Today is deadline for applications to join Hammersmith development working party
Today, July 24 is the final day for applications to join a new working party and help to create a vision for the future of Hammersmith Town Centre.
H&F Council is inviting residents from central Hammersmith and surrounding areas to apply to become part of this unique team, being set up following a meeting hosted by HammersmithLondon and architecture group West London Link, to review proposals for revitalising the town centre.
Council Leader Cllr Stephen Cowan, speaking at the meeting said he would love to see the Hammersmith Flyover gone and Hammersmith’s link to the river restored.
However, he asked: " Is that what’s on offer with the initial proposals to sink the Hammersmith Flyover and a part of the A4 road?"
During the meeting residents were told that, while the Mayor of London has said he is going to "tunnelise" the flyover within four years, he and the government want this scheme to be completely self-financing, which will mean high-end office and residential development on the land above it.
Cllr Cowan says: ”It would be amazing to build a new, environmentally sustainable town centre, fit for the twenty second century, with thousands of new homes for Londoners, a new park and new businesses bringing jobs and opportunity for all.
" BUT if all of this needs to self-financing we could see residents suffering up to twenty years of large scale, high-density development ending up with little of the benefits we all hope for.
" On a project like this, it’s critical to recognise that politicians and officials are only ever custodians of the area we serve. So we are going to set up a Hammersmith Residents’ Working Party that will go through all of the options. Then all of us together will consider how, and even if, we might opt to move forward on any of these schemes."
Anyone interested in being a part of the residents’ working party will need to go through a short selection rocess.
The council says as a resident-focused group, members of the working
party are required to be residents of following wards
of Hammersmith & Fulham Council most closely
connected to Hammersmith town centre:
Avonmore and Brook Green Fulham Reach
Prospective members should also demonstrate their
interest in planning the future of Hammersmith.