4 - 8 December
Monday 4 December
Today began with a series of one-to-one meetings with council staff.
Later I joined Council officers to meet with representatives of the Tideway Scullers rowing club, to discuss our masterplan for Dukes Meadows. It was a positive meeting and we want to look at delivering further opportunities in the sport for residents across the borough.
The club is already well established and provides excellent facilities. We want to see how we can enhance that at Dukes Meadows.
Tuesday 5 December
This morning I attended a meeting at London Councils. This involves all 32 London boroughs and the City of London.
The agenda included discussions on the draft London Skills Strategy and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan’s new draft London plan.
This was followed by a meeting of the West London Alliance Board. We discussed many matters, which include looking at improving and continuing growth in employment and skills across west London and improving health and wellbeing for our residents.
Later I met with Richard Griffiths and other residents who are passionate about restoring Hanworth House. This listed building is privately owned but we support the aim to have the it restored. We will be talking to Historic England about what potential planning policy changes we can investigate to enable us to go forward. The residents are doing a fantastic job and we will be meeting again.
Wednesday 6 December
Myself and Councillor Theo Dennison went to visit residents of Fenn House, in Isleworth, after a fire broke out there in one of the flats.
Everyone was ok. Those who needed to were checked out at hospital and the fire was very quickly dealt with and contained by the London Fire Brigade.
I want to thank them and the Council’s housing staff who were also on site straight away.
I had my regular one-to-one meeting with our Chief Executive Mary Harpley. I then chaired the West London Skills and Employment Board. I was joined by other local authorities and members of the GLA [Greater London Authority]. Amongst the issues discussed was the Skills for Londoners – the skills agenda recently launched by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to ensure all Londoners have the opportunity to train in the skills that London’s economy needs.
Thursday 7 December
I had a round of general one-to-one meetings this morning and then attended the Affordable Housing Committee meeting.
In the evening, we had a planning committee meeting, where the amendments to applications Brentford FC had made, for alterations to their new stadium design and the landscape and layout of residential development around the new stadium, were agreed.
Friday 8 December
Today, I worked out of the office, catching up on outstanding calls and messages.
This week we learned of the sad passing of former Councillor Mohinder Gill. Councillor Gill was a Labour member representing Heston Central Ward from 1994 until he retired in 2014.
I would personally like to pay tribute to Councillor Gill. Over a long period of public service, he played a leading role in his community and on the Council. On behalf of everyone at the Council I would like to express our gratitude, and condolences to his family and friends.
A reminder to residents that Space Waye, our re-use and recycling centre, will close on two weekends in December, starting this weekend, 8/9 December. This is for works to enable it to return to seven days a week access for the public.
Good luck to Brentford FC, who face a trip to Hull City this weekend.
Have a great weekend.