8 - 12 July
Hello everyone, it’s Cllr Lily Bath taking over for Cllr Steve Curran while he is away on leave. I hope everyone enjoyed the lovely summer weather over the weekend?
As you know, many schools in the borough are coming up to their final week before breaking up for the summer holidays. If you want to find things to do, you can look at our map of free and low-cost activities available in Hounslow in our latest edition of Hounslow Matters which is being distributed this week.
There is also an activity planner which you can download to help you plan!
PlayStreets are quickly becoming very popular among Hounslow residents, it’s a scheme which gives the opportunity to get your children out of the house and playing in the streets, without any cars, and it’s a fun way of getting to know your neighbours. So, if you’re struggling to find something to fill the hours this summer break make sure you apply for a Playstreet.
The exam season is also nearing a close with GCSE and A-Level pupils finishing off their final exams. With results day dawning, our Connexions team is gearing up to support the hundreds of students who are looking to start their working lives through providing careers advice, CV writing workshops and practice interviews. It’s one of the council’s corporate pledges to create an extra 4000 apprenticeships for local people in the borough. Hounslow Council is offering a range of apprenticeships with several reputable training providers and local colleges. Visit our apprenticeships page for more information.
On Monday evening, I was told about information on the Housing Estates improvement project which you can now find on our council website. This webpage will be updated constantly to keep residents informed of the updates taking place on their estates.
On Tuesday night at Cabinet, we had several key decisions approved, most importantly the approval of phase two funding bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for Boston Manor House. We were delighted to secure this funding as we are ambitious for our borough and very keen to continue to invest in it as much as we can despite the austerity cuts put in place.
Another key decision, approved at Cabinet, was the additional HMO licensing conditions for private sector renting which contributes to making homes safer for residents and to combat rogue landlords who forgo the safety of tenants for financial benefit.
We are also consulting on the draft Housing Strategy for 2019-2024 and would love to hear what you think about the proposals so far. Visit our consultation page for the documents and online survey. I would encourage all residents to have their say in this consultation. The consultation will close on Thursday 1 August so there is still some time to submit feedback.
Sadly, Johanna Konta was knocked out of the quarter finals at Wimbledon this week by unseeded Barbora Strýcov, and we had such hopes for Andy Murray and Serena Williams in the mixed doubles, but they also lost in the quarter finals. There is still British hope in the doubles, so we have something to cheer.
In cricket news, England went on to defeat Australia by eight wickets in the semi finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup on Thursday evening. England now face New Zealand in the finals on Sunday. I wish the England team the best of luck on Sunday and hope they can bring home the trophy!
Don’t forget! Next weekend on Saturday 20 July we will be hosting Joint Services Open Day in partnership with our colleagues from Metropolitan Police, London Fire Brigade, London Ambulance Service and many more. The event will be held at Bedfont Lakes in Bedfont and will start at 12noon. It’s set to be an action-packed day with family friendly activities, food and entertainment. Entry to the event is free so make sure you come down!
Hope you all have a great weekend!
Cllr Lily Bath