15 - 19 June
I hope you and your family and friends are well.
On Sunday evening, I was alerted to a fire in Norman Crescent, Heston, by senior officers. The fire started in one property while the occupants weren’t home and affected two adjoining flats. The block was evacuated immediately by the London Fire Brigade (LFB) and the Council’s Housing staff were on site to support residents. The incident is being investigated by the Council and LFB. Fortunately, no one was hurt and the families were relocated to temporary accommodation.
Aftermath of the fire at Norman Crescent, Heston.
This week we saw many retail businesses reopen their doors across the borough. Although this is positive and welcome news, there is still some way to go before we return to a more normal way of life and these times remain difficult for many residents and businesses. So, I ask you to continue to follow the Government’s and NHS England’s guidance to protect our communities from this disease and impact it can have on loved ones.
Unfortunately, on Monday I was alerted to a fire at a fish and chip shop in Turnham Green Terrace, Chiswick. LFB confirmed the fire was accidental, caused by a chip fryer left unattended which ignited the oil in it. The fire then spread into the ducting, which had a build-up of grease deposits. Part of the ground floor of the mid-terraced shop was damaged by the fire. A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: "It's really important for restaurant and takeaway owners to clean the ducting in their extraction systems regularly”. Thankfully, there were no reports of any injuries. I would like to echo their advice - these types of incidents can be avoided and should be taken extremely seriously.
Later that day, I was delighted to join a meeting with Lieutenant Colonel Richard Rees, Royal Engineers, and his Officers from the Army Inspectorate.Based at the Army HQ, the branch provides support to the chain of command in offering an independent view on assurance, whilst supporting the Army’s continuous improvement.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the annual Army vs Royal Navy Rugby Match Fixture, an event which takes place at Twickenham. It was a real pleasure to discuss the importance of sporting events for our service men and women, as well as the benefits for the residents and communities of our borough. Some of you may know I’m a rugby fan and the sport has played a big part in my life. I’m really looking forward to rugby starting again soon!
On Wednesday morning, I received an email from a resident commending the work of our Animal Wardens, Andy and Caroline, who did a great job in rescuing a Heron who had wrapped its beak around some twine, in the Duke of Northumberland river, by the Royal Oak pub. The heron was reported to the Wardens by a member Isleworth Appreciation Society who reached out to them to seek help for the heron. Another example of our great communities in Hounslow! Of course, not so lucky for the fish, as we now have a hungry heron on the loose!!
Well done to Andy and Caroline, I’m sure it wasn’t an easy job!
Another happy customer!
I then had my regular weekly interview with Lorna Ko from Chiswick Buzz TV. Lorna was intrigued to hear more about my interview with Chinese Global Network TV the week before, and other matters of course! You can watch the interview here
Later, I joined Paul Williams of Chiswick Herald for a joint interview with John Mulryan, Group Managing Director, Ballymore Group, and myself on the Brentford Project development.
I’m here with John and Paul at Rye on the Water at the Brentford Project. Pop along for a visit, you’ll be more than welcome.
On Thursday morning, I was delighted to join the panel again for the for the Business Task Force webinar, organised by Hounslow Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Chiswick Buzz TV. We highlighted the Discretionary Business Grant Support scheme launched by the Council, you can apply through our website. I would encourage anyone to join the webinar; they are very informative and useful.
I was excited to head to Brentford Bridge on Friday morning – it’s really one of my favourite places in the borough! I was joined by some members of the project team - Will and Brian from Octink, Susie, a local community Artist, and Katie, from the Green School. We were there to admire the fantastic new artwork on bridge, designed by the Year 8 pupils from the Green School for Girls and Boys, to reflect the local history of the bridge and the area. And, what a wonderful way to remind us all of the rich history and culture of the borough on our doorstep!
I would like to thank Sally Yarrow, Executive Head of The Green Schools for Girls and Boys, her Teachers and of course all the pupils involved - they’ve really done fantastic job, which will be appreciated for years to come. Also, a big thanks to Will and Brian for the hard work Octink have done in transferring the artwork onto the bridge!
Katie, Susie, me, Will and Brian! And Nav, taking the picture!
One of my favourites from the artwork!
Here’s a video created by John Dale of Brentford TV, who captured the new artwork as it started to be installed earlier in the week. https://www.facebook.com/groups/brentfordtoday/
Please remember it is really important that we continue to follow the guidelines. The most important thing we can do is to stay alert, control the virus and, in doing so, save lives.
- Staying alert and safe (social distancing)
- Staying safe outside your home – the principles you should follow to ensure that time spent outside your home is as safe as possible
Have a good weekend everyone, stay safe.