13 - 20 July
I started the week by attending an awareness day held by Unite for people who work in low paid jobs such as cleaning at Heathrow Airport and other places. This was a very interesting meeting as it highlighted just how many people are still not receiving the London Living Wage and are working in poor conditions. The event gave advice on who might be affected and on how people in these jobs could negotiate for better working conditions. We want everyone in the borough to receive at least the London Living Wage and have pledged to support this, so it was interesting to see how our partners such as Unite are providing support and advice.
What a fantastic Sunday of sport we had in our country. All you cricket, tennis and Grand Prix fans must have been on the edge of your seats. Well done to Lewis Hamilton for winning the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, and what a fantastic tennis match at Wimbledon, with the first Men’s Final making history as it went a 12 all tie break in the last set – and there were only a couple of points between the players in the end. Well done to Novak Djocovic for winning his fifth Wimbledon title.
And what an exciting game of cricket, with England coming out triumphant at Lord’s in the Cricket World Cup. It could not have been closer with the match drawn at 241 runs, and then the super over drawn at 15 runs. But what an exciting ending with England achieving a last ball run out and winning on the number of boundaries they had scored during the match. Well done to all the worthy winners, and especially the men’s cricket team as they won the world cup for the first time for England.
Back to more serious issues! I attended the Health and Wellbeing Board earlier this week, and amongst other things we signed off the ‘Preventing Suicide in Hounslow’ strategy and agreed to put forward a statement on Heathrow airport expansion and the impact on our residents’ health.
I also met with a number of our officers to look at traffic calming proposals in the Heston West area. Residents are rightly concerned about the impact these measures will have on the roads they live in and use, but we also have a responsibility to reduce cars and other vehicles on our roads and improve air quality for the benefit of everyone. We need to find a healthy balance between the two.
I’m doing my best to stay fit and healthy, and enjoyed a fantastic swim for the first time at Heston Pool on Thursday evening. I would encourage you all to visit this great pool. Details of opening times are available here.
On Saturday I will be doing a Heston West ward walkabout, looking at local issues and chatting to our residents to find out what concerns them. So, if you see me out and about do pop over for a chat.
Also, on Saturday is our Joint Services Open Day event. This year it’s taking place in the beautiful surroundings of Bedfont Lakes, one of our Green Flag parks. Which has also been nominated in the Britains’ Best Parks competition along with Dukes Meadow and Bridge House Pond – so follow this link to vote for your favourite park by 19 August. www.fieldsintrust.org/best-park/london
The Joint Services Open Day celebrates the work of our emergency partners including the Metropolitan Police, London Ambulance Service, Hounslow Highways, GreenSpace 360 and the London Fire Brigade who will be carrying out a daring water rescue demonstration, as well as a line rescue and motor vehicle collision rescue. There will be lots of fun activities, entertainment and refreshment stalls so head on down there from 12noon to 5pm to enjoy the event and make the most of our wonderful country park.
Looking ahead to next week, I will be Chairing a special meeting on mitigating the impact of Welfare Reforms which is linked to addressing poverty in the borough. We will be joined by a number of our partners including Job Centre, Citizens Advice Bureau, Credit Union as well as some wider teams within the council itself. We were one of the first borough’s in the country where Universal Credit was rolled out by the government, and we can see the impact it has had on our residents. There is a waiting time for residents to start receiving Universal Credit, and this puts pressure on their ability to pay their rent on time. We want to look at ways of supporting our residents through this difficult time, e.g. through making sure they have the right advice and support at the right time.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend, and the weather improves!
Cllr Lily Bath
Deputy Leader, Hounslow Council