10 - 14 May
I’m back in case you were missing me!
I hope you and your family and friends have been keeping well. It’s been a while since I was in touch due to the pre-election period. I’m pleased to be able to tell you once again about all the good things that have been happening in Hounslow over the last few weeks.
I’m most pleased by the fact that the number of COVID-19 cases across the borough have been declining and thousands of residents, including me, have had their first and second vaccinations.
However, on the advice of Public Health England, we have carried out ‘surge testing’ in the Woodlands area of the Borough. This is in and around Isleworth station and took place because one case of the South-African variant came to light. I’m pleased to say that the surge testing ends this evening. We will of course keep you up to speed with the results.
Coronavirus restrictions remain in place. It’s still extremely important we continue to follow the Government’s guidance, as lockdown restrictions still apply. We must get tested regularly, regardless of symptoms and encourage each other to take the vaccine when we are offered it. We must continue to protect our communities from the virus, particularly those who are most vulnerable and until everyone is vaccinated. These are the things we need to do so we don't blow it and lose the chance to return to normal life on 21 June.
Taking up the offer of a vaccination is one of the most effective ways you can protect yourself and others from this virus and the devastating effects it can have. If you are 38 years old or over, you can book your vaccine here; Book a coronavirus vaccination - NHS
If you are over 18 years old, you may be able to receive the vaccine by queuing at Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre, Monday to Thursday at the end of the day (after 5.30pm), depending on vaccine availability. You will need to bring photo ID and your NHS number if you have one. Queueing will not guarantee a vaccine as this programme operates from vaccine surplus. Staff on the doors will be able to advise at 5.30pm that day if there are vaccines available and we will post updates in case there is no supply. Last admission will be at 7.20pm each day. Drop-ins are not available at Brentford Friday to Sunday. Stay updated by following our Twitter page.
Visit the Council’s website for further coronavirus advice and to access the wide range of help and support available to residents, communities and businesses. You can also contact our Community Hub for help with food supplies, clothing, financial advice and other community support.
From Monday 17th May, lockdown restrictions will ease. You should read in full what these changes will mean on the Government’s website page; Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do.
Some of the changes from the 17th May include but not are limited to:
- Outdoor gatherings will increase to a maximum of 30 people.
- The rule of 6 or two households will apply for indoor gatherings.
- Indoor entertainment and attractions such as cinemas, theatres, concert halls, etc will be permitted to reopen with COVID-secure measures in place.
- Indoor hospitality venues such as restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes will reopen.
- Outdoor entertainment, including live performances will reopen.
- All domestic overnight / holiday accommodation will reopen.
- Organised indoor sport will reopen.
- Events, such as funerals, weddings, wakes and other commemorative events will increase to 30 people, subject to venue capacity.
- International travel will no longer be restricted. You must follow the rules when returning to England.
- Up to five named visitors (two at any one time) will be able to visit care home residents, provided those visitors test negative for COVID-19
I would also like to remind residents and businesses alike that it’s crucial - now more than ever - that we support our local businesses in Hounslow by shopping local. We can all play our part in helping the Borough’s economic recovery and helping local businesses remain open for business by keeping the Hounslow pound in Hounslow! Find out more about the Council’s campaign; Keep it Local and how you can be involved and featured in the campaign.
That reminds me, last month I was delighted to meet Film Producer Lyn Goleby again, outside the forthcoming Chiswick Cinema. The cinema is looking to open its five screens in mid-June. This is really exciting news for Chiswick and for the Borough. If you’re walking by, you’ll see the green wall; it’s very impressive. I’m looking forward to seeing the new James Bond film if it’s released in time. Best wishes and good luck to everyone involved.
Outside the new Chiswick Cinema development on Chiswick High Road with Lyn Goleby
As many of you will be aware, elections took place across London on Thursday 6th May with the results announced over the weekend.
I would like to offer my congratulations to Sadiq Khan, on his re-election as Mayor of London for 2021-2024. I look forward to continuing working closely with the Mayor of London and the London Assembly to ensure we do everything we can to support London to economic recovery, furthermore equality for all Londoners.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan (picture: London.gov.uk)
Cllr Candice Atterton, ward Councillor for Hanworth and Cabinet Member for Adults, Social Care & Health unfortunately was not elected as the Assembly Member for South West London. Candice and her team ran a great campaign, but the cards were stacked against them. I would like to thank her and the team and the hundreds of volunteers for their hard work and support.
I am delighted that our two candidates were elected in the local byelections for Cranford and Hounslow Heath ward. I look forward to working with both Labour Councillors over the next twelve months, I’m sure Devina Ram for Cranford and Madeeha Asim for Hounslow Heath will do a great job in representing their residents and the Borough. Read more in the press statement: Hounslow Council by-elections - results
I’m also very pleased that Cllr Bishnu Gurung, ward councillor for Hanworth Park was elected Mayor of Hounslow on the 4th May at the Borough Council meeting. Cllr Gurung has been a serving councillor since 2014 and works tirelessly to support his constituents, I’m sure he will do a fantastic job in his new role as Mayor of Hounslow. Congratulations to Cllr Gurung on his appointment! Read more in Council’s press release Hounslow’s new Mayor - former Gurkha and familiar local face
Mayor of Hounslow 2021-2022, Cllr Bishnu Gurung
Also delighted that Cllr Hina Mir, ward councillor for Feltham West was elected Deputy Mayor at Borough Council. Congratulations to Hina. I know she will play a fantastic supporting role to the Mayor.
Cllr Hina Mir, Deputy Mayor of Hounslow
I was delighted to mark Middlesex Day with Hounslow’s newly elected Mayor, Cllr Gurung, raising the flag in Brentford on an occasion which holds significant importance to the Borough and particularly Brentford. Middlesex Day is celebrated each year on 16th May to commemorate the actions of the 57th (West Middlesex) Regiment in 1811. The men of the Middlesex Regiment were part of the British forces fighting under the Duke of Wellington against Napoleon. I would like to take this opportunity to salute the Men of Middlesex and wish everyone a Happy Middlesex Day! Read our Middlesex Day press release.
I’m here with Mayor of Hounslow, Cllr Bishnu Gurung soaring the Middlesex Day flag
Brentford Football Club fans will once again have to suffer the agony of play offs if they are to reach the topflight to the Premiership. The Bees are up against Bournemouth in the first leg of the semi-final on Monday 17TH May. Good luck to the team and a safe journey home! Come on you Bees!!!
Whilst at the club’s former home at Griffin Park, demolition is well underway for the new development. As I live a stone’s throw away I can unquestionably say its going to be somewhat different to the old days of having the Club on my doorstep but it’s a great achievement for the Club to have settled into their brand-new community stadium on Lionel Road South, making way for new homes for residents in Brentford on the old ground
Visualisation of new proposals for Griffin Park with a 'pocket park' at the centre of the development. (pictures EcoWorld)
Also, the very best of luck to London Irish who will be against Exeter on Tuesday 18th May on their home turf at Brentford Community Stadium for the Rugby Premiership. Good luck to the Exiles!!
Please remember we are still in a National lockdown. You must follow the rules to stay safe yourself and protect others. We are all in this together #OneHounslow
Have a good weekend everyone, stay safe.
Cllr Steve Curran