3 April - 7 April
Monday 3 April
Yesterday [Sunday] I attended the annual Oxford v Cambridge boat race on the River Thames as guest of the British Rowing Association and its Chair, Annamarie Phelps.
This was a great day out – Oxford were triumphant in the men’s race and Cambridge took the women’s race, so evens all there.
The meeting with Annamarie was very useful, I mentioned in my blog last week that I would be talking to Annamarie about support for a boat house and facilities we’d like to have on Dukes Meadows. We want to provide opportunities for all state school children, girls and boys - to take up rowing as a sport if they wish.
The result of our discussion is that in the first instance, a site visit will be arranged for the association to come to Dukes Meadows soon.
Sunday also saw me out canvassing again in Isleworth with Councillor Theo Dennison, Cabinet Member for Finance and Citizen Engagement and Councillor Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Housing, where once again it was good to see many residents. The main topics of discussion were CPZ [Controlled Parking Zones] and traffic congestion issues.
Back to today, I worked from home and caught up on emails and casework.
Tuesday 4 April
Today I had my regular weekly one to one meeting with our Chief Executive Mary Harpley, followed by the regular Leaders meeting, which Mary, myself and Councillor Amrit Mann,
Deputy Leader of Hounslow Council, host.
I then attended a meeting relating to the Watermans Art Centre, Brentford which was very positive.
I was also at a meeting today with Mary Clegg, Managing Director of the Hounslow CCG and CCG chair Nicola Burbidge, discussing health and social care integration, to look at how we providing the best possible health and social care outcomes to our residents and how we can continue to improve this.
It is difficult because of the severe cuts to the Council budget from central government year on year, but despite this, we must make sure we are delivering what we can to the highest levels of quality and commitment.
This evening we presented the Freedom of the Borough to all seven Royal British Legion branches in the borough for their eminent services and work over many years. The seven branches are: Hounslow, Chiswick, Brentford, Isleworth, Heston, Hanworth and Bedfont and Hatton.
Each branch is an integral part of our community. I think all of us at some point have had a connection with the Royal British Legion and we all know how much support is given to so many. Read our press release
Wednesday 5 April
This morning I had my regular meeting with John Holland-Kaye, Chief Executive of Heathrow Airport Limited.
We discussed the recent consultations on the proposals for the third runway at Heathrow Airport. We also talked about traffic matters to and from Heathrow and what action could be taken on meeting targets to reduce vehicle emissions.
Later I attended the HACC [Heathrow Airport Consultative Committee] on behalf of London Councils.
This afternoon Councillor Theo Dennison and I met with Stephen Fry, Chief Executive of Hounslow Chamber of Commerce and David O’Connor, President of Brentford Chamber of Commerce.
We discussed how the Council could work closely with both chambers to ensure as much support as possible is provided to local businesses. Topics included business rates, apprenticeships, plus skills and training.
This evening I attended a reception hosted by Councillor Ajmer Grewal, Mayor of Hounslow to honour the work of several local volunteer and community groups from across the borough
Each group received framed certificates for their tireless efforts in giving up their own time for the good of the community in which they live. It is vitally important we pay tribute to these groups for the major role they play.
Thursday 6 April
Today I visited the delayed discharge team at West Middlesex Hospital. This team of social workers and health professionals provide that essential support to those leaving hospital with aftercare.
They all do a fantastic job and I am immensely proud of them and the work that they do.
Later I met with Councillor Theo Dennison, Councillor Katherine Dunne, and Mark Frost, the Head of Traffic and Transport here at Hounslow Council, to discuss CPZs for Syon ward.
Myself and Cllr Dunne then followed this with a meeting with Peter Matthew, our Director of Housing to discuss the cladding proposals for the tower buildings on the Haverfield Estate in Brentford.
Also today, I met with representatives of the OWGRA [Osterley and Wyke Green Residents’ Association] to discuss planning and conservation matters.
This evening we held the fourth Cabinet Question Time event, this time in Heston.
It was great to see a packed room of residents at the Heston Community Centre and they certainly kept us busy answering questions.
This is exactly what these events are for, face to face meetings with residents for Q&A and actions we can take away and report back on. Among the many topics discussed was waste and recycling, fly tipping and littering, the condition of pavements and roads and local leisure centre memberships.
I would like to thank all those residents who took the time out of their evening to attend and also a big thank you to David Blackett, Chairman of the Heston Residents’ Association who was a superb MC on the night and kept everyone and everything in perfect order!
Friday 7 April
Today I worked from home to catch up with emails and casework.
Tomorrow, Saturday, I will be attending the ‘Be a Councillor’ event in Feltham, organised by the Labour Party. This is always a good event and one I am looking forward to, so I will report back next week on that.
This week we published more names of people who have caused nuisance to many by dropping litter across the borough.
Not only are they causing misery to others, but they had continually ignored Fixed Penalty Notices [FPNs] and so were taken to court and prosecuted, which meant having to pay a much heavier fine.
If you are caught dropping litter, we will take the strongest action and if anyone thinks they can get away with it by ignoring enforcement notices, they can’t, they will have to pay for what they have done. Read our press release
Good luck to Brentford FC this weekend. The Bees face an away trip to Cardiff City on Saturday after a good 2-0 win over Leeds United in the week.
Have a great weekend.