21 - 25 December
Last week, I said I wouldn’t write another blog before the New Year, to give you all a break. However, things have changed dramatically, haven’t they? The Prime Minister announced that the whole of London and parts of the South East would move to a new Tier 4. I know this caused a lot of upset to families and businesses who were hoping we could have some good news as we move into 2021. Unfortunately, this was not the case.
The Council with its partners; the NHS, Police, TfL, and in the voluntary and private sectors, will do everything we can to support the most vulnerable in our communities. The #1Hounslow spirit will continue over Christmas, the New Year and into the weeks and months ahead.
For the last couple of days, I’ve been delivering Christmas food parcels on behalf of Hounslow Community FoodBox. There are so many needy individuals and families out there. Your continued support for Foodbox is essential to try to help ensure that families don’t go hungry.
If you can please donate to your local foodbank, I’m sure it will be very much appreciated.
I would also like to thank Brentford Football Club again for their continued community spirit and the work they’ve been doing - especially during the festive season - to support Hounslow Community FoodBox. Through their tremendous efforts they have raised £850 and donated 2,100 items to FoodBox for the benefit of residents in Hounslow. Read more in their article Brentford FC x Hounslow community foodbox.
Well done to the Bees too, for their superb 1-0 win against Newcastle in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.
Also, well done to London Irish who kicked off the European Rugby Challenge Cup campaign with a bonus-point victory on the road against SU Agen, running out winners 34 – 8.
On Sunday 20 December, I joined the Hounslow Enforcement and Police Teams whilst they carried out their first patrols since we moved into Tier 4. Our town centres were busy. I think that was mainly because it was a lovely sunny day, and people wanted to go out in the fresh air. A couple of shops in Hounslow High Street needed reminding that only shops selling essential items can open. We had over 20 enforcement officers on the borough’s streets on Sunday, with support from the Police.
I was delighted with the way the Enforcement Officers and the Hounslow Police Team carried out their duties. Businesses were reminded of the four Es; Engage, Explain, Encourage, Enforce. I would like to give my personal thanks to all those staff for their hard work and commitment to making Hounslow a safer place.
Two of Hounslow’s finest reminding a Health & Beauty Salon in Chiswick that they should be closed.
Some of the LBH Enforcement Officers in Hounslow High Street.
Tier 4 – Stay at Home
Hounslow, like all London Boroughs, is in Tier 4. The message is clear - Stay at home. Please take the time to read the Government's Tier 4 Guidance so you are fully aware of what you can and cannot do under these tougher restrictions.
In summary, residents in Hounslow must not leave or be outside of their homes or gardens unless they have a ‘reasonable excuse’ (see below). You cannot meet other people indoors, including over the Christmas and New Year period, unless you live with them, or they are part of your support bubble. Outdoors, you can only meet one person from another household.
A ‘reasonable excuse’ includes:
- Work, if you are unable to work from home
- School, college or university
- Exercise outdoors
- Essential shopping
- Medical reasons
Please note, these rules will not be relaxed for Christmas for Tier 4 – you cannot form a Christmas bubble in Tier 4.
I urge everyone to continue following the three basic steps to help stop the spread; wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering and keep space.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms - a high temperature, a new and continuous cough, a change to or loss of smell or taste - you must self-isolate and book a COVID-19 test. You can book an appointment or order a home testing kit via, the government’s website www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test, the NHS COVID-19 app or by calling 119.
The Council and the support of our Community Hub is here to help you. If you or someone you know needs help and support, please contact the Hub on 020 7084 9697 or Hub@hounslow.gov.uk.
During the festive period, all collections of recycling, food and refuse will continue. Although collection days will change, some are earlier than your normal collection day. There will be no collection of garden waste or bulky waste during these two weeks. Normal collections will resume from Monday 11 January 2021.
Although Christmas won’t be the same this year, it’s vital we continue to follow the rules. Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Saves Lives
Wishing you, your family and friends a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Please stay safe and take care.
Cllr Steve Curran