16 - 20 September
Hi everyone, Cllr Lily Bath here covering this week's blog while Cllr Steve Curran is away on holiday.
After having spent a lovely weekend walking in the Yorkshire Dales with some dear friends I have decided that I need to do more walking. Hounslow may be along way from the Dales but we are lucky to have some stunning parks and open spaces in our locality. In fact did you know that Hounslow is one of the greenest boroughs in London?
On Tuesday I took my 16-year-old son to the connexions event called ‘ Are you ready’ at Hounslow House. Connexions is a service provided by the council to help and support young people into education, employment or training. I was impressed to see the commitment provided by the staff to help and support our young people.
If you know any young Hounslow residents aged 16-19 who may be interested in finding out more about local apprenticeships, jobs and training, they can get free advice and guidance from the Hounslow Connexions Team
Back to my new found love of walking….I was mightily excited to be launching ‘ Beat the Street’ in Osterley Park on Wednesday morning with The Mayor Of Hounslow, Tony Louki along with my fellow Cllr’s Lambert; Collins, Chaudri and Mehrban and not forgetting our delightful walking pals from Marlborough Primary School, Aaron, Selena and Ellie.
Beat the Street Campaign is a new walking and cycling initiative in Hounslow and got off to a running start with nearly 6,000 residents already signed up this week alone. There are touch points all over Hounslow and I have set myself a challenge to beat box as many as I can. If you want to register a team just email firstname.lastname@example.org. and they will do the rest. So watch this space.
I was also delighted to meet Neil Cole who manages the park and congratulated him on how well kept the park and the stately home are. Osterley Park is one of my favourite parks in the borough and I have loved watching it flourish over the years.
Also on Wednesday I held our Councillor’s Ward Surgery at Heston Community Centre. For those of you who don’t know, Heston Community Centre has a number of exciting things taking place at the centre regularly. I want to give a particular mention to the Line Dancing Class which is held every Wednesday from 8.00 to 10.00pm. Teresa a local resident and community champion has been running this class for over 20 years with amazing dedication and passion. So if you fancy having a go at line dancing you know where to go.
On Thursday I attended the Mayor’s Charity Quiz. What a fun evening and well done to the winning team. Phew… we didn’t come last...
On a sad note, I attended the memorial service of the late John Chatt on Friday morning. He served as a Councillor for 29 years. I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family and friends of John and to pay tribute and thanks to his long standing contribution to this borough.
Next week, I will be launching the empty homes week. This is a national campaign which begins next Monday and personally I am determined to put our weight behind it and build awareness of what exactly large local authorities like Hounslow are doing about it. I’m sure Cllr Curran will bring you more news on this when he returns.
And talking of the Leader, don’t forget that if you want to hold him, myself or the Cabinet to account, please come along to Cabinet Question time on Tuesday 24 September where residents have the chance to quiz Members about council services and local matters. The Q&A will take place at Hounslow House from 7.00 to 9.00pm (doors open 6.45pm) and attendees can put questions to them on any aspect of their Cabinet portfolios.
Finally, the leader will be back next so have a great weekend and enjoy the last of the summer sun