11 - 15 May
I hope you all enjoyed the bank holiday last weekend. Friday and Saturday were great, but then it turned cold on Sunday - those winds from the east!!
It’s the first week coronavirus lockdown restrictions have been eased, following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday evening. The latest guidance issued by the Government can be read here.
Sadly, over 230 residents of the borough have now lost their lives to the virus. This is desperately sad for the relatives and friends of those of whom we have lost. For many, it will be a stark reminder of the challenges we still face, before we return to normality.
Last week, we were informed by NHS England of another 12,000 residents who are to be ‘shielded’, that brings the total in Hounslow to approximately 22,000. These residents are at greatest risk of being made seriously ill by coronavirus because of their age, underlying health conditions and/or their disabilities. We will be contacting all these residents through our Community Hub to ask them whether they need any support. Its essential we do everything we can to protect them from the virus.
I started the week with meeting Paul Francis, from Hounslow Highways, to find out how the public realm improvement work is progressing in Feltham Town Centre. The picture shows the new cycle lane being laid, which is very timely as we must encourage more people to cycle to avoid using public transport!
On Wednesday I had my weekly interview with reporter, Lorna Ko from Chiswick Buzz TV!
I was delighted to be invited to visit West London Turkish Community Group, who have set up a foodbank a few weeks ago in Hanworth to support those vulnerable residents who need help. I would like to thank all of the volunteers, particularly Cllr Samia Chaudhary who helped set it up with Oruc, one of the community volunteers.
Later in the evening, I was delighted to be interviewed on the Ramadan Radio Show, by Shafiq. I faced an hour of tough questioning!! Followed by joining volunteers from Hounslow Jamia Masjid, who were celebrating Ramadan by providing food for worshippers (iftar) by a drive through service. I would like to thank Shafiq, his committee members and the Councillors who were there for all their hard work in supporting the most vulnerable in our communities.
On Friday morning, I was delighted to join Cllr Tony Louki, Mayor of Hounslow, to celebrate Middlesex Day (Saturday 16th May 2020) by flying the Middlesex flag. We were standing on Brentford Bridge, which was the site of a significant battle on the 12th November 1642, between the Royalist Army under Prince Rupert and two infantry regiments of Parliamentarians.
The Mayor and I are delighted to support Middlesex Day, as we have many of our sports clubs still playing under the Middlesex county banner, as well as many historic links.
The Mayor and I are in regular contact with entertainer Russel Grant, who is an avid supporter of Middlesex and is the President of Middlesex Heritage Society. Please see link to an interview from Russell supporting Middlesex Day.
Have a good weekend, and remember if you can, stay at home, and, if you go out, follow the latest government guidance