21 - 25 August
Councillor Amrit Mann, Deputy Leader of Hounslow Council, tells us about his week
Monday 21 August
My day consisted of catching up with casework, messages and calls.
It’s all about getting on top of outstanding issues and then be ready to deal with more!
We hear that Councillor [Steve] Curran is continuing to recover well – we look forward to him being back and around soon.
Tuesday 22 August
Today consisted of back-to-back meetings.
First up, was to join our Chief Executive Mary Harpley to host the weekly Leaders meeting with heads of services from across the Council.
We discussed updates on all services, plus the forthcoming event the Council is holding to say a special thank you to our emergency services following the Grenfell fire. This event will take place at our next Borough Council meeting on Tuesday 12 September.
It is to mark the outstanding contribution by all those services plus Council staff, all of whom rallied into action for the relief effort.
I then followed this up by attending a meeting with management staff for our waste and recycling service.
This was to be updated on all areas of the service and any outstanding issues.
We are going in the right direction following the changes to this service. There are still areas to improve and as long as we continue to resolve and tackle any issues promptly, then we can continue to be on track in delivering a high standard of service to our residents.
There are always teething problems as with anything that changes, but as long as we ensure we are listening to residents then we will be on the right path.
This meeting was followed by a smaller discussion with the waste and recycling team to look at outstanding issues and where we are with these.
The next meeting was one in which I attended on behalf of Councillor Curran, which was to meet committee members from the Wellington Day Centre, Hounslow. I joined our Chief Executive Mary Harpley to speak to the committee about the possible amalgamation of the site where the centre is in Staines Road, with other organisations.
I then chaired the Hounslow Together Board to discuss the introduction of a strategy think tank and what that would involve.
This is a project that will the Council work together with partners such as the Hounslow CCG [Clinical Commissioning Group]. It was well attended and a productive meeting.
After that meeting, I then stood in for Councillor Curran to meet with the Hounslow Chamber of Commerce to discuss long-term development and investment plans around the Golden Mile, again a very productive meeting.
In the evening, I met with fellow councillors to discuss casework.
It was a busy day!
Wednesday 23 August
This morning I attended what could be a potential regular new initiative called “Coffee with a Copper.”
Local police want to provide time for residents to pop into Mimi’s Café, Noble Corner, in Great West Road, Hounslow, TW5 OPA and get one-to-one time in the style of a drop-in session with a local police officer to discuss a concern or matter to do with the community where they live.
Personally, I think this is a great initiative by our local police colleagues.
Later I attended several one-to-one meetings before representing Councillor Curran for a meeting with Berkeley Homes to see the progress of the development at Chiswick Gate, Burlington Lane.
This development includes affordable housing and this is something we have worked closely not only with Berkeley Homes but also in partnership with Thames Valley Housing. There will also be commercial outlets on site and with the Fullers Brewery nearby, plus having great travel links to get to other parts of London, there is high demand for investment in local business.
My thanks to Tom Pocock, Managing Director of Berkeley Homes Urban Developments for taking me around the development.
I did manage to grab a cup of tea this evening before dealing with more casework!
Thursday 24 August
Casework and catching up with outstanding messages took up most of today.
Congratulations to Hounslow students who achieved excellent GCSE results.
Despite the GCSEs being tougher, our pupils excelled and we had top grades across our schools.
A big well done to our pupils, teachers, governors, parents and guardians for these fantastic results.
Get walking! A great and simple way to a healthier lifestyle. More about the new One You Hounslow campaign.
Friday 25 August
I had a series of meetings and dealt with calls.
I hope as many of you as possible to enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend – The Civic Centre is closed on Monday 28 August and you can check all contact details for emergency and out of hours services and your rubbish collections here.
In advance, a big thank you to all Council staff and emergency services who continue to work over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Finally, good luck to the Mayor of Hounslow, Councillor Sue Sampson who will be taking on a 10,000ft freefall parachute jump at Brackley Airfield in aid of the Pink Ribbon Foundation. You can donate here to what is a great cause.
Good luck Madam Mayor and all who are taking the plunge with her on Monday 28 August.
Have a great weekend!