Archive for June, 2009

Visit to Cranford – including Beavers – on 20 June

June 21, 2009

Out and about for political, rather than Council, related reasons.  It is fair to say that there were mixed responses.  That visit alone would have hit home for anyone, in the unlikely event that nothing had thus far, just how much damage the MPs expenses has caused.  If I were to become the MP for Feltham and Heston, the scale of the task in trying to restore faith is massive.  It will probably be no different for any other MP after the next General Election.  For me, there is a mixture of anger and saddness that things have got this bad.

Things also remain bad with the parade of shops in Beavers.  I have already posted twice about this location on my blog.  Here is the latest:

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I agree with those residents who stated that the above conditions are totally unacceptable.  Where the Council has a locus to interfere, I will do all that I can to secure action and there has been some thus far.  Where it is found that the Council does not have a legal remit, I will ponder on that and consider it something any MP would have to determine whether it is simply to be regretted or whether it is an example of the need for some legislative change?  A report of the above will be made first thing in the morning.

The postive news for me – a bit like when I last posted about Beavers – is:

  • the issue of overgrowth outside surestart (next door) was being resolved through the Community Payback team on the day;
  • The Estate run by Places for People is hugely impressive to me.  The grass verges are probably the best maintained for any Council Estate or area run by a Registered Social Landlord that I have seen;
  • Some other excellent facilites (see below)

There are other reasons for being optimistic.  The facilities at the local primary school are also second to none as is the building in the second picture below.  The first picture is another of one of the grass verges

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Would like to know when the following was painted.  I am not generall into art but even I can tell that those involved are very talented.  I know that the Feltham and Heston Conservative Association Chairman, Tony Viney, will be pleased at the historical references.

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One very nice man gave me permission to take a picture of something he had set up in his front garden:

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There will be some more things that I will report.  First, some tagging (same building):

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The following was fly tipped in Chinchilla Drive – not sure if this is a matter for Places for People or the Council but I will find out:

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Automated Telephone Payment Changes

June 21, 2009

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Lansbury Avenue

June 14, 2009

Will report this which I spotted in Harlington Road West (by Labrokes):

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Out and about in Feltham West

June 14, 2009

Here are some of the things picked up whilst out and about during the past week.  First some tagging in Rose Gardens:

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I saw the following in Westmacott Drive (near the junction with Westminster Close) – also saw the same thing today in Ravensdale Road, Hounslow:

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The following was the bin area in Westmacott Drive (near junction with Jubilee Way):

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Here is the alleyway of Westmacott – nearest house is 215 (I think):

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There was quite a bit of litter and here are two close ups:

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The following was a footway in Ambleside Drive (opposite numbers 12 & 14):

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The following two pictures were taken from one of the most Western parts of the constituency (in Field Way).  It was a Friday evening and was very pleasant indeed.

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The following was taken Norbury Road.  I thought it strange for there to be so much overgrowth when the signage suggested it was a play area.

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And, here are two bits of tagging in Feltham West – both in Raleigh Road – one of which was near odd numbers in 20s:

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Park Lane and Avenue Park, Cranford

June 14, 2009

I received an invitation to attend the relatively new Mosque in Cranford last Friday and was made to feel very welcome indeed.  I was joined by Syed Kamall MEP.

I spoke to a number of people about issues for the Mosque and in Cranford more generally.  Afterwards, I went out for a walk to take a look.   One of the issues was for those people who walked to the Mosque from work or from their homes.  The issue for pedestrians did appear to be worse when in the Hillingdon part of the street (the picture is taken in the Hounslow bit).   I will discuss this with someone I know in that Borough:

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These were taken opposite the entrance to the Mosque:

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These two were taken in Avenue Park itself.  It is amazing how many of these Open Spaces that we have in the Borough and I am so pleased that there has been such a major improvement in the past year in terms of maintenance.  However, I will ask about this bin and if it is fit for purpose and being emptied enough?

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Last night’s Executive

June 10, 2009

A good agenda.

Agenda item 5 was presented by me.  Before that, my ward colleague, Allan Wilson, presented a report (item 4) and his passion for the subject and personal imprint on the work came through.  Most residents would not see or hear about work like this, but it is terribly important to me!

Also, there were three new Executive Members – Councillors Jon Hardy (Housing), Rebecca Stewart (Leisure) & Robert Oulds (Education).  Each of them presented a report and did a great job and they are great additions.  Notwithstanding that, I will miss the contributions at Executive of three really good friends – Councillors Adrian Lee, Paul Lynch & Phil Andrews.  Each of them are different and offered heck of a lot!

Planning to use the Cash Office or Payments line this week?

June 10, 2009

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My walk to work

June 9, 2009

…well part of it was on foot.  I walked from my home to Hatton Cross, where I then caught a free bus.  Here are some of the things that I saw.  First something left in the bushes in Faggs Road:

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Same location:

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Some hedges that need to be cut back:

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Some tagging that needs to be removed:

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More tagging (junction of Faggs Road and Green Man Lane):

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Some more overgrowth that needs cutting back:

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This is what I noticed when looking closer at the silver fence:

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More overgrowth:

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I will report to the relevant departments.

Latest on Rosslyn Avenue

June 8, 2009

Around midday yesterday, I saw the following:

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At 3pm, some things had been removed:

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Still unacceptable, especially as I have been informed that the new bin at the rear of the shops on Harlington Road West has been delivered and is operational.  I fear that this could be an example of once a problem develops, it gets much harder to resolve ie. some people have taken this as a signal that dumping at this location is acceptable?

Great win today….

June 6, 2009

….for both England & Wales in the football.   The Welsh beat Azerbaijan away with the only goal of the game.  An excellent result considering the amount of injuries and lack of experience in the team.

Why do I mention this on my blog?  First, I am a football supporter and Wales are my team at an international level (though always cheer for England) so I am pleased.  Second, I am big fan of John Toshack and the job he is doing.  He knew when he took the job on that it would take many years to take the team to where he wanted it to be.  I have big respect for people like that.

The next Government will have an extremely tough job to turn around the economy etc and it will not happen overnight.  There is a parallel there between what the next Conservative Government needs to do for the economy and Country and what John Toshack needs to do for Welsh Football.  Of course, any blog readers not into football may think this is a strange posting?

I see this as an opportunity for our Party as there is a recognition and even appetite for some very tough decisions.