2 - 6 March
Hello everyone. Finally, some sunshine! Hopefully this will last and we can all enjoy our many wonderful parks and open spaces this weekend.
On Monday, I was delighted to be invited to the Hounslow Music Service concert at the Royal Festival Hall. I was very proud of the students, teachers and parents who all worked so hard to put on a performance which was first class. The performances were outstanding and a credit to Hounslow and London. It showed off our diverse community at its best and proves to me once again that we have a very rich vein of culture and art in the borough. I would like to thank the board of trustees and Oonagh Barry. You can find out more about the Hounslow Music Service by visiting their website.
On Tuesday morning I visited Grove Park Primary school in Chiswick. I was invited by the Head, Rachel Davies, to meet the school council. This was a daunting affair!!! I met twenty children ranging from Year 1 to Year 6. They had a host of questions for me from - Why did I get involved in Politics? What’s my favourite colour? (It’s Green by the way and, as mentioned by one of the students, it matches my eyes); Do I support children taking days off to protest for the Climate Emergency Movement? That was a tricky question and, in fact, I’ve had easier questions to answer at borough council meetings than facing the Grove Park School council.
Being quizzed by the Grove Park Primary school council
On Wednesday afternoon, I travelled to Kensington Town Hall to speak at the Transport for London (TfL) Conference, which was a great opportunity to fly the flag for Hounslow in London. We are committed to working with the Mayor of London and TfL to improve public transport accessibility by both bus and rail for the benefit of residents and businesses in Hounslow. The more people we can get out of their cars to travel to and from work by public transport will make our commitment to being carbon neutral by 2030 more successful.
On panel at the TfL Development and Economic Growth conference
On Thursday morning, I was pleased to be invited back to Feltham Green.
We’re introducing more fish to the pond as part of our wildlife regeneration plans. Having this asset in Feltham is a great benefit to the borough. Every time I revisit the pond and Feltham Green as a whole, it looks better and better. Even though it was a miserable day, when we put these fantastic two-to-three-pound fish back into the pond, you can clearly see all the brilliant work our Parks Team has been doing here.
We’re delighted to be working with Angela Parton and the local Friends Group to help us realise the full potential of Feltham Green and Pond.
At Feltham Green Pond with Luke, the fish expert
On Friday, I was out and about in the borough as usual, meeting with residents and local businesses.
This Saturday, the Bees take on Sheffield Wednesday at Griffin Park, it is a 3pm kick off so please expect there to be some congestion around the football ground. Also, on Saturday, England will be playing Wales at Twickenham Stadium, no doubt this will be a busy time with road closures and diversions in place around the stadium.
Please plan your journeys ahead of time to avoid delays. Remember to check the RFU HomeTurf twitter account for the latest updates on matchday.
Finally, the coronavirus is of course a big concern. We all have a responsibility to try to keep ourselves and others free from infection and help prevent the disease from spreading. I urge you all to visit nhs.uk/coronavirus for advice and guidance.
Have a good weekend all.