Here is a fantastic job opportunity for a local person interested in community

“Better neighbours make better neighbourhoods”

UNITED is a Hammersmith and Fulham based charity which has been created by the merging of two long-established trusts serving Hammersmith and Fulham respectively.

Hammersmith United Charities (HUC) and Dr Edwards and Bishop King’s Fulham Charity (DEBK) are both grant-making trusts who work to “relieve need” in their respective areas.

18 months ago, as part of their joint 400th anniversary, they came together to create a new entity to rebuild the tradition of local philanthropy which has made their work over the last four centuries possible.

Now they are looking for a programme development manager. The pay is £35,000 pro rata for 3 days per week plus pension contribution. The position will be based at Sycamore Gardens, Hammersmith.

What a fantastic opportunity for a local person who wants to work in and enhance our local community. Here’s the link to their website.  Here is more info. on the current job opportunity.  Roll up!


How long does it take Hammersmith & Fulham Council to build a house?

When Labour took over Hammersmith & Fulham Council in 2014, they inherited from the previous Conservative administration, planning permission to build 12 new homes on an ex-carpark on the Springvale Estate in Brook Green.  Hoardings had gone up around a large space – forming an unattractive outlook for residents in nearby blocks on the Springvale Estate and in neighbouring roads.  At least we could all look forward to the hoarding coming down and 12 new homes.

However, four and a half years later the hoarding is still up and there are no new homes.  As residents have said to me, all they have had for four and half years is a hoarding, a rubbish dump, and narrow walkway that is convenient for drug-dealers.

Hoping to be able to give residents good news I put a Freedom of Information Act request into the Council to ask for an update on the building works.  Here is the response I got:

“Your request
Please could you provide me with the latest reports that explain the delays to the
development of the new housing on the old carpark on the Springvale Estate? If that is too vague, please could you provide me with all the reports that discuss the plans for, progress on, and delays to this development over the last calendar year?
Our response
This request is being handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
I am writing to inform you that we have searched our records and the information you
requested is not held by LB Hammersmith and Fulham as there are no reports that discuss progress on the development.”

Well that is that then.  Why don’t they just pull the hoardings down?  Except that there is a housing crisis.