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My week by Cllr. Steve Curran 2020

13 - 17 July

Hello Everyone,

First of all, I would like to congratulate Brentford Football Club for their 1-0 win against Preston North End on Wednesday evening. The Bees are now third in the table and remain in a great position for promotion. A really exciting time for the club and of course their fans!!

Group photo of the Brentford FC 1946 - 1947 squad

*Picture courtesy of Peter Stuart and bhsproject.co.uk

I came across this photo, I had to share it with you - Brentford Football Club, 1946-47. This photograph demonstrates the history of the club and its longevity as a community-based football club in the heart of Brentford and Hounslow.

On Saturday (18 July), the Bees will be away against the Potters (Stoke City). The game will be live on iFollow Brentford (the official streaming service for Brentford fans) as well as Sky Sports. I’m sure you’ll all join me in wishing them good luck for the match, a safe journey home with another well-earned victory!!

COME ON YOU BEES!!!

Brentford FC Jersey

*Picture courtesy of soccerbible.com

As we are gradually moving towards a more ‘normal’ way of life, this disease is still a risk to us all. We’ve learned again this week of other areas across the country reverting to lockdown. So I urge you to please continue keeping our residents and communities in Hounslow as safe as we can – continue to social distance from others, wash your hands regularly (particularly when you reach home or your place of work if you can), and help those who may need additional support. You can contact the Community Hub if you or anyone you know needs support. We must remember, we are not out of the woods yet, we must all do our part to stay safe.

From 24 July, the wearing of face coverings in shops will be mandatory. You could receive a £100 fine if you are not complying. Unless, you have one of the reasons where you cannot wear a face covering. Read more on the Government’s guidance and support.

Earlier in the week, we announced changes to the criteria for the Discretionary Business Support Grant to include small and microbusinesses who operate on a seasonal basis or those who are not registered with Companies House. The new application process is now live and is expected to close at the end of July. Read more in Cllr Shantanu Rajawat’s statement, Lead Member for Finance & Corporate Services.

I was delighted to be in my regular hot seat with Lorna Ko of Chiswick Buzz TV on Wednesday. You can watch the interview to hear more about our local economy recovery plans and much more!

Thursday’s Economic Recovery and Regeneration Board, was our second meeting, bringing together our strategic partners from a range of industries from across the borough and senior officers of the Council. Working with our partners, their knowledge and experience is pivotal to our recovery. I would like to thank all our partners for their support in working with the Council, for the benefit of the residents and businesses in the borough during these very difficult times. I’m confident, together we will be stronger and better for it.

We also held our first online Cabinet Question Time in the evening. We saw a good turn out and lots of questions received in advance. I think it’s a great opportunity to hear directly from residents and our communities. So, thank you to everyone who tuned into the event! I would also like to thank those Council staff involved in making this live event happen, I know it’s not an easy task and there are always challenges when we do things differently from how we normally do – so well done to the team for a first successful online CQT! In case you missed it, a recording is available on the Council YouTube channel.

The virtual panel at cabinet question time on Thursday 16 July.

A snapshot of us live at Cabinet Question Time!

On Friday morning, I was delighted to join Ruth Cadbury MP and fellow Labour councillors in congratulating Cllr Mel Collins in marking his 50 years membership of and service to the labour party.

Image of Cllr Curran, Ruth Cadbury MP and Cllr Mel Collins receiving his 50th anniversary award for 50 years service to the Labour Party.

Cllr Mel Collins here with Ruth and myself.

Cllr Collins was delighted to receive a retro NHS poster signed by Sir Keir Starmer and retro party badge. A big thanks and well done to Mel, for his hard work and commitment over the many years for residents of Brentford.

I was also delighted to meet Xanthe Arvanitakis, Director of Chiswick House Gardens, who came into post in March, and had a baptism of fire with regard to the pandemic and the complete loss of income due to the closure of Chiswick House being unable to hold their events, marriages, receptions, etc. The Council works closely with Chiswick House, we will do everything we can to support the Trust during these most difficult of times. The Trust does amazing work for community and throughout the pandemic supplied free fresh vegetables to Hounslow Community Hub for the benefit of those residents who were shielded. I would also like to thank Cllr John Todd, and the Mayor, Cllr Tony Louki, both trustees on the Chiswick House board, representing the Council.

Image of Cllr Steve Curran and Xanthe, Chiswick House Gardens Trust.

I’m here with Xanthe Arvanitakis, Director of CHGT.

Before I go, I wanted to mention a blooming good news article looking ahead to the launch of the new Chiswick Flower Market in September 2020. I’m really excited about this, the flower market will be a great addition to what’s already on offer in the borough! Do have a read and check out the Chiswick flower market website too for more details.

Have a great weekend everyone, stay safe!

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