20 - 24 November
Monday 20 November
Last Friday, I mentioned meeting residents at Clements Court, Cranford. This was to mark the completion of major fire safety improvement works at the Clements Court tower block in Hounslow.
The 12-storey tower block has had its cladding removed, firebreaks upgraded, mineral wool insulation reinstalled, new fire doors fitted throughout the block, and the building completely re-clad with solid aluminium panels.
All residents of the building were invited to attend an event organised by the contractors to mark the completion of the works. You can read about it all here
On Saturday, I was delighted to see that England beat Australia at Twickenham, in the rugby internationals. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get to the game and don’t have Sky TV at home, so didn’t see it, but congratulations to the team for a great victory. Let’s hope the Ashes go the same way for the England cricket team!
I worked out of the office today, catching up on messages and emails.
Tuesday 21 November
A full day of back-to-back meetings.
This morning, our Chief Executive Mary Harpley, myself and Councillor Amrit Mann, Deputy leader of the Council hosted the weekly Leaders meeting with service team leaders from across the Council.
One of the highlights for me this week was when I visited the recycling facility at Southall Lane, the new home of Recycle 360, which collects the borough’s waste and recycling.
Together with Deputy Leader Cllr Amrit Mann, I had the chance to see the new site in the first week of operations, and how all the various materials are sorted.
Later I had a meeting with Council officers to discuss housing targets. We face increasingly challenging times in regards to meeting housing targets, but what we can say here at Hounslow, is we will be working as hard as always and doing everything we can to meet our targets and provide council housing to meet demands.
This evening we had the Cabinet meeting. We announced that the Council has committed to take back the management of the borough’s parks, all of which it owns, from contractors Carillion.
It was agreed that the Council’s wholly-owned company, Lampton 360, will be used to handle parks management from April 2018. For the record, I also want to say that we are not selling or leasing any of our parks to anyone. They will be staying under full ownership of the Council. Read more
We also announced that we have put in place measures to prevent houses in the Hanworth ward of the borough becoming Homes of Multiple Occupation (HMOs). Read more
We were determined to do this and have kept our promise. I would like to thank ward Councillors Cllr Richard Foote, Cllr Samia Chaudhary and Cllr Candice Atterton for their hard work on this.
Wednesday 22 December
Today I met with London Green developers, who will be working on the former Brentford Police station, with a new development including the new Watermans Art Centre.
I followed that with a meeting with Stephen Fry, Chief Executive of the Hounslow Chamber of Commerce. Myself and Council officers discussed plans for development along the Golden Mile.
The Great West Corridor runs along the A4 and M4 through Osterley, Brentford to Chiswick and is the first major business district reached on the route from Heathrow Airport through to central London. The Great West Corridor is also called as “The Golden Mile” and refers to the part of the corridor between Gillette Corner and the Chiswick roundabout on the A4.
In the afternoon, I joined our Chief Executive, Mary Harpley, to visit a recycling plant in another part of London, to take a look at how that facility works.
We want to ensure we are “on top of our game” when it comes to recycling and giving our residents all the opportunities to recycle and the facilities to do so.
The more we recycle, as everyone knows, the more we can avoid the large costs of landfill.
Thursday 23 November
I had a series of meetings throughout the day today.
In the evening, I attended the Isleworth and Brentford Area Forum.
Friday 24 November
This morning I attended a West London Skills consultation event, held in Ealing. We visited Brompton Bikes Factory, a great example of a local company doing well and investing in its workforce
All boroughs in west London are fully signed up to the strategy through the joint committee, the West London Economic Prosperity Board and the Skills Commissioning Board, which I chair.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has set up a taskforce London-wide for this. Skills for Londoners Taskforce website
I then caught up on any outstanding calls and messages.
A note to residents that Space Waye is to close on two weekends – Saturday 9 December and Sunday 10 December, then Saturday 16 December and Sunday 17 December. It will re-open to the public seven days a week on Monday 18 December. Read more
Good luck to Brentford FC, who have a London derby at west London neighbours Queens Park Rangers on Monday night [27 November].
I also wish the England cricket team good luck in the Ashes and will be monitoring their progress closely.
Finally, I mentioned last week, that I attended our annual foster carers awards evening. This is always a wonderful event where we pay tribute to those who open up their homes to some of the most vulnerable children and young people in our borough.
During the evening, I was dragged up on to the dance floor – as you can see from the photo – not my finest moment!
Have a great weekend.