6 - 10 August
We’ve been spoilt with the sunshine over the past few weeks, but now it looks as though we may need to keep those brollies at the ready with rain forecasted over the next few days!
This week, I caught up with Cllr Guy Lambert, Cabinet Member for Highways, Recycling and Trading Companies, to discuss upcoming priorities. Cllr Lambert has got off to a flying start since he joined the Cabinet in May and has clocked up many miles on his bicycle right across the borough looking at issues that concern residents and businesses. He is focussing in particular on fly-tipping and recycling.
In my one-to-one with Deputy Leader Cllr Lily Bath, we discussed upcoming housing priorities which you will hear more about over the next few weeks. Like Councillor Lambert, Cllr Bath joined the Cabinet in May and already has her feet firmly under the table in understanding the broad depth of the housing service.
I also had a meeting with our Deputy Chief Executive Alan Adams who will take up the role of interim Chief Executive in September. As you may already know, our current Chief Executive Mary Harpley will be leaving at the end of this month to join City Hall.
Later in the week, I joined council enforcement officers as well as our council contracters Hounslow Highways and Serco in a joint operation to tackle illegal parking and fly-tipping. Cllr Lambert and Cllr Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Workforce, were also in attendance, and together we met with residents from The Ham in Brentford, who are still concerned about the businesses parking their vehicles in resident bays. While we have enforcement in place for these matters, we would much prefer for local businesses to comply with the parking restrictions that are in place.
Today, along with Brentford ward councillors, Cllr Guy Lambert, Cllr Corinna Smart and Cllr Mel Collins, I will attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the new leisure centre at Gunnersbury Park. Once completed, the facility will offer residents and visitors the opportunity to participate in football at the very highest level through grassroots investment, and will inspire generations of athletes to come.
Residents can expect to see two brand-new artificial grass pitches along with grass football pitches, an eight-team changing pavilion, a sports hall and state-of-the-art gym.
While you may have some time to wait before the new facilities at Gunnersbury Park are ready, there are plenty of leisure centres open for you to enjoy across the borough, incuding the newly refurbished New Chiswick Pool.
Have a good weekend all.