Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council

All of the seats in Hammersmith and Fulham were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

LAB HOLD
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 35 Total councillors 35 Change+9

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 11 Total councillors 11 Change-9
Councillors change compared with 2014

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Electric buggies to run over Hammersmith Bridge

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Hammersmith Bridge
Richmond Council

Electric buggies will be used to transport elderly and disabled people over Hammersmith Bridge while it remains closed.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council revealed on Tuesday that small, light-weight vehicles “like the type you get at holiday resorts” will be introduced “this summer”, although a more precise date was not provided.

The 132-year-old suspension bridge looks set to remain closed to motor vehicles for “up to three years” because of cracks in its structure.

Speaking at a town hall meeting, council leader Stephen Cowan said: “There’s a lot of elderly people in Barnes who need to get to services in Hammersmith.

“So working with Richmond Council and TfL, we’re looking at getting electric buggies – like the type you get at holiday resorts – that will allow residents to be transported across if they have mobility issues.”

The Labour councillor added: “I think the barrier [for using the buggies] will be a Freedom Pass that allows people to get backward and forward.”

A council officer working on the project said: “They will be for people with walking difficulties who have previously used public transport to cross the bridge.

“We’re consulting on the vehicles that are going to be used, we’re working with TfL on that. We will then work on the frequency and the best times for the service to operate.”

It was suggested that pick-up and drop-off points for the buggies would be close to bus stops at either side of the bridge.

The town hall also heard suggestions from residents that the bridge should be kept as a pedestrian and cyclists-only bridge after it’s fixed.

Mr Cowan said it should be returned to “full working order”, including for cars and buses.

Cracks in bridge
Hammersmith and Fulham Council
Examinations of the Grade II-listed bridge have revealed five microfractures in the cast iron pedestals that hold the bridge into the Thames riverbed

Free breakfasts for all borough primary school kids

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Schoolboy eating hot lunch
Hammersmith & Fulham Council

Head teachers are “delighted” with plans to give free breakfasts to pupils in every primary school in Hammersmith and Fulham.

Starting in September, Hammersmith and Fulham Council has dedicated £3.7m to funding the new initiative over four years.

From January, children at two secondary schools — Woodlane High School and Fulham College Boys School — will start getting free school lunches every day under the same scheme.

The radical new plan could save a struggling parent £380 per year for every child in primary school.

And each primary school could save an estimated £5,700 a year.

The plans were hailed as a “war on food poverty” that could dramatically benefit children’s ability to concentrate and learn in school.

Woodlane High School head teacher Claire Maynard said it would tackle the “stigma” of getting free school meals: “We’re delighted to be part of the council’s efforts to tackle child poverty.

“The pilot means our most vulnerable pupils can always gain a hot, nutritious meal without stigma.

“The impact on families is likely to prove a significant boost in challenging financial times.”

Sally Brooks, head of Fulham College Boys’ School, said hunger causes “immeasurable” damage to children’s education.

“Providing the boys with a nutritious meal will not only allow them to compete in an academic environment, but will also give them the nutrition needed to go above and beyond at school and actively participate in extra-curricular activities.”

Hammersmith and Fulham Council leader Stephen Cowan said: “It’s appalling that children are still going to school hungry in one of the world’s wealthiest capitals. Our schools are now the frontline in our war against hunger.”

He added: “Food poverty is a national crisis… This initiative is a step forward in the fight to end this blight on our children and their future well-being.”

The council said it raised the funds entirely from negotiations with property developers, who have helped fill the council’s coffers in return for planning permission on new housing schemes.

About £643m has been raised from property developers since 2014, the council said.

Grenfell tests begin at Hammersmith and Fulham estate

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Lynsey Creaser
Local Democracy Reporting Service
Lynsey Creaser grew up on the Edward Woods estate

Tests for contaminants from the Grenfell Tower fire are under way at one of Hammersmith and Fulham council’s largest housing estates.

The council has commissioned RPS Consulting to do the survey at the Edward Woods estate.

Experts are getting ready to take soil samples at the estate – the closest part is just over half a mile away from the tower.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council says some exploratory work has already been done and experts have walked over the area. Tests on soil samples will get under way this month.

Ward councillor Andrew Jones said he was obviously concerned following the fire and the council plans to discuss the findings with residents in June.

The council commissioned RPS Consulting to carry out tests following a report by fire toxicology expert Professor Anna Stec.

She discovered high levels of contaminants which could cause cancer and respiratory illnesses including asthma at test sites close to the tower.

Ward councillor Andrew Jones said he was obviously concerned following the Stec report. He said : “We plan to discuss the findings with residents in June.”

The government has already appointed AECOM to do independent tests at sites around the tower.

Their tests in Kensington and Chelsea borough will be overseen by a scientific advisory group chaired by the government’s chief scientific officer, Patrick Vallance.

Initial results from those tests will be shared with the North Kensington community next month before a second stage of tests, if needed, get under way.

Lynsey Creaser who grew up on the estate said she was worried about the debris which came off the tower.

“It did look like metally stuff. They did say that some of the things might not be good for people to breathe in,” she said.

Paul Graham who has lived on the estate for 20 years said he was "not particularly worried", but added: “I suffer from asthma. I do not want to have any contamination.”

Hammersmith and Fulham council said it “takes very seriously the concerns of residents about the potential impact on their health and land of the Grenfell Tower fire.”

A spokesman said: “The government is leading an environmental monitoring programme and we await information to determine what further action may be necessary. “We’ve also decided to seek our own expert advice in the meantime.”

The council has also set aside £20m for new fire doors and other safety measures.

Hammersmith Bridge repairs works begin

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Hammersmith Bridge closed
BBC

Repair works to Hammersmith Bridge have started after it was suddenly closed last month, causing “huge” traffic jams every day in Putney.

Businesses along Putney High Street say they are “flooded” by drivers taking alternative routes since Hammersmith Bridge closed for urgent structural problems.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council closed the 132-year-old crossing “indefinitely” on 10 April.

It sparked a row over who should foot the £40m repair bill, with TfL pointing the finger at the government because of cuts to its budget. T

A council spokesperson said: “We’ve been in close conversation with Transport for London and have begun the first phase of the work to restore the bridge to full working order and bring it back to its former splendour.

“We are working with the London Mayor and TfL to agree a way forward to provide the necessary funding to maintain this vital piece of London’s infrastructure and this beautiful feature of Britain’s engineering heritage.”

However, the council was unable to say when the repair work to the Grade II-listed crossing might be completed, or what type of work had so far been carried out.

Food bank supplies help record numbers

Sean Coughlan

BBC News, education correspondent

Daphine Aikens runs a food bank charity in west London that feeds 300 people each week
BBC

Baked beans, tinned fish and canned fruit are carried out of a church in west London by neatly-dressed people in their 30s and 40s.

They do not fit any stereotype of what poverty should look like, but these are among the rising numbers of people turning to food banks.

The UK's biggest food bank network, the Trussell Trust, gave 1.6 million packs of food supplies in the past year.

This was more than ever before and a 19% annual increase.

The food bank in St Matthew's Church in Fulham is one of three sites run by Hammersmith and Fulham Foodbank, a charity which feeds about 300 people a week.