10 - 14 June
I ended last week on Saturday with a very enjoyable coffee morning at Brentford Dock which was hosted by Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford and Isleworth. It was very well attended, I was delighted to see so many residents from the Dock and elsewhere in Brentford who popped along for a natter with Ruth and myself. This Saturday, I will be holding my surgery at the usual time at Brentford Dock, full details are on the council’s website.
On Sunday, I met some residents from Chiswick who are opposed to the proposals for the new cycle route being put forward by Transport for London (TfL). It was helpful to listen to their views and concerns and to walk the route. We await the outcome of the consultation from TfL and we will then be considering the plans at Cabinet in the autumn.
On Monday I was joined by our Chief Executive, Niall Bolger and Peter Matthew, Strategic Director of Planning, Housing and Communities, when we met Ian McDermott, Chief Executive of Catalyst Housing and other senior officers who showed us some of the work they are doing with Ealing Council on regenerating their council estates. We of course must also be considering regeneration of some of our council estates for the future.
On Tuesday, I met with Gordon Scorer, CEO of the London Wildlife Trust, we discussed one of the jewels in the borough, The Gunnersbury Triangle. You can find out more about the London Wildlife Trust and the Gunnersbury Triangle here.
In the evening, before cabinet, I met with Kevin Prunty, Executive Headteacher and National Leader of Education. We had promising discussion on possible community projects which Cranford Community College are leading on. Cranford Community College is an outstanding college and a shining example of how a college is an integral part of the community.
Later on, I chaired our monthly Cabinet meeting, it was a very big agenda with exciting plans, that were all approved, in particular on housing, see the link for the full cabinet report.
I also wanted to mention, I hope not too many residents and business were affected too adversely by the water shortage on Wednesday which was caused by the breakdown of the pump at the Thames Water site in Hampton.
On Thursday I attended the funeral of former councillor, Rajinder (Raj) Bath from Heston West Ward. Cllr R. Bath passed away at home with his family on Sunday 2 June, here is the link to the full statement.
In the afternoon, I joined members of the Brentford Towers Residents’ Association at the opening of the expanded concierge service for Brentford Towers, which will improve services for those residents.
I hope you all have an enjoyable weekend, and that the weather improves, but it can’t be much worse than the moment! Good luck to England in the Cricket World Cup and not forgetting our brave Lionesses who are competing hard in the Women’s Football World Cup.
Finally, today is also the second anniversary of the Grenfell Tower Fire tragedy where so many lives were needlessly lost. Our thoughts are with all of those that have been affected.