12 - 16 June
Monday 12 June
I hope everyone had a good weekend and has recovered from the General Election! Once again I would like to congratulate Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford and Isleworth and Seema Malhotra, MP for Feltham and Heston on their success. Both MPs increased their majorities and I would like to say well done to them and their teams. You can read more about the results for our constituencies.
Today, I was really pleased to have my first in what will be regular one-to-one meetings with our new Cabinet Members: Cllr Hanif Khan, Cabinet Member for Community Protection and Enforcement, Councillor Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Green Policy and Leisure and Councillor Candice Atterton, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Skills and Opportunities. I know that they will do a great job on behalf of all their residents and I am looking forward to working with them.
Tuesday 13 June
It was a full day of back-to-back meetings in the office today, along with emails, messages and dealing with casework. My last meeting of the day was with representatives from TfL. I was joined by our Head of Transport here at the Council and we discussed forthcoming improvements to bus services in Hounslow.
We saw this week that a local salon owner in the borough had been prosecuted for offering treatments but had not stuck to special conditions of the licence. This had followed visits to the premises from our enforcement team. Our priority is the safety and well-being of our residents and those customers who visit such businesses and we will continue to take the strongest possible action to ensure they are complying with their licences.
Wednesday 14 June
I was shocked and saddened, as I am sure you all were, by the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower which took hold in the early hours of today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those killed, those people who are injured and all those residents who have lost their homes. We also extend this to all those who have been affected in the wider community. Read my statement. We offered our immediate support and mutual aid to the Kensington and Chelsea borough.
The fire of course, raised concerns for our own residents who live in tower blocks and Councillor Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Housing, wrote to residents in Brentford Towers immediately following the fire at Grenfell Tower, where there had been a proposal to re-clad that building. This is on hold pending advice from the London Fire Brigade. Please visit our website on all advice given in conjunction with the London Fire Brigade.
Thursday 15 June
Leader of the Council, Steve Curran speaking at the Hounslow Town Primary School groundbreaking event
Today I met with James Murray, Deputy Mayor of London for Housing and Residential Redevelopment, at a ground-breaking ceremony at Hounslow Town Primary school. The redevelopment of the school site is underway as Countryside, together with Jerram Falkus Construction, begin work on the new five form entry primary school and 284 new homes. The new school will provide 1,200 much needed school places in the Borough.
Mayor of Hounslow, Sue Sampson and Cabinet Member for Housing, Katherine Dunne at the Hounslow Town Primary school groundbreaking event.
I also met with Greg Ashman, Hounslow’s Borough Commander for the London Fire Brigade, along with Mary Harpley, our Chief Executive, Councillor Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member and senior housing officers to discuss the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower and to agree a set of joint actions that continue to provide reassurance to our tenants who live in high-rise properties.
This afternoon, I had the pleasure of visiting Green Dragon Primary School in Brentford to see the launch of a brand new car club in the borough, Blue-City, which uses vehicles that are 100 per cent electric. The school is very interested in reducing pollution levels in our borough. By coincidence, we as a council have been promoting this important priority, in conjunction with National Clean Air Day. I had the opportunity to review our upgraded Air Quality Monitoring Station on the A4 (adjacent to Glenhurst Road, in Brentford).
Friday 16 June
Tomorrow I am taking a short break and Councillor Amrit Mann, Deputy Leader, will be holding the fort until my return.
I hope you all enjoy the lovely weather we are expected to have at the weekend, but remember to keep the young and old cool as well as keep an eye on your pets. Visit the NHS website for more details on how to keep cool in the sunshine!
Have a good weekend