15 July 2008 www.lbhf.gov.uk NEWS 59
CLEANER & GREENER
ALL skips placed on the public highway
will need a valid skip licence as well as a
separate parking bay suspension from
Hammersmith & Fulham Council made
the change in policy after frequent
complaints from residents about the
disruption skips create and the amount of
parking spaces they monopolise.
Regularly skips used to remove materials
from a property are parked outside someone
else’s home. This can lead to residents and
visitors having problems in finding a parking
To comply with the terms and conditions
of a skip licence, applications will only be
accepted from the skip hire company.
Residents and contractors will no longer
be able to apply direct to the council.
This system has been introduced to allow
for accountability regarding damage and
to assist in the resolution of issues such as
overloaded or uncovered skips (pictured).
Councillor Nicholas Botterill, deputy leader
and cabinet member for environment, said:
“London as a whole is struggling to cope with A FRESH START: Team leader Lola Owoade (back row, black T-shirt) and her Prince’s Trust team Mandla Gazi, Mobo Ika, Sa brina Docherty, Karley
the number of cars on our roads and we are Charles, Meshach De-Silva, Scott and Pippa Nolan get to work at the St Paul’s Centre in Hammersmith PICTURES BY LEIGH QUINNELL
no different in Hammersmith & Fulham.”
Enforcement officers will be patrolling
the streets of the borough on a regular basis
to make sure that all skips are legitimately
sited and promptly removed following their
The skip licence fee for a month is
to green oasis
£56 and a parking bay suspension will
cost £26 per bay (for five metres) per day.
To apply, the skip hire company will need
to complete an application form. These are
available from Hammersmith Town Hall
Extension or Fulham Town Hall receptions.
They can also be requested by fax by
dialling 020 7371 5678 or can be
downloaded from: www.lbhf.gov.uk
The council has also created Participants also raised £450 by
notice periods for parking bay u Scheme at St Paul’s Centre sees selling CDs featuring music
suspension requests. young volunteers get down to some they’re written and by bag packing
The notice period needed
to suspend a bay for a skip hard work and polish up their area at Marks and Spencer.
The money was used to buy
is eight days and the notice u Most youngsters return to school gardening tools and new plants
period will only start after or full employment with new skills which now line the super garden.
payment has been received. Lola Owoade, 26, team leader
For more details, call once the course sprouts roots from Ealing Hammersmith and
020 7371 5678 or 020 West London College, said: “Our
8753 1081. P L U C K Y education or employment’ by volunteers learn that by helping
grafters were happy helping them work on team build- others, they are helping them-
to get their hands ing and confidence, has provided selves.
dirty to transform a the St Paul’s Centre with an extra “Eighty per cent of them go back
patch of disused land into a space to carry out youth activities. into education or employment fol-
stunning new garden. Karley Charles, 20, a volun- lowing their hard work, and some
Volunteers participating in teer from Uxbridge Road, Shep- even going to university when they
a Prince’s Trust scheme have herds Bush, said: “We helped the never would have otherwise.”
cleared the outside space at the centre because they work with kids The idea for the project came
OvER 70 per cent of residents agreed that the St Paul’s Centre, Macbeth Street, and we wanted to give something from former W6 Youthworks
plans for a new-look Shepherds Bush Green Hammersmith. back. My little sister and cousin member Natalie Hunter, who is
were very good or good in a recent exhibition. The scheme, which aims to come here so its really rewarding also doing the Prince’s Trust ROOTS: Mandla Gazi at work in
The figures come following an in-depth dis- ‘reintegrate young adults into to see it come together.” scheme. Simona Sikimic St Paul’s Centre in Hammersmith
play at the W12 shopping centre in Shepherds
Bush last month and full details of figures from
A collection a week keeps away the squeak!
the latest public consultation will be available in
the next edition of h&f news.
Earlier in the year, residents gave the Green
a resounding thumbs-up, sharing their positive THE decision to stick to a weekly bin collection council’s decision to decrease refuse rounds. Councillor Nicholas Botterill said: “The
opinions about the £3million improvements, service in Hammersmith & Fulham has been Since fortnightly schemes were introduced facts are damning and it echoes what we said
with 13 of the 14 aspects hitting at least 60 justified. in 2005 across England and Wales, there has all along – that fewer collections lead to more
per cent in the approval ratings. Hammersmith & Fulham Council cites been a 23 per cent rise in the batch of beasties mess and pests. We are working with our
The two most popular aspects were the evidence in new research that claims calls being spotted, including mice and rats. contractors Serco closely to make sure that
boulevards around the Green’s perimeter and to pest controllers have risen by 50 per cent A huge 80 per cent have seen a rat or mouse rubbish is cleared away quickly and effectively.
the pedestrian path network on the common. in areas where councils have switched to a within just five metres of their home. “But we would urge residents to make sure
Work on the new-look Green is expected to fortnightly collection. The research also showed that 37 per cent of they do their bit too, by putting out their rub-
start in March 2009 and includes the creation Results of the survey, carried out by home those people surveyed had forgotten to put their bish for collection on the right days and tying up
of an open air plaza at the eastern end, a cafe insurance company esure, also proved that over rubbish out on time, leaving it to fester for up to sacks securely. If you are going on holiday, if at
with outdoor seating and new play areas. half of those questioned already following a a month in their often overflowing bins until the all possible, ask a neighbour if they can put your
fortnightly collection were angered by their following collection. rubbish out while they are away.”