23 - 27 October
Monday 23 October
Today I met with representatives from the charity Men In Sheds who support men who are isolated from society.
The charity is looking to help with the restoration of the chapel and mortuary at Isleworth cemetery. We went to cemetery where we met members of the Isleworth Society, which has highlighted the need for this work to be carried out. Our heritage officers at the Council will be speaking to both parties further about the project involved.
In the afternoon, I attended a meeting with the Institute of Civic Engineers in Westminster. This was attended by leaders from other London boroughs and London Assembly members. Amongst the discussions were the Thames Tideway Tunnel, how major water leaks affect our boroughs and fatbergs – fatbergs are when big lumps of fat combine with household waste and block up drains. Visit the Thames Water website for more information
I then met up with Thames Water to discuss the problem of bad smells coming from the Mogden sewage treatment works in Isleworth and how this can be reduced.
The day was rounded off this evening with a meeting of the Labour Group.
Tuesday 24 October
This morning, Deputy Chief Executive Alan Adams, 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 afternoon, along with the Mayor of Hounslow, Councillor Sue Sampson, I attended the Bridgelink Centre on the Ivybridge Estate, Isleworth, where a Queen’s Voluntary Award was presented by Deputy Lieutenant of Hounslow, Maria Pedro.
The award was given to the centre for the tremendous work the staff and volunteers do for the community of Ivybridge and surrounding areas. The centre hosts a number of activities for residents, including a flourishing youth club and offers services giving advice and support to residents of all ages. All on a small budget. My congratulations to them all on such a prestigious award.
Later I hosted a series of one-to-one meetings with council officers.
This was followed by a meeting with Hounslow Central ward Councillors Ajmer and Pritam Grewal, to discuss the concerns they have on anti-social behaviour, fly tipping and littering in that area.
As we know, fly tipping is not only a local problem but a national one. Here in Hounslow we have a zero tolerance of those who fly tip. We will take the strongest action, but we need residents to keep on reporting it. If residents report it, we can enforce action. Report it online
Wednesday 25 October
I had a number of one to one meetings this morning.
Later I met with representatives from the community who wish to lease and run Isleworth Public Hall. We are currently in the final stages of agreeing the arrangements for this and while it has taken much longer than anticipated, we believe this will be the right way forward.
Thursday 26 October
First meeting of the day was with the Housing Strategic Partnership Group, members include all London boroughs. We work together to have a voice in the outcomes of government consultations and ensure that the effects of any consultations will be positive for our residents.
Later I met the Council’s interim Head of Enforcement to discuss working with private landlords on the cladding used on their properties. This is part of the ongoing work following the Grenfell Tower fire in June. We will do all we can to ensure all residents, whether in private or council housing are safe.
In the afternoon, I joined officers from our enforcement service team and local police in the Hounslow west area who were carrying on-the-spot action against fly tippers, people littering and other anti-social behaviour.
We had concerns put to us from a group of residents on the issues and they joined us today, to see us take this action. We are grateful for their input and support in what we are trying to do.
I later met with production company 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 competing with 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 3Fox International, we aim to raise sponsorship to fully fund our trip to MIPIM.
Friday 27 October
Today I will be attending a special lunch at the invitation of the Sheriffs of the City of London at the Central Criminal Court, better known as the Old Bailey.
We will get to see a court in session and meet judges, it will be very interesting to see all of this from behind the scenes. If you don’t see me next week, you know why! I'd like to thank Gregory Jones, QC, Alderman for the City of London, Ward of Farringdon, for welcoming us today.
It’s that time of year: Have you had your flu jab yet? Find out where you can get your flu jab here.
Good luck to Brentford FC who face an away trip to Preston North End this weekend.
I hope all our staff and residents, young and old have enjoyed their half-term holiday.
Finally, remember the clocks go back at 2am on Sunday morning – the upside of that is we all get an extra hour in bed!
Have a great weekend.