5 – 9 February 2018
I celebrated my birthday on Saturday by spending it with friends and family in a great pub in Chiswick. I won’t tell you how old I am - you can work it out for yourselves!
On Sunday, I spent the day canvassing with fellow councillors; Cllr Theo Dennison, Cabinet Member for Finance and Citizen Engagement and Cllr Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Housing, at Brentford Dock on a lovely estate next to the River Thames.
I had two hospital appointments in London on Monday. Nothing serious you’ll be glad to know! But I still made time to do my emails and take calls.
On Tuesday, I had my first meeting at 10.30am in London as I attended the London Councils Leader’s Committee meeting you can see the agenda items. I then had a question and answer session with the Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe, to discuss the Mayor’s draft London Plan which is out for consultation.
Later, I chaired the West London Alliance Board meeting. The West London Alliance (WLA) is a partnership between seven West London local authorities of Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow. WLA is committed to an enduring programme of collaboration and innovation to improve outcomes for West London, particularly in the areas of housing, employment and health and wellbeing.
I was back in the office by 5pm, for a round of evening meetings. My final meeting was Cabinet at 7pm. You can read all about our decisions.
On Wednesday, I started the day with my usual weekly meeting with Mary Harpley, our Chief Executive, followed by my weekly Leader’s Meeting with Mary, the Deputy Leader, Cllr Amrit Mann, and other senior officers.
I then went to our new council town hall which is being built in Hounslow town centre for a ‘topping out’ event. The building is coming on very well, and we look forward to moving in next year. I am pleased to tell you that the name for the building is ‘Hounslow House’. Not very exciting you may think, but former council offices in Hounslow town centre were called Hounslow House!
Later, I had my quarterly meeting with the Mayor, Cllr Sue Sampson, to discuss the Mayoral budget. As always, our Mayor is doing a great job – keeping the budget on track whilst raising lots of money for her chosen charities – Pink Ribbon Foundation and Refuge.
In the evening, I attended the Isleworth and Brentford Area Forum where we discussed with residents, local issues such as road improvements, the development work at Gunnersbury Park, and an update on the local health service. Find out more here
On Thursday, I spent time catching up on office work, and in the evening, I attended the Planning Committee. It finished late, but was well worth staying for. Highlights included, the Committee approved the new council housing in Brentford at Acton Lodge, great news for families in Hounslow as we are only charging council house rents, ensuring they are affordable. The Committee also approved the development plans for Dukes Meadows. I’d like to thank Cllr John Todd who chaired the sub group on Dukes Meadows. The sub-group produced the plans for the pedestrian bridge which will link up the Thames Path walk. You can find out more about the Planning Committee decisions.
I spent this morning, Friday, in a series of one to one meetings with residents across the borough. I participated in our campaign to end violence towards women, #itsnotok, and was back in the office this afternoon, where I met with our Head of Communications to discuss some priority campaigns and media opportunities.
We’ve had a cold week, which is set to continue into the weekend, so wrap up warm and stay safe if you’re going out.
I’d like to wish England the best of luck tomorrow against old rivals Wales at Twickenham in the rugby Six Nations, and also to wish the best of luck to The Bees who are also at home against Preston.