Our Patch Autumn 2017 Chiswick - Page 5

Our Patch Autumn 2017 THE BEST TOPPING FOR YOUR PIAZZA Now and then: how a dreary tarmac space is set to be transformed As well as seeking more volunteer help, the new group is also on the lookout for projects and initiatives to get involved in. “We need more people to come and help; people with an affinity for working with children,” said Neil. “One of our recent recruits was a man who used to be a member of 34th Hammersmith, at Latymer School; a pack which no longer exists.” Another area where help is needed is technical savvy to run the website and Facebook. John Horton, of Horton and Garton, backs scout group expansion. “As an ex-cub and scout myself, whose mother ran the guides in my village, I know the dedication, passion and time invested in all the young people,” he said. Email Neil at 28thhsmith@gmail.com or call 07841 408238. • 20th Chiswick Scouts has beavers, cubs, scouts and explorers (www.20th- chiswick-scouts.blogspot.co.uk). • 3rd Chiswick Scouts, formed 1909, is based near Stamford Brook tube (www.bedfordpark.net/scouts). • 21st Hammersmith meet at West London Free School and Holy Trinity, Brook Green (www.21sthammersmith. org.uk). All are on the lookout for volunteers. A crowd-funded project to turn a dull stretch of tarmac into an attractive area is sprinting towards the finish line. Grove Park’s piazza project got off to a flyer with £36,500 from Hounslow Council. Nearly 100 shops and residents have contributed (www.spacehive. com/grove-park-shops-piazza), and the winning post of £78,712 is now in sight. Jonathan Knight, who chairs the Grove Park group, explained the thinking behind a piazza with the emphasis on pedestrians. “A continental-style space with wider pavements will be much better than a massive expanse of tarmac,” he said, adding that existing parking bays would be retained in a more people-friendly design. The space, where Spencer Road meets Grove Park Road, near the railway station, will appeal to al fresco café and pub customers and boost shop trade. Crowd-funding cash pledges will pay for the design phase, improving accessibility along currently cramped pavements. By block-paving the area and adding traffic calming features, pedestrian safety will be improved. Hounslow’s traffic department, ward councillors, residents and businesses are backing the project, instigated by the Grove Park Association – a long-standing conservation group – re-energised as the Grove Park Group several years ago, following a local campaign against the imposition of controlled parking zones. “The fundraising is going well,” said Jonathan. “It’s on target. We explained it to shops and businesses, and the penny dropped about how it could improve the area.” The proposed piazza scheme includes tree-planting for a greener, healthier environment, appealing to a stable population who have made the Grove Park area their home. “This area has biggish houses, and many people have lived here since the 60s, 70s and 80s,” said Jonathan. “People tend to stay here for a long time, which means that more people have a stake in the area.” If all goes well, more people will also have a steak in the area, as The Old Station House pub (formerly the Grove Park Hotel) can use some of the space for outdoor dining. To donate, visit: www.spacehive. com/grove-park-shops-piazza