19 - 23 August
Hope you’ve all had a good weekend. If you remember, I wished the Bees the best of luck when they were travelling up to Middlesbrough. They came out with a fantastic win on the weekend. On Saturday, I travelled to Scarborough to watch Yorkshire County play Nottingham County in a four-day county game. I had a great time with a couple of friends from Brentford. Scarborough is a lovely old cricket ground and well worth the visit if you’re a cricket fan.
I travelled back to London on Monday but kept in touch with work through emails over the weekend. Thanks to Councillor Katherine Dunne who covered my resident’s surgery on Saturday.
It was a pleasure to meet Annabelle Crowe the new Chair of the Hounslow CCG. Not only do we share our office space with the CCG, we work very closely with our health colleagues in a range of services providing health and social care.
Later on in the afternoon, I went to the Danehurst Centre to meet with the Over 60’s activity funding committee. The committee do a great job in supporting residents who want to participate in many activities. It’s made up of residents who live in our sheltered accommodation and residents who live independently. As you would expect the conversation was centred around money and event space to hold events. I felt this was a very positive meeting with more work to do.
On Wednesday I met with John Holland-Kaye, Chief Executive of Heathrow Airport LTD and his senior leadership team. This was one of our regular meetings. We covered a range of subjects, this week we talked about the recent consultation carried out by Heathrow Airport into the airport expansion. Many of our residents and businesses benefit from Heathrow as we all know because of the prosperity it brings. Unfortunately, there is also a downside to Heathrow some of which are noise and air quality issues. There is still time to respond to the consultation and I urge you all to do so. The council will be formally responding to the consultation at the next cabinet meeting on 3 September.
In the afternoon, I met with Gill Steward, non-executive director and Board Chair for Lampton 360 LTD, the council’s wholly owned trading company. Gill brings a wealth of experience and knowledge both from the private and public sector and I look forward to working with her.
We also launched the Grime and Punishment campaign on Wednesday and it has been very well received by residents. I would like to thank Councillor Guy Lambert, Cabinet Member for Highways, Recycling and Companies for leading the charge on this. Fly-tippers are a scourge on our community so if you know anyone who fly tips dob them in via this link .
In the evening, I met with Rob Antill, who is the leading light behind Feltham In Bloom. Although Rob lives in Brentford, he has very strong links in Feltham and cares passionately about bringing life and colour to Feltham Town Centre. I am going to be working with Rob and other community group and individuals who are already making a difference in Feltham for the better.
Commiserations to Brentford FC who were robbed of a winning draw (cricket term) at Elland Road last night (21st August). A goal in the last few minutes robbed them of a great result away from home.
On Thursday, many Hounslow pupils received their GCSE results. For some students, college may not be an option and the council’s Connexions and Skills and Employment teams are here and ready to provide help and support to those who may not know what to do next after GCSEs whether it be staying in education or finding an apprenticeship or work. Irrespective of your results, well done to you and your families, our schools and teachers for all of your hard work, you are a credit to the Borough of Hounslow.
This morning, I attended the funeral of Andre McGill Senior, the chairman of the Hounslow British Legion. I first met Andre with Councillor Sue Sampson, when we worked together to grant all the branches of the British Legions in Hounslow Freeman of the Borough status. Andre will be sorely missed by all who knew him and on behalf of the council, I would like to offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends and to the wider British Legion community.
Good luck to England in the third test of the Ashes - they are chasing one hundred and seventy-nine runs set by Australia in the first innings.
There is plenty of Rugby this weekend with the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final against St Helens and Warrington Wolves taking place at Wembley Stadium and if you follow Rugby Union, England play a Rugby World Cup warm up fixture against world number three Ireland. Both games kick off at 3pm, please remember to plan your journey as there will be an increase in traffic and congestion in the South West London region.
Have a good weekend all!