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My week by Cllr. Steve Curran 2020

20 - 24 July

Hello everyone,

I hope you and your families are well.

I know I speak for many in Brentford and further afield, I was absolutely devastated that the Bees lost 2-1 to Barnsley on Wednesday which ended their automatic promotion hopes. It was very sad for the players and fans I’m sure. But let’s not give up, the team has shown how resilient they are this season and I’m sure they’ll bounce back in their play-off matches against Swansea, the first of which is on Sunday at home. Good luck to the team, COME ON YOU BEES!!

Image of Cllr Curran outside Griffin Park, Brentford.

At the beginning of the week, I was surprised to learn of Cllr Hina Kiani’s decision to resign due to her work commitments, which is understandable in the current circumstances. I wish Hina all the best for the future and thank her for the service she has provided to the Council and residents of Hounslow Heath since May 2018.

Image of ex Councillor, Hina Kiani.

On Monday I had an interview for a podcast with Knight Frank – a UK residential and property company who have been around since 1863. The purpose of the interview was to discuss the effect of COVID19 on the property development industry and construction. I mentioned they should also not forget Brexit!!

On Tuesday, it was great to catch up with the Brentford Bridge Project group to take stock of the work that’s been completed over the recent weeks and discuss the next phase of work. Part of the project includes the canal embankment, which is home to a range of flora and fauna, with improvements to the wetland we hope to help them thrive and encourage more to the site and increase biodiversity. Since its inception, the project has involved many partners of the Council – Holiday Inn Brentford, London Wildlife Trust, Canal & River Trust, Hounslow Highways, JCDecaux, Octink and the Green School for Boys and Girls and our local Artist, Susie. I would like to thank everyone for working hard to drive this project forward, especially despite the limitations of COVID19.

Image of Cllr Curran at Brentford Bridge.

I would also like to thank those residents who have passed by and complimented the new look of the bridge. For those who have asked or are wondering, refurbishment plans for the outer sides of the bridge are in the pipeline!

Image of drawings made by year pupils of the Green School.

I think our Year 8 pupils of the Green School have done a wonderful job! Well done girls and boys!

You can watch this Wednesday’s interview with Lorna Ko of Chiswick Buzz TV here

From today (24 July), the wearing of face coverings will be required in shops and supermarkets - in addition to public transport where they are already required. You could face a £100 fine if you are not be complying. Unless, you have one of the reasons where you cannot wear a face covering. Read more on the Government’s website

Leisure centres and swimming pools could reopen from 25 July if they are ready to and they can meet the strict government guidelines. Hounslow leisure centres, operated by Fusion Leisure, are planning a phased return. Read more in Cllr Samia Chaudhary’s statement, Lead Member for Leisure Services.

I thought it was time to give you all a rest, so this will be my last blog until the first week of September. I’m still around so if you need to contact me, please do so at steve.curran@hounslow.gov.uk

Please remember to follow the Government’s guidance. Stay alert, control the virus, save lives.

Don’t forget keep all your fingers crossed for the Bees!! Enjoy the weekend everyone, stay safe!

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