13 - 19 May
I hope everyone has had a good week, in spite of the rain and grey skies – at least it’s good for the plants!
The diary is a bit light this week because of the pre-election/Purdah period, which means I am not allowed to be political!
Saturday/Sunday 13/14 May
As you may be aware I joined the Mayor, Mayor’s Consort and Deputy Leader on a visit to Issy-le-Moulineaux in France this weekend.
We had a very productive visit, meeting other leaders from twinned towns with Issy from Germany, Belgium and Italy. We faced some hard questioning in the debate we had on our position on Europe.
We have been twinned with Issy for over 35 years. The Brexit decision will not damage our relationship. We signed a memorandum of understanding which hopefully will lead to more children going on exchange visits to Paris.
Monday 15 May
Monday was taken up with the usual 121 meetings, emails and phone calls.
In the evening we had our Labour Group AGM Part 3.
Tuesday 16 May
On Tuesday morning we raised the Middlesex flag at the Civic Centre to celebrate Middlesex day. I would like to thank Cllr Tony Louki, who organised this and the other councillors who attended.
Later that morning I met with our Chief Executive, Mary Harpley for our regular 121 meeting, followed by the Leader’s meeting with senior officers and Deputy Leader.
For the rest of the day I had a series of meetings, the last of which was Cabinet in the evening. The cabinet report can be found here. We were very pleased to hear from a young person who talked very well about her own and other young people’s concerns regarding the proposed changes to youth services.
We agreed to ensure that young people are part of the working group to take this forward so their voices can be heard loud and clear.
Wednesday 17 May
On Wednesday I was out of the office. In the evening I attended the Mayor’s Reception and presentation to individuals and voluntary groups from Heston, who have done great work in supporting their local community in a variety of ways. This is one small way that the council can show its appreciation for their hard work and commitment to the borough.
Thursday 18 May
Thursday was a busy day, with back to back meetings all day, starting from 9am and into the evening. I finished the evening by attending another Mayor’s Reception and presentation for Chiswick residents. I am grateful to Councillor Todd for putting forward the individuals and groups to receive certificates of merit from the Mayor.
Final meeting of the day was the Licensing Panel committee meeting, which finished around 9pm.
Friday 19 May
I am out of the office this morning to meet with residents in Chiswick, who are concerned about fly tipping in the Devonshire Road area. Later on, I am meeting the Mayor Elect, to discuss the mayor making events.
Rest of the day I will catch up on emails.
This weekend there’s lots on in sports, with the Rugby union - World Sevens Series at Twickenham on Saturday and Sunday, the League One play-off Final on Saturday at Wembley and the Premier League and Scottish Premiership seasons on Sunday.
Hope the weather improves and everyone has a good weekend!