6 - 10 May
Hello everyone! It’s Councillor Lily Bath here, stepping in for Councillor Curran while he is away this week.
I hope you’ve all enjoyed the Bank Holiday Weekend.
To begin with, I would like to take this time to congratulate our two new Youth Parliament representatives Kainaat Siddiqi and Fatima-Zahra Yousef who were successfully voted in as Member and Deputy Member of Youth Parliament on Thursday 2 May. MYPs represent Hounslow on a regional and national basis, helping to engage young people in politics, democracy and citizenship.
Pictured L-R: MYP Kainaat Siddiqi (The Heathland School), Deputy MYP Fatima-Zahra Yousef (Chiswick School)
We had some lovely weather last weekend which was perfect for the launch of Hanworth Park Parkrun, a free 5 kilometre run which takes place every Saturday morning at Hanworth Park. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend , but I hear we had a high number of local runners and Parkrun tourists turning up to the run, which is great! I would also like to give a special mention to Councillor Bishnu Gurung, Ward Councillor for Hanworth and Councillor Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Workforce who took part in the inaugural Hanworth Park Parkrun.
As you may already know, the council offers a large amount of free alternative exercise activities in the borough which include Parkruns, outdoor gyms, free exercise classes and the very popular women’s only bike rides.
As we into move into the summer months, I’m sure lots of residents will trade the TV remote for their bike helmets or running shoes! You can find out more about any of the activities available to you on the parks and open spaces webpage.
A highlight of the week for me was chairing the Tenants, Leaseholders, and Sheltered Tenants Joint Consultative Committee (TLSTJCC) on Wednesday evening. Here, we presented our plans for Whole Estate Improvements which were warmly welcomed by the committee. I look forward to sharing more information with you as work gets under way.
Next week sees the start of Fostering Fortnight, which is an annual campaign to raise the profile of fostering. Hounslow will host two fostering information sessions during this period, the first being on Friday 17 May and the second on Thursday 23 May.
Hounslow’s foster carers receive 24-hour support, access to specialist support and retention packages, regular training and an allowance of up to £868.60 per fortnight, per child.
If you have a spare room and you are interested in finding out more about fostering, please visit the council’s fostering page.
Also starting next week Tuesday is the Hounslow Housing Tenants and Leaseholder photography exhibition hosted at the Hounslow Arts Centre in the Treaty Centre, TW3 1ES.
This competition ran throughout last year as we asked our tenants and leaseholders to take themed photos of around their homes and estates. The response was excellent as we received over one hundred photos from all areas across the borough.
As lead member for Housing, this is an excellent initiative that encourages our communities to take pride and look after the areas they live in but also to show off some of the hidden picturesque gems Hounslow has to offer.
The exhibition will run until the end of May and will be open from 6.30pm to 9pm so you will have plenty of time to make it down.
We’re set to have some more rain showers this weekend so make sure you pack an umbrella if your heading out.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
Cllr Lily Bath,