3 - 7 July
Monday 3 July
I hope you all had a good weekend and got to enjoy some of lovely sunshine.
The event saw the Mayor raise over £13,000 which is fantastic and means two very worthy causes will benefit.
On Sunday, Cllr Sampson, the Mayor and I, visited Chiswick Cricket Club, which as I revealed in my blog last week, has successfully obtained funding from The London Marathon Charitable Trust and Sport England, to upgrade their changing room facilities.
Alan Pascoe, MBE, the former Olympic, European and Commonwealth hurdler, officially opened what are brilliant new facilities and it was an honour to meet him.
Chiswick is a great club for the local community, anyone who likes cricket, should pay them a visit, new members are always welcome.
As many of you will be aware, the situation following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower is continuing to dominate the work of our Council.
Hounslow has staff working around the clock to assist in the relief effort with Kensington and Chelsea Council and other London boroughs.
Here, the safety of all our residents in high-rise blocks are of the upmost priority to us and we are continuing our work by holding a series of meetings this week from this evening [Monday] to Thursday, with residents across the borough, in Feltham, Brentford, Hounslow and Isleworth.
Both myself and Councillor Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Housing, are attending these meetings along with the Council’s director of Housing, senior housing officers and Greg Ashman, Hounslow’s Borough Commander for London Fire Brigade.
The purpose of these meetings is to reiterate to our residents that their safety is our upmost priority and we would never compromise that.
We know that residents are concerned and in some cases, frightened, following the Grenfell fire and these meetings were also an opportunity for residents to ask questions of us and relay to us these concerns and fears.
I would like to thank ahead all those residents who attend these meetings, giving up their evenings and for their questions. Anything we are not able to answer directly at the meetings, we are taking contact details and will reply back to those residents as soon as we can.
Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Council, recently said that ‘Everything has changed since Grenfell’ and she is right. We will continue to keep our residents informed every step of the way as we work closely with the London Fire Brigade and carry out what actions are necessary.
You can read information for tenants and leaseholders on the safety of the council’s housing stock, in particular, of our high-rise properties and an update on all that is being done.
Tuesday 4 July
Happy Independence Day to the USA and all our residents who have affiliations with America.
Today we held our annual Valuing and Recognising staff awards, where we celebrate the amazing efforts of our staff.
Without our staff, there would be no Council, they are the backbone of what we do and it is right that we should recognise this and ensure they feel they are valued.
Congratulations to all those who won awards and we thank all staff for their continuing hard work they carry out in order for us to carry out services to our residents.
I had a series of general meetings throughout the day, before attending the residents meeting in Brentford this evening.
Wednesday 5 July
This morning I was joined by Hounslow West ward councillors Councillor Puneet Grewal and Councillor Jagdish Sharma to meet residents who have concerns following the loss of the Morrisons supermarket which was formerly on Cavendish Place, off Bath Road in Hounslow.
These concerns have been relayed to A2Dominion, housing providers about ensuring a supermarket is part of the new development.
This evening, alongside the Mayor of Hounslow, Councillor Sue Sampson and Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services and Youth Services, I attended the launch of the new Hounslow Music Centre, home to Hounslow Music Service. We were joined by Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England.
Our congratulations and thanks go to Oonagh Barry, Chief Executive of Hounslow Music Service and her staff, plus the young people who are getting the opportunity through this service to enjoy and perform music.
I then left the event to attend the residents meeting in Hounslow.
Thursday 6 July
Today, I attended the Dukes Meadows Programme board meeting, where we discussed the ongoing plans and proposals for the site, with good progress being made.
My thanks go to Councillor John Todd, ward councillor for Chiswick Homefields, for managing the operational sub group for Dukes Meadows and all the hard work that is going on.
This evening saw the last for this week, of residents meetings with those living in our high-rise housing, this one was in Isleworth. The next scheduled meeting will be on Monday 24 July, from 6.30pm at the Civic Centre, Lampton Road, Hounslow, TW3 4DN
Friday 7 July
This morning myself and senior planning and property officers met with Barratt Homes to discuss development taking place in Hounslow town centre.
Tomorrow [Saturday] I will be attending the official opening of the Augustus Close Bridge, Brentford Dock.
I would like to thank Hounslow Highways and Brentford Dock Limited for their support in this project. More on this in my blog next week.
On Monday [10 July] the fortnightly collection of black wheelie bins begins for residents in Zone A and then from Monday 17 July, for residents in Zone B.
This is all part of the recycling refresh and helping our residents to be able to recycle more as part of our commitment to providing a cleaner, greener borough for all.
To find out all you need to know visit our Recycle Refresh page
I hope all tennis fans in Hounslow are enjoying The Championships, Wimbledon. As it goes into the second week, we hope that will be as many Great Britain players as possible we can cheer on!