What happened in Chiswick during May 2003

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New numbers show sharp falls in property prices
A plunge of around 15% in Chiswick prices over the last six months and a 30% fall in sales suggests boom is decisively over

Riverside tower block plans slammed
Derek Woodman of the Kew Society expresses disquiet about the "not very distinguished" development planned at Kew Bridge and the record of the developer

Pot Pourri Wins Silver at Chelsea
Garden created at Chelsea Flower Show by local florist and designer gains award

"Coffee House" Agency gets all clear
Foxtons given permission to expand into the premises next door

MP meets with residents on A4 noise
Ann Keen MP and Dave Wetzel of Transport for London visit Wolseley Gardens to hear for themselves the problems residents face

Rena Salmon found guilty of murder
Jury told of Lorna's pregnancy after the verdict as judge says that life is the only possible sentence

The end of The Chiswick
One of our High Road’s finest culinary establishments, The Chiswick Restaurant, sees the end of an era

West end pedigree, local outlook
Devonshire House, Chiswick's newest gastro-pub, looks set to be a welcome addition

Local post offices face further uncertainty
Councillor warns that the recent changes to the benefit payments system threaten more closures of sub-post offices in Chiswick

"No Doubt" about future of Chiswick Library
Council and Friends of Chiswick Library give reassurance that closure is not an option

Friends say radical change is required for library
Shirley Hadi, the Chair of Friends of Chiswick Library, says that there are more options that the current Workspace plan and closure

BA condemned for 'profit over people' attitude
Ann Keen MP asks for your support in her submission to the consultation process as aviation industry gets behind third runway option

Local schools face funding crisis
Council demands more funding from education minister to cover £3.5 million shortfall

John Aird House Still Faces Closure
Executive Committee Reject Overview Panel's Recommendations and Remains Firm With Initial Decision

Turnham Green Terrace Redevelopment
Residents Appeal For A Discerning New Design For The ‘Ugly’ Gable House

Lottery Award for Chiswick Community School
New nets will mean cricket is reintroduced to the school

CIP Chief Executive Quits
Head of company responsible for maintenance of Chiswick House Grounds and the tennis courts on Chiswick Common moves on

Would you go the distance for Epilepsy?
Places available on 10km road run to raise funds for local charity

Ann Keen blasts BAA Heathrow plans
She joins other MPs and local councils in condemning company's push for a third runway

Council calls for Heathrow health study
Hounslow Council wants an urgent health impact assessment to consider the potential effect of a third runway

Volunteers get deserved recognition
Both local volunteer agencies win Outstanding Achievement Award

Will to Win win
Local tennis club triumph in the Middlesex Cup

New Scheme to prevent local rat-running
Major layout changes planned for the Chiswick Road and Acton Lane by the exit to Sainsbury's

Belmont School staff earn bonus
School awarded for achieving top results as part of a national scheme to recognise improvement

Cycle challenge with fund-raising in Mind
Chiswick based Kristian Moller-Butcher and his friend Nick are setting off this week for a cycling trip up the world's largest volcano

Tram Supremo to meet the public
Tim Jones of Transport for London to attend public meeting on West London Transit Scheme

Lottery meets with Friends of Dukes Meadows
Ann Keen helps arrange meeting with Heritage Lottery fund to discuss funding of the £1.5 million restoration scheme

Cadets pass inspection with flying colours
Chiswick’s very own Navy paraded in their best uniforms at their Pier House Headquarters

Old Meads win premiership
Full trophy cabinet for local football team

BAA Accused of 'Moving the Goal Posts'
Pressure group threatens legal challenge in Europe over Heathrow Air Pollution Figures

Man Charged with Southfield Park Murder
A man has been charged in connection with the murder of a young woman near the borders of Acton and Chiswick last year

Courtyard Garden set to bloom on time
A small piece of Southern France to be recreated at Chelsea Flower Show by local florist and garden designer

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