23 - 27 November
Hi everyone, I hope you are well.
On Thursday, the Government announced the different tiers for each local authority; medium, high or very high which will be introduced after the national lockdown on Monday 2 December. Hounslow like the rest of London, will enter ‘tier 2 – high’ category. In tier 2, the rules include a ban on households mixing indoors, as well as no household mixing in pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues. The rule of six will apply to outdoor gatherings and pubs and restaurants must stop taking orders at 10pm and patrons leaving by 11pm. You can read more on what these changes mean, including what you can and cannot do in each Local restriction tiers.
The Council continues to respond to these changing COVID19 restrictions and ensure our most vulnerable and those in need are supported in Hounslow. If you or someone you know needs urgent support, please contact 020 7084 9697 or Hub@hounslow.gov.uk.
There’s still also time to apply for the grant support for businesses impacted by the COVID19 national lockdown restrictions, which have been mandated to close between 5 November and 2 December and are liable for business rates. Check if your business is eligible and how to apply for the Local Lockdown; Discretionary Business Support Grant
I started the week with an interview for the BBC London Regional News on Tuesday, filmed on Bath Road outside the Heathrow Academy. The interview was in response to the call on Government for an Aviation Communities Fund which Hounslow Council is leading on with other boroughs because of the devastating impact the aviation industry collapse on the many hundreds and thousands across the UK. The impact at Heathrow alone puts more than 40,000 jobs at risk and could see a £1 billion hit to our local economy. We need targeted support for our aviation communities to ensure they can reskill and retrain to enable and support recovery.
I was also interviewed this week by the Eastern Eye, they wanted to discuss with me my thoughts on the current lockdown and which tier we might be in after the 2 December. You can read their article here ‘Coronavirus cases surge in Asian families’ - EasternEye
On Wednesday I was really pleased to see so many participants from business, commerce, education, other public bodies, MPs and other authorities across the UK join the ‘Aviation Communities 2020: From the Ground Up’ summit. Organised by Hounslow Council in partnership with the West London Alliance (WLA) to focus on our communities disproportionately affected by the impact of the pandemic on the airline industry. The summit was an important step forward for those most acutely effected, including Hounslow, whilst we call on central government for the tailored, financial support needed urgently.
The Summit resolved to establish the Aviation Communities Taskforce to keep the focus on the plight of aviation communities which will be some of the hardest hit economically and socially due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
You can read more information about Aviation Communities at www.aviationcommunities.co.uk
I was delighted to join Cllr Guy Lambert, Lead Member for Highways, Recycling and Trading Companies as Hounslow Highways officially received their two new Euro V1 Hydrostatic Scarab Magnum Sweepers (road sweepers), with artwork supplied by school children. I’m delighted to learn of the investment by Hounslow Highways of over £350k for these new vehicles which will help keep Hounslow clean and are more environmentally friendly.
Cllr Guy Lambert, representative from Scarab, Martin Clack of Hounslow Highways and me in red!
On Friday, I was delighted to join Cllr Daanish Saeed, Ward Councillor for Isleworth, Cllr Hanif Khan, and Ruth Cadbury MP at Food with Love - a charity run by Mariam with the help of many volunteers who do a fantastic job by providing fresh home cooked meals for the needy. I would like to thank Mariam and the team at Food with Love for the work they are doing for their community in the borough.
Find out more about Food with Love.
Out for my walk on Friday in the great outdoors of Brentford, a delightful siting of a grey Heron sitting beside the reed bank adjacent to Brentford Bridge. A cold day for walking but very much worth it!
Despite their size, Herons are surprisingly light, weighing on average only half as much as a greylag goose!!
I would like to remind residents, particularly our young people to use the fully-lit route through Dukes Meadow, instead of the towpath which runs along the river which is unlit. Hounslow Council has invested in new signage, lighting and created a downloadable map for ease of following this route when walking or cycling.
You can download the map here: Dukes Meadow - well-lit route map | London Borough of Hounslow
For now, we remain in the national lockdown until the end of Monday 2 December. You should stay at home as much as possible and go out only for essential activities; for work if you cannot work from home, for education, essential shopping, exercise, and caring for someone else, or for medical appointments. Read more in the Government’s guidance on the national lockdown.
Good luck to Brentford Football Club tonight who are playig their local rivals QPR in this west London derby. Come on you Bees!!!
London Irish will play their first home game against Leicester Tigers at the new Brentford Community Stadium on Sunday, 29 November! Match starts at 16:15.
Wishing the best of luck to the Exiles!!!
Have good weekend everyone, stay safe.