My Week by Cllr. Steve Curran

4 - 8 September

Monday 4 September

I hope all those who attended the Mela, in Gunnersbury Park and the Brentford Festival on Sunday enjoy the events. The day consisted of dealing with casework followed by a series of meetings. In the evening, I attended the Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting. I would like to thank fellow councillors who are part of this committee for their continuing hard work. Scrutinising executive decisions which are made is extremely important.

Tuesday 5 September

I was shocked and saddened to hear about the fatal stabbing which took place yesterday [Monday] in Rosebery Road, Hounslow.  On behalf of the Council, I would like to express my sympathy to the family of the victim.
Today, along with Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services and Youth Services and senior council officers, I attended a meeting on the Floreat Free School, Brentford, to discuss development plans.
The rest of the day was spent dealing with outstanding messages and calls.

Wednesday 6 September

This morning I joined the G15 group, which consists of representatives from housing associations and developers to look around at the Feltham Housing Zone and other areas. We are looking to plans to deliver economic, environmental, transport and social improvements in the borough, which are set out in the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan’s planning strategy.
In the afternoon, I met with Philip Morton, the new London Fire Brigade Borough Commander for Hounslow.
It was a very interesting meeting. During our chat, we discovered we were both brought up in Tolworth, about half a mile away from each other. As they say, it is a small world! 
I am looking forward to working with Philip going forward and continue the close working relationship we have between the Council and LFB.
The rest of the day saw a series of meetings with council staff.

Thursday 7 September

This morning I had my weekly meeting with our Chief Executive Mary Harpley, before we joined Councillor Amrit Mann, Deputy Leader, to host the Leaders meeting, with heads of service from across the Council.
Later I joined representatives from TfL and the Council’s traffic and transport team plus councillors from Syon and Brentford wards, to discuss the proposed cycle superhighway that will run through Hounslow and other parts of west London. Plans are at early stages and there will be more on this as it all develops.
I followed that by joining senior housing officers to meet with developers of properties being built next to what will be our new Civic Centre, in Bath Road.
We discussing affordable housing as part of the development.
This evening saw a planning committee meeting and I was pleased to note that the committee approved an application from the housing department to build 25 new Council homes at Sparrow Farm, Feltham. This development will provide new homes for local people and help us meet our housing targets and that of the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

Friday 8 September

Most of today was spent dealing with casework.
Tomorrow [Saturday] will see me attend the Joint Services Open Day at Thornbury Park, TW7 4ER on Saturday.
I hope to see many of you there, it is looks like being a great family day out in the local community.
I will also be attending the annual Tidefest event on Sunday, at Strand on the Green on Sunday. This fantastic event it held every year to celebrate the River Thames and all it offers recreationally for our borough. LINK TO DETAILS OF EVENT.
Congratulations must go to Hounslow’s Project SEARCH team this week, for winning an award recognising them as being one of the ten best schemes in the whole of Europe.
Project SEARCH is a programme that helps young people with disabilities find valuable work experience.
Finally, good luck to Brentford FC this weekend as they travel away to Aston Villa.

Have a great weekend.