29 October - 04 November
The winter chill seems to have set in over the past few days and we’ll soon need to be digging out our gloves and scarves (that’s if you haven’t already). Where has the year gone!
As I mentioned last week, I was invited to the ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of Chiswick Rugby Football Club’s (CRFC) new 3G pitch on Saturday, and what a great afternoon it was, particularly with the first match win for the Club. They’ve worked really hard to achieve their goal to provide this new sporting facility for our local communities, so well done to them.
Kelvin Campbell, Chairman C.R.F.C with Cllr Steve Curran
This was of course followed by a restful Sunday.
29 - 04 November
Working from home on Monday morning was useful to catch up and respond to emails from residents and officers.
I came into the office in the afternoon for a series of meetings with officers, as well as my regular one-to-one meeting with the Mayor, Cllr Samia Chaudhary and then Cllr Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Youth & Children’s Services. I also met with Lee Dawson, Chairman and Jan Lennnox from Watermans, we discussed the future relocation of the arts centre.
In the evening I attended Labour Group meeting, so it was a late finish on Monday night.
On Tuesday I attended the Capital West London (CWL) Growth Summit at the Drum in Wembley, I was joined by Marilyn Smith, our Chief Planning Officer. The Capital West London programme is the brainchild of the West London Alliance – a partnership between the seven West London local authorities of Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow. The West London Vision for Growth was drawn up in 2016 and is led by the West London Economic Prosperity Board. The plans aim to ensure the sub-region remains thriving and prosperous, with successful businesses investment and resilient communities.
This inaugural CWL Growth Summit conference brought together the key players to set out and discuss exciting opportunities to grow our economy and transport connections, plan major infrastructure projects, including Crossrail, HS2 and the West London Orbital, as well as huge regeneration projects at Wembley Park, White City, Brent Cross and Old Oak Common, creating thousands of new homes and jobs.
I then headed back to the Civic Centre to attend the Borough Council meeting that evening.
On Wednesday, my first meeting of the day was with Nigel Lucas, Chief Executive of the Elizabeth Jane Jones charity at their premises in Bedfont, Fairholme Estate. Nigel was recently appointed to his role and it was good to learn more about the charity’s vision and plans, and how we may be able to support their work within the community.
I then headed to the office for back to back meetings. I met with Cllr Guy Lambert, Cabinet Member for Highways, Recycling and Trading Companies for our monthly meeting and then Alan Adams, our Interim Chief Executive for our regular catch-up. I also attended the Dukes Meadow Project Board, where Stefania Horne, our Head of Parks and Leisure updated the board on progress we’ve made so far with our plans to improve the public realm and operational services at Dukes Meadow.
On Thursday, I was delighted to attend our annual Staff Awards ceremony to recognise all the hard work and dedication of our staff and to thank them for their incredible efforts in providing services to our residents and communities.
Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of the Council, Cllr Samia Chaudhary, Mayor of Hounslow, and Cllr Lily Bath, Deputy Leader of the Council.
For the first time this year, a whole team was awarded the Employee of the Year - well done to the Housing Grenfell Response Team
Today, in between meetings I’ve been out and about as usual catching up with residents to address their concerns.
It’s going to be a busy and exciting weekend; I’ll be at the England vs South Africa game at Twickenham on Sunday. With bonfire night events taking place across London, I know many of you will be out and about enjoying the fireworks. Please remember to be careful and considerate to other residents and pets. Take a look at our guidance on how to stay safe this bonfire night.
As always, good luck to the Bee’s who will be playing against Millwall tomorrow!
Have a great weekend all.