9 - 13 March
I know, like me, you are worried about the Coronavirus COVID-19 now that it has spread to most boroughs in London. The council is working very hard to ensure that our contingency plans are up to date and will meet the challenges we will all face in the coming days, weeks and months.
We will be publishing regular updates on the council website and through social media to keep you informed. It is likely that there will be some reduction in council services so that we can channel our resources to the most vulnerable residents and ensure that we do not increase the risk of the contagion spreading.
As you can imagine the COVID-19 has taken up a lot of everyone’s time this week and I’ve kept my diary as clear as possible to avoid any meetings and events.
Thursday, I was invited to Turnham Green Terrace, for the official opening of the refurbished drinking water fountain. I would like to thank Cllr John Todd, Ward Councillor for Chiswick Homefields, for taking the project forward to its successful conclusion. I would also like to thank all the residents who supported the project and, last but not least, Dr Nicola Stacey (in the red coat) and the Heritage of London Trust for the funding.
Cllr John Todd, Dr Nicola Stacey, Director of Heritage of London Trust, Sharyn from Hounslow’s Transport Team, and Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council at the refurbished fountain.
In the afternoon, I met with officers to check on progress of our council house building programme. As you know it is part of the council’s pledge to secure 5,000 homes for local residents. I am pleased to say that we are on track to meet our target. Even though we now must make significant changes to the energy consumption of these properties in line with our declaration of the climate emergency, we want all new council homes to have the target of being carbon neutral.
On Thursday evening, I attended the Hounslow Youth Council launch of the knife crime report.
I am very proud of them, they have done a fantastic job in carrying out the research and writing the report and giving very clear insight in on how young people are affected by knife crime and violence. The Youth Council are a real credit to Hounslow and I am very grateful to them for producing this report.
Pictured with the Hounslow Youth Council, senior council officers and directors at the launch of the Hounslow Youth Council Knife Crime report
I would like to remind residents that from Monday 16 March, Transport for London (TfL) will be carrying out works to the northern side of the A315 next to the Express Tavern and Green Dragon Lane. Bus routes in the area will operate as normal but you may experience delays due to the works taking place. Bus stop X (Kew Bridge Station) and stop W (Kew Bridge National Rail Station) will be closed during these works but a temporary bus stop will be in place. Please check the TfL website for more information.
As I have already mentioned, with many events being affected by COVID-19. I am sure lots of people will be staying at home and taking the necessary precautions. I would urge you all to follow the Public Health England and NHS advice if you think you may have the coronavirus symptoms and for guidance on how to help stop it spreading.
If you can, and if you feel comfortable doing it, please look after your vulnerable neighbours and friends, in particular the elderly or anyone you know who has a long-term health condition.