28 May - 01 June
Well despite a poor forecast, the bank holiday weekend turned out very pleasant with the added drama of those fantastic thunderstorms! That said, I hope that everyone enjoyed their weekend.
Commiserations to Liverpool for their crushing defeat in Kiev. The combination of those two goalie errors and a relentless Gareth Bale scoring twice will have been very hard to take for the Liverpool supporters - oh dear!
On Tuesday, I returned to the office and spent the morning catching up with our Chief Executive, Mary Harpley. This was the day we announced that Mary will be leaving us in September to take up the post of Chief Officer at the Greater London Authority. This is a fantastic opportunity for her to take on a London-wide remit, reporting to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and the London Assembly, after seven years at the helm of Hounslow Council. While we are sorry to lose her, we wish her every success in this exciting and challenging new role.
Following this, I was pleased to be invited to the funeral of Margaret Smith who sadly passed away recently. Margaret was a resident who lived on our Gypsy and Traveller site in Heston. Margaret was loved by many and will be sadly missed by her community. I had the pleasure of meeting Margaret on several occasions over the years.
Later, in the afternoon I went to see the mock-up of the council chamber as it will be in our new offices (Hounslow House). It’s definitely different to what we have been used to but it will be modern and full of technology!
Wednesday morning started off with the weekly Leader’s Meeting with our Chief Executive, Mary Harpley, Deputy Leader, Cllr Lily Bath and other senior officers.
This meeting was followed by a catch-up with our Director of Housing, Peter Matthew to discuss our challenging housing target.
Thursday morning, I focussed on my usual one-to-one meetings and dealing with case work. In the afternoon, I met with Councillor Khan, Cabinet Member for Transport and Corporate Property and Councillor Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Workforce along with senior officers for our Highways and Transport department, to discuss how we are going to deliver on our Manifesto commitments with regard to transport and air quality.
This morning I was up bright and early to get to City Hall for 9am with our Chief Executive, Mary Harpley and Director of Housing, Peter Matthew to meet with James Murray, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development at the Greater London Authority (GLA). We are working closely with the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and the GLA to achieve our housing targets, set by Mayor Sadiq Khan and ourselves.
It was with great sadness that I heard of the death of former Councillor Peter Carey yesterday. Peter served as a conservative member for many years, having just stepped down in the Osterley and Spring Grove ward in May of this year. Although we didn’t agree politically, he was always courteous and a gentleman and I would like to express my sincere condolences to his family and friends. The borough flag at the Civic Centre will fly at half-mast over the weekend as a mark of respect.
I hope many of you have enjoyed the half term break with your families but its back to the grind on Monday. Have an enjoyable weekend!