25 - 29 September
Monday 25 September
Last Friday I mentioned being very proud watching my son Samuel receive an award for bravery at the Borough Commanders Commendation ceremony.
This special event, organised by Hounslow Borough Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Raj Kohli, also saw Councillor Hanif Khan’s brother PC Fakhar Khan also receiving an award, both Samuel and PC Khan were awarded for apprehending a suspect.
From Sunday, I attended the Labour Party Conference in Brighton. I attend in my position as CLP [Constituency Labour Party] delegate for Brentford and Syon. It was an interesting conference with some great speeches. It was great to see the party united.
Tuesday 26 September
I returned from the Labour Party Conference this afternoon to catch-up on office work and host meetings.
Wednesday 27 September
Today I attended the regular finance meeting with our Chief Executive, Mary Harpley, Councillor Theo Dennison, Cabinet Member for Finance and Citizen Engagement, and the Council’s Director of Finance and Corporate Services, Clive Palfreyman.
As many of you are already aware, there is severe pressure on the council’s budget and we have faced continuing cuts since 2010. There is a gap in funding we are trying to resolve and we are all working extremely hard to meet our budget targets for the end of the year.
Our priority, as always, is to protect council services so we can deliver to our residents and, in particular, the most vulnerable in the borough.
Thursday 28 September
I met with Paul Gussar from 3Fox International about our attendance at MIPIM in March next year. MIPIM is an international property fair that investors from across the world attend, and it provides an opportunity for Hounslow, other London boroughs and councils across the country, to seek business that will boost investment in their communities.
Next year’s event will be more competitive than ever, and we will be fighting other local authorities to attract investment in housing and commercial areas amongst others that will enable us to provide opportunities of employment and training for our residents.
Working with 3 Fox we aim to raise sponsorship so that our trip to MIPIM is not funded by the taxpayer at all.
This afternoon I attended the official opening of an extra care home for residents, at Bridgewater House, in Isleworth. This facility consists of 36 affordable flats. I was joined by the Mayor of Hounslow, Councillor Sue Sampson and Isleworth ward Councillor Ed Mayne, Cabinet Member for Customer Care and Performance.
I would like to thank our staff from the Council’s older people service plus developers Octavia and St James, with which we continue to work in partnership, for the success of this venture. I was delighted to meet residents and representatives from the developers. It is an excellent scheme.
In the evening, I attended the Isleworth and Brentford Area Forum. We discussed the review on the local plan for the west and east of the borough, including proposals for the new cycle super highway 9.
We also looked at CPZ’s that are being put forward for the next stage of consultation. It was a long day but productive which saw me finish up around 10pm.
Friday 29 September
Today, I met with Val Shawcross, Deputy Mayor of London for Transport. I joined other leaders including Councillor Julian Bell, Leader of Ealing Council, Clr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council and Cllr Sachin Sha, Leader of Harrow Council.
We had a tour of the new west London orbital railway line and went to Dudding Hill to take the route of the line which will run from Hendon to Isleworth via Brent Cross. The other route is from West Hampstead to Hounslow.
It is important that we have the best possible transport links to and from west London, and to Heathrow, for residents and visitors to our borough. This gives us better opportunities for connecting links which is also vital.
I was sorry not to be able to attend the FoodBox appeal event at Hounslow Library, but I know the Mayor of Hounslow, Cllr Sue Sampson, and Councillor Corinna Smart joined volunteers to receive lots of kindly donated food and toiletries.
It is a great initiative that is helping many of our residents across the borough and I know volunteers are extremely grateful to all those who donated.
Tomorrow, Saturday, I will be attending a coffee morning at Brentford Dock in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support.
We are continuing our crackdown on fly tipping and are taking the strongest possible action against those who carry out this anti-social behaviour. We need the help of residents to report it. Report it here.
Hounslow Council has welcomed confirmation from both the Greater London Authority (GLA) and Government that the Bolder Academy school can proceed to be built.
Planning permission for the Bolder Academy school was given the go-ahead by Hounslow Council’s planning committee on 3 August 2017.
The academy, which will be a mixed gender, non-denominational school for local children can now look to open its doors in September 2018 in the building currently occupied by Nishkam School on London Road, Isleworth. Pupils and staff will then move to a new permanent school building in 2020, located at the site of the Grasshoppers Rugby Club, in MacFarlane Lane, Osterley.
Grasshoppers will move to their new ‘state of the art’ facility at Syon Lane in 2018 to make way for the school
Good luck to Brentford FC tomorrow, who face a trip to Middlesbrough.
Have a great weekend.