29 July - 2 August
I hope you are all enjoying the summer months despite the temperamental weather we’ve been having this week. We have witnessed both extremes of weather with scorching heat and the stormy rain.
At the weekend, I canvassed in Syon ward with local councillors Dunne and Dennison. We met local residents to Marlborough School who expressed concerns about inconsiderate parking during drop-off and pick up times.
On Monday I met with John Todd, Ward Councillor for Chiswick Homefields and Head of Registration and Nationalities Service, Susan Hayter to discuss extending our services for weddings over the weekend.
Then on Tuesday, I went with the Chief Executive, Niall Bolger and senior council officers to meet representatives from JCDecaux, one of the longest residing businesses on the Golden Mile, Great West Road. JCDecaux is an international advertising company which use bus stops, buildings and electronic billboards to advertise for clients.
On Wednesday, I went on a site visit to Ealing. I visited the Green Lane regeneration project where a large council estate is being regenerated with new affordable as well as private and shared ownership units. We must start planning for the regeneration of our council estates as they are coming to the end of their lives. We need more council homes!
In the afternoon, I was asked by a resident to look at the disused railway line on Commerce Road in Brentford. The site is currently overgrown. We will be looking at the history of the railway and the feasibility of turning it into a nature trail.
Thank you to Ron Mushiso, Ward Councillor for Turnham Green for the photo.
On Wednesday evening, I chaired a meeting with COALO, the council’s dedicated repairs team. It was a very positive meeting. The COALO team provide an excellent service to our residents.
On Thursday afternoon, I joined the Chief Executive, Niall Bolger at the Corporate Induction for newly recruited staff at Hounslow House. As you know I am a rugby fan and Thursday marked fifty days until the start of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan and I cannot wait!
On Friday, I was out about in the borough. One concern raised this week by businesses and residents was the number of street beggars in Hounslow High Street. We are working with the Metropolitan Police, NHS and the homelessness team to put measures in place to deal with this problem. A simple way to discourage beggars is to not give them any money.
If you see a rough sleeper and you are worried about their welfare, please contact the StreetLink team who will be able to assist. Hounslow council commissions St Mungo’s who have a local outreach team in Hounslow who go out and meet people who are homeless and help them get off the streets.
On Saturday, it’s back to normal again with the football season starting back up. The Bees have their first match of the season against Birmingham. I wish them the best of luck. Kick-off is at 3pm at Griffin Park so expect the usual game day traffic and please plan your journey ahead if you are heading out on Saturday.
Have a good weekend all!