28 August - 1 September
Monday 28 August
Hello everyone, it has been a few weeks since I was here, following my replacement hip operation.
I am gradually easing my way back – as anyone knows following an operation, it takes a bit of time but I am back and around and catching up on everything.
I kept in close contact with everyone at the Council during my recovery so was aware of all what was going on. I would like to thank Councillor Amrit Mann, Deputy Leader, for stepping in and taking on a lot of my work while I was away.
I hope everyone enjoyed the Bank Holiday weekend, which for once, came with some lovely summer weather.
I would like to thank all those who continued to work over the Bank Holiday, including council staff and emergency services.
Congratulations to our Mayor of Hounslow, Councillor Sue Sampson, who took part in a sponsored 10,000ft freefall parachute jump today. It was for a great cause, Pink Ribbon Foundation, one of the Mayor’s chosen charities for the year.
Councillor Bandna Chopra also took part to raise money for the Mayor's charity.
Tuesday 29 August
Back in the office today and busy straight away getting up to speed with any outstanding calls and messages.
I had a meeting with our Chief Executive Mary Harpley, followed by a finance meeting with Councillor Theo Dennison, Cabinet Member for Finance and Citizen Engagement.
Financially, it's been challenging with continued central government cuts that have significantly reduced the council's budget, leading to difficult decisions about services.
Later, I had a number of conference calls.
Wednesday 30 August
Today began with further conference calls.
One of these was about the London Skills Strategy – the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has set up a taskforce to ensure that all Londoners and the capital’s businesses can gain the skills they need to succeed. This is what we want to make sure of in our borough, that we can provide the opportunities so that our residents, especially our young people, can take up and go on to establish skills that will enable them to have successful careers.
I then met with the Mayor of Hounslow, Cllr Sampson, for our regular Mayoral budget meeting. I am delighted to say that the Mayor’s budget is all on track and she is busy representing the Council and the borough very well indeed.
The Mayor reminded me, that following her successful parachute jump earlier this week, she is already preparing for her next big charity event, the Walk4Refuge event, which will see her joining other walkers in crossing four of London’s iconic bridges - Tower Bridge, Southwark Bridge, Millennium Bridge and Westminster Bridge.
It is all in aid of Refuge, which is also one of the Mayor’s charities, which offers support and a range of domestic violence services to women and children. If you wish to take part or donate, you can do so here
Thursday 31 August
I had a series of calls and messages to attend to, which took up most of the morning.
Later I was delighted to attend the Gardening Competition at the Danehurst Sheltered Housing in Brentford.
It was great to meet the wonderful residents and staff and see them all enjoying taking part in the competition.
Congratulations to Janina Rozniak and Visha Gecsei, residents of Lambert Lodge in Brentford, who were winners. Praise was given to all, including Abraham Dick and Con Dwyer, who also made a huge contribution to the lovely garden.
Well done to all!
Friday 1 September
Today I was out and about dealing with casework in Syon ward.
This week we revealed successful action carried out by our enforcement team over the last month. This included issuing over 450 FPNs [Fixed Penalty Notices]. We are committed to ensuring our borough is a clean and welcoming borough to live, work and go to school in. We will take the strongest action against those whose anti-social behaviour is blighting the lives of our residents.
Good luck to England all home nations in the football international matches this weekend.
There is also a double header of rugby at Twickenham on Saturday as Saracens meet Northampton and London Irish play Harlequins. Look out for traffic information around the match can be found at RFU HomeTurf
This afternoon, I was invited by my friend David Brock, to take a look behind the scenes at Kingston Crown Court. David is a Recorder and a part-time judge.
It was good to see what goes on and I also got to have lunch with the judges and had some very interesting conversations.
Finally, best wishes to all our residents who are observing Eid al-Adha.
Have a great weekend!