22 - 26 June
I hope you’ve had a good week and where possible you’ve been enjoying the sunny weather.
I want to highlight a survey we have launched for residents to share their views on the impact of coronavirus on their lives. It also invites residents to give their views on the Council’s response to the pandemic as well as the implications for local recovery. I would urge you all to participate so that we can find the best ways to support our communities over the coming months.
I am delighted to learn that Coalo, a council company, has won the contract to provide school cleaning services and to other council buildings. Coalo are an outstanding company and they were recently awarded the prestigious Gold Award by The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents for their outstanding health and safety work.
It is really encouraging to see the number of people out cycling, however, please do remember that footpaths cannot be used for cycling, we need to keep pedestrians safe. Footpaths can only be used for cycling when they are marked for shared use. I would like to reiterate that it is illegal to ride an e-scooter on the roads and footways.
Earlier this week the Government announced that pubs, restaurants and bar and other businesses including hairdressers will be allowed to open from 4 July. Working closely with Hounslow and Brentford Chamber of Commerce we are supporting these businesses to help them open their doors again.
On Tuesday, the Hounslow Green Recovery Board had its inaugural meeting. The board brings together a range of people to address some big challenges. One of the potential ideas discussed that I find exciting is the '15-minute city' concept which looks at how to bring amenities close to where people live to reduce travel and improve people's quality of life. If this is a topic close to your heart read more.
Here’s a video created by Brentford TV, showing Andy and Lance from PGSD, a commercial horticulture contractor working for Hounslow Highways, planting blocks of beautiful colourful plants on part of Brentford Bridge.
Thanks to the guys for doing a great job!
On Wednesday, I took the opportunity to visit the Open Kitchen again. The charity run by Muslim Hands. They provided over 16,000 hot nutritious meals to the homeless and the most vulnerable since the lockdown started. They are now distributing a hygiene pack with gloves, sanitiser and a mask. I would like to thank them for all the fantastic work they are doing for the community. The meals provided yesterday were supplied by the Isleworth Dean Society. They’ve been working closely with Open Kitchen supporting the most vulnerable in their community.
At the Open Kitchen
I also had my weekly lively discussion with Lorna Ko at Chiswick Buzz TV. This week we discussed the latest government guidelines on coronavirus, our Animal Warden’s and much more. You can watch the video here.
I went to Feltham Green (pond) today to meet Angela from the Friend’s Group. We were agreeing the next stage of the regeneration of the Green. I’d like to thank Angela and her team for all their hard work and support.
Meeting with Angela from Feltham Green (pond)
You know how much I love sport! So I was very happy to have football back on. I would like to wish Brentford FC all the best for their game against West Brom this evening – come on you Bees!
A little fun fact: did you know that in 2017, we became the first Council to present the Freedom of the Borough honour to all of the British Legion branches in the borough to honour the tremendous work they do. To mark Armed Forces Day tomorrow, we will be highlighting Hounslow’s long and historic links with the Armed Forces via social media, keep an eye on our social channels.
Royal British Legion's branches receiving Freedom of the Borough award in 2017
I hope you are all keeping safe and hydrated. If possible, I would encourage you to check on vulnerable family members and neighbours who might be isolating, whilst maintaining social distancing. With the unpredictable weather in this country the weekend is meant to bring thunderstorms and rain showers, do keep an eye on the weather reports and be prepared.
Before I sign off, please remember if you are using public transport please do wear a face mask to protect yourself and others.
Hope you all have a good weekend, stay safe and stay alert.