7 - 11 December
I hope you and your families are keeping well.
I was delighted to start my week by joining Years 5 and 6 children from Sparrow Farm Junior School for the official opening of their new playground on Monday. The new playground is part of a wider development and improvements that will provide 25 new council homes for local people, as well as a new Community Centre at the heart of the Sparrow Farm Drive estate. As a Council, we’re committed to building 1,000 new council homes for Hounslow residents by 2022.
I would like to say a big thank you to the children who attended. They were extremely engaging and charming. Like me, they were very pleased with the new playground. I’m also very proud of our Housing Development Team who have worked with the main contractor, United Living, to complete this project for our young residents. A great addition to our local parks and open spaces in Feltham.
I’m here with Year 5 and 6 pupils of Sparrow Farm Junior School, cutting the ribbon to officially open their new playground.
Mrs A Cella, Executive Headteacher, Sparrow Farm Junior School with her pupils in their new community playground.
I was then invited to join Mindu of the Trinjan Group - a local women’s social and community group who raise money for charities – to present their very generous £1000 donation to Hounslow Community Foodbox at Brickfield Community Centre. I’m sure this donation will go a long way to help Foodbox distribute food this Christmas to those in need and some festive joy to individuals and families in Hounslow. I would like to thank Trinjan for their support for this very good cause. It’s a great example of the #1Hounslow community spirit in our Borough. My thanks also go to Foodbox, who have done a fantastic job supporting their local community for another successful year.
I’m here with members of the Trinjan Group and Hounslow Community Foodbox, and delighted to see Mindu presenting £1000 to Philip of Hounslow Community Foodbox.
Find out more about both organisations and the work they do in the Borough, and how you might be able to get involved to help or how they might be able to support you.
TRINJAN – a Women’s Social and Community Group based in Hounslow was founded in April 2004. The main aim of Trinjan is to empower and motivate women by providing a platform.
Hounslow Community FoodBox - Providing emergency food, support and advice to people living in the London Borough of Hounslow.
On Tuesday, London Council Leaders met with Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health. We discussed the increase in infections across London, and how we can better work together to ensure we don’t move into Tier 3, either after the 16th December or in the New Year. At this time, Hounslow, like the rest of London, is in ‘Tier 2 – High’ category. Please remind yourselves of the restrictions and what you can and cannot do in each tier. We must all play our part - individuals, families, businesses - to protect our loved ones and Londoners.
Tier 2 restrictions - find out more: local restriction tiers: what you need to know.
Cabinet Member for Transport and One Hounslow, Cllr Hanif Khan announced on Tuesday that Hounslow Council will take part in a ground-breaking e-scooters trial. Like many other major world cities which have scooter hire schemes, Hounslow will see the trial of electric scooters (e-scooters) coordinated by Transport for London (TfL) and London Councils. The UK Government fast-tracked plans for trials as part of the national response to COVID-19. We must recognise it’s time to act now if we are to reduce our carbon emissions, improve air quality and reverse the effects of climate change. As a council we aim to be carbon neutral by 2030, and are committed to tackling this public health issue, as set out in our Air Quality Action Plan.
Read more in Cllr Khan’s statement.
I was very pleased to be invited to the virtual Business Awards event on Wednesday evening and to speak on this special occasion. I’m honoured Hounslow Council was able to support the event once again. The organisers, Hounslow Chamber of Commerce (who recently joined up with the West London Chamber) made the event a great success. I was delighted to see so many businesses participating and to be part of celebrating our small and medium enterprises. Hounslow Chamber have done a fantastic job supporting the Council’s work to help and support businesses throughout this most challenging year. We have demonstrated that this Council is very ambitious for residents, communities and businesses, with the support of the Chamber and other partners. We can and will ensure our businesses are supported along the road to recovery and - I’m sure - to prosperity in the near future.
Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up, and of course all of those who entered the 2019/20 Business Awards. It’s been a challenging year to say the least. We still have a lot to do in our fight against COVID-19, but together we will be stronger for it.
Just a few of the many participants, including Niall Bolger (top right), Chief Executive, London Borough of Hounslow.
Find out more about Hounslow Chamber of Commerce and the support they offer to businesses across the borough, as well as in neighbouring boroughs, Ealing and Hammersmith & Fulham.
On Friday, apart from a couple of meetings early morning, my diary’s clear for a change! So, I decided to take the rest of the day off to do some Christmas shopping! Remember! If you are going Christmas shopping - go at a time when it’s not so busy. I know that can be difficult. If you can; shop on your own. And remember it’s always helpful to Keep It Local!!
Find out more about the Council’s Keep it local campaign and how your business could be featured!
Please remember to keep Hounslow safe by continuing to follow the government’s guidance and don’t forget the three simple steps we must all continue to help stop the spread of this disease!
Have a great weekend everyone. Stay safe.