30 November - 4 December
I hope you’ve had a good week. It’s certainly been a busy one for me and my cabinet colleagues, and I’m sure it has been for you as well in the run up to Christmas.
From Wednesday, the Government’s COVID-19 tier system came into force. Hounslow, like all other London Boroughs, is in the Tier 2 – High category. The Government has said it will review the categories at the end of every two weeks.
Under Tier 2 restrictions, households must not mix inside, and the rule of six applies to gatherings outside. However, leisure, retail and hospitability venues can now reopen with the necessary measures in place to keep everyone safe from the virus. Pubs and restaurants must stop taking orders at 10 p.m. with patrons leaving by 11 p.m. Live events, including sports and performances can also take place but with reduced capacity. Please take the time to read what these changes mean, including what you can and cannot do in each in of the Government’s local restriction tiers.
The Council continues to work with local businesses, partners and community groups to ensure all our residents, particularly our most vulnerable, are supported through these challenging times and the impact that COVID-19 is having on our communities. If you or someone you know needs support, please contact 020 7084 9697 or Hub@hounslow.gov.uk.
My Monday meeting with London Leaders and Public Health England’s Regional Director for London, Professor Kevin Fenton (who you may have seen on BBC London News this week along with the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan) provided us with a detailed update on COVID-19 cases across the capital, and on the Tier system, with some tighter restrictions.
Professor Kevin Fenton, Regional Director (London), Public Health England.
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, Greater London Authority
Here’s a snapshot of Acton Lane / Turnham Green Terrace on Wednesday afternoon (2 November), while I was out on my rounds in Chiswick. I’m pleased to report that traffic was running smoothly!!
Acton Lane, Chiswick
I was delighted to welcome news from the Mayor of London that Hounslow’s creative sector will gain half a million pounds for creative industries jobs. That will be a timely boost for local residents. You can read more about Hounslow’s creative sector in my statement, and how residents can benefit from this welcome funding through the programme which will launch in early 2021.
On Tuesday, I met with independent filmmaker, Yohannes, who’s making a film for his YouTube channel ‘The Outpost’. We met in Chiswick High Road as Yohannes was interested in talking to me about Street Space Programmes and LTNs which have gained a lot of publicity and comment recently. I will, of course, share the link with you once his film’s produced.
As I’m sure many of you will know, libraries have been closed since the beginning of the second national lockdown on 5 November, so I’m pleased to say that from Wednesday most of our libraries have reopened. The Council have worked hard to put a range of safety measures in place to protect staff and members of the public and ensure we can reopen safely for residents to borrow and read books again.
Find out more, including opening times for the reopened libraries, in Cllr Samia Chaudhary’s (Lead Member for Leisure) statement.
On Friday, I was delighted to be invited to meet Trustees and Volunteers at Brentford Foodbox, which is temporarily operating from the Rose Community Centre in Brentford. The purpose of my visit was to be part of their Christmas video which is being produced to encourage ever more help. You can support Foodbox by donating food and - of course - money, or by volunteering your time. The demand for help from Foodbox has quadrupled since March, and they urgently need food donations. If you can help, it would be really appreciated, and you’ll stop someone going hungry over Christmas. I was asked by Philip Jones – the Treasurer & Secretary - to mention especially Nash Majumder of Finecrown Bakery, Hanwell who has supplied bread and rolls twice a week throughout the pandemic.
Find out about how you might be able to help or how to get in touch by visiting their website: Hounslow Community FoodBox
I’m with the film crew, the Director, Alex is sitting down with the cap.
While we were filming for about an hour, I made a lot of mistakes! These donations were received.
I am very pleased and excited to say we can look forward to Brentford Football Club opening their doors again to fans at the new Brentford Community Stadium, albeit at a reduced capacity. The Council is working closely with the Club to ensure the stadium is ready to welcome returning fans in a COVID-safe way to enjoy live sports again!
Well done to the Bees for their 2-0 victory away to Rotherham on Tuesday this week, a sterling performance! And, best of luck to them for the next match; tomorrow at Brentford Community Stadium with fans finally back in their seats to support the Bees against Blackburn Rovers.
Come on you Bees!!!
Not to forget our Rugby fans (me included)! Last Sunday I was delighted to see that London Irish played their first home game at the Brentford Community Stadium. They had a tremendous result with a well-earned victory over Leicester Tigers 22 – 9.
Best of luck to the Exiles for their next home game against rivals Sale Sharks this Sunday, 6 December. Like Brentford, Irish will be welcoming their first fans to the match. Come on you Irish!
In case you missed it last week, another reminder for residents - particularly our young people - as the darker evenings are drawing in! Follow the signage for the well-lit route and use the downloadable map when walking or cycling.
You can download the map here: Dukes Meadow - well-lit route map | London Borough of Hounslow
As I finish, here’s just a reminder that Christmas has arrived. Although I took this picture earlier in the week, it’s a great example of the Christmas spirit in Brentford.
Have a great weekend everyone, stay safe.