Cycleway 9 in King Street Slammed in Hammersmith Society Awards

Nominated for Wooden Spoon, marking it as year's worst local scheme

Cycleway 9 on King Street in Hammersmith
Cycleway 9 on King Street in Hammersmith

Cycleway 9 has been nominated for a Wooden Spoon, which would mark it as 2022’s worst local scheme, in The Hammersmith Society’s 60th Anniversary Environment Awards.

The Wooden Spoon, say the Society, is given to eyesores or projects that just got it all wrong and Cycleway 9, which aims to make cycling and walking easier, safer and more appealing is criticised for a number of missteps, including:

  • Concrete instead of planting, unsafe design and lack of consultation
  • Bus lane removal, pollution & delays, exclusive use for cyclists who it is claimed make up less than 3% of the population
  • As if to emphasise pedestrian dangers, the council’s solution to public concerns is ugly signs strewn along King Street.

H&F Council’s tree planting scheme is also nominated for a Wooden Spoon, with The Hammersmith Society saying: “ We were pleased to see the council replace some dead street trees in King Street and elsewhere in early 2021, but they sadly forgot to provide a means to keep them watered.

“ It’s estimated to take 20 litres a week to get a new tree established, watering bags are often provided around saplings for this reason.

“This tree planting exercise was a waste of taxpayers money: an additional £19 spent with the tree’s vendor, and some TLC, would have saved them. We adopted the sapling opposite Tesco last summer, and persuaded local restaurants to do similar for some others nearby, but it appears to have been too late by the time we noticed their parlous condition.”

The tree on King Street that failed to thrive
The tree on King Street that failed to thrive

There is better news for King Street’s new Livat Centre, formerly Kings Mall, which has been nominated for the Nancye Goulden Award, given to smaller schemes which have improved the local environment in some way – be it through a building or landscaping.

As well as the Livat Centre itself being nominated for improvements to the shopping centre, the planting on Ashcroft Square, above the centre, in cheerful yellow containers is also included in the nominations.

Two projects in Shepherd’s Bush have also received nominations. The Green Project in Sawley Road is up for the Jane Mercer Award, which is for initiatives of benefit to Hammersmith which have involved proactive co-operation, collaboration and communication.

The project is run by a group of independent residents with a love for gardening and community spirit, who say: “ The core of our efforts is to make our neighbourhood more green and pleasant for us all.”

Nominee for The Environment Award, which The Hammersmith Society describes as its coveted award for the development which best meets its ideals, is the restored Palladium, on the western side of Shepherd’s Bush Green.

The historic Palladium was built in 1910 and was once home to the Cinematograph Theatre, one of London’s earliest cinemas.

In recent years, it housed the popular Walkabout Pub, before being redeveloped, retaining its original facade, to create an eight storey building with apartments and a restaurant linked to the adjacent hotel, run by the same company, Dorsett Hospitality Inernational.

The Grade II listed Dorsett Shepherd’s Bush was also once a former cinema and was itself a co-winner of The Environment Award in 2015.

The Hammersmith Society say they have been working to preserve and enhance our architecture and urban environment since 1962. The award scheme was launched in 1989 and is now a highlight of the society’s calendar.

Further nominations for awards - both positive and negative - are invited either by commenting on The Hammersmith Society’s website or by email to Nominations will close on Friday 20 May, and winners and wooden spoons will be announced at the Awards Evening and AGM on Wednesday 22 June.

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May 6, 2022