Christmas message and review
Christmas is fast approaching and we are looking forward to a New Year.
Our priorities for 2018 will remain the same and despite continuing cuts to budgets from central government, difficult challenges and tough decisions to make, we are determined we will achieve our vision for the borough and do all we can to protect services for the most vulnerable in our community.
Looking back over 2017, we have seen a wide range of major developments get underway that will transform the lives of residents both in the immediate future and the long-term.
This has included new homes nearing completion in Lampton Road, building work on the new Hounslow Town Primary School, preparatory work has started on the construction of the High Street Quarter and the construction for the new council offices and library in Bath Road.
Following the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire in June, we have worked hard to ensure our residents are safe and have implemented a number of fire safety works in our housing blocks, including the re-cladding of Clements Court.
Our schools continue to go from strength to strength, raising standards in education and we are supporting opportunities in business and skills and training, to ensure our residents get the chance of employment.
Our aims are going forward in making our borough cleaner and greener borough includes enabling residents to recycle more and we are cracking down on fly tippers and anti-social behaviour.
You can read about all of this and more in the latest edition of Hounslow Matters, which is being dropped through letterboxes throughout the borough this week.
We are proud to be a London Living Wage employer and we have kept to that commitment with services such as our Libraries and waste and recycling.
We will continue to tackle the issues that mean the most to you and that will enable Hounslow to be a happy, healthy and prosperous borough in 2018.
Remember to check in on relatives or neighbours that might be on their own at Christmas and stay safe.
The year is ending on a sad note, following a fatal stabbing in Hounslow on Friday [22 Dec].
If anyone has information, they should contact the incident room on 020 8721 4868, contact the Metropolitan Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
We urge anyone who is thinking of carrying a knife – don’t. Too often we are hearing of a senseless loss of life.
I would like to thank in advance, all our emergency services, residents and council staff who will be working over the Christmas and New Year and also thank them for their hard work again over the past 12 months.
Finally, on behalf of everyone at Hounslow Council, we would like to wish all our residents a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Councillor Steve Curran
Leader of Hounslow Council