27 April - 1 May
I hope you and your family and friends are well.
Following concerns raised by residents on the use of the towpath for cycling and jogging at Strand on the Green, people were not following the Governments distancing guidelines, I joined the LBH Police Team last weekend. I was also pleased to see additional signage installed to make it absolutely clear what people must do to comply.
I’m pictured here with Sgt Neil Witcombe, a huge thanks to him and the team for the enormous amount of work they do every day to protect our residents and communities.
We’ve all faced new challenges as the lockdown continues but we have continued to work together to support each other, this is one of the strengths of Hounslow and why I am so proud to be part of it. Like many of you in Hounslow, I also want life to return to normality. It will, but until then we must continue working together to beat COVID-19.
Yesterday we had the shocking news that British Airways is going to make 12,000 employees redundant. We do not know yet how this will affect BA staff based at Heathrow. On top of this, Ryan Air announced today 3,000 job losses, another example of the impact COVID-19 is having on the airline industry.
Residents will have noticed improvements to our air quality and reduction in noise pollution due to drastic reduction in flights and vehicles traveling to and from the airport. There is, however, an economic time bomb that is ticking as a result of this. There are thousands upon thousands of residents in Hounslow who either work directly at the airport or are in the supply chain - their jobs and livelihoods are now at stake.
We’re already working with Heathrow Airport Ltd to understand in detail the likely economic effects on residents and business, and will be working with the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and the Government to try to ensure that there is a package of measures put in place to protect our residents and businesses as far as possible from the damage to our communities. I’m in regular contact both Hounslow MPs, Ruth Cadbury, Brentford & Isleworth, and Seema Malhotra, Feltham & Heston. Like me they are deeply concerned.
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Some good news this week, I was out with the Hounslow Highways Teams in Brentford and Isleworth, delighted to join the tree-planting team in The Grove in Isleworth as they were planting eight new trees, one of them being a cherry tree!!! I also joined the tree pruning team in The Butts in Brentford, check out the videos:
Today, the 1st May, marks International Labour Day. I would like to thank all of the workers in the borough for everything they do. So, whether you work in a school, a factory, an office, in the NHS, local government, a care home, emergency services, small business, whatever you do, well done and up the workers!!
Gate Gourmet strikers at Heathrow Airport, 2005.
I would also like to take this opportunity to wish a Ramadan Mubarak to our Muslim residents, as we move into the second week of Ramadan. I understand it must be very difficult for residents celebrating Ramadan, as they cannot attend their place of worship, nor can they celebrate with family and friends in the usual way.
Whilst Council staff continue to support our most vulnerable residents and communities, provide essential services across the borough, I urge you to help us by following the rules this weekend. If you or anyone you know needs help and support with food and essentials or someone to talk to, there are a number of ways you can contact the Hounslow Community Hub:
Call us at 020 7084 9697
Email us at Hub@hounslow.gov.uk
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Stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives!
Have a good weekend.