11 - 15 September
Monday 11 September
At the weekend I enjoyed attended two big community events, both of which were a huge success.
On Saturday, I opened the Joint Services Open Day, at Thornbury Park – it was a great family day out for all ages and I know many residents enjoyed taking a look behind the scenes with the emergency services and Council services.
Then on Sunday, I attended the annual Tidefest event, at Strand on the Green. This fantastic event is held every year to celebrate the River Thames and all it offers recreationally for our borough.
Congratulations to the Mayor of Hounslow, Councillor Sue Sampson, who, along with her fundraising team, took part in the Walk4Refuge event, raising money for the charity that supports victims of domestic violence.
Today saw the usual round of one to one meetings with Council staff.
I then joined a senior planning officer to meet with residents in Isleworth who had concerns regards to the possible effects the new Green School will have – it was a constructive meeting.
Later I attended the Labour Group meeting where we discussed Labour Party matters and looked ahead to tomorrow’s Borough Council meeting.
Tuesday 12 September
This morning I had my regular weekly meeting with our Chief Executive Mary Harpley, before we then hosted the weekly Leaders meeting, alongside Councillor Amrit Mann, Deputy Leader, where we meet heads of services from across the Council.
I then had a meeting with the Borough Commander for Hounslow Police, Chief Supt Raj Kohli, to get an update following the fatal stabbing that took place last week in Rosebery Road, Hounslow. Once again, on behalf of the Council, I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family of the victim.
In the evening, I attended a reception hosted by the Mayor of Hounslow, Cllr Sue Sampson, to thank all the Council staff and emergency services who went above and beyond to help with relief effort following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in June.
It was just to recognise the outstanding efforts of everyone involved and to say a big thank you.
This was then followed by the Borough Council meeting.
Wednesday 13 September
Today, I had a meeting at the Department of Transport and met the Aviation Minister Lord Callanan. It was to discuss matters of consultation around the proposed third runway at Heathrow Airport. I was joined by other local authority leaders.
Sadly I wasn’t able to attend the charity cricket match, that the Mayor of Hounslow, Cllr Sampson hosted this evening. Having just recovered from my hip operation I wouldn’t have been able to play a part on the field this year!
Still, I was glad to hear it was a great success, the Mayor’s team were victorious and she has raised a lot of money for her two chosen charities, Pink Ribbon Foundation and Refuge.
Thursday 14 September
Meeting to discuss the planning of forthcoming service action days we would like to hold in the borough and one of those areas will be in Hounslow West. These events are very important and will feature the Council, including ward councillors working together closely with residents.
I then attended a meeting of the Housing Zone Advisory Board meeting, to discuss progress in with our housing zone schemes in Hounslow and Feltham.
This was followed by the Affordable Housing Committee meeting and then a meeting on the Floreat School in Brentford in the evening. We discussed the school and the Watermans Art Centre.
Friday 15 September
This morning I met with residents on various issues, before meeting with our two MPs, Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford and Isleworth and Seema Malhotra, MP for Feltham and Heston, it was good to catch up with them.
Following the terror attack in Parsons Green today [Friday 15 September], I would like to express my deepest sympathy on behalf of everyone in the borough, to the family and friends of all those injured.
This is another senseless attack in London, but we must all stand together as one community in the face of adversity.
I encourage all our staff and residents to remain vigilant and calm. We are being advised that tube and rail passengers and people who use the tube and railway stations to help keep themselves and others safe by reporting unusual items or activity on the tube or railway network.
If you see something that doesn’t feel right, you should tell a member of rail staff or a police officer what you have seen. You can use the anti-terrorist hotline: 0800 789 321, or in an emergency, always call 999
Tomorrow, Saturday, I have my regular surgery, first come first served.
Then later, [tomorrow] I will be attending the West Middlesex University Hospital open day, if you can get along to what is a good event and to help support the hospital, patients and staff.
Good luck to Brentford FC who face Reading at home this weekend.
Have a great weekend!