16 - 20 July
It has been another busy week packed with meetings and events.
On Monday, I spent the morning catching up with emails and phone calls. Later in the afternoon, I attended the Blenheim Park Topping out ceremony and was joined by Cllr Candice Atterton, Cabinet Member for Adults, Social Care and Health.
The new development at Blenheim Park will provide 94 self-contained flats, designed to improve the independence and quality of life of our older and disabled residents. I also met with Roger Forsdyke, Managing Director of Willmott Dixon, who presented an engraved trowel to mark the occasion.
On Tuesday, I had a series of one to one meetings with colleagues across the council. I then had a meeting with Cllr Tony Louki, Ward Councillor for Osterley and Spring Grove, and Osterley residents to discuss their concerns about traffic surrounding Nishkam school.
In the afternoon, I met with the new Deputy Mayor for Transport, Heidi Alexander at City Hall where we discussed how we can improve rail access to West London. Transport is fundamental to connecting people and it’s important that the links available in the borough work for everyone.
In the evening I chaired our cabinet meeting. You can see the agenda here.
On Wednesday, I attended a Community Engagement Board meeting at Heathrow and met with the newly appointed chair Rachel Cerfontyne. Later in the evening, I hosted a Hounslow summer network event at Chiswick House to mark the launch of the seventh Great West Magazine. The magazine showcases the development and inward investment opportunities in Hounslow and celebrates the best of the borough. It was good to see so many businesses and developers there who are interested in working and investing in Hounslow.
An interesting report was released this week, by London Borough Environment Directors Network (LEDNet) and Keep Britain Tidy, revealing one in five Londoners admit to fly-tipping. The council has a zero-tolerance policy for fly-tipping and we can all pull together to do more for a cleaner, greener borough.
On Thursday, I met with Steven Swords, Chair of Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust and the Chief Executive Patricia Wright. It was a very productive discussion and we plan to hold further meetings to look at how we can improve health outcomes for our residents, with even more integration between health and social care.
In the afternoon I chaired the new Housing Pledge delivery board. This board is tasked with delivering our housing pledge of 5,000 new homes by 2022. As always, the council is committed to aim high and remain ambitious for our residents. I also signed an open letter which was published this week by the Times, calling on the Government to encourage and support councils to build more homes. The open letter is available to read here.
Today I’m working from home and then attending the opening of Brentford Lodge, which is in the grounds of Brentford Health Centre. The lodge has been refurbished and will be used by West London Mental Health NHS services.
Schools are now out for the summer and for those of you who are taking some time off, have an enjoyable summer break. Don’t forget to get out and active in the sunshine and enjoy the many glorious parks and open spaces we have in our borough.