13 - 17 May
I’m back from my holidays and was glad to be in the office on Monday morning!
On a serious note, I co-chaired our first summit alongside Councillor Katherine Dunne, Cabinet member for Communities on how we can reduce violence and knife crime in our borough.
We were joined by colleagues from partners including the NHS, Police, voluntary and education sectors as well as officers from a range of council services. We are producing an action plan which we will share with residents as we take the work forward. Hounslow is a safe borough, although we acknowledge that there has been a rise in knife crime and other violent offences recently which have raised fears for some of our residents. We want to make sure that everyone feels safe in our borough by working together.
On Tuesday, I Chaired the Dukes Meadow Project Board, and amongst other things we discussed the approval of the planning application for the new footbridge.
In the evening, we had our usual Cabinet meeting. It was a short meeting this time as we only had two items on the agenda.
I chaired the London Council’s Capital Ambition Board meeting on Wednesday. You can find out about what was discussed at the meeting here.
On Thursday, I attended and chaired the West London Housing Association and Local Authority Development Seminar. The event is aimed at developing best practice for local authorities and housing associations. We also invited Nick Taylor from the GLA attend to give us an update on what the GLA are working on.
This is a key event in our calendar as we want to ensure that there is room for growth in the borough for new and existing families and to highlight the 5000 housing corporate pledge which aims to:
- Crackdown on rogue landlords
- Support residents to buy their first home
- Secure an additional 5,000 new and affordable homes by 2022. 3,000 new Council and Housing Association homes for social rent and 2,000 for shared ownership and other affordable housing.
This is a big ask but we are working with our partners to help make this pledge a reality.
In the afternoon, I was joined by the Mayor of Hounslow, Samia Chaudhary, Councillor Tony Louki, Chair of the Isleworth and Brentford Area Forum and Councillor Shantanu Rajawat, Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Services on the Hounslow House terrace to commemorate Middlesex Day and honour the Middlesex Regiment.
On Friday, I was out of the office at meetings in Central London.
It was a fantastic result for the England Cricket team as they chased a three hundred and fifty-eight run score set by Pakistan on Tuesday. England won the one day international by six wickets with thirty-one balls left. England now lead the series two-nil.
I would also like to wish all our Muslim residents a Ramadan Kareem while they observe the month of Ramadan.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!