Archive for March, 2008

What is planning enforcement?

March 29, 2008

One of the big successes over the previous couple of years has been the increase in the profile of planning enforcement.

You may find this link useful?

Pathway to better Highways announced!

March 25, 2008

I have some great news for anyone concerned about the condition of pavements and roads in the Borough.  More later…

Update: Here it is.

Last night’s West Area Committee Meeting

March 21, 2008

Please see the agenda for last night.

We received a really uplifting presentation from Harlequins Rugby League Club.  It was great to hear about some of the successes of young people from Feltham and other parts of the Borough.

I would also like to hear any suggestions that residents may have in really to agenda item 8. I made the point about constructing a strong argument against the closure and that agreeing we did not want it to close was the easy part.  Let me know if you have further argument against the closure.

Happy Easter!

March 21, 2008

Whether you intend to relax, worship, get things done over the period etc, I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Easter!

Latest Feltham North leaflet – did you get it?

March 13, 2008

Started delivering this earlier today (when the rain permitted) and it made reference to this blog.

If you saw it, please do say hello or give any feedback on the latest offering from your team in Feltham North.

Update: By tomorrow, all in Feltham North will have received the latest leaflet.  Later tonight, I will start making various enquiries/service requests, that have been generated simply through delivering leaflets  e.g. there is a dead pigeon on the footway in Dockwell Close, too much pigeon mess under a large tree in Hounslow Road and some glass on the footway in Mill Way!

Beer budget

March 13, 2008

Not had a proper look at the Budget that was announced yesterday but I am aware that 4p is being put on a pint.  Will be interested in the motivation behind this?  Reducing the consumption of beer in pubs or to raise more revenue?

Will also be interested to understand how price elastic beer is and whether it will lead to more pubs closing down.  Pubs have been hit hard by the Smoking Ban, after all.

David Willetts MP visits Feltham

March 11, 2008

I was very pleased that David Willetts MP took time out of his busy schedule to visit the Skills Centre in Feltham.  What was most impressive was the very clear and deliberate way in which he was asking questions from everyone he met in order to assist his own “education” about this aspect of his portfolio.  The students seemed very pleased at his interest in them and the college.

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In the picture are:
Me, Jim Richardson (Brick work lecturer), David Willetts MP, Stuart Hasley, Councillor Lin Davies (Deputy Lead Member for Childrens Services and Lifelong Learning), Mary MacLeod (Conservative Parliamentary Candidate in Brentford & Isleworth), Petrina Hosier

Time for us to get tribal in London?

March 10, 2008

Very pleased that Boris Johnson is making this line of argument (not had time to read the whole speech yet but have read the quoted section).  London needs and deserves a better deal.  Of course, I do not deny that there are problems elsewhere in the United Kingdom.  But I do deny the accuracy of any claim that does not accept that some of the biggest problems in the UK are in various London Boroughs.

I sometimes feel that we need to be far more tribal in London.  Is anyone in any doubt of how reliant the Government is on its Tartan and Taff Armies?

In a previous posting, I quoted the former Labour MP, Denzil Davies.  His reference to the economic deficit ring true again. 

At the Feltham & Heston Association AGM last Friday, someone raised the fact that parking charges will be scrapped at Welsh Hospitals.  I was asked whether I supported scrapping these charges in England.  My answer was on the lines of:

a) It would depend what this cost.
b) It would depend what the impact would be of that cost.
c) Once the Genie is out of the bottle it is very difficult to go back on things like this.
d) The current settlement whereby the Welsh can afford to do this but the same not applying here in England is unsustainable!

Nice for us to get a mention

March 9, 2008

I was really pleased to just read that we have had an acknowledgement on the Centre Right page on the Conservative Home website.

As I keep saying, no longer is Hounslow the forgotten Borough in London.

Zero it is!

March 5, 2008

It is a good day to be in Hounslow knowing that we are one of few Boroughs not to have increased Council Tax.  I am proud!