We want to put you at the heart of decision making in Hammersmith & Fulham. And that is why we have launched 12 resident-led commissions to help develop our policies for the borough.
Over the past four years, more than 100 local residents have helped shape the ways we work across the council.
“Our commissions put people at the heart of decision-making and policy in the borough,” said Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council.
“People who live here, and deal with these issues on a day to day basis, are best placed to tell us what problems need sorting out, and how we can best go about doing that,” he added.
- Arts Commission
A new community-led commission is working to help shape the future of the arts and culture scene in H&F for local residents.
The independent H&F Arts Commission is made up of residents, volunteers, art experts and local arts organisations.
It will aim to build on the success of the council’s Arts Strategy (pdf 626KB) with recommendations to further boost the borough’s already thriving arts scene so all residents regardless of their background can get involved.
- Hammersmith Town Hall Commission
The renewal of west King Street which includes a restored Town Hall, demolishing the 1970s Town Hall Extension building and creating a new public plaza and cinema, is moving forward at a fast pace with works expected to start later this year.
The independent Town Hall Commission has been working to help shape the new scheme.
The three commissioners are local volunteers who have a particular interest in Hammersmith’s buildings and townscape, and who were closely involved in the community response to the earlier schemes for the project.
- Richard Winterton (Chair) – Architect
- Melanie Whitlock – former Chair of The Hammersmith Society
- Allan Baird – Architect
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- Policing and Crime Commission
The independent Policing and Crime Commission has begun its work looking at the root causes of crime and anti-social behaviour in H&F.
The chair, Adam Matan, and vice chair, Christina Smyth, have now appointed seven other members.
- Lorraine Ainscow-Searle – former lecturer in criminology
- Rosemary Barnett – former Special Constable and trustee-director of the Centre for Public Safety
- Gareth Dixon – Young H&F Foundation Maria Doulton – Neighbourhood Watch volunteer
- Patricia Mayhew OBE – eminent criminologist and winner of the Stockholm prize
- Charlie Rigby – founder of the Violence Intervention Project Francesca Taylor – worked with rape victims and is involved with Neighbourhood Watch
- Rosie Waite – School Governor Superintendent
- Helen Harper, of the Metropolitan Police, is acting as an ex-officio adviser to the commission.
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- Poverty and Worklessness Commission
Pockets of poverty and unemployment persist in this largely wealthy borough. So the aim of this commission was to establish why this is the case, and to find ways of tackling the problem.
Led by Christina Smyth, it met and spoke with people living in poverty in Hammersmith & Fulham, and reported to the council in March 2017.
- Business Commission
The Business Commission was led by two successful business people and worked with traders large and small in Hammersmith & Fulham to discover what more the council could do to help them thrive.
Greg Jackson, CEO of Octopus Energy, and Sophie Devonshire, CEO of The Caffeine Partnership, head up a team of business experts who began their work last year. Their report, Upstream, was published in March 2017.
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- Commission on Airport Expansion
The commission was led by former civil servant Christina Smyth and made up of local residents with a good knowledge of the area and who could assess the impact of any expansion.
The eight-strong commission found a third runway would have a negative impact on the borough.
Chair Christina Smyth, said: “We found that the overall impact of a third runway would be adverse. The risk is that the residents of H&F will pay a heavy price for benefits which are largely elsewhere.”
The commission ran from November 2014 to April 2015 and received more than 100 responses from residents and community groups.
It shaped H&F’s evidence to the Government’s Airports Commission led by Sir Howard Davies.
The report and H&F Council’s submission to the government can be found on our Heathrow expansion web page.
- Residents’ Commission on Council Housing
This commission was created to safeguard the future of council housing in the borough.
The aims were to find ways to protect our council homes and estates for the future, give residents greater control, protect tenants’ rights and keep rents/charges affordable, and to fund improvements.
Rt Hon Keith Hill, the former housing minister who chaired the commission, said: “The greatest tribute must go to our resident members – tenants and leaseholders from the borough – all volunteers, who devoted a vast amount of their time to it.”
The commission recommended the council shift ownership of our council homes to a community gateway housing association.
The commission’s members were: Right Hon Keith Hill (chair), Peter Bevington, Shirley Cupit, Joanne Drew, Paul Ekudo, John Ghazi Quick, Mathias Kulubya, Anthony Mason, Andy Robson, Sofia Saraiva, Kim Shearer, Anthony Wood and Lorna Wynter.
For more details and for the report visit the Residents’ Commission on Council Housing web page.
- Air Quality Commission
The commission reported in September 2016 with a raft of suggested actions we can all take to improve the quality of our air.
The commissioners studied official and academic reports and received evidence from residents, community groups, Transport for London, businesses, council officers, politicians, and academics.
It was launched in January 2016 and was made up of six residents.
“We’re looking to be the greenest borough in London and that requires determined and energetic work on behalf of the council, the GLA, the government and residents,” said Rosemary Pettit, chair of the commission.
“We hope we were able to communicate that sense of enterprise and energy we bring to the whole process of getting cleaner air for everyone.”
Most of its recommendations have already been put into action.
Read the report on the Air Quality Commission web page.
- Disabled People’s Commission
This commission includes 10 disabled people from the borough and is looking at local Disabled people’s experiences of living in Hammersmith & Fulham.
The commission will use its findings to inform the council on how to work better with local Disabled people in relation to the support and services available locally.
Public events took place in April and September 2017 to listen to the experiences of other disabled people.
The commission completed its work and reported to Cabinet in December 2017.
- Rough Sleeping Commission
The number of rough sleepers in the borough is on the rise because of benefit cuts and a lack of affordable housing across London.
The Rough Sleeping Commission will examine the problem in Hammersmith & Fulham and look for solutions.
The commission is chaired by Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis, and held its first meeting on 9 February 2017. The commission reported to Cabinet in January 2018.
- Biodiversity Commission
Looking at how we can help plants and wildlife flourish in Hammersmith & Fulham, this commission is being led by Morag Carmichael, who co-ordinates the local Friends of the Earth group.
The commission submitted its final report to the council in January 2018.
- Older People’s Commission
In November 2017 the council set up an Older People's Commission (OPC) to consider the issues facing older people in the borough. Isolation and loneliness, Poverty and Deprivation, and Access to Services are three of the key areas that the commissioners are focusing on.
The commission was chaired by Bryan Naylor, a local resident. The commissioners aim to provide the council with a set of recommendations to help 'make Hammersmith & Fulham the best place to grow older in'.