That Was The Year That Was..

Top Chiswick News Stories From 2013

Top Twenty Stories of 2013
1 Five Screen Cinema For Chiswick High Road
2 Major Fire Hits Chiswick High Road
3 Jamie Theakston's Chiswick House Up For Sale
4 Chiswick Man Killed In Accident Was Local Teacher
5 Chiswick Wakes Up To Storm Damage
6 Stadium Development to Transform Chiswick Skyline
7 New Steakhouse To Open In Chiswick
8 'Too Bright' Street Lights Causing Sleepless Nights
9 Piccadilly Line Stop for Turnham Green
10 Price Explosion For Chiswick Property
11 New Spanish Restaurant For Chiswick High Road
12 New Wine Bar Set To Open In Chiswick
13 'Renaissance' In Multi-Million Pound Chiswick Properties
14 Daring Burglary At Boots On Chiswick High Road
15 Chiswick In Top Five Best London Areas To Live
16 Andreas Georghiou Says Farewell To Chiswick
17 New 'Bill's' Restaurant Coming To Chiswick High Road
18 Giraffe To Close On Chiswick High Road
19 Riverside Restaurant Pissarro To Close
20 Serious Accident Near Sutton Court Road

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Year Summary

The big issues for Chiswick residents in 2013 were the continuing controversy over a third runway for Heathrow Airport, the Brentford Football Stadium development at Lionel Road, the Grove Park CPZ, Hounslow Highways using tarmac on Chiswick pavements, the proposed new Picturehouse Cinema and controversy over the proposed closure of A & E departments in local hospitals.

Campaigners to have the Piccadilly Line stop at Turnham Green hailed a significant victory towards the end of the year, following the Mayoral announcement on the issue.

Parking in Chiswick , new restaurants, refuse collection and traffic stories were also popular local reads throughout the year. Property sales continued to make headlines and the year ended with the sale of Zachary House at Strand-on-the Green for over £6 milliion.

The arrival of Bill's new restaurant which is located on the sites of Gelato and Giraffe was of local interest. Chiswick also welcomed Vinoteca (on the site of the former Oriental Brasserie) but Brick Oven closed, as did the Turnham Green cafe which became a Japanese restaurant. Chella became tapas restaurant La Mancha. The popularity of Asian food was evident with the opening of Vietnamese cafe Ngoh and the announcement of Pho (opening early 2014). An Argentinian steakhouse was added to the list of local eateries, and cafe/bakery, Chateau Dessert took over the former Eco-Age shop which had been run by Livia Firth and her brother.

Some familiar faces disappeared during the year- Pissarro closed, and the High Road lost Blockbusters and the Body Shop (now Mint Velvet). The Picture Man framers closed and the Brasserie Gerard premises became KFH estate agents.

Local groups in Chiswick continued their hard work, from the High Road Action Group formed to monitor potential developments along Chiswick High Road, to residents' associations fighting to retain traditional paving in their area. Abundance continued its work planting bulbs in Dukes Meadows and organised the Edible High Road as part of the Chelsea Fringe. Several groups banded together to challenge the Lionel Road development but at an unusually long Planning Committee meeting at Hounslow in December, councillors voted to grant permission.

Justin Welby, who previously lived in Chiswick for several years with his family, became Archbishop of Canterbury.

Independent traders in Chiswick held a Street Party to publicise the benefits of local shopping and continued their campaign to have parking restrictions eased for 'stop and shop' to make it easier for residents to shop locally.

Crime in Chiswick throughout the year ranged from burglaries to phone snatches and street scams, and the area retained high figures for theft from motor vehicles. The local police station lost its 24-hour public reception access. Boots was burgled and on Christmas Eve, there was a raid on a G4 van outside Barclays Bank.

Chiswick Fire Station survived rationalisation which closed other stations in London.

Local celebrities continued to make the news with Colin Firth making the movie Railway Man and Sophie Ellis Bextor making it to the final of Strictly Come Dancing. Clare Balding had another successful year. Olympian James Cracknell became a Euro MP candidate for the Conservatives.

Local MP Mary Macleod continued to work on behalf of her constituents and Ruth Cadbury was named as the Labour candidate to fight for the Brentford/Isleworth constituency seat in the next election.

Councillors at the local Chiswick Area Forum discussed issues ranging from parking to the impact of the proposed new Cinema and urged local residents to attend the meetings and become more involved in what is happening on their doorsteps.

Local schools also brought in above average results in national exams.

Well-known local actor Richard Briers passed away in 2013 as did comedian Mel Smith, who grew up in Chiswick. Award winning director Jim Goddard also died during the year.


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W4 Property Averages Over Three Quarters of a Million
Home on South Parade becomes Chiswick's third most expensive

Councillors Support Campaign To Save Chiswick Pavements
They demand Council stop plans to resurface with tarmac

BMW Theft Gang Targets Chiswick
One case involved stealing a car locked behind electric gates


Mother and Baby Rescued by Chiswick RNLI
Lifeboat called after two year old girl fell into the Thames at Isleworth

Colin Firth Voted All Time Best Darcy
Chiswick-based actor tops Radio Times poll to join Pride and Prejudice dream cast

Richard Briers Tells of Battle Against Chronic Lung Disease
Chiswick based actor also reveals what he really feels about Felicity Kendall


Andreas Georghiou Says Farewell To Chiswick
Popular greengrocer departs Turnham Green Terrace after nearly 20 years

Stadium Development to Transform Chiswick Skyline
Plans at exhibition show how landscape would radically alter

Chiswick In Top Five London Locations
New guide finds W4 one of city's most desirable places to live


Freez-ter In Chiswick
'Snow joke as locals shiver in unseasonably cold spring

Local Conservatives Recall Margaret Thatcher In Chiswick
She visited as Prime Minister and also during the last election campaign

Victory For Community Groups In St. Albans Church
Planning Inspector turns down appeal by developer


Five Screen Cinema For Chiswick High Road
Rambert Dance Company sells building to Picturehouse Cinemas

New Policing Model Means Changes For Chiswick
Front counter will no longer operate for 24 hours

British Airways Jet Flew Over Chiswick
Tracked over Dukes Meadows before emergency landing


'Too Bright' Street Lights Causing Sleepless Nights
Residents in Park Road are furious over new LED lights installed last week

Chiswick High Road Junction Upgrade To Take Three Months
Traffic disruption at key intersection with Turnham Green Terrace

Argy-Bargy As Gloriana Gets Stuck Under Kew Bridge
Chiswick lifeboat called to help free the gilded barge from the Queen's Jubilee pageant


Chiswick High Road Is Top Spot For Parking Tickets
More than thirteen thousands tickets issued in past year

Top Rapper 50 Cent's Visit To Chiswick Is Cancelled
QVC calls off the show following domestic violence charges in the US

Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umanna Visits Chiswick
Urges local people  to support independent retailers


Hounslow Council Outsources Parking From Tomorrow
Partners with Ealing and Brent Councils to let Serco run service

Public Consultation On Piccadilly Line Stopping At Turnham Green
Campaigners say it's time local views were heard

Price Explosion For Chiswick Property
Home values surge to record level as agents cry out for stock to sell


Permit Renewal System Descends into Chaos
SERCO struggles with huge backlog of residents' parking applications

Chiswick Football Clubs To Play At Buckingham Palace
Polytechnic FC and Civil Service chosen for first ever match at royal residence

My Book Does Contain Some 'Surprises'
Rula Lenska on her autobiography and life in Chiswick


Daughter Speaks Of Life Without 'Caring' Mother
Says justice has finally been achieved for Dilys Fouracres

Nobel Prizewinner Celebrates With Beer From Chiswick
The chosen tipple of Professor Peter Higgs to celebrate his win was brewed at Fuller's

Chiswick Residents Say 'Push Off Porsche....Again'
Oppose the revised design to extension of luxury A4 car showroom


Chiswick Wakes Up To Storm Damage
Fallen trees caused problems on roads, rail and underground

Rambert Dance Company Bid Farewell To Chiswick
Staff move to the South Bank next week after forty years on High Road

Riverside Restaurant Pissarro To Close
The Corney Reach eatery will soon shut its doors


Anger Over Chiswick Day Centre Demolition Plan
Nine Georgian style family houses to be built on the site

Brentford FC Development Gets Approval
Four hour planning meeting hears from both sides and votes just before midnight

Fury Over 'Two Runways' For Heathrow
Anti-expansion groups will redouble efforts as news leaks of interim Davies report


December 27, 2013