30 October - 3 November
Monday 30 October
The weekend saw me busy canvassing with Councillor Katherine Dunne in Syon ward, as always it was good to meet many residents.
Today I joined local housing associations to meet with representatives from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan’s office to speak about the Feltham Housing Zone – the Mayor has set forward plans for the development of 30 Housing Zones in partnership with London boroughs and their development partners as part of his Housing Strategy.
We are working closely with the Mayor of London’s office to support his housing targets and Feltham is one of the zones in which we are doing this.
I had a series of meetings with council staff during the day.
In the evening, I attended the Labour Group meeting.
Tuesday 31 October
This morning I met with our Chief Executive Mary Harpley, for our regular weekly meeting.
Later, Mary, myself and Councillor Amrit Mann, Deputy leader of the Council hosted the weekly Leaders meeting with service team leaders from across the Council.
In the afternoon, I met with Malcolm Goodwin, Principal of Capel Manor College, Enfield. We discussed the final review for further education across south and west London and will meet again to talk further.
This evening we had Borough Council meeting at the Civic Centre. Read what we discussed here.
We announced that both Carillion and ourselves have reached agreement on the management of parks in our borough to be handed back to the Council..
I would like to say that is good for our residents and it ensures we have direct control over our parks again.
Wednesday 1 November
Late last night we heard about the terror attack in New York – on behalf of everyone in our borough, we send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of those who were killed and injured.
Today I met with Andy Cosslett, chairman of the RFU [Rugby Football Union]. We discussed issues such as parking for our residents on matchdays around the Twickenham Stadium. We are both keen to work together on areas that provide opportunities for the local community including our young people.
I then met with Brentford residents who have concerns about the future of Brentford Lodge, which provides valuable service for mental health to residents.
There are plans for Mental Health Trust organisations to develop the site and the refurbishment of the Lodge begins in the New Year. Representatives from Mental Health Trust groups will attend the next Isleworth and Brentford Area Forum on 23 November, to discuss the services provided at the centre.
Thursday 2 November
Today I joined the Mayor of Hounslow, Councillor Sue Sampson, to meet volunteers and members of the Right to Sight Group, who were being presented with certificates for dedication to their work with the group.
Right to Sight looks to improve services for blind and partially-sighted residents in Hounslow.
I was delighted to meet with volunteers and many residents from the community and want to thank them all for the wonderful work they do and the service they provide for those residents who are either blind or partially-sighted.
Today we have cautiously welcomed the announcement of plans for changed policing in the borough. The plans by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, include the closure of Chiswick Police station as part of the reduction in the number of police front counters in London, to save £8 million.
Friday 3 November
Today I worked out of the office. This included meeting constituents and catching up on messages.
Next Friday, the council will be marking this year's Armistice Day with an event on Friday 10 November, from 10.30am to 11.15am. It will take place outside Holy Trinity Church in Hounslow High Street, with a military parade followed by a short service which will include the observation of the minute’s silence. Myself, the Mayor of Hounslow and fellow councillors will also be attending services around the borough on Remembrance Sunday [12 November].
You may have seen the wonderful sight of poppies in high streets across the borough. The Mayor of Hounslow has supported a local campaign to get giant poppies up on lamp-posts across the borough.
I want to thank all those residents, including Mike Foston representing the Feltham Community, Hounslow Highways, Tesco and all those who helped put up the poppies.
A reminder that the Montague Road East Car Park will be closing for refurbishment on Monday 6 November for two to three weeks.
The works being carried out includes resurfacing, new fencing and redesign of bays. This work is necessary due to the condition of the car park and to improve access.
Montague Road West CP situated opposite will still be available. Anyone using the Montague Road West car park should note that there are reserved bays in this car park denoted by signs on some of the bays which cannot be used for pay and display parking.
Finally, good luck to Brentford FC who face Leeds United at home tomorrow [Saturday]. The Bees are buzzing after a 2-0 midweek win away at Birmingham City.
Have a great weekend