23 - 26 April
Hello everyone, I hope you all had a great Easter break. We had some fantastic weather over the weekend, which I hope encouraged you to get out and perhaps enjoy our parks and open spaces.
I had a sporting Bank Holiday weekend - spectating only! On Friday afternoon, I went to watch Richmond Rugby Club play London Irish. This was a game of split loyalties for me as I am a member of Richmond Rugby and as you know London Irish will be moving to the new Brentford Stadium in Late 2020.
Unfortunately, Richmond lost the match and are now fighting for survival in the championship, but London Irish became champions and will be promoted to the premiership next season.
On Saturday, I held my usual surgery at Bretford Dock and had one customer. They raised an important parking issue which I will be dealing with.
I spent the next few days pottering around enjoying the Bank Holiday weekend.
On Monday evening, it was a full house at Griffin Park as high flyers Leeds United took on the underdogs Brentford FC in what was looking to be a tough evening for the Bees. But a spirited performance by the Bees lead to a two-nil victory. Come on you Bees!
Tuesday it was back to reality in the office. We’re still all getting used to our new surroundings. I had my usual round of meetings with senior council officers. In the evening, we held our first Cabinet meeting in our new offices. You can find out more about what was discussed at the meeting here.
Thursday, I attended the Brentford and Isleworth Area Forum, Brentford New Church. You can find out more about what was discussed at the meeting here.
On Thursday evening, we issued the List of candidates who have been nominated and the notice of poll for the upcoming European Parliamentary Elections which will take place on 23 May. You can find more about the upcoming election on our website.
Hounslow residents who haven’t registered to vote only have one week left to do so, as the deadline is next Tuesday, 7 May 2019.
Every eligible Hounslow resident on the Electoral Register should by now have received a poll card confirming the details of their polling station.
If you haven’t received your poll card, please check that you’re registered to vote by emailing the council’s Electoral Services team at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 020 8583 2828.
Residents from other European Union countries are eligible to vote in these elections (if they have not registered in their home countries).
If you know you’re not registered, you can do so online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. It only takes a few minutes.
On Friday morning I attended a London Councils Meeting. Here, I met with Leaders from other London Boroughs to discuss matters which affect London as a whole.
On Friday evening, I met with our Cabinet members and the Council’s Senior Leadership Team on an away day. We discussed the ongoing cuts to our budgets as austerity continues. We will continue to do the best we can for our residents and protect the most vulnerable people living in the borough.
Tomorrow, the Bees will travel to take on Bolton Wanderers at the Macron Stadium. Let’s hope they can continue their winning streak and take the win.
Hope you all have a good weekend.