5 - 9 March
Saturday 3 March
Following the arctic weather conditions of last week, it was no surprise that last Saturday’s Brentford FC’s fixture against Cardiff was cancelled. However, I was tickled pink to discover that I featured on last Saturday’s Football Focus, in which a picture of me with Brentford FC’s CEO, Mark Devlin was featured. This was taken the day before during our meeting to discuss Hounslow Community FoodBox which the club is supporting.
Later on I attended a reunion at my old rugby club: Richmond Rugby Club. It was great to meet up with old friends, some of whom I hadn’t seen for 40 years! Sport has always been a big part of my life and I’ve made many friends over the years. I’d recommend anyone to get involved, but it doesn’t have to be rugby!
Sunday 4 March
I woke up with a slightly sore head, which soon cleared when I went out canvassing. I really enjoyed meeting so many people.
Monday 5 March
The working week got off to a good start with an All Staff Briefing which I delivered along with our Chief Executive, Mary Harpley. An update was given on the council’s move to new offices, Hounslow House under construction. We were also delighted last week to welcome back Parks, Cemeteries and Allotments under the control of the council owned subsidiary, GreenSpace 360, following the demise of Carillion who had previously managed these services for the council. The transfer had been overshadowed by last week’s severe weather conditions. We are very grateful to all our staff and the emergency services for their hard work and dedication under very difficult circumstances.
Tuesday 6 March
I had my usual round of 1 to 1 meetings with the Chief Executive and other senior officers before attending the unveiling of Hounslow Highways’ new fleet of street sweepers which showcased the winning designs of school children from Cranford Primary School and Our Lady and St John’s Catholic Primary School. The children had taken part in a competition to design a poster that promoted messages to stop littering and fly-tipping and encourage recycling. I was really impressed by the quality of the designs on display and the sweepers now look lovely and colourful.
On Tuesday evening, I joined my Cabinet colleagues at Cabinet Question Time in Chiswick. It was good to meet with residents and handle some of the challenging questions put forward including waste and recycling, the housing crisis and of course CS9! (Cycle Superhighway 9)
Wednesday 7 March
After the day spent in the office I was delighted to be invited to attend the Heston Residents Association AGM by the Chair of the Residents Association, David Blackett. After the AGM, we then moved on to a Q&A session with the members over a glass of wine and nibbles (I had fruit juice!). They were very forthright with their views on things the council is doing well and areas for improvement. Lively discussion ensued and a good night was enjoyed by all.
Thursday 8 March
Yesterday was International Women’s Day during which women’s achievements throughout history and across nations were celebrated.
In the morning I attended Gunnersbury Triangle nature reserve in Chiswick where proposals to build a new visitor centre have been put forward. Hounslow Council is working with the London Wildlife Trust to bring this to fruition and have now appointed a development partner, Be Living.
This is a great step forward and now plans can begin in earnest, which most importantly will involve extensive public engagement and consultation with the local communities.
Pictured with Councillor Katherine Dunne and representatives from London Wildlife Trust. Be Living, Lampton 360 and local residents.
Friday 9 March
This morning I attended the Duke of Northumberland river improvement works in Isleworth. The council is working with the London Wildlife Trust, local residents and contractors Salix to help improve the environment and support biodiversity in this key wildlife habitat along the river. I was delighted to meet local residents who have provided such fantastic support to the project. While we were there, to our astonishment we spotted a Kingfisher catching fish in the river. Who’d have expected that in Isleworth!
As some of you may be aware, I will be attending MIPIM in Cannes next week to promote Hounslow. For more information, please click here.
Best of luck to our local Brentford FC against Millwall tomorrow and likewise best of luck England against the French side in Paris.
Finally, wishing you all a wonderful weekend. Don’t forget Mothers’ day on Sunday!