18 - 22 September
Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September
I had a busy day on Saturday starting with my surgery between 11:00 and 12:00 in Brentford.
Together with Councillors Sam Christie, Linda Green, John Todd and Katherine Dunn, I attended an Open Day at the West Middlesex Hospital and became a Member of the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Trust at the invitation of its Chairman, Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett (pictured).
I also won second prize in a raffle taking place - a £15 Marks & Spencer voucher - which I will be donating to the Mulberry Centre.
On Sunday, I headed down to Brentford and spent part of the day canvassing in and around the Market.
Monday 18 September
Today I was at the Port of London Authority. Councillor John Todd and I met its Chief Executive, Robin Mortimer, and senior officers to discuss the new pedestrian footbridge at Dukes Meadows.
This is a key part of the Council’s masterplan to redevelop this important area of the Borough into a major Leisure, Culture and Sporting hub.
Tuesday 19 September
The Council’s Chief Executive, Mary Harpley and I had one of our regular meetings with Howard Wollaston, the Chair of the Council’s trading company, Lampton 360 today. There was a positive discussion, recognising the considerable developments that are already underway, and planning for further ones in the pipeline.
In the afternoon I met residents from Chiswick with Councillor Gerald McGregor to discuss their concerns regarding leaseholder charges. This is a serious issue, and a good discussion gave us several things we can progress.
Amongst the business at tonight’s Cabinet meeting was a proposal for the creation of six new conservation areas across the Borough. Consultations will now be planned so residents and organisations can express their views.
Wednesday 20 September
The Thames London Waterways Forum met today, and was attended by Val Shawcross CBE, Deputy London Mayor for Transport. I gave a short speech on the Masterplan for Dukes Meadows.
Using the theme “People and Places” I presented how the Council is seeking to encourage Borough residents, and especially those from ethnic minorities, to enjoy the River Thames.
My meetings in the afternoon included with members of the Commerce Road Residents Association who wanted to discuss parking issues. I appreciate the very real problems caused by commuter parking in streets close to railway stations, and am keen to help identify solutions across the Borough.
Thursday 21 September
Today I had a series of meetings and conference calls. One particularly important one was with Council enforcement officers and Hounslow Highways regarding residents’ concerns about commercial vehicles blocking pavements in the Ham. An action plan was agreed and I hope to see improvements soon.
Friday 22 September
I discussed the Council’s latest financial position today in my monthly conference call with the Chief Executive, Mary Harpley, and Director of Finance and Corporate Services, Clive Palfreyman.
In the afternoon I attended a commendation ceremony organised by the Borough Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Raj Kohli. Amongst the recipients of awards was my Son, who detained a bike thief and assisted in their arrest. More on this in my diary next week.
On Sunday I will be going to the Labour Party national conference. While I am there I will be meeting with the Chief Executive of Thames water, Steve Robertson, to discuss concerns about the Mogden sewage treatment works.
I will still be contactable by phone and email if anyone needs to reach me.
Have a good weekend.