17 January 2019

Rebuild in Ham Farm Road

The little corner of Ham around the junction of Upper Ham Road and Ham Farm Road has seen a lot of major projects in recent years and this is another one. It's on Ham Farm Road in the section that has the grassy section of Ham Common Woods opposite it.

A closer look shows the extent of the work being done. It looks as though the ground floor walls are staying and I hope that they are because they are a rather lovely colour.

16 January 2019

Changes at Wendy's Workshop

Ten years after its arrival on Ham Parade Wendy's Workshop is going through major changes. I had heard that it was closing but one of the workmen that I spoke to said that it was remaining the same. We will see soon.

15 January 2019

SY14 PNB makes a mess of Ham Farm Road

The street furniture in Ham is often bent out of shape by reckless driving and this time we know who did it as SY14 PNB conveniently left one of their number plates behind.

14 January 2019

Texaco become BP

Ham Cross looks very different now that the green BP branding has replaced the red Texaco look. The change happened a few weeks ago and I was waiting for the black section on the information board to be filled in with something permanent and, presumably, green, but there is no sign of that happening just yet.

Branding apart, there has been no significant change to the garage, shop or cleaning service.

13 January 2019

LF68 YAA double parks for Greggs

People parking badly while shopping at Greggs is hardly unusual and would normally go unreported here but this driver bagged their place in my Bad Parking file by leaving the car unattended in the slip-road, blocking it for all traffic, while they went shopping.

As if that was not enough, a few minutes later the driver was somewhat reluctant to slow down and let me continue crossing the road while I was using the crossing just to the right of their photo and had to brake somewhat sharply. They were eating at the time.

12 January 2019

Ham Gate Lodge

I do not normally stray into Richmond Park for this blog but this cottage is called Ham Gate Lodge and so it deserves be to included. Not surprisingly, it is at the end of Ham Gate Avenue and is just inside the park on the right as you go in.

The lodge is normally obscured by greenery and so Winter is the best time to appreciate it. I think that the grey sky suits it too. 

11 January 2019

Curved bench

Ham Village Green is benefitting from a long series of gradual improvements, the latest of which is a curved bench on one of the long paths that cross it. New benches are always a good idea and a conversation-encouraging curved one is an even better one.

10 January 2019

Entrance to Richmond Chase

The poster shows what the entrance to Richmond Chase will look like once the rebuilding of Latchmere House. The poster, like the photograph, cheats a little by showing the view from between two blocks of affordable housing that form the real entrance.

I have nothing against the affordable housing, just the opposite, I wish there was ore of it. My argument is against the design of the site that hides the centrepiece, Latchmere House, behind a wall of red brick.