27 August - 2 September
I hope everyone enjoyed the bank holiday weekend. It was a shame about the weather, but this weekend promises to be lovely!
I kicked off the week on Tuesday with my usual one to one meetings with Chief Executive, Mary Harpley and other senior officers.
I then met with Seema Malhotra MP for Feltham and Heston, and Ed Vainker, Executive Principal and Director of Reach Academy in Feltham. Ed had some very interesting ideas about expanding the school over the next few years, which involves use of the Ministry of Defence site.
Later, I met with representatives of Grosvenor Park Residents group who are concerned about the proposed development on Tesco store site in Feltham for housing. It was good to meet the residents to understand their apprehensions regarding the proposed development and the conservation of the area.
It’s an exciting time for us as we’re nearing the 10,000 followers mark on Twitter. I recorded a ‘thank you’ message to our supporters, look out for it on our social media channels. Your support and feedback is always welcomed and valued. There’ll also be a special prize up for grabs for our 10,000th follower – so get following!
My last meeting of the day was with Kevin Prunty, Executive Head Teacher of Cranford Community College and Alan Fraser, Director of Community Development. We had a wide-ranging discussion on matters relating to the college, which is one of the jewels in our educational crown in Hounslow. Kevin and Alan gave me a list of things to do around improving safety for the students at the college.
On Wednesday, I attended a citizenship ceremony held in the Council Chamber with Paul Kennerley, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Hounslow. This is one of the most enjoyable events I go to as Leader, and it’s great to see the happy faces of the people who have become Citizens of Great Britain and are also residents of the borough. I met with people made up of many different backgrounds, cultures, and faiths, who all represent Hounslow’s flourishing, diverse community.
On Thursday I had a meeting with Cllr Hanif khan, Lead Member for Transport and Corporate Property, and senior officers to discuss the move to our new headquarters Hounslow House, which is nearing completion.
I then attended London Council’s to meet with other Leaders to discuss how we can improve services for Londoners with regards to skills, adult education and apprenticeships. The meeting was chaired by Cllr Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Council and Executive Member for Skills and Employment.
Today is a big day for us, as we begin the final stage of our recruitment process for the new Chief Executive. But before that, I have a meeting with Paul Kennerley, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Hounslow and a catch up with Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford and Isleworth.
It’s a busy weekend ahead with two major events, on Saturday I will be attending the Joint Services Open Day at Lampton Park and I hope you can join us to show your support for our emergency services teams and the work they do for our community. On Sunday, I hope to see many of you at the Thames Tidefest festival based at Strand on Green, by Kew Bridge. Tidefest is an annual event to highlight and celebrate the recreational importance of the Thames Tideway to Londoners.
Good luck to the Bees again for Saturday, when they’ll be playing at home against Nottingham Forest. Kick-off is at 3pm
Have a great weekend everyone.