Leader sets out ambitious vision for Hounslow

Hounslow Council held its first Cabinet meeting on 5 July, which endorsed an ambitious plan to make a more thriving, healthier, safer, greener and cleaner borough.

Published: Thursday, 7th July 2022

Cllr Rajawat

A thriving, healthier, safer, greener and cleaner borough.

Hounslow Council held its first Cabinet meeting on 5 July, which endorsed an ambitious plan to make a more thriving, healthier, safer, greener and cleaner borough.

The Council’s Corporate Plan – Ambitious for Hounslow – will form the foundation of the Council’s work over the coming four years. 

Presenting the plan, Councillor Shantanu Rajawat, the new Leader of Hounslow Council, said:

“ We are at an important moment in our borough’s history. The pandemic has proven incredibly tough for our borough and the cost-of-living-crisis looms large over our population.

“ The proposals in our corporate plan will not only get Hounslow back on track – but ensure we build a fairer, healthier, greener and safer borough - where everyone has the equal opportunity to thrive. 

“ Central to our ambitions is an overhaul of how we listen to and empower residents, so that the best talents and insights of our communities are at the centre of tackling the big issues we face as a borough. 

“ I’m absolutely clear that Hounslow has huge potential and a bright future, but this can only be realised if residents, businesses and community groups come together to make a difference.”

The six priorities – within the corporate plan are: 

  • A Greener Hounslow where residents have access to green spaces and clean air. This involves planting 20,000 more trees; investing £5 million in parks and reducing carbon emissions by 50%.
  • A Healthier Hounslow where people enjoy good health, live well and independently, and keep active throughout their lives.
  • A Cleaner Hounslow where the borough is clean and litter free. The Council aims to reduce fly-tipping by 25% and invest £2 million in improving the borough’s pavements. 
  • A Thriving Hounslow where local people can flourish in the borough. Along with comprehensive business support, this also involves investing £900,000 in helping school children get back on track after the pandemic. 
  • A Safer Hounslow where the borough is a safe place with low crime levels; the Council will invest £15 million to create safer neighbourhoods and to tackle anti-social behaviour. 
  • A Liveable Hounslow where people can live in homes that work for them and in neighbourhoods where they can belong. The Council intends to build 1,000 more council homes and invest £300 million in improving the quality of its council estates.

Read the full corporate plan.
  
The Corporate Plan provides the strategic framework for how the Council will deliver its ambitions over the next four years. It describes what the Council is doing now to support the borough’s economy, protect those who need help most, make the case for Hounslow and fight against inequality during a cost-of-living crisis.It describes what the Council will do – how the Council will transform to deliver a fair, green and more equal borough in which everyone can thrive. 
 
The corporate plan will go to a vote at full council on Tuesday 19 July. 

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