17 - 21 July
Monday 17 July
On Saturday, I joined our director of housing, housing officers and residents for a visit to Cornish House tower block, in Brentford. This visit is part of our ongoing engagement with residents following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower.
We went from the 22nd floor right down to the ground floor, picking up on any fire related issues we need to look at, which are all part of the series of actions we as a Council are taking to tackle fire safety and estate improvements in the borough.
I would like to thank all our housing managers and staff for their effort in ensuring we are doing what we need to put the plans into place.
It was great to meet residents on the visit and I would like to say a big thank you to them all for their patience, attending the public meetings and giving us their feedback so we can get to work on what is needed to be done. For all details on the fire safety and support visit https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/homepage/91/grenfell_tower
I also enjoyed the Chiswick Pier Trust Party on the Pier event yesterday [Sunday]. It was a great event that saw many communities get together and enjoy the river.
Today along with Councillor Amrit Mann, Deputy Leader of Hounslow Council, we paid a visit to the Southall Lane depot site. Work has been carried out there to accommodate the borough’s new recycling vehicles and recycling service. Work is progressing well at Southall Lane and the site is expected to open in the autumn.
Tuesday 18 July
Today I attended a strategic leaders workshop, to speak to up and coming managers from local government offices from across the country. It was great to hear different views on strategic leadership.
The rest of the day was spent catching up on emails and calls, plus a series of one-to-one meetings with council staff.
Wednesday 19 July
I was pleased to see fellow Councillor Melvin Collins receive a special award as he retired from being a school governor after 30 years.
Cllr Collins was presented with a silver engraved plate by current headteacher John Wright and former headteacher Graham Legg, chair of governors Glenn Greene, along with fellow school governors.
Today I also attended the Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting. On the agenda was the outcome of the recent LGA [Local Government Association] Peer Challenge and Action Plan. You can read about this here
The Peer Challenge and Action Plan demonstrated the Council is going in the right direction. There is always room for improvement and we make sure that happens.
Thursday 20 July
This morning, myself and Cllr Amrit Mann joined crews in Feltham and also met residents along the route. We spoke to them in depth about the new service and that with any change such as this to a service, there may be some problems but we are committed to putting them right as soon as possible. We also need the help of residents themselves to reduce the amount of waste and recycle more and we are confident that the service will lead us to producing less waste and improve on our recycling.
You can find out more here about the new recycling service and fortnightly waste collections
This week we reported on another hefty fine to a fly-tipper. The person concerned was caught twice dumping rubbish and was fined £800 – I reiterate that we will come down as strong as possible on anyone caught fly-tipping in our borough. You can read about it here
We also need residents to report fly-tipping, you can report it here
I then later held a meeting with our new interim head of enforcement here at the Council.
In the afternoon, I met with a resident from Smallberry Avenue, Isleworth who has concerns over vans and lorries parking on street corners and double yellow lines. I also had a round of general meetings and dealt with casework.
Friday 21 July
Today I was out and about across the borough.
Myself, Councillor John Todd, ward councillor for Chiswick Homefields and our head of parks met with a tree surgeon at Dukes Meadows. We have to cut back a few trees along the river path for health and safety reasons.
I am pleased to report this week that my hip operation is set now for early August so am happy that is getting sorted out soon!
Finally, congratulations to the England Ladies football team who hammered Scotland 6-0 in the Women’s European Championship.
Have a great weekend!