1 - 5 May
Monday 1 May
I would like to start my blog this week by reiterating our apologies to everyone affected by the early collection of some residents’ direct debit payments for council tax instalments.
Earlier this week, we issued a further statement – for information about this, please see the regular updates we will be putting up on the council website and on social media.
I hope everyone has had a good Bank Holiday weekend. Thank you to all those council staff and emergency services who continue to work over the Bank Holiday. I spent time with the family today.
With the General Election being called for 8 June, the Council along with all other central and local government authorities is in what is called pre-election or Purdah period leading up to the General Election. During this time we have to follow strict guidelines around publicity. Find out more about Purdah here
I will continue to blog every week but because of pre-election/Purdah there will be constraints on what I will be able to talk about. It will be business as usual again after 8 June.
Tuesday 2 May
Today I had my weekly one to one meeting with our Chief Executive Mary Harpley, followed by the regular Leader’s meeting, hosted by Mary and myself.
I later met with our Head of Planning here at the Council, to discuss planning applications scheduled for planning committee over the next month.
I then met with a Chiswick resident who spoke of her concerns over fly-tipping. It was a very useful meeting and I will be following this up with council officers. I also told the resident that we, as a council, are and will continue to take the strongest possible action against those who fly tip and that it is something we don’t want in our borough.
Wednesday 3 May
This morning I met with a representative from BT to talk about possible future projects that will empower residents in all things digital, more on this at a later date.
I had a series of general one to one meetings with council staff.
Later in the day, along with Councillor John Todd, I met with representatives from the British Rowing Association about the plans we are developing for Dukes Meadows.
Thursday 4 May
Today I was out of the office, but always with an eye on what is going on and taking any messages and checking emails.
Friday 5 May
Today I was also out of the office.
A reminder that there are only three weeks left for you to register to vote, if you haven’t registered already. You have until midnight on Monday 22 May.
Please visit our website and get all the details you need to know about registering to vote. It goes without saying, your vote is important on 8 June, so make sure you are registered in time.
Good Luck to Brentford FC this Sunday, they host Blackburn Rovers. I am sure they will be looking to build on the point they gained in the 1-1 draw in last weekend’s London derby at Fulham.
Have a great weekend