4 June - 8 June
It’s been another busy week! Last Sunday I was delighted to be invited to the opening of two new businesses in Brentford; The Leda Restaurant and the Spa de Sal, both on London Road. In attendance was Mayor of Hounslow, Cllr Samia Chaudhary and Ruth Cadbury MP. It’s great to see new enterprises setting up in the borough. We wish them every success for the future.
On Monday morning, I met David Ellis, Chief Executive of Harlequins Rugby Football Club. We discussed how the club can support young people in Hounslow, not just in their rugby skills. Of course, we want to encourage our young people to participate in sport, but we also want them to develop life skills through work placements and apprenticeships. It’s great that Harlequins Rugby Club are so open to working with us in this regard.
In the afternoon, I had my usual round of meetings before attending a reception at Nat West Bank in Brentford to mark 144 years of banking service and sadly, the last remaining days before it closes. I’d like to thank Adam Shailes, President of Brentford Chamber of Commerce for the invite.
In the evening, I attended the first joint meeting of the Senior Leadership Team and Cabinet to discuss how the new Corporate Plan can be used to deliver our Manifesto pledges.
On Tuesday morning, I attended the London Council Leaders Committee AGM. We elected the new Chair of London Councils, Cllr Peter John OBE (Lab, Southwark) and Deputy Chair Cllr Lib Peck (Lab, Lambeth). I was pleased to be appointed to the position as Chair of the London Councils Capital Ambition Board.
We then had our first meeting for the West London Alliance which is an affiliation between ourselves and the boroughs of; Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow and Hillingdon, to develop and promote the sub region, ensuring growth and prosperity for all. I am delighted to have been asked to Chair the WLA Leader’s Board for the second time.
In the evening, I attended a members’ marketplace for newly elected and re-elected members in the Civic Centre. Stalls were set up by all service areas in the council to offer help and information about the full range of services. It was great to meet staff and hear about all the excellent work they are doing for our residents. We are actively considering whether to hold a similar event for our residents in the autumn. I’m very proud of our staff and the services we provide.
I had an 8.30am start on Wednesday morning for the weekly Leader’s meeting, attended by our Chief Executive, Mary Harpley, Deputy Leader, Cllr Lily Bath and other senior officers. The rest of the day was taken up with a series of meetings and casework.
Wednesday was the day that the new policing model, Basic Command Units (BCUs) for Ealing, Hounslow and Hillingdon commenced. I wish Chief Superintendent, Paul Martin and his team success in their new roles and I look forward to working with them.
Yesterday, I went to visit the site of the new council Headquarters (Hounslow House). There will be more on that in next week’s blog. This was followed by a series of meetings during the day. In the evening, I attended the Mortlake Crematorium Board with representatives from other councils – Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Richmond Upon Thames, with whom we jointly share responsibility for the crematorium.
Today, I’ve met with Nicola Erdpresser, Chair of Air Quality Brentford. We are working together to see if we can improve the marketplace at Brentford by installing planters and hanging baskets. This afternoon I held a meeting with the three ward councillors for Feltham North; Cllr Aqsa Ahmed, Cllr John Chatt and Cllr Komal Chaudri, to discuss issues affecting their ward and residents.
Looking to the weekend, there will be lots going on in the borough! Don’t miss the Hounslow Night Of Festival, which will take place at Bell Square and Hounslow High Street. In its fourth year, we are delighted to host a weekend of live music, dance and world-class carnival costumes celebrating freedom, culture and artistic expression. This is guaranteed to be a great family event, completely free of charge.
Also, worth a warning that this Saturday the Junction 2 festival will be taking place at Boston Manor Park. This will likely cause heavy traffic congestion in the area throughout Saturday.