9 - 13 January
Monday 9 January
Hello to everyone and Happy New Year. I hope it was a good Christmas for all our residents.
I took a holiday over the festive break, but kept up to date with emails and messages.
I would like to thank Councillor Amrit Mann for holding the fort and to all those staff, residents and emergency services who worked throughout the Christmas and New Year to provide all the services that were needed.
At the weekend, Hounslow Police, together with the Council’s noise pollution team, shut down an illegal rave that was taking place at the former Morrisons site in Hounslow. I would like to thank our team and the Hounslow MPS for their swift action.
Tuesday 10 January
It was a case of straight back in at the sharp end and back in the office today, with a full schedule of meetings.
One to mention was the Dukes Meadows Programme Board meeting. One of the highlights was discussing initial feedback we've received following the consultation and survey.
We are delighted with the response - it's highly positive and we will be updating on this very soon.
The last meeting of the day for me was the Health and Wellbeing Board meeting, which I chair, and this finished around 9pm.
We discussed the strategies that are in place for the health and social care we provide to residents in our borough. We work closely with the CCG [Clinical Commissioning Group], the West Middlesex University Hospital and other health partners.
Wednesday 11 January
This morning I attended the South East Aviation roundtable meeting with fellow London borough leaders.
We were there to talk about the forthcoming consultation by central government on the proposed new runway at Heathrow Airport, which is due to start shortly.
I was back at the Civic Centre at lunchtime for the monthly meet with Councillor Bob Whatley, chair of the planning committee, to discuss up and coming planning applications.
In the evening, I attended a Labour Group branch meeting.
Thursday 12 January
Today I met with Councillor John Chatt, who is chair of the overall and scrutiny committee, to discuss the various work programme we have for the forthcoming year.
This was followed by a meeting with Councillor Surinder Purewal, chair of the audit committee, to also look at business for the year ahead.
In the afternoon, I attended the Housing Zone Advisory Board, where discussions included the money that is being spent on two zones in our borough, Feltham and Hounslow town centre, with funding from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan’s office.
This evening I attended a black tie event, the London Government Dinner at Mansion House. I say it was black tie, but my bow tie was red!
It was a very grand affair, where speeches were made by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, the Lord Mayor of London, Dr Andrew Parmley and Councillor Claire Kober, Chair of London Councils.
The speech by Dr Parmley included talking about education for young people and apprenticeships, which is in line with what we are committed to in this borough, bringing about opportunities in these areas.
Along with several other people, I then battled through the cold and sleet on the tube and bus back home.
This evening our planning committee considered the application for the “Chiswick Curve” which was recommended for refusal by planning officers.
After careful consideration, the committee approved the recommendation for refusal.
Friday 13 January
Today I had meetings with constituents, including a call with a resident who is concerned about neighbours dumping rubbish.
We will be meeting with the resident and others to see how we can resolve the problem and again, enforcing our zero-tolerance stance on anyone who is fly tipping or littering in our borough.
We will take the strongest action and an example of this is the eight litter louts who thought they could get away with ignoring their littering fine. The amount they must pay increased by almost 80 per cent, after the Council took them to court.
It is anti-social behaviour and something we are committed to stamping out. We urge residents to report fly tipping and litter dropping, so we can look to catch those guilty of this and progress on our target of having a cleaner, greener borough.
It has been a cold week – winter has certainly arrived early into the New Year.
Please do look at the regular forecasts and check on elderly relatives, neighbours and friends.
Finally, good luck to Brentford FC who host Newcastle United on Saturday. The Bees booked their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup last weekend with a great 5-1 win over Eastleigh. The reward is a clash with current Premier League leaders Chelsea later this month.
Have a great weekend.