22 - 26 January 2018
Monday marked the start of another busy week, when I worked from home catching up with emails and general business.
First thing on Tuesday, I met with Carillion staff responsible for our parks, allotments and cemeteries contract, along with Cllr Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Green Policy and Leisure, and we discussed ways that we may facilitate a quicker transfer of the contract over to our wholly-owned company Lampton 360. You can read the full statement here.
Later, I had the usual round of one-to-one meetings and my regular Leader’s Meeting with Deputy Leader, Cllr Amrit Mann, Chief Executive, Mary Harpley, and senior officers, where we looked at the plan for the next edition of Hounslow Matters, and discussed forthcoming events.
On Wednesday morning, I met with Marilyn Smith, our Head of Development Management, to look at the next round of planning applications. In the afternoon, I caught up with emails and, in the evening, I joined Kevin Sinclair, Hounslow’s Safer Transport officer with the Met Police, and visited two sites – Chiswick High Road and Brentford McDonalds – along with the Safer Transport team, to check scooters and motorbikes for road safety. We found several had no MOT, broken lights, or were unroadworthy in other ways. Also, an allegation of benefit fraud came to light with one of the motorcyclists we stopped, which will be investigated further.
I would like to thank the police’s Safer Transport team for their diligence and hard work keeping our borough safe.
On Thursday I met with Keith Williams, Regional Officer, GMB, and Senior Housing Officers at the council. I also attended a meeting with the Residents’ Forum on community engagement. This took place in the Council Chamber and was chaired by Cllr Theo Dennison, Cabinet Member for Finance and Citizen Engagement. It included a Q & A session on many subjects of interest to our residents from planning policy to recycling.
Later, I met with Cllr Samia Chaudhary, to discuss the new strategy for our cemeteries which we will launch later this year.
In the early evening, I was privileged to attend a reception at the House of Commons, hosted by Ruth Cadbury MP and Seema Malhotra MP, our two local MPs, where new candidates wishing to stand as Labour councillors in Hounslow had the opportunity to meet their MPs.
On Friday, I met a local resident at Lots Ait in Brentford to discuss issues regarding how the council can support people living on the canal and river.
Later, I met with Stephen Day, Managing Director, Barratt London. You will remember that last week we joined with Barratts to put the first spade in the ground at the Hounslow High Street Quarter development.
Don’t forget the local election is coming up on 3 May, and to vote you must have registered – you can find out how to do that here.
I am delighted to have been invited to the Pakistani Welfare Association’s annual dinner in Hounslow on Saturday.
Well done to the Bees who won on Saturday, beating Reading by a goal to nil! And I’d like to wish them all the best for tomorrow when they are playing Norwich City at home.
Cllr Steve Curran