theft of bicycles, causing both irritation and expense to local cyclists. 

Bike theft has increased in Fulham Town ward by 130% since 2014, in Munster Ward by 67% and across Fulham as a whole by 55%. 

two local residents outside a bike bunker

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Hammersmith Bridge Update & Survey

There was great relief amongst residents when Hammersmith Bridge was reopened to pedestrians, cyclists and river traffic on 17 July 2021. The closure had separated families, made it exceptionally difficult for children to get to school, and disrupted rowing on the river including the Boat Race.

three residents next to the Hammersmith Bridge

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Brendan Bird

On Sunday, 26th September, a memorial service was held for former Labour Councillor and local Fulham legend, Brendan Bird. He had passed away at the height of the Covid lockdown in April 2020 so it was only now that we could come together to celebrate his life.

 

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Hammersmith Bridge reopening

H&F Lib Dems welcome the imminent (partial) reopening of Hammersmith Bridge to pedestrians and cyclists. We welcome the Council’s recognition that squabbles about financing must take second place to the lives of local people.

Image of Hammersmith Bridge

 

 

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A Tribute to Colin Aherne

Most people who had any connection to local politics in Hammersmith and Fulham knew the name Colin Aherne.

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Shirley Williams 27/7/1930 – 12/4/2021

There are few people in life, outside the immediate circle of friends and family, who truly change the fate of another. Shirley Williams truly changed the course of my life, and undoubtedly for the better.

Shirley Williams with Irina Von Weise

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In Memory of Mike Cartwright

It is a great loss for our Borough that Mike Cartwright has passed away. He was a Labour Councillor who worked tirelessly for tenants rights among other causes. He was Mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham and he was attentive in the way he fulfilled his duties. I remember meeting him and enjoying his cheerfulness and good humour, and I remember that he was kind to all of us who were telling during a local election—all of us from the three main parties. As a traditional local politician, he will be sorely missed by all. 

Tamara Dragadze

Comment on the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report

Liberal Democrat statements on the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report 

The Conservative government this week released the report by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities on race and ethnicity in the UK. While I concede that there are some sensible recommendations embedded in there, the headline finding was that institutional racism is not an issue in modern Britain. 

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Clapham Common Vigil — Our rights to street safety, to policing by consent, and to civil liberties

We all saw the horrific scenes at the Clapham Common vigil in memory of Sarah Everard on Saturday — after a week where countless women across the country told their own painful stories of harassment and abuse. Metropolitan Police officers who should have been standing in solidarity with those on Clapham Common were instead ordered to disrupt that heartbreaking display of grief and peaceful protest with brutal, heavy-handed policing (warning: some violence in the video at link).

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Holding LBHF Council to account

 

Even though we don’t (yet) have any Councillors, we can (and do!) still act to hold the Council to account by asking questions at public meetings.

On February 25th, GLA West Central candidate Ted Townsend asked the Cabinet Member for Housing about helping residents in private blocks over 18 metres (6 storeys) high with cladding issues and about the licensing of HMOs and their impact on fire safety for residents.

 

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