29 June - 3 July
Hi everyone, I hope you’ve had a good week. The weather, unfortunately, has been poor, however, the sun has been shining on Brentford FC, with three fantastic wins against West London rivals Fulham, and West Brom and Reading. It should also be noted that they have kept three clean sheets and now lie third in the table. Come on you Bees!
On Tuesday, we held our Cabinet briefing with the Chief Executive, Niall Bolger, and the Director of Public Health, Kelly O’Neill. There had been some scaremongering (fake news) with regards to COVID-19 infection rates in the borough. There is no cause for serious concern. Please see the statement from Candice Atterton, Cabinet Member for Adults, Social Care and Health. However, this is a stark reminder that we must follow the guidance set by government if we are to avoid an increase in infection rates.
On Wednesday, I had my weekly interview with Lorna from Chiswickbuzz. You can watch this here. I also popped down to Brentford Bridge to inspect the three new cherry trees planted by Hounslow Highways. If you haven’t seen the newly painted bridge and fantastic artwork from Year 8 students studying at the Green School for Girls and Boys, do go and see it. This is part of a bigger project to regenerate this part of Brentford, as it is one of the gateways into the town. There will be further environmental improvements to the canal bank later in the year, which will include an artificial kingfisher bank!!! The Council is working in partnership with local businesses, schools, the London Wildlife Trust and the Canal and Rivers Trust.
Somalian residents in Hounslow also celebrated their country’s Independence Day. I hope all Somali residents and members of staff in the borough had a wonderful day celebrating with family.
This week I’ve had a domestic disaster - my fridge freezer packed up unexpectedly. I managed to get a replacement very quickly but the easiest part of the crisis to deal with was taking old fridge freezer to the recycling centre in Kew. Although, I had to queue for an hour, the staff were fantastic and most helpful. Hounslow is part of the West London Waste Authority which means residents are able to utilise any of our neighbouring borough’s recycling facilities. To use this service, please bring a proof of address to any one of these alternative civic amenity sites and you will be able to use these facilities free of charge. Alternatively, the Council also offers a bulky waste collection service which is available to residents for a small fee.
Thursday night I drove through Dukes Meadows and came across a large group youths in the bandstand drinking and not following any social distancing rules. I contacted the Enforcement team who then visited the site. Unfortunately, this group were behaving aggressively and threw a bottle at one of the enforcement officers. This then resulted in the Police being called. The LBH Police team arrived shortly after to move this group on. Abusing our staff is something that we take seriously and will not accept. If anyone abuses our staff we will take the strongest possible action against them.
Tomorrow (Saturday 4 July) is a significant date for the country. Pubs, bars and restaurants will be opening, however, people must must follow the guidance to avoid a spike in the coronavirus infection rates. Most importantly don’t drink too much. The emergency services who we’ve all supported and clapped for in the last three months are already stretched so please do not do anything that will make the situation worse. You can still have fun but please be sensible.
If you are going out tomorrow, please make sure that you are following the advice from our emergency services and government. Coronavirus is still out there, lives are still at risk. We all still have an important part to play to protect vulnerable residents and to control the spread.
I would also like to wish American residents and staff a happy 4th of July Independence Day (not too many Bud Lights or hotdogs!). Best wishes to your friends and family.
Lastly, we will be conducting more COVID-19 tests at our Mobile Testing Unit (MTU). This site has now relocated from Grasshoppers in Isleworth to a private car park on Hanworth Road. Please visit our MTU information page for details on booking and how to get there.
Please stay safe, have a good weekend all!