That Was The Year That Was..

Top Chiswick News Stories From 2011

Year Summary

The big issues for Chiswick residents in 2011 were property prices, the London riots, restaurants, and the activities of local celebrities. Parking problems, planning applications, and traffic accidents were also popular local reads throughout the year.

In January, carried a story that bankers were looking at Chiswick as a cheaper alternative to Notting Hill or Chelsea and favouring the streets around Bedford Park. And though W4 experienced some of the turbulance of the housing market, the year ended with the highest ever price paid for a Bedford Park corner property, a Grade II-listed 6 bedroom property in Woodstock Road which sold for £4.4 million, the highest ever price paid outside of Chiswick Mall.

The police launched several large operations throughout the year, starting with ' Operation Trident' in January,and continuing with sporadic crackdowns on motor tax evasion,and criminals activity. A cocaine stash of over £1 million was found in Grove Park Gardens. Police also upped publicity campaigns for safer neighbourhoods and gave residents and retailers advice on thwarting criminals.

The problem of young people and drugs was highlighted with the death of 15-year old Issy Reilly. She was a pupil at Chiswick Community School and became ill and died following an unsupervised teenage party.

Parking in the Grove Park and Strand on the Green area aroused strong feelings, and there was an unholy row over the proposed conversion of the St. Alban's Church into flats, which is ongoing. The controversial 'Octopus' development at Chiswick roundabout was given the go-ahead by councillors.

Chiswick restaurants rose to the challenge of the recession with express lunches and 2 for 1 deals. It was the year that Chiswick 'went Japanese' with the arrival of three Japanese restaurants to the area. The upmarket Hedone caused a splash, whilst Cafe Rouge, Villandry and Frankies announced closures. The Adamou brothers left their shop on the High Road after fifty years trading. This year Jamie Oliver is set to arrive in Chiswick on the former Villandry site.

Chiswick celebrity Colin Firth continue to win awards for his acting, Ant and Dec won Best Entertainment Performances at the Royal TV Awards for' I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here' and 'Britain's Got Talent' whilst Cameron Diaz was spotted having drinks in Carvossos. Hollywood star Keanu Reeves was also seen in High Road House.

The Royal Wedding brought people out of recession gloom to have street parties and Chiswick pubs put up big screens. Hogarth House was reopened after a huge renovation project, Schools in W4 closed for a day as part of the public sector strike against pension changes, and well-known GP, Dr. Ruth Heinsheimer retired. Chiswick Day Centre closed, despite a campaign by elderly users and local councillors.

Local MP Mary Macleod had a busy year, from making smoothies by pedalling a bicycle at Abundance Day to campaigning on behalf of victims of domestic violence and ex-servicemen. Local schools also brought in above average results in national league exams.


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Grove Park and Strand on-the-Green Proposed CPZ
Public meeting well attended but many issues remain unresolved

Bankers Head To Bedford Park
Chiswick ranked amongst prime locations for city bonus spending

Duffy's Dating Top Tips
Pick a Chiswick pub, arrange to meet a rugby international and get drunk!


Frankie's At Centre Of Further Controversy
After Chiswick restaurant manager is accused of racism

Chiswick Celebs Make Most Desirable Neighbours
Colin Firth tops the list followed closely by Ant & Dec

Why Colin Firth Should NOT Win The Oscar For Best Actor
A controversial view from leading method acting coach Brian Timoney


Chiswick In Pictures
We take a look at the changing face of trading on the High Road

"It is very sad but it’s something that has to be done"
The Adamou brothers shut up shop after more than 50 years of trading in Chiswick

"I won't be scared off my local – I'm a Geordie"
Ant laughs off incident as he and Dec accept award for Best Entertainment Performance


Police Investigate Death of Chiswick School Girl
15 year old Issy Reilly dies after being taken ill during a party

Cameron Causes A Stir In Chiswick
Hollywood actress keeps it clean on her night out with Colin Firth

Bring Out The Bunting
And let's have a right royal celebration in Chiswick


Word Has Clearly Got Around Hollywood That Chiswick Is Place To Be
Latest LA export spotted out and about in W4 is Keanu Reeves at High Road Brasserie

Commuter Captures Crowds On Turnham Green Platform
Images prove Piccadilly Line stopping needs serious consideration

Ant and Dec's Right Royal Knees Up
Celebs flock to Grove Park to celebrate wedding in style


Frankie's a Faller at the Last
Bardolino takes over as another celebrity chain restaurant closes in Chiswick

Bedford Park Festival Gets Under Way
Large crowds attend first of the Green Days on Saturday

School Fees Heartbreak for Local Mother
Forced to withdraw son from ArtsEd after just one year


Chiswick Man Arrested Over Phone Hacking
Ex-NOTW deputy editor Neil Wallis taken into custody

Radical Plan for Greening of Hogarth Roundabout
Architect's scheme aims to reunite two halves of Chiswick

Local Schools Dominate Top University Places
Report shows percentage attaining admission to 'selective universities'


Another Fatality at Turnham Green Station
Passenger hit by eastbound Piccadilly line train

Chiswick Escapes the Worst as London Burns
Gangs roam West London in a night of terror and chaos

Cocaine Stash in Grove Park Gardens
Three jailed after over a million pounds worth of drugs found


Buddhist Monk Charged with Chiswick Rapes
Offences alleged to have occurred in the seventies

Long-serving GP Bids Goodbye
Chiswick's Dr. Ruth retires after 41 years

Egg on Heston's Face
The Devonshire Arms scotches the competition


'Gang Attack' on Chiswick Restaurant
Chef reportedly stabbed and staff assaulted

Chiswick Man Mauled by Shark
South African beach hotspot for shark attacks

Bruce Dickinson on Why He Loves Chiswick
Rock legend tells us it reminds him of Sheffield at the Oxjam Festival

An Octopus For Chiswick Roundabout?
Controversial landmark plan gets go-ahead after changes


Woman Killed on Chiswick Lane
Police seeking witness possibly driving silver estate

Jamie Oliver Coming to Chiswick
High Road's 'French Kitchen' to be new venue for celebrity chef

Chiswick Man Fined £9,000 for Fly-Posting
Wine bar owner in breach of advertising laws


Chiswick Man Had Thousands of Obscene Images
Police needed seven tonne truck to carry material away from his home

Masterchef Winner Visits Chiswick
Finalists answer questions on Christmas cooking and favourite foods

Elderly Woman Injured by Chiswick High Road
Road reopened after incident involving car and pedestrian


December 30, 2011