22 - 26 May
Monday 22 May
I had a busy weekend – there is an election coming up that’s all I can say!
Today our Chief Executive Mary Harpley and I hosted a corporate induction for all the new staff who have recently joined the council.
At these events, we give them an overview of council services, aims and priorities and invite them to ask us questions. It’s great to meet and welcome new staff and we hope they go on to have very successful careers with us.
Later I attended a ground-breaking ceremony at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 2, where Arora Group is building a new hotel. This venture will provide employment opportunities to our residents.
In the evening, along with a fellow councillor, I attended the quarterly Safeguarding Children’s members meeting. We discussed social worker caseloads. We have around 250 looked-after children in our borough and we want to do everything we can to support our children and young people.
After getting home from this meeting, I was devastated –as I’m sure you were - to hear of the terror attack in Manchester that took place tonight. My thoughts are with those killed and injured and their families.
Tuesday 23 May
Following on from last night’s shocking terror attack in Manchester, we issued a statement sending our condolences to all those affected and lowered the flags outside the Civic Centre to half-mast as a mark of respect to all the victims.
Today, a fellow councillor and I met with residents to discuss the Barnes Bridge project, where a proposal has been made to re-open the pedestrian footway that links into Dukes Meadows in our borough.
I later joined our new Mayor of Hounslow to meet with Diya Sharma, a year 10 student at Chiswick School who is organising a fashion show for disabled people as a way to challenge stereotypes and promote better understanding of disability.
Diya herself has a muscular condition but is a very determined young lady and wants to do something positive. She has already contacted Her Majesty, The Queen outlining her idea.
We were informed by Buckingham Palace about Diya and we invited her in for afternoon tea this week so we could hear about her plans and see how we can support her.
Diya has her own website, you can find out more by visiting CanYouWheelIt.com
This evening was the Annual General Meeting of the council and the election of the new Mayor of Hounslow.
The new mayor for the year 2017/18 is Cllr Sue Sampson and I congratulate her on her appointment. Also congratulations to Councillor Mukesh Malhotra who will be Deputy Mayor of Hounslow.
I would like to say a big thank you to Councillor Ajmer Grewal for all her hard work during her year [2016/17] as mayor. She and her deputy, Councillor Daanish Saeed did a fantastic job and were both a huge credit to us and the borough and represented us very well.
There were also some changes to our cabinet team, which you can read here
Wednesday 24 May
This morning I had my regular onto one meeting with our Chief Executive Mary Harpley before we hosted the weekly Leaders meeting with heads of services from across the council.
I had a series of meetings throughout the day before I went along to the London Irish play Yorkshire Carnegie in the final Championship play-off game. I am pleased to say that London Irish triumphed 55-48 [agg: 84-66] and will be in the Premiership next season.
Thursday 25 May
This morning at the Civic Centre, along with the rest of the country, we observed the minute’s silence to remember the victims of the Manchester terror attack.
Later I attended a meeting to discuss plans for council housing at the Ballymore development in Brentford High Street.
Then, back at the Civic Centre, I attended a meeting of the Dukes Meadows Project Board to get an update on developments on the plan we are putting together for the site.
Friday 26 May
I was out of the office for most of the day meeting residents across the borough.
There is a lot happening for sports fans like myself this weekend, including England v Barbarians at Twickenham, the FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium and England v South Africa in cricket for the One Day International Series.
It is a Bank Holiday weekend and you can see all the council’s emergency and out of hours details
Enjoy and be safe. Just be vigilant and if you see anything that causes you concern or raises your suspicions, please don’t hesitate to call the Counter Terrorism Policing number: 0800 789 321 - or in an emergency 999.
Have a great weekend.