What happened in Chiswick during April 2003

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Council official calls CW4 report "misleading"
A senior council officer has claimed our report that shows that half as much is spent on Chiswick's roads per km than elsewhere in the borough is "distorted"

Future of Library Uncertain
Proposed plans for the Chiswick Library on hold as Workspace back out

Hogarth Sculptor dies
Val Bott pays tribute to the popular local artist Jim Mathieson

Latest figures show falling crime in Chiswick
Some local areas remain the worst affected in the borough for burglary and vehicle crime

La Tasca to open in Chiswick
A taste of Iberia is arriving in W4 in time for summer

No Restaurant for Heron House
Plans for riverside beauty spot rejected but speculation has it that a mystery celebrity chef has not yet abandoned scheme

Taking care of green and leafy Chiswick
Tree maintenance in Chiswick to be reassessed as budget for existing arrangements likely to be inadequate

Council report suggests Chiswick's roads are the best in the borough
"Superior" state of roads and footpaths used to justify funding which is less than half that of other parts of the borough

Fishy business on the Terrace
Fishworks, the award winning chain of restaurants has opened a branch in Chiswick

Garden waste collection is back for another year
Following the success of its Green Garden waste collection service last year, Hounslow Council will be running the popular scheme again this summer

Anyone for cricket?
As the new season begins Chiswick and Latymer Cricket club seek new members of all ages and abilities

XXX or Just Hype?
Steamy Stage Scenes At Riverside Studios

Disquiet on the Riverbank
Developers unveil plans for a ‘landmark’ building on the riverside by Kew Bridge

Support escalates for campaign to save John Aird House
Care facility threatened with closure under Council plans for the elderly

Child-care guru gives hope to 'Kevin' parents everywhere
Steve Biddulph gives tips for 'Happy Boys' at Latymer Upper School

Ken overwhelmed by response from Chiswick's residents
Mayor hails local commitment to making Chiswick a better place to live and asks for more time to answer your questions

Council committee rejects proposal to cut Chiswick's parking charge
Central Hounslow Area Committee happy to stick with system in which they pay half the rate in Chiswick despite a report's recommendation that charges should be made more equal

Inquiry into Agent's expansion plan
Local estate agent Foxton's attempt to expand has led to over 100 people signing a petition to "save our shops"

It's Official - A4 one of Britain's noisiest roads
UK Noise Association rank it as the third worst affected by noise in the country raising pressure on TfL to act

Chiswick based charity launches £100,000 appeal
Microloan Foundation seeks to raise to give small loans to poor families in Malawi

Asylum seeker hostel rejected
Council planners say that Grove Park would be unsuitable for this kind of development

Good Response to Clean-up
Volunteers turn up to tackle litter and graffiti

Old Meadonians win second trophy
Unique treble still a possibility as Meads take London Old Boys' Senior Cup

New police boss was Ladbroke Grove hero
Inspector Ged Boyer who has taken charge at Chiswick police station was commended for bravery during the rail disaster

Chiswick Mall - A place to be avoided?
Screaming kids, arguing couples, noisy wildlife - are the river views really worth the hassle?

Chiswick Postman escapes jail for theft
Unpaid drug debts caused him to steal from colleagues' Christmas fund

Mayor publishes findings of ambient noise Draft Study
Grove Park residents will find no tangible solution to their anti-noise campaign in the report

Council warns of phoney phone cards
Consumers are being advised to be on the alert for Orange Mobile Phone Top Up Cards

A big welcome to Dukes Meadows
The Friends of Dukes Meadows unveiled a new gate at the entrance to this riverside park

Met aim to make London the world's safest major city
Sir John Stevens tells conference that partnerships with local communities have helped reduce burglaries and street crime

Calling all Chiswick businesses
Commercial opportunities at this year’s Bedford Park Festival

Council admit Chiswick parking charges unjustified
Councillor on Hounslow Borough's executive concedes basis for higher permit charges is unsound

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