Where You Live: Hammersmith and Fulham

Where You Live >> Hammersmith and Fulham

London is more than just the City and its famous landmarks. More than its museums, theatres, palaces, taxis and red buses. It is home to some 8 million people. You live, work and socialise across London’s 32 boroughs – you make them tick. You give Hammersmith and Fulham’s neighbourhoods, from Shepherd’s Bush to Parsons Green, their unique identity. It is these distinct areas that make our great capital such a rich and diverse city. Unlike the previous Mayor, Boris is working to give all your boroughs - not just Zones 1-3 - his attention.

Boris Johnson has a nine point plan to secure Greater London’s future. He is paying for this plan by cutting waste at City Hall to free up £3.5 billion for services.

In Hammersmith & Fulham the plan means:

  • Freezing City Hall’s share of council tax for three successive years and cutting it this year, benefitting 82,330 Hammersmith households and putting an extra £445 back into pockets  (GLA Website, ‘Budget archive’, link, GLA, Press Release 1 February, link, DLG Website, Calculation of Council Tax Base for Formula, Grant Purposes, October 2011, link).
  • Investing in local high streets and supporting small businesses with £3 million of funding for Hammersmith & Fulham from the Mayor’s Regeneration Fund to help repair damage caused to high streets and town centres during last summer’s riots  (GLA, Press Release, 17 January 2012, link)
  • Investing in local transport by expanding four stations for London Overground in Hammersmith & Fulham and building a new station at Imperial Wharf, rolling out Oyster cards onto national rail and funding £15 million to boost local transport (TfL, Press Release, 20 November 2008, link; TfL, Press Release, December 2009, link; TfL, Press Release, December 2010; link; TfL, Press Release, December 2011, link).
  • Boris is also supporting local pensioners by reversing the previous Labour Government’s decision to stop those at 60 getting the Freedom pass until 65 (GLA, Mayor’s Questions, 17 December 2008, link).
  • He is also the only candidate in this election who can secure a better deal for London from No 10.

Freezing council tax

  • Boris Johnson has frozen council tax for three years and cutting it this year. Boris Johnson has frozen his share council tax for three years and is cutting it this year (GLA, Mayor’s Final Draft Consolidated Budget 2012-13, link).
    • This has helped keep cost of living low for 82,330 households in Hammersmith (DCLG, Council Tax Base, October 2011),  putting an extra £445 back in the pocket of households.
  • Hammersmith & Fulham council tax cuts. Council tax bills are set to fall by 3.75% in Hammersmith & Fulham thanks in part to the fact that services are being combined with neighbouring authorities. (Hammersmith & Fulham Council Website, Council tax, link).

Restoring green space

  • 177 street trees. 177 street trees have been planted in Hammersmith under Boris Johnson (GLA, Mayor’s Questions, 25 January 2012, link).
  • 51 green spaces. 51 green spaces have been created for Hammersmith residents to grow their own food (Capital Growth Website, link).
  • Little Wormwood Scrubs Park. Little Wormwood Scrubs Park in Hammersmith & Fulham has received £400,000 as part of the Mayor’s £6million fund to improve the quality and safety of London’s parks (Help in London Website, ‘Help a London Park’, link).

Investing to transform local high streets

  • Regeneration fund. Investment of £100 million kick-starting housing development that will create over 4,000 new jobs and 1,350 homes by the end of 2015. Around 10,000 new homes, 600 student beds, and 3.5 million of commercial floorspace are ultimately planned for the site, transforming what was an old gas works into a major new residential, business and leisure district (GLA, Press Release, 18 January 2012, link).

Making your streets and homes safer

  • 1,000 more police across London by May and £132 million more investment under Boris. The number of Special Constables has more than doubled from 2,500 to well over 5,000. (GLA, The Mayor’s Consultation Budget, 22 December 2011, link; MPA Website, Police numbers, link; GLA, Mayor’s Final Budget 2011-12, link; Evening Standard, 30 January 2012, link).
  • Total crime and robberies in Hammersmith &Fulham have fallen. Since May 2008, Hammersmith has seen a 6.1%% decrease in total crime and a 33.8% reduction in the number of robberies. Youth violence is down 22.4% and bus crime has fallen 14.8% fall in bus crime (MOPC, Monthly Report: Police and Crime Committee, 8 March 2012, May 08 – Jan 12 compared to Aug 04-April 08; MPS Statistics).
  • 844 more patrols per month. In Jan 2012 there were 844 more monthly patrols in Hammersmith & Fulham than there were in April 2008. (GLA, Mayor’s questions, 25 February 2012, p169, link).

Ensuring a true Olympic legacy

  • Boris Johnson has funded seven sport participation programmes in Hammersmith & Fulham so far. They are (Mayor of London, Sporting future for London, April 2009, p. 9, link):
  • Sports Legacy Programme grants. 7 organisations in Hammersmith & Fulham are receiving Sports Legacy Programme Grants to offer free sports coaching to Londoners (Freesport Programme Website, link).

Investing in Transport

  • £15.8 million of funding for local transport in Hammersmith & Fulham. Since becoming Mayor, Boris Johnson has invested over £15.8 million to boost local transport in Hammersmith & Fulham including £540,000 to develop Fulham Palace Road to smooth traffic through this busy and congested route (TfL, Press Release, 20 November 2008, link; TfL, Press Release, December 2009, link; TfL, Press Release, December 2010; link; TfL, Press Release, December 2011, link).

Underground

  • Improve reliability on Tube lines running through Hammersmith & Fulham. This is part of the Tube upgrade programme, secured by Boris Johnson. These include:
    • Circle and Hammersmith and City Lines. This will improve capacity by 65% on the Circle and Hammersmith & City line, an additional 17,000 passengers per hour at peak time. From 2012, 53 new trains will be introduced on the two lines. These will be air-conditioned, have walk-through carriages, and wider doors and walkways to improve accessibility (TfL Website, ‘Circle line upgrade plan’, link).
    • District Line. This will improve capacity by 24% on District line, meaning the line can carry an additional 10,000 passengers per hour at peak time. 80 new trains will also begin to be introduced from 2013, with all new trains in service 2016. These will be air-conditioned, have walk-through carriages, and wider doors and walkways to improve accessibility (TfL Website, ‘District line upgrade plan’, link).
    • Piccadilly Line. The Piccadilly will be one of the two last lines to be upgraded. The upgrades will deliver new trains, new signaling and new control centers, allowing for increased capacity on the line (TfL, ‘Tube Upgrade Plan’, link).
  • London Overground. New London Overground station in H&F– Imperial Wharf – and 4 expanded stations: West Brompton, Kensington (Olympia), Shepherd’s Bush, and Willesden Junction (TfL Website, ‘London Overground’, link).
  • Oyster Cards rolled out on national rail. After years of talk under Ken Livingstone, Boris Johnson secured the roll-out of Oyster cards onto national rail. Hammersmith & Fulham is the 18th highest oyster- using borough on national rail services (TfL Website, ‘Oyster on National Rail’, December 2009, link).

Roads and congestion

  • Scrapped the Western Extension Zone. Boris Johnson scrapped Ken Livingstone’s Western Extension of the Congestion Charging Zone in December 2010 after 69% of residents voted in favour of cancelling the zone (TfL, Press Release, 20 October 2010, link).
  • C-Charge. Boris also scrapped Ken Livingstone’s plans to introduce a £25 charge for family vehicles. (London Legacy, Press Release, 8 July 2008, link)
  • Permit Scheme. Refused 23% of applications by utility companies to dig up roads in Hammersmith & Fulham & Fulham. (TFL, ‘London Permit Scheme’, link).
  • Traffic lights. 77 traffic lights in Hammersmith & Fulham have been reviewed to improve traffic flow. (TfL Website, ‘Smoothing traffic flow’, link, TfL, Suggested Signal Removal List, link).

Buses

  • Bus improvements. 32 bus routes in Hammersmith & Fulham have been expanded and or improved under Boris Johnson. (TFL, Bus service changes May 2008-Jan 2012, link)
  • Bendy Buses replaced. Nearly 500 new vehicles boasting the latest clean engine technology will replace the Bendy buses and will save more than £7 million a year. The new buses will replace the Bendy buses on route 207 (TFL, Press Release, 5 October 2011, link).

Cycling

  • Cycle Superhighways. Two Cycle Superhighway swill run through Hammersmith & Fulham. Cycle Superhighway 9 will run from Hounslow to Hyde Park by 2013 and Cycle Superhighway 10 from Park Royal to Hyde Park by 2015 (TfL Website, ‘Cycle Superhighways: About the scheme’, link).

Housing

  • 900 total affordable housing units completed in Hammersmith & Fulham. 340 social rented and 550 intermediate affordable housing units were completed in Hammersmith & Fulham between 2008/09 and 2010/11, the 4th most of any borough (DCLG, Affordable Housing Live Tables 1006, 1007, 1008, link).

Mayoral visits

  • Boris Johnson has made the same number of visits to Hammersmith in his first term than Ken Livingstone made in his first term. Boris Johnson has visited Hammersmith eight times since July 2008. Ken Livingstone visited Hammersmith eight times in his first term as Mayor (GLA, Mayor’s Report to the Assembly, May 2000 – April 2008; GLA, Mayor’s Report to the Assembly, May 2008 – March 2012).

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