My week by Cllr. Steve Curran 2021

31 May - 4 June

Hi everyone,

I hope you’ve had a good week.

I would like to start by thanking Hounslow Council staff, NHS colleagues and the many charities and volunteers who have been working tirelessly on the ground to deliver the surge testing and increased vaccination programme. I’m really pleased to say during the week residents in their thousands were vaccinated against COVID19 across the Borough. Over 27,000 vaccines have been administered since the beginning of increased vaccinations were announced at the end of May. That brings the total number of residents in Hounslow who have had their first vaccine to over 153,000 since December 2020. I would like to thank everyone who has stepped up for the Borough!! One Hounslow.

The country’s largest mass vaccination centre saw around 11,000 residents vaccinated at Twickenham Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday, managed by Hounslow Council, the NHS and the RFU. You can read more about the success of the mass vaccination centre at Twickenham Stadium here: 11,000 ‘step up’ by getting vaccinated at Twickenham

Surge PCR testing and increased vaccination is happening in Hounslow for approximately another three weeks. I urge anyone who hasn’t already had their vaccine to do so as soon as possible. In Hounslow, we now have even more sites where you can get your PCR test. You can have your first vaccination at Meadowbank Adult Education & Community Learning. For the latest information, please visit: www.hounslow.gov.uk/surge

Details of sites where residents can get vaccinated and tested:

Get Vaccinated!   

Book an appointment via www.nhs.uk or call 119:     

 

Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre, 658 Chiswick High Road, Brentford, TW8 0HJ

Open 8.00am-8.00pm.      

One of Hounslow’s five community pharmacy sites www.hounslow.gov.uk/vaccine  

 

Pop-up Clinic: Hounslow Jamia Masjid & Islamic Centre 

Hounslow TW4 5HU

Open 9.00am-8.00pm.

No need to book!      

Get PCR Tested!  

Mobile PCR Testing Units:

Beaversfield Park, Hounslow TW4 7JF

Open 9:00am-3:00pm   

Tesco Hayes, Bulls Bridge UB2 5LN

 

Open 10:00am-6:00pm  

Bell Road, Hounslow TW3 3NX

You can drive to this site and remain in your car as you receive a test.  

Open 9:00am-3:00pm

Local PCR Testing Sites:

Brabazon Road Sports Court, Hounslow (TW5 9LR) –

Open 8:00am-8:00pm    

Padstow Walk car park, Feltham (TW14 9XU)

Open 8.00am-8.00pm     

Stamford Brook car park, Chiswick, W4 1NH

Please walk to this site if you can, as there is no parking on site and parking is very limited nearby  

Open 8.00am-8.00pm

 

Hounslow House, 7 Bath Road, Hounslow TW3 3EB

Open 8.00am-4.00pm  

Heston Library, New Heston Road, Hounslow TW5 0LW 

Open Mon-Fri 6.30am-7.30pm Sat/Sun 8.00am-4.00pm

Isleworth Library, Twickenham Road, Isleworth TW7 7EU

Open 8.00am-4.00pm  

Bedfont Library, Staines Road, Feltham TW14 8DB

Open 8.00am-4.00pm  

Regional PCR test sites

You can book an appointment via www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test for the following sites

Twickenham Stadium, TW2 7BA

entrance at the rear via Whitton Dene

Open 8.00 am - 8.00 pm*  

Heathrow Airport Car Park E2, Eastern Perimeter Road TW6 2SQ

Open 8.00 am- 5.00pm*  

*When booking, select “do not have symptoms” and then “I was asked to take a test by the Local Authority.” Drive through site only. 

 

I would also like to remind businesses in the Borough who have been impacted by COVID19 that you can still apply online for some of the extended financial help, by Monday 7th June. Read more in Cllr Rajawat, Lead Member for Finance and Corporate Services statement; help available for businesses impacted by COVID-19

This week we heard the Government has made changes to international travel restrictions, with more countries added to the red and amber list. I know this will have come as extremely disappointing and frustrating news for many individuals and families who have been looking forward to their holidays. As well as very unwelcome news for the airline industry, who have been facing a devastating downturn for over a year now due to the coronavirus pandemic. These changes will cost the economy dear, threatening confidence in travel and threatening more jobs. Read the Government’s travel restrictions here: Foreign travel advice - GOV.UK

Although there is much criticism around the Government’s changes to international travel restrictions - it is important however that we recognise the increase in infections of the variant first identified in India, known as the Delta Variant and a potential mutation of a variant being referred to as the Nepal variant. Cases of the Delta Variant have been increasing across London. The Covid-19 infection rate is increasing across much of London, with the 7-day case rate standing at 30.5 per 100,000, a 37% increase to the previous 7-day period. In response, targeted testing is in place across several boroughs.

So, it’s extremely important to protect ourselves, our family and friends and those who are most vulnerable in our communities. We must all remain cautious in our actions and our personal efforts to reduce the spread of the virus. Furthermore, to avoid risking the next stage of unlocking of restrictions on 21st June 2021, which could see all legal restrictions on social contact in England lifted. The review of the easing of restrictions and a final decision whether to proceed will be made by 14 June.

In the meantime, we must remember the Government’s coronavirus lockdown restrictions  remain in place. You should read in full the Government’s information on Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do.

Since Monday 17 May, Step 3 of the Roadmap has been in effect. Groups of up to 6 people or 2 households can socialise indoors, which can include for overnight stays. Up to 30 people may meet in an outside setting. Pubs, restaurants, cinemas, and theatres are among venues which may now open indoors. Hotels, hostels and B&Bs may open for guests on holiday. Government guidance continues to advise that people should continue to work from home where they can.

On an extremely positive note, I had the privilege and pleasure to be invited with the Mayor, Cllr Bishnu Gurung, to go to Wembley last Saturday to support the Bees. It was a fantastic atmosphere and of course the result was outstanding. Hounslow Borough is immensely proud of the Team, the Manager and all the support staff who made this one of the most successful days in Brentford Football Club’s history. This result not only puts Brentford Football Club on the map but also Hounslow and will generate enormous new interest in the Borough and bring in additional income for businesses in and around the ground but also right across Hounslow. Come on the Bees!!

Image of Mayor of Hounslow, Bishnu Gurung and Leader of Hounslow Council, Steve Curran

 

I’m on the right with Mayor of Hounslow, Cllr Bishnu Gurung ready to cheer on the Bees!

Come on the Bees!!

"We are premier league"

 

Once a Bee…Always a Bee! (Picture: Brentford F.C.)

On Tuesday, I visited Isleworth Leisure Centre to be shown around by the new management team. The Leisure Centre has been open for a few weeks since the lockdown measures were eased. It was a pleasure to meet staff and customers, who were overwhelming in support of our decision to bring our leisure services back in house to Lampton Leisure, one of our wholly owned companies. Staff will now receive the London Living Wage and have better terms and conditions. We’ve invested heavily during the lockdown ensuring that backlog maintenance has been carried out and equipment has been serviced and repaired. There is a major piece of work starting shortly to upgrade one of the pools. I would like to thank everyone for all their hard work and dedication in providing an excellent service to our residents.

Lampton Leisure staff with Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow.

 

Me with Staff at Isleworth Leisure Centre

On Thursday I was delighted to attend the Barnham Court and Passer Court Community Centre on the Sparrow Farm Drive estate for the opening event. I was joined by Feltham North ward Councillor Komal Chaudri, representatives from United Living (contractor) and colleagues from the Housing Development team.

The new residential development completed in March 2021. Barnham Court provides 25 new council homes for local people, including 15 two-bed and 10 three-bed homes. There are three wheelchair adapted homes within this new block. Each new flat has its own balcony area and externally there is a large landscaped communal garden and bicycle stores for residents’ use. I was delighted to meet some of the families who have recently moved into their new homes.

As a Council, we are committed to building 1000 new council homes by March 2022. As well as building new homes on the estate, this development also included a new community centre in the heart of the estate. Passer Court Community Centre is a modern facility

with large rooms which can be used by the local community for events such as community meetings and children’s parties. This project is a great example of creating places for the community to enjoy as well as much needed housing for local people.

Family at Barnham Court

 

I’m here with Cllr Komal Chaudri to my right and a new family who have recently moved from Heston into their new home at Sparrow Farm Drive estate.

Communal garden at Barnham Court.

 

Communal garden

Hot on the heels of Brentford Football Club’s promotion to the Premier League, I was immensely proud to return to Brentford Community Stadium on Friday to welcome the EURO 2020 trophy as part of the tour before the first game of the tournament kicks off in Rome in 5 days’ time. It’s visiting Hounslow to mark the borough’s footballing achievements and the role Brentford Community Stadium will play in the UEFA Women’s EURO in 2022. It was great to see the Women’s trophy at the stadium today as well and I’m delighted about the surge in women’s grassroots football in the borough ahead of the games.

I was delighted to meet young girls from across Hounslow who have taken up football. I would like to thank Council staff, Brentford FC Community Trust and Lampton Leisure for their hard work and support in promoting football for girls and women but also all sport across the Borough. You can read more in the press release.

UEFA Trophy Tour.

 

I’m here with Cllr Samia Chaudhary and oh yes, the Mascot!

The big ask from me and everyone at Hounslow Council and our NHS colleagues – please get tested and vaccinated! Particularly parents and young people, as pupils will return to the classroom on Monday. Getting tested will help us to reduce the risk to disruption to education and keep schools COVID safe. Here’s the link again for details of where you can get tested and vaccinated: www.hounslow.gov.uk/surge

From this weekend, we will be door-knocking in the Feltham and Bedfont areas of the borough. Staff will be carrying appropriate I.D. who will be delivering PCR tests and leaving letters with information and details of support for anyone who is not at home. We will be expanding our door-knocking activity to other parts of the borough over the coming weeks and more details will be made available on an on-going basis. 

This Saturday, London Irish are playing Wasps at the Brentford Community Stadium, kick-off is at 4:30pm. Wishing them all the best. Come on the Irish!!

Image of Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council at Brentford Community Stadium.

 

Picture taken at Brentford Community Stadium

Please remember we are still in a National lockdown. Follow the rules to stay safe yourself and protect others. We are all in this together #OneHounslow

Hope you have a good weekend. 

Cllr Steve Curran

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