16 - 20 October
Monday 16 October
Yesterday [Sunday] I was again out canvassing in Syon ward, Isleworth with Councillor Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Housing and other party members.
We met many residents and one of the subjects discussed was the proposed CPZ [Controlled Parking Zone] in Linkfield Road, Isleworth. After consultation, we have placed a camera there to enforce the no entry for drivers from London Road into Linkfield Road.
The camera is there for a trial period, but many residents are in favour of the enforcement.
I was working out of the office for most of today but later met up with councillors from Hounslow Heath ward, Cllrs Ajmer Grewal, Pritam Grewal and Nisar Malik to discuss concerns over loss of parking near to local shops in the town centre area.
New housing and retail developments, which we welcome as they will boost the number of homes we can provide and create new jobs, has meant some existing car parks have had to close to enable the development to take place.
We spoke about the alternatives, but also noted that the car park at the Treaty Centre is often under-used.
In the evening, I met with Labour group officers, before catching up with our Director of Housing, Peter Matthew, to discuss the housing crisis and how we are meeting the challenges we face.
Tuesday 17 October
A reasonably early start this morning. My first meeting of the day was with our Chief Executive, Mary Harpley.
This was followed by a finance meeting with Councillor Amrit Mann, Deputy Leader and Cllr Theo Dennison plus senior council officers.
Later I joined Cllr Mann and a number of fellow councillors to visit the new Southall Lane site, which will handle the recycled waste we collect from our residents.
I must say I was very impressed at what will be a state-of-the-art site and it will be operational shortly.
I then met with a local businessman who wanted to discuss potential development ideas he wants to bring to the borough.
In the afternoon, I attended a workshop run by the Council’s planning department for potential developers who are looking at various sites on the Great West Corridor and Golden Mile areas of the borough. This was a challenging event but worthwhile.
The evening saw myself and fellow cabinet members support Councillor Ed Mayne, Cabinet Member for Customer Care and Performance, as he was asked to attend the Overall and Scrutiny Committee regarding changes to the proposed customer complaints procedure.
Wednesday 18 October
My day began with a series of one-to-one meetings with council staff.
I then chaired the West London Skills & Employment Board, which is made up of representatives from the local business and commerce community.
We discussed ideas for continuing to provide further opportunities in education and training and help shape a positive future for our young people.
In the afternoon, I met with senior council officers to discuss the Showman’s guild site in Feltham. This follows concerns expressed by the Showman community over the impact of building more homes to meet demand may have on the site. Myself and our officers talked about the next steps to take.
Thursday 19 October
Happy Diwali to all our residents and staff.
This morning I met with around 60 senior managers from across the Council to discuss a range of matters including future services delivered by the Council, the selection of councillors from the Labour group and future budget provisions amongst other issues.
Later I joined planning and property council officers to meet with representatives from Countryside property developers to look at potential future sites in Hounslow.
This afternoon I was interviewed by the BBC for a forthcoming programme, details of when this will be aired are to be confirmed.
In the evening, I attended the Brentford Lock West Residents’ Association meeting.
Friday 20 October
Today I met with Professor Peter John, Vice-Chancellor of UWL [University of West London], to discuss further opportunities for our organisations to work together.
This week, we again put out a message to any business that does not hold the correct licences in which to carry out their work, could face prosecution. The safety of our residents and customers is a Council priority and we will take the strongest action.
I welcome the call from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, on ensuring that Brexit does not seriously compromise public safety and security.
Good luck to Brentford FC who face Sunderland at Griffin Park tomorrow [Saturday].
Finally, I would like to wish Brian Robinson a very happy retirement. Brian is one of our security officers here at the Civic Centre, a role he has carried out for the past 13 years.
Before that he worked for the NHS, where, for 18 years, he was a paramedic for the London Ambulance Service.
Brian tells me he is looking forward to putting his feet up but as he has 10 grandchildren, that might prove to be a bit difficult. On behalf of us all here at Hounslow Council, I would like to thank Brian for his commitment and wish him all the very best.
Have a great weekend!