14 - 18 June
I hope you’ve had a good week.
After much uncertainty and frustration faced by residents and businesses about the Government’s roadmap plan to lift lockdown restrictions on 21st June 2021, we eventually heard from the Secretary of State, Matt Hancock. Speaking on behalf of the Prime Minister in the House of Commons, Mr. Hancock confirmed the PM had decided to delay the unlocking of coronavirus restrictions at least until the 19th July. Read more in my statement Government extends lockdown by four weeks - statement from Cllr Steve Curran | London Borough of Hounslow
This means we remain in a national lockdown. However, there are changes to restrictions for some trades. You should read the details on the Government’s website for Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do.
I know this news will be devastating for many individuals, families, and businesses. The impact of national lockdown on jobs and businesses has been the worst I’ve seen in my lifetime, and I know it’s a very worrying time for many in the Borough. However, as we now look ahead to the 19th July, it’s crucial we continue to follow the rules, get tested regularly and encourage everyone to take the vaccine against COVID.
To minimise the risk of a further delay and the damaging effects to public health and the economy, we must make every effort to reduce the spread of the virus. Particularly we need to protect ourselves and others from serious illness and avoid the risk of overwhelming our National Health Service again. We’ve all worked incredibly hard together as one Borough since the beginning of the pandemic, so let’s keep focussed and continue to play our part to keep everyone in Hounslow safe.
This Saturday there will be a mass PCR testing event at Brentford Football Club’s community stadium. Please come along to have your PCR test and bring your family as well. This is one of the key measures to tackle the spread of COVID-19 and protect others from the infection. I would like to say a huge thank you the Chairman, Cliff Crown, and everyone at Brentford Football Club for their support in helping residents of Hounslow get tested. As well as thanks to Council staff, NHS colleagues and volunteers who have worked hard to arrange the event and everyone who will support it on the day. Read more about it: Mass PCR testing event to help kick out Covid 19 at Brentford FC's stadium
PCR testing and vaccination is being delivered right across the Borough. Find out about the various sites in Hounslow for Surge testing and vaccinations in Hounslow.
I would also like to remind residents that the Enhanced Self-Isolation Payments are now available for eligible Hounslow residents who have had to self-isolate during Hounslow’s Surge. For more information visit: Test and Trace - Self Isolation Payment
Also please remind anyone you know who owns a business in Hounslow, that if they’ve been impacted by COVID19 restrictions they may be eligible to apply for the Re-Start Grant. You can read more about the criteria and how to apply here; Re-Start Grant
It was good start to the week with a visit to Herrings Hall Close on Monday where I was joined by senior officers from our Housing and Planning Department. It was a good opportunity to inspect the properties first-hand before we see families move in over the coming weeks. This new development in Brentford provides 19 new Council properties made up of two, three- and four-bedroomed homes at social rents for local people. My particular thanks go to Lampton 360 who have worked very hard to design these high quality, sustainable homes. I’m very proud of everyone involved in delivering these schemes. Despite all the challenges we have faced during the pandemic, we have continued to drive forward our commitment to secure and build new council homes for families across the borough.
I was joined by staff from EcoWorld and the Council.
One of the new homes at Herrings Hall Close, Brentford.
It was great to see the Headteacher, Heidi Swidenbank, on my visit to Bolder Academy on Wednesday. Heidi invited me to see the new the school, which looks fantastic and I am so very pleased for the school on their achievements.
I’m here with Heidi and some of her pupils!!
On Wednesday, the Council announced we had taken back control of Green Lane sports ground, following a notice to the former leaseholder for breaches of the tenancy agreement. The grounds have been closed for some considerable time. The Council will now begin to plan for remedial works to the facilities and repairs to the pitches. We will also engage with the local community and users of the ground during the summer to get their views of the future use of the new facilities. Read more about it my statement here: Council takes back control of Green Lane sports ground
Another proud moment on Thursday, at the Frank Towell Court ground-breaking event. I was joined by Cllr Lily Bath, Deputy Leader & Lead Member for Housing, Cllr Komal Chaudri, Ward Councillor for Feltham North and Peter Matthew, Executive Director for Housing, Planning and Communities, as well as representatives of Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd.
Frank Towell Court will deliver 102 social new Council homes at social rents. The development will have two eight-storey residential towers, a four-storey block of flats and seven Mews houses. Providing a mixture of one-, two- & three-bedroomed apartments, houses and maisonettes it will include 10 wheelchair-adapted homes. It will also benefit from landscaped gardens with wildlife areas, a play area, new pathways, new trees and plants providing an open, safe, green space for residents to enjoy.
At the heart of our new development schemes is the building of high quality, sustainable homes, not just for now but for the future. Frank Towell Court embraces a range of energy-saving and biodiversity initiatives. Photovoltaic (PV) panels are fitted to the roof of each building, producing renewable energy. All electric heating systems use air source heat pumps to reduce the carbon footprint. And other biodiversity measures such as bird, bat and hedgehog boxes, as well as a compost heap are installed.
You can read more about the development in the statement here: New Council Homes in Feltham
I’m here with Cllr Komal Chaudri (in the middle) and Cllr Lily Bath.
I would also like to remind residents that the deadline to apply to stay in the UK if you are an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen is 30th June 2021 for those who were living in the UK by the end of the transition period on 31 December last year. Even if you have a permanent residence document in the UK, you still need to apply for the UK Government’s EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) to stay in the UK after June 2021. You can read more information in Cllr Katherine Dunne, Lead Member for Communities & Climate Emergency statement here: Time running out to secure UK stay
Before I go, I would like to a share a short video with you which shows the best of our borough, produced in partnership with the UEFA. The film will be shown at the fan zones (Trafalgar Square and the Football Village in Pottersfield Park) in London for the EURO matches at Wembley. Watch it here: https://vimeo.com/554726582/fa0dfc269c
Talking of sports, congratulations to Wales for doing so well and good luck to England as they take on the ‘old enemy’ at Wembley tonight. Football’s coming home!!!
Hope you have a great weekend. Please follow the lockdown rules. We are all in this together. #OneHounslow
Cllr Steve Curran