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Statement from Cllr Stephen Cowan on Hammersmith & Fulham parks

It really is understandable how the surreal nature a pandemic means many people are still coming to terms with the huge changes we all need to make to our lives. Last weekend, despite the parks police best attempts to warn people, the COVID-19 contagion was inadvertently passed onto thousands of others by people socialising in Hammersmith & Fulham’s parks during that beautiful weather. For that reason, our parks were closed on Sunday night for public health reasons.

Yesterday, the government’s new emergency laws came into force which introduce a series of restrictions on people’s movement and gatherings and give the police new powers to enforce the new laws. People are now obliged to stay in their homes and only leave for exceptional reasons which you can read about here. One of the exceptions is: “to take exercise either alone or with other members of their household”. Because of these new laws, our parks can now re-open and will do so at 2pm today.

We are two weeks away from a surge in cases and roughly a month away from the expected super-surge. As you might imagine, the NHS implore us to do everything we can to encourage people to stay in their homes and not add to their already intolerable burden.

The disease is easily spread in a number of ways when people come into contact with others from outside their immediate household. It transmits by touching, from coughs or sneezes, and even from the tiny mist everyone generates when they speak. A big problem is many fit and healthy people show few symptoms but if just one fit, but COVID-19 infected, person returns home and passes it onto one or more vulnerable relatives there’s a possibility they could accidentally kill them.

We can protect ourselves and those we love by following the government’s new laws. Staying a car length away from people outside our immediate household will help keep coronavirus at bay.

I appreciate how tough this period is. Worry about our friends and family and anxiety about how we will all cope stuck at home. Our team at Hammersmith & Fulham is working all waking hours and seven days a week to get us ready. I am extremely grateful to our partners in the NHS, police and emergency services, charities, residents’ groups, our two MPs, and all the volunteers across our borough.

We’re determined to do everything we can to keep people safe and that all of us get through this together. Please take care and very best wishes to all.

Keep your distance. Stay well.

28 March 2020

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Corona Virus & Community

There are a number of local initiatives being set up on Nextdoor.co.uk, through the local churches and other groups . Fr Ross Guntherson has been in touch regarding one such community group which is shown below.

If anyone knows of any other initiative and would like it highlighted on here please email: chair.bishpark@gmail.com

St Etheldreda – Community Care Fulham 

St Etheldreda’s (Fr Ross Gunderson & wife, Meredith on Doneraile Street) have helped launch a project to meet the needs of members of our community affected by Covid-19, most importantly to get essentials to individuals and families in isolation.  

We have a team of organisers who are looking after gathering names of willing volunteers as well as those who need support and a robust response plan has been implemented.  Primarily volunteers will be doorstep dropping essentials with little to no interaction with the isolated to ensure safety.  Some volunteers may be paired up with individuals who would appreciate friendly check-in phone calls.  Volunteers will be briefed and those in need or support simply call the church on 0207 736 3809 or email communitycare@stethsfulham.org and we will respond within 24 hours.

There is a Crowdfunder page to raise funds for essentials to families or individuals who can’t afford it or can’t manage a PayPal transition (this is a cashless programme for safety reasons).  Any excess from Crowdfunder will be donated to a charity.  The entire project is run by volunteers and donations.

To get involved:

If you would like to add your name to the list of volunteers email Fr Ross on vicar@stethsfulham.org.

And/or

If you would like to donate to the project, we would be so grateful, visit the site:  https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/fulham-community-care

If you need support:

If at any time you require some support either call St. Eth’s on 0207 736 3809 or email communitycare@stethsfulham.org

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Fulham Football Club

March 2020 Update

Fulham Football Club works are proceeding with the new stand on the river front.  There has been an application to add a landing stage to the walk way for use when the tide is high.  FoBP have been to the meeting and will report back.

The Rose Garden by the Spanish Memorial – the works to the beds has been carried out. All beds now have metal edging and the grass paths between have been reseeded.  Fingers crossed the pigeons don’t eat all the seed.

Due to storm Ciara, work to cut back and repair some of the damaged limbs on the trees has been carried out.

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Friends Committee News

AGM October 16th 2020

The Friends of Bishop’s Park are holding their AGM on 16th October at the Palace Gardener.

6.30pm meeting starts at 7.00pm

All are invited to join us for our AGM, there will be drinks , a chance to see what the Palace Gardener has to offer and a talk by Alex Laird on her book from Root to Stem.

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Park News

Rose Garden Rejuvenation – update July 2019

We are pleased to announce that we have raised the funds (and more) we needed for the rejuvenation of the Rose Garden.  Funds are now being collected through Spacehive and will soon be in our account.  The Friends will then liaise with the council officers and gardeners as to how the work will be accomplished.  Thank you all for your support – watch this space for the next initiative!

Link to Spacehive Crowdfunding – Bishops Park Rose Garden Rejuvenation

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Fielders Meadow

Fielders Meadow – update July 2019

The work in Fielders Meadow has started.  Fulham Football Club are completely aware of the concern that park users have about the trees and habitat in that area of the park.  However if you have any issues that you would like addressed please email:  chair.bishparkfriends@gmail.com

Enclosed is a summary of comments drawn up by Ian Ross, Parks Manager to some of the most frequently asked questions to the planning application that have been emailed to him. Please click this 2019 summary of S123 comments FINAL (2) comp to read the summary in detail.

During the consultationThe Friends requested another gate opposite Ellerby to be installed  these should be open and operational now.  We have also requested a new dog water tap and path across the meadow for the winter season and to make the walk a circle as before.

The Friends are also keeping a weathered eye on any alterations to the planning application and are aware of the most current one:  2019/01880/VAR, if you have any particular issues we suggest that you complete the comment section by clicking this  Link.   

 

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Summer Newsletter

Fielder’s Meadow – Co Chair Update

The Church Commissioners have signed off on the lease for the park. The contractors have started work in the park. The summary document S123, will be on the website shortly. outlines and lists all the concerns and questions that we and others have asked. We understand the concern that everyone has about protection of the trees, planning creep and reinstatement of the park after works have been completed and to this end the Friends have had numerous meetings with Fulham Football Club and the council officers dealing with the development to ensure that the needs of the parks users and the park its self will have had representation. When we have more detailed information we will inform you by email and post it on the website.

To read more of the summer newsletter please click on the link below;

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Fulham Football Club

URGENT: Fulham Football Club Planning Application

Last Chance to Have YOUR say by 18th March 2018!

Please take a moment to read this information regarding the proposed new stand and facilities. The closing date for objections has been extended to 18th March 2018 and should be addressed to Sian Brown, Planning Officer, at Sian.Brown@lbhf.gov.uk

reference: FFC Planning Application 2017/04662FUL.

    Things you need to know:

  • Fielders Meadow will be closed for TWO years for use as part of the building site.
  • Nothing to assure us of what the park will look like after it is handed back.
  • Likely substantial loss of amenity to Bishops park as turnstiles for the proposed new riverside stand will now be accessed from the park.
  • Proposed new stand will encroach 11 metres into the Thames which will affect wildlife and use of the river.

The full text of the objection letter from the Friends can be found here.

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Friends Committee News

Annual General Meeting 2017

The Annual General Meeting of the Friends is due to be held on Thursday 19th October at St Ethrelda’s Church Hall, corner of Fulham Palace Road / Cloncurry Street. Doors open 7:30 p.m.

Our first guest speaker this year is: Peter Eversden, MBE, Chairman of The London Forum.

The London Forum represents the views and interests of amenity and civic societies in London and their members on issues that are important for the living and working environment of Londoners, particularly in the fields of Town Planning, Development Management, Heritage, Transport, Infrastructure, Waterways and Open Spaces.

Our second speaker is Seam O’Loughlin from Fulham Football Club who wills speak on their planning application for the Riverside Stand.

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Park News

Green Flag Award

Congratulations are in order as Bishops Park wins Green Flag Award a for a second time.

For the second year running, Bishops Park has won the Green Flag Award for park quality. This award is judged on eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement. This is due in no small part to a number of dedicated people, including local residents ensuring standards are maintained, Quadron and Council workers who have all made a significant contributions to the retaining of the much sort after Green Flag Award.

The full article is posted on LBHF news