3 - 7 September
Firstly, a belated Happy Birthday wish as last Friday evening (31 August), I was delighted to attend a special reception to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Heston Residents Association (HRA). David Blackett (Chairman) and his wife Vivian, not to mention all their local volunteers, have done a great amount of hard work to improve their local community in Heston.
The HRA also announced they will be receiving the Queen's Award For Voluntary Service – 2018. We marked this double celebration with a beautiful large cake, and a certificate presented to David and Vivian. It was a great reception, and I would like to again personally thank and commend HRA for their continued support and commitment to the borough.
Attendees at the event included:
Cllr Shantanu Rajawat, Heston West Ward Councillor, Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of the Council, Cllr Samia Chaudhary, Mayor Seema Malhotra, MP David and Vivian Blackett, Heston Residents Association Tony Arbour, London Assembly Member Cllr Shivraj Grewal, Heston Central Ward Councillor Cllr Lily Bath, Deputy Leader and Heston West Ward Councillor
Over the weekend I joined staff and residents at two fantastic events in the borough and we were lucky to have brilliant weather! The Joint Services Open Day event in Lampton Park on Saturday saw a great turnout, residents enjoyed live music, food and drinks stalls and entertainment whilst finding out more about the emergency services across the borough who do so much to keep us safe.
I spent Sunday at Tidefest in Strand-on-the-Green, an event organised by Thames Water and the local community to celebrate the River Thames. It was great to see so many residents, especially young people out enjoying the river. I was joined by the Mayor Cllr Samia Chaudhary and her son, fellow Cllr Daanish Saeed and Ruth Cadbury MP, and Richard Aylard from Thames Water.
Photo credit Anna Kunst Photography
It’s been another very busy, productive week!
I started Monday off working from home catching up on emails, and then in the early evening I met with Cabinet Members and senior officers back at the office to discuss the council’s budget and how we are going to deal with shortfall because of the Government’s cuts.
Tuesday was a very important day with the final candidate interviews for the Chief Executive’s recruitment. The interview panel was made up of myself, Councillor Lily Bath, Councillor Katherine Dunne, Councillor Raghwinder Siddhu, Councillor Harleen Atwalhear and Councillor Sam Hearn, who made a unanimous decision to recommend the appointment of Niall Bolger. The appointment will be ratified at full Borough Council at the next meeting on 18 September2018.
I would like to thank all Members, staff and partners including the Police, Voluntary, Social and Health Care, Business and Leisure services whose contribution assisted us greatly in making our selection.
Niall has been Chief Executive at Sutton Council for over seven years; he has extensive local government experience, particularly in London boroughs, and I look forward to Niall joining us. Once a start date has been agreed, I will let you know. In the meantime, we are very pleased that Alan Adams has stepped into the role on an interim basis now that Mary Harpley has left the council to become the Chief Officer for the Mayor of London.
Wednesday was a full round of meetings, mainly with senior officers to discuss council business. I must remember to take a lunch break on these busy days and practice what we preach about work life balance! I made it home just in time for the Channel 4 news.
Back to back meetings again on Thursday; a few of these were to discuss our commitment to secure 5,000 new homes over the next four years. I also met with Peter Matthew, Strategic Director for Housing, to look at opportunities for housing infill sites on our council estates. Later I met with the Directors at Brentford Dock Ltd to discuss our representation on the Board.
Well done to the Bees, they had a great result last weekend beating Nottingham Forrest 2 – 1! I wish them well for their next match at home against Wigan Athletic on 15 September. Good luck also to the England Cricket team for their final test against India, particularly to Alastair Cook who has been a fantastic player for England, as he bows out of test cricket at the end of this match.
Have a good weekend everyone.