LATEST UPDATE FROM OWGRA

  1. NEW HOME FOR GRASSHOPPERS RUGBY CLUB
    OWGRA recently presented to the Council’s Licensing Panel asking that conditions be added to the licence for the new Grasshoppers club to ensure that any impacts on local residents are minimised. Whilst we were not successful in this, with the licence being granted as requested by Grasshoppers, it was good to hear from the management of the club that pretty well all of our areas of concern already were part of the way Grasshoppers plan to run their operations on the site. On behalf of local residents we look forward to a harmonious and mutually beneficial relationship between local residents and the club.

Construction of the new facilities is nearing completion and we will include an update on this and more details on the facilities the club will offer in our next e-newsletter.

  1. GILLETTE SOUTH DEVELOPMENT

We are working with the developer to organise a public meeting for local residents for Access Storage to present their proposals for the old Shell Garage site at Gillette Corner.  We hope to give you details in the next e-newsletter.

  1. HOMEBASE AT GILLETTE CORNER TO CLOSE

    Homebase

We are sorry to hear that our local Homebase will be closing.

It is a distinctive landmark building with a suspended roof. It would be good if the building was retained (it’s not listed).  Why not e-mail us and let us know what you would like to see there?

  1. WYEVALE GARDEN CENTRES

It’s all change in our area as the chain of Wyevale Garden Centres is up for sale.  When we know what is happening to our two local garden centres (Windmill Lane and Syon Park) we will let you know.

  1. OSTERLEY – LOCAL HISTORY

Attached is a very interesting article written by Pennie Smith from the Osterley Bookshop on the history of Osterley and archaeological finds.

  1. DO YOU NEED A LARGER OR SECOND WHEELIE BIN?

If you find that your wheelie bin isn’t sufficient for your needs you can request a second bin or a larger bin.  See attachment for further details.

  1. CRIME UPDATE

    Crime map

We continue to hear of house burglaries and theft from cars in our area, often where windows are left open, sheds left unlocked, items left on display in cars and cars left unlocked!

So, can we remind you, again, and please pass this advice on to your neighbours (as there are still lots of people who aren’t OWGRA members and don’t receive these reminders).

  • close and lock all windows and doors
  • don’t leave keys in shed or garage doors and lock them
  • don’t leave anything tempting on display in your car
  • close car windows and lock car doors

Some residents are reporting suspicious behaviour to us or their Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators, which we welcome.  However, please also report suspicious behaviour to 101 (cost of call is 15p however long the call); you may have to hold the line for a while, so just put your phone on speaker mode while you wait and carry on with whatever you were doing.

You can read here about the recent increase in crime that we have seen in our area and specifically our ward (Osterley & Spring Grove). You can check out local crime patters on this useful map provided by the Metropolitan Police.

  1. TfL BUS ROUTE CONSULTATION

A year ago we informed you of a consultation where TfL were proposing to extend the 112 bus route (which currently runs from Brent Cross to Ealing Broadway) to Tesco Osterley which would have given us a direct bus service from Tesco Osterley to Ealing Broadway.  We have just had the results of the consultation and unfortunately this change will not be going ahead.  This is the statement from TfL (see https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/elizabeth-line/): “We will not going ahead with the extension of route 112 between Ealing Broadway and Osterley, Tesco, but will be consulting separately on revised proposals on a new service for this corridor in due course.”

  1. HOUNSLOW SINGERS PERFORM AT THE PROMS

It was lovely to hear that 73 young singers from our borough took part in the Ten Piece Prom on Sunday 29 July.

You can listen to it here (available until 28 August).