My Week by Cllr. Steve Curran 2019

5 - 9 August

I was very sorry to learn of the burst water main in Feltham and the other problems that occurred to disrupt the water supply. I know this caused inconvenience and upset to a lot of residents and businesses. I was kept informed of developments by officers over the weekend. We will be reviewing all the actions that were taken to see if we can improve our response if this type of emergency happens again.

Image of a digger digging up a road.
Photo credit – Affinity Water

As we’re in the midst of the holiday season, we don’t usually hold committee meetings, however, the planning committee did meet last Thursday. They had a very extensive agenda and I understand the meeting finished close to midnight. I know the planning committee take their roles very seriously hence the length of the meeting. You can find out what was discussed at the planning committee here.

On Tuesday, I met with a senior housing officer to discuss a case regarding a noisy neighbour. As we know noisy neighbours cause a lot of upset and distress. If you have a noisy neighbour, please contact our noise pollution team or your housing officer to report it. This is particularly acute to the summer months as people tend to have their windows open and party more frequently. 

If you’ve missed our launch of the Cleaner Greener Borough campaign you can find out more about it here. The campaign aims to tackle waste, while improving recycling and the street environment across the borough. 

In the afternoon, I met with Professor Anthony Woodman, Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise from the University of West London (UWL). We have very close links with UWL as many of our residents are students. In addition, we are working collaboratively with UWL regarding modern apprenticeships. They are also a partner in the new sports hub being built in Gunnersbury Park which should be completed by the end of the year.

On Friday, I met with community representatives in Brentford for a coffee and a chat. I would also like to highlight how important it is to support local businesses. I had the pleasure of going to Villa Di Geggiano on Chiswick High Road with family and friends recently.

Image of Cllr Steve Curran and Lukasz, General Manager of Villa Di Geggiano
Here I am with Lukasz, General Manager of Villa Di Geggiano

All our high streets in Hounslow are feeling the effects of high business rates (set by the government) and rents. We are doing everything we can as a council to support local business and we’re working very closely with Hounslow Chamber of Commerce and Brentford Chamber of Commerce to this end.

Bad luck to Brentford who lost their opening game of the season at home to Birmingham. I understand from Cllr Mel Collins, a season ticket holder at Brentford, that the Bees had several opportunities to win the game but couldn’t seal the deal.

Good luck to the Bees as they play away to ‘The Boro’ (Middlesbrough) on Saturday. Safe journeys to all the fans making the long trek up to the North East. It could be worse, you could be travelling in January or February!!

Also playing this weekend in the Emirates FA Cup 19-20 - Extra-Preliminary Round, Hanworth Villa face Fisher FC Bermondsey at their home ground, Rectory Meadow in Hanworth. Come on you Villains!

Lastly, I would like to mention that World Car Free Day is coming up on Sunday 22 September. I would encourage all residents to mark this day in their calendars and swap four wheels for two or use public transport. Our Traffic team are also taking applications for PlayStreets, which was created for residents to apply for a road closure. There have already been a number of Playstreets organised in the borough, from what I’ve heard, they’ve all been great for connecting with your neighbours and lots of fun for the kids. Email Traffic@hounslow.gov.uk to apply.

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