07 - 11 June
I hope you, your family and your friends are well.
Despite incredible efforts on the ground with surge testing and vaccination in Hounslow, we have still seen a small increase in the number of COVID cases over the last week. I cannot emphasise enough the importance of everyone continuing to play their part in reducing the spread of the virus. Keep following the rules, take the vaccine when you’re offered it, and get tested regularly. These are the vital measures which can take us out of the pandemic and the national lockdown. Please keep doing your bit to protect yourself and others in Hounslow.
I’m sure many of you will agree, this is not the position we wanted to be in at this stage, particularly before the review of the Government’s roadmap plan to ease lockdown restrictions on the 21 June 2021. This should serve as a reminder - we cannot be complacent, and we must continue to take this disease very seriously. We are not out of the woods yet.
It is hugely positive though to see more and more Hounslow residents coming forward to have their vaccinations. The total number who have had their first dose is now over 160,000 and the cumulative total of vaccinations (when you include those who have had their second dose) is over 256,000. Read more in Kelly O’Neill’s (Director of Public Health) statement on ‘Step Up For Hounslow!’
Surge PCR testing and increased vaccination are being delivered across the Borough. You can find out more here: www.hounslow.gov.uk/surge and you can check where in the Borough you can have a PCR test and get vaccinated by visiting:
Although this remains a worrying time, I want to reassure residents, businesses and communities that the Council continues to work very closely with NHS colleagues, Public Health England, and our partners and charities to ensure we deliver measures all across Hounslow to help and protect our communities. There is a range of information, advice and guidance on the Council’s website, including on the financial support available Coronavirus - advice and updates | London Borough of Hounslow
I would also like to mention that the Re-start Grant has been extended for any Hounslow businesses which have been impacted by COVID19 restrictions. You can find out if you are eligible and how to apply here; Re-Start Grant | London Borough of Hounslow
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I would like to thank Hounslow Council’s staff, NHS colleagues and the many charities and volunteers who continue to rise to the challenges of the pandemic. They keep working with absolute commitment to the residents of Hounslow. We couldn’t have done so much of this without you, your support and dedication. A huge thank you to everyone involved.
The Government’s COVID-19 lockdown restrictions remain in place including for those who have been vaccinated. You should read the Government’s information on Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do in full. In summary:
- you can meet indoors in a group of up to 6 people or a group of any size from two households
- you meet outside in a group of up to 30 people
- you should work from home if you can and travel safely
- if you have symptoms get a test and stay at home
On Tuesday I joined other London Leaders at the London Councils Annual General Meeting. London Councils is a cross-party organisation representing 32 London boroughs and the City of London. It works on behalf of all member authorities regardless of political affiliation. At the AGM I was very pleased to be elected Shadow Executive Lead for Business, Europe and Good Growth. I look forward to continuing my work with the Executive on behalf of, and for the benefit of, all Londoners.
I was delighted to learn that a new report announced that Hounslow has the best roads in London. I would like to thank Cllr Guy Lambert (Lead Member for Highways, Recycling and Companies), our contractor Hounslow Highways and the many of you who take the time to report potholes and other road issues to the Council so we can address them. You can read the press release and Cllr Lambert’s comments here: Hounslow announced as having best roads in London
At Thursday’s ‘Voice of Authority’ webinar, I was delighted to speak about whether converted car parks can provide a significant supply of new homes. It was certainly an interesting discussion. I know parking is a very sensitive subject for many who rely on the use of a car, but we also need to recognise and remember that we face a housing crisis. So I believe every opportunity should be explored to unlock much-needed space for homes across London, and further afield. And we should not forget the challenges we face to tackle the climate emergency. We must move away from reliance on cars for everyday travel and we must remember it’s more important to provide homes for individuals and families. Everyone should have a place they can call home.
This Council is committed to meet its pledge to deliver the council homes that local people need. We are committed to securing 5,000 new homes by 2022 and building a further 1000 new council homes across the borough, and we are on track to deliver this pledge for our residents and communities. You can read more about our housing pledge here: 5000 Pledge
On that note, I’m delighted that the application for a proposed development at New Road Triangle, Feltham was approved at Thursday’s planning committee. The development will be delivered in partnership with Lampton Development & Investment, and EcoWorld and will create 176 new homes, half of which will be Council-owned homes at social rents; high-quality council housing which brings real benefits to the local area and residents. Read more in the press release here.
New Road Triangle, Feltham
If you read my blog regularly, you’ll remember I mentioned the swans nesting at the canal embankment adjacent to Brentford Bridge. I’m pleased to say we saw the arrival of baby swans this week - check out the video below! We also announced the winner of a social media competition to name the family. Well done to Andrew for his suggestion, ‘Swan Claude Van Damm’ which was the clear favourite on the polls. Congratulations to Andrew!
I’m sure many you have been eagerly awaiting the EURO 2020 tournament which was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. The first of the action gets underway in Rome tonight, with Turkey up against Italy. On behalf of the Council and all football and sports fans in the borough, we’re wishing all the home teams the very best of luck!!
If you missed it last week, I’m here with Cllr Samia Chaudhary, Lead Member for Leisure Services, and the Mascot! UEFA Euro 2020 Qualified Teams and Groups.
Sadly, last weekend London Irish were beaten by the Wasps in the final minutes of their game. Better luck to the team for tomorrow’s match against Bristol; kick off at 3 p.m. Safe journey home, guys and wishing you all the best. Come on the Irish!!
Before I sign off, I urge everyone again - please get tested regularly and get vaccinated! Even if you have been vaccinated, it’s still really important that you continue to get tested, as this helps us reduce the risk of spreading the virus and it keeps our family and friends safe. Here’s the link again for details of where you can get tested and vaccinated: www.hounslow.gov.uk/surge
Please follow the lockdown rules to stay safe and protect others. We are all in this together #OneHounslow
I hope you have a great weekend. Stay safe and remember the simple things we can all do to reduce the spread of the virus – wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering when possible, keep space and get plenty of fresh air.
Cllr Steve Curran