29 January - 2 February 2018
On Monday morning, I attended our Holocaust Memorial Day service at Green School for Girls. I was particularly proud of the pupils and special guests who joined together to commemorate those who lost their lives, or who were affected by the horrors of the Holocaust. Our special guest, Michael Brown, a Holocaust survivor, told us of the experience he and his family had to endure during World War II, which was particularly moving.
On Tuesday, the public consultation events on the proposed expansion of Heathrow Airport commenced at our Civic Centre. If you missed that one, there will be a series of further events across west London until Monday 12 March, with two more in the borough – Feltham on 6 February and Brentford on 27 February. The online consultation continues until 28 March, so make sure you have your say on the proposed expansion here.
Also on Tuesday, I was introduced to senior officers at Dell EMC. We discussed Brentford FC Stadium, and the Masterplan for developing the Golden Mile and surrounding area, which is great for businesses and residents as it will improve the prosperity of our borough.
On Wednesday, I attended the Duke’s Meadows Project Board Meeting. A very exciting project, with planning applications being submitted for the new Masterplan for the park which includes a new pedestrian footbridge linking the Thames Path and making it a continuous walk. The plans for the Waterman’s Arts Project, another impressive project which will provide a bigger and better space, were also submitted.
The highlight on Thursday was being invited to the Friends of Parks Forum where we had a very positive discussion about the future of our parks contract, which is being transferred from Carillion to Greenspace 360, a subsidiary of our wholly-owned trading company, Lampton 360, by 1 March. This week we launched our parks and open spaces web pages.
On Thursday, we also began taking subscriptions to our garden waste collection service. We’re offering a 10 per cent discount to residents who sign up during February so make sure you don’t miss out! We’re also offering a free annual subscription to every 1,000th subscriber! You can sign up here.
On Friday, I attended a meeting in Hillingdon focusing on changes to west London policing. We will be joining together with Hillingdon and Ealing to introduce a new tri-borough scheme for tackling crime and improving safety across the region.
The Bees are playing Derby County away on Saturday. I wish them the best of luck in this tough fixture as the Rams are currently second in the table.