Archive for June, 2008

The minutes from the April Borough Council

June 17, 2008

The minutes from the above are well worth reading.

I am keen to emphasise items 8 & 9.  With regards to the first, the answer to the question from Cllr Barwood highlights a massive turnaround.  There are planning rules that need to be followed and enforcement notices complied with.  Taking the action referred to in the answer from Cllr Reid is a last resort.

As for the answer to the question from Cllr Harris, anyone who made the claims of a million pounds want to admit that they were mistaken?

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A Politics-free weekend

June 15, 2008

Until now, as I have some emails to send out.

With the family away at the moment, I spent all day Saturday having fun at the London Welsh Centre.  In the evening, I was in Osterley at the Indian Gymkhana for a Charity event organised by Arti and Jorti Bhanderi, both whom are daughters of the late Premila Bhanderi.  The event raised money for various Cancer charities.  A wonderful time was had by all.  There are not many people I have come across who had the popularity of Premila.  Everyone there clearly still miss her.

Some out and about in Feltham North

June 15, 2008

Went for a walk the other day and took a picture of the side of the Londis Shop in Hounslow Road (near Feltham Park).  It had become a graffiti hotspot and a combination of the Council and the police took some action and it now looks much better.

Please do let me know if there are any other graffiti hotspots of concern to you.

Here is how he voted!

June 12, 2008

News BBC lists the Labour MPs who did not support the Government.
As you will see from Hansard, Alan Keen MP voted with the Government.

42 days – where do I stand?

June 11, 2008

There is a lot out there in the blogosphere about the Terror Bill and many have commented on this.  Were I an MP, I would vote against the above.   I really struggle with the principle of locking people up for long periods without charge.

I will watch how Alan Keen MP votes.  I suspect he will vote with the Government.

Climate Change Bill

June 10, 2008

There was a very interesting debate I caught on BBC Parliament yesterday about the above.  Andrew Tyrie MP made a very interesting contribution.  I always enjoy thought provoking contributions and I tend to welcome people who question consensus, even if that merely confirms that the consensus is sound.

Conservative Home have covered this MP’s contribution.  It is well worth reading as is his entire speech.

In terms of where I stand, I like things that are “green”, especially when there is also of an economic benefit too!  This is certainly not my area of expertise nor am I well read in the subject but I will continue to listen to both sides of the argument.

Electoral Calculus

June 9, 2008

I am not getting carried away (I never have with these) but the current polls look very good for the Conservative Party but not so good for Labour.

Electoral Calculus predicts the results of the next General Election, assuming that an election were held tomorrow and that such a swing were universal.  It is currently predicting a Conservative gain in Feltham & Heston with a majority of 0.48% – so the current indications are that this seat will be one of the hardest fought.

I know I have a lot of hard work ahead of me and I am well up for the challenge.  Clearly I am going to have to prove myself to the good residents locally.  No amount of wind or coat-tail will be strong enough on its own.

The latest from Councillor Sharma and Mr Alan Keen MP

June 8, 2008

Here is an article from the Chronicle about the former.  Make up your own mind.

And, I have finally received a response from Alan Keen MP.  More later.

Best Practice weekend in Nottingham

June 7, 2008

Was in Nottingham yesterday, along with Councillor Barbara Harris, at an excellent event held by the Conservative Councillors Association (CCA).  As the title indicates, I was there to listen to some of the brilliant things going on elsewhere in the country, from campaigning techniques to service delivery when in administration.  It is good to challenge ourselves and there was some really good debate.  I got a lot out of it.  It also reinforced to me that the agenda being pursued by the coalition in the London Borough of Hounslow is the right one.  No longer is Hounslow London’s forgotten Borough.

I later discovered that the venue was on former British Coal land.  I got talking to a former employee of British Coal and we both agreed that the pit closures of the early 90s was not one of the finest moments for the Conservative Party.

Whereabouts today

June 4, 2008

Every Wednesday I attend the Members Working Group, which is where some Executive Members monitor progress of various Budget Matters, including the implementation of the Performance Improvement Programme.  There is a lot to do but it will be great when implementation is complete.

After that, I attended a Stage 3 Complaints Panel Hearing.  This panel has considered complaints made against the Council at the final stage of its procedure since April 2007.  It has so far been a very big success and has made a big contribution towards the earlier resolution of complaints.