24 - 28 July
Monday 24 July
A day of one-to-one meetings with council staff, plus looking and responding to casework.
I heard that the Hounslow Active Spaces event went well today, unfortunately I was not able to attend.
To find out what this initiative is all about visit our Family Services Directory
Tuesday 25 July
This morning along with Councillor Hanif Khan, Cabinet Member for Community Protection and Enforcement and ward councillors, met with colleagues from Hounslow Highways and the Council’s enforcement team for a Joint Action day in the borough.
This involved us going to Kingsley Road and the surrounding streets in Hounslow east, focusing on enforcement of fly tipping as well as dealing with environmental anti-social offences. Our enforcement officers also issued a fixed penalty notice [FPN] to a member of the public for throwing cigarette litter outside Hounslow East Tube Station.
There will be more of these taking place and it will also involve our enforcement team working with the Council’s Waste and Recycling team in speaking to residents about the new recycling refresh service and advice on how to recycle more. It was a good morning!
Later I met with Councillor Amrit Mann, Deputy Leader, for a catch-up on the new recycling refresh and fortnightly rubbish collection service we have introduced recently. For all details on this service you can go to our website
Wednesday 26 July
Today I joined residents and representatives from the housing association at Primrose Place, Isleworth, to discuss concerns on anti-social behaviour, which includes littering and noise. We will be working also with the local police in seeing what we can do to solve these problems going forward.
Thursday 27 July
This morning I spoke with the Port of London Authority in regards to us wanting to cut back trees on the riverside at Dukes Meadows for health and safety reasons.
We recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding agreement between Hounslow Council and the Port of London Authority [PLA].
The agreement sets out an arrangement for both organisations to work together and provide mutual support towards a common goal of developing the riverside in Hounslow. We are lucky to have the River Thames running through our borough and should take more advantage of this for the benefit of our residents.
This afternoon I attended a meeting with the West London Mental Health Trust in regards to services at Brentford Lodge. There are positive proposals being put forward and these will be shared with residents and with local councillors later this year.
Tonight, I attended the Isleworth and Brentford Area Forum, where the agenda included discussing planning applications, local policing and the Community Infrastructure Levy [CIL] consultation
Friday 28 July
A series of meetings and catching up on messages kept me busy this morning.
This afternoon I was out of the office as I received a late invitation to watch the England men’s team play South Africa in the Third Test Match at the Oval.
I would like to thank RBS for the invitation which was part of their community engagement programme that supports more young people get into playing sport.
Like what we do here at the Council, the programme seeks also to back more young girls and women get into sports such as cricket, rugby and football amongst others.
While there I had the honour of meeting Heather Knight, the captain of the World Cup winning England women’s team.
Heather and her team-mates are an inspiration to all young people, especially young girls. We are doing what we can to ensure there are opportunities for girls and women to be involved in different sports across the borough.
Also, watching the cricket alongside me today was Ruth Davidson, Leader of the Scottish Conservative group.
We had a very interesting conversation about the General Election and I was then delighted to hear that Ruth was supporting England against South Africa!
This week we announced we would be receiving a funding grant to boost the work we are doing to take action against rogue landlords in our borough. This is really important and means we can carry on looking to do what we can to catch those landlords who exploit tenants and are a blight on our communities.
We also launched the requirements needed for organisations to apply to open a new free special school in the borough. It will meet demands for more school facilities for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities in Hounslow.
Organisations ranging from successful Multi-Academy Trusts to specialist charitable organisations can apply.
Finally, congratulations the England women’s football team who have reached the quarter finals of the UEFA Euro Championships.
Have a great weekend