Archive for August, 2009

Couple of things in Bedfont

August 31, 2009

The following street sign needs to be made secure and point in the correct direction:

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The following was opposite 72 Southville Road and looks dangerous to me:

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Lower Feltham on Saturday

August 31, 2009

Was out and about in Lower Feltham and, as always, managed to see a few things that need to be reported.  It was a lovely morning.  First, some tagging on a sign in Chertsey Road (opposite the junction with Shelson Avenue):

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The following carriageway defect is outside 17 and 19 Walton Gardens:

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The next is outside 3 Walton Gardens – probably more scralling than tagging but needs cleaning up nonetheless:

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The following streetlight was outside 129 Hamilton Road and it needs to be cleaned up:

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The following tagging is opposite 4o and 41 Hamilton Close:

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The following footway is outside 49 and 50 Hamilton Close and needs some attention:

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The following is in Hamilton Close and on the junction with Hamilton Road:

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The following is outside 13 The Clumps and I will report this overgrowth to Hounslow Homes who manage the block of flats:

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The following footway is outside 6 Portland Crescent:

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The following tagging  and defect was outside 141 Ashford Road:

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The following footway defect was on the junction of Challenge Road and Ashford Road but I am uncertain if it is managed by LBH or Surrey?

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Two articles in the Chronicle

August 28, 2009

The news about Feltham Community School and its GCSE results is brilliant.  The Head Teacher at this school has impressed a lot of people with her very clear commitment to turnaround and the highest academic and personal standards.  Well done to everyone and those young people have done well throughout the Borough.

I have not yet read a hard copy of the Chronicle but am aware of the latest on the FCA Building.  There are two people I wish to speak with, both of whom are on leave but there are two things that I find odd about the article:

a) No reference to the word “temporary” in the article and this word is important – see the actual application.

b) The claim that the plans for a skills centre have fallen by the wayside.  We have had bad news that we cannot proceed now but that does not mean that this location cannot be used for this purpose in the future.

Walk along Bath Road yesterday

August 28, 2009

I had a meeting over lunch in Hounslow West.  I walked to the High Street from there and thought I would take some pictures on my way.

The first two were taken on the junction of Martindale Road and Bath Road:

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The first of the two above is dangerous and I hope that the second can be tidied up a bit.

The following was taken in Dawn Close on the junction with Martindale Road.   I had previously reported this so will be asking why it remains in this condition:

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The following was taken outside 269 Bath Road.  These amount of bags do not look very pleasant.  I will find out whether there is a schedule for collecting these and whether it was appropriate for them to be here on a Thursday afternoon?

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I then saw the following a few feet away and this sign needs to be repaired:

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 The following dip in the footway was taken outside 195 and 197 Bath Road:

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A lot cleaner as the numbers got lower:

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I do not think that a diversion was in place so uncertain why this sign was in Bath Road?

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And, the clutter of estate agent signs near the junction with Steve Biko Way continues – also very bad on the junction of Hibernia Way and Staines Road, Hounslow and near Hollygrove Close:

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Will report each of the above.

Nursery Close/Fern Grove Estate Inspection yesterday

August 28, 2009

First time I have attended one of these formal inspections in ages.  On the whole, and as reported on this blog weeks ago, the estate is looking very good.  As always in any area, a selection of some things that need to be tackled.  The first, and thankfully the only example seen on the estate, of black bags being split open:

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Some damp on the tiles next to numbers 3 & 11 Nursery Close:

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The Notice Board in Nursery Close still has content that is very out of date.  I cannot recall the reason I was previously given?

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The following was at the rear and side of number 2 Nursery Close.  At a minimum, the weeds need to be removed:

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Some of the rear communal gardens were really looking lovely:

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The following sign in Fern Grove needs to be tidied up or replaced:

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The Estate Monitoring Officers and Technical Inspectors who were with us would have already taken this down and reported to the relevant people so I do not need to report any of the above.

I have never known there to be such a lack of parking in Nursery Close in all my time as a Councillor, though this is clearly a daytime issue.  There was some concern expressed to me about certain corners in Nursery Close and the need for double yellow lines.  I know that a scheme has already been drafted but I hope that this can be discussed at the next tenant and residents meeting for this estate.  I will ask for this to be arranged.

New carriageway surface in Shaftesbury Avenue

August 25, 2009

..but not the traditional new type of carriageway surface.   Micro Asphalt has been used.   There is a little more about this solution in section five of this report.

I went to take a quick look earlier this evening (Helen Avenue end).  This is what I saw:

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And, whilst I think work is still in progress e.g. one resident informed me that he was informed that people will return to sweep the road etc I will ask about cleaning up the following:

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I think that this is a decent way forward for a street that had very little chance of benefitting from planned maintenance under the current formula for allocating such resources.  Other roads in Feltham North that have a very strong case for this in the future, in my view, are Lansbury Avenue, Viola Avenue & Shakespeare Avenue.

Statement from LBH over weekend deaths of four soldiers

August 17, 2009

Hounslow flag flies at half mast for Fusiliers

The London Borough of Hounslow is flying its flag at half mast as a sign of respect and in tribute to the four soldiers from the Second Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, who died at the weekend.

Three of the soldiers were killed while on patrol near Sangin in Helmand province, Afghanistan on Sunday morning. The fourth died while on foot patrol in Sangin on Saturday.

The Mayor of Hounslow, Cllr Paul Lynch said today:

“We are flying the Civic Centre flag at half mast as a tribute to four brave young men, and we pray for the safety of their comrades.

This is a tragic reminder to us all of the several thousand men and women putting their lives on the line every day in Afghanistan to help keep our country safe.

“I speak on behalf of all the borough’s communities when I say we are mourning the loss of these brave soldiers. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends at this very sad time, and we share in their grief”

Notes to editors

In March this year, 300 soldiers from the Second Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based at Hounslow Barracks, paraded through Hounslow prior to their deployment in Afghanistan in April. Borough residents turned out in force to display their support and pride for the men and women putting their lives on the line to help keep the country safe.

The deaths of these soldiers, who have not yet been named, takes the UK death toll in Afghanistan since operations began eight years ago to 204, including five in the past weekend alone.

Away but still taking pics

August 14, 2009

Despite being away for  a few days, I managed to get in an interview yesterday with Sunrise Radio to discuss the BAA proposals for the Marshalling Yards.

I took my children to the best park in my parents area yesterday (Park Howard).  Here are some pics:

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I do like the following bin.  It is fun and looks nice – very appropriate for an area used by children.  I wonder whether this type of bin could be an option for some of the parks in our Borough?  Will be interested to hear on various considerations e.g. price, maintenance, capacity etc?

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Do you live in Feltham or Hanworth?

August 12, 2009

Please read this.  It is an issue that is of huge local importance.  I urge everyone to feedback their comments as per the link.

An evening on Westmacott

August 11, 2009

Picked up a few things.  First, I noticed the following outside 19 Pacific Close:

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Will ask Highways to get this repaired.

Second, the following was near 10 to 16 East Way .  The grass needs cutting and tagging needs to be removed from the sign:

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The following is in Westmacott Drive but near the junction with Waterloo Close.  A little cutting back needed:

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The following was taken at streetlight 6 near (I think) 10 Appleby Gardens:

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Some flytipping in Windermere Close:

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The following tagging is in Westmacott Drive (near junction with Grasmere Close):

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Difficult to see the following signs for Grasmere Close and Derwent Close from some angles:

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The following was at the rear of 14 Ennerdale Close.  I hope that this can be removed:

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Again, same location but will ask if anything can be done to tidy this up?  Do not believe that it is a Council matter but will try and find out who is responsible?

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The following is in Westmacott and near the roundabout and junction with Beattie Close.  I will ask for the tagging to be removed – there was also tagging on the traffic cone at the same location:

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