9 - 13 October
Monday 9 October
Yesterday [Sunday], I was once again out canvassing with Councillor Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Housing, in Smallberry Avenue, Isleworth.
We met and spoke to many residents and amongst the issues raised was parking issues on double yellow lines near Isleworth Town Primary School.
It seems this is a real nuisance and we are looking into what other enforcement measures we can take to ensure this problem is resolved.
We continue to encourage parents and guardians to walk their children to school wherever possible and the Council backs the Beat the Street activity challenge that motivates all ages to walk or cycle as much as they can and collect points for rewards. Find out more
Later I caught up with messages, emails and calls.
In the afternoon saw the launch of Local Democracy Week, where primary schoolchildren are invited to visit their local authorities and learn about the services the Council provides, the role of the Mayor and how decisions are made at a local, national and European level.
The children get to sit in the Council chamber, ask questions, and vote in a mock election.
This is a great way to introduce the very young to what goes on around them and get a taste of local politics. I was very impressed with the questions that were asked and it was good to see them all enjoy voting for something and getting fully involved.
Tuesday 10 October
This morning I attended London Councils along with the leaders of the 33 other London boroughs, which includes the City of London, to discuss London-wide issues. We were also joined by Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor for policing and crime.
Following that meeting, we were joined by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and James Murray, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development, where we spoke about the current housing crisis in London and the revised London Plan, by the Mayor of London. Read more
I then attended the West London Alliance [WLA] Leaders board meeting, to discuss the London Living Wage and the scourge of fly tipping, which blights all our boroughs and something we are continuing to work hard on to eradicate. Report flytipping
Later, our Chief Executive Mary Harpley, myself and Councillor Amrit Mann, Deputy Leader of the Council hosted the weekly Leaders meeting, with service team leaders from across the Council.
In the evening, we had the Cabinet meeting, where we announced our plans for transitional funding to secure Hounslow’s youth services. Read more
Wednesday 11 October
Today, myself and Councillor Tony Louki, ward councillor for Osterley and Spring Grove, met to chat to local businesses who are concerned at the lack of parking for their staff and customers.
We are looking into this and planning officers will be meeting the businesses further to discuss where we could find alternative spaces for parking and speak about initiatives for car sharing and cycling facilities.
I had a number of one-to-one meetings, before attending the Isleworth and Brentford Labour branch meeting this evening.
Thursday 12 October
This morning, myself, Councillor Theo Dennison, cabinet member for Finance and Citizen Engagement and Councillor Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Housing, met with London property developers, Be Living.
This was to discuss what we are working on with them in Brentford under the property portfolio of Lampton 360 – the trading company set up and wholly owned by Hounslow Council.
Later I attended the Housing Advisory Board meeting, where we spoke about progress in meeting demands for affordable housing, demand for which is growing greater by the day.
This was followed by the monthly finance meeting with senior council directors and officers. This was a difficult meeting as we look to find sufficient funding so we can continue to provide services and especially to those most vulnerable in the borough.
I had to send by apologies as I was unable to attend the Hounslow Health and Wellbeing Board meeting this evening. I would like to thank Councillor Kamaljit Kaur, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Health Services and Public Health, for leading on issues on my behalf.
Tonight, along with the Mayor of Hounslow, Councillor Sue Sampson, Councillor Amrit Mann and Councillor Theo Dennison, I attended the annual Hounslow Business Awards.
Congratulations to all our local businesses, they play a central role in the continuing growth of our borough.
Friday 13 October
This morning our Chief Executive, Mary Harpley, and myself met for our regular meeting with Seema Malhotra MP for Feltham and Heston. We discussed affordable housing in the Feltham area and how the demands are becoming more and more difficult to meet. We are working hard to provide what we can in order to meet the demand.
In the afternoon, I went to the premises in Isleworth of Sky – it is one of our borough’s biggest employers and I saw at first hand their new campus, which looks very impressive.
We spoke about continuing to work together and also further developments Sky has in the pipeline. The plans for Bolder Academy will see Sky and the school explore possible opportunities for collaboration.
While I was there, I saw the model of the sea animal that sits outside on the new campus, which has been made up of recycled plastic.
Good luck to Brentford FC, who face a London derby at home to Millwall on Saturday.
On Sunday, there will be more canvassing to do and I am looking to pay a visit to the Brentford Sunday Market.
Have a great weekend.