Archive for August, 2010

Welsh Guards Military Tattoo

August 26, 2010

I went along to the Welsh Guards Military Tattoo at London Welsh, Old Deer Park yesterday.  Councillor Lynch was there representing the Mayor.  The event kicked off London Welsh RFC’s 125th Anniversary.

Various pictures of the band, the London Welsh Squad (coached by Englishman Phil Greening) and the Chelsea Pensioners watching the band:

Reference was made to the Welsh Guards transferring to the Barracks in Hounslow.  I am really excited about this.

As for London Welsh RFC, I hope to get to some games for the coming season and to future events celebrating 125 years.  The club serves Brains (and London Pride) which is a big bonus.

Alleyway being cleared

August 24, 2010

I read this lunchtime today.  Great to see as I know that Colin Botterill has been working very hard on it.  As I expected, when he became an addition to the Conservative Group at the most recent local elections, he is making an excellent impression.

Branches need cutting back

August 24, 2010

I was walking through River Gardens on Friday and noticed the following overgrowth near the river (and next to number 16):

Will report today.

Rotary Club of Feltham

August 11, 2010

I was a Guest of the above last night.  It was held on the wonderful Fairholme Estate.

I was made to feel very welcome and was amongst very caring and inspirational people.

I spoke about my background, my time on the Council thus far and what I consider to be the biggest issues and challenges in the Feltham area.

The Club paid tribute to Ray Ferguson who himself once regularly attended these meetings.  To no surprise, Ray was very well thought of.

Ray Ferguson RIP

August 9, 2010

On Friday, I was informed that my friend, Ray Ferguson, had passed away peacefully at West Middlesex Hospital.  Ray is very well known in Feltham.  Phil Andrews has written a very nice and interesting piece about him.  None of the content comes as a surprise.

As Phil says, Ray was closest to the Conservative Party of all the national parties and was a member of it in the 80s and early 90s.  I first met Ray in early 2001 and one of our first conversations was about my intention to stand in Feltham North at the Local Elections in 2002.  He took the view that it would be very difficult for me but he was happy to give advice.  More important to Ray than his own beliefs was his passion for the need for opposition and it bothered him that the Borough was pretty much a one party state.  One of Ray’s ideals back then would have been to see the back of party politics in Local Government.

Ray was the first person to reassure me about Phil Andrews, who has also gone on to become a good friend.  He was clear about two things at the time – (i) the need for opposition in the Borough and more importantly (ii) that Phil no longer held the type of views that would cause me and most people concern.

I remember how pleased Ray was when I pulled off a surprise in 2002, especially as he became a constituent.  Ray was always very kind to my wife and I.  She is terribly upset that Ray has gone.  Only last year, my family attended his 80th birthday party.

A number of older constituents have told me about the times when they worked with or for Ray.  All commented on how firm but very fair he was.

Ray and I tended to agree on most things.  I was closer to Ray than to Phil on the issue of single group funding for example.  But even when Ray and I disagreed, he was always – as Phil points out – unfailingly courteous and polite.  I consider this a big loss to me and to the Borough as all areas need people like Ray.

In accordance with Ray’s wishes, there is no funeral.

A312 Harlington Rd / A244 Hounslow Road – National Grid Gasworks

August 6, 2010

I received the following yesterday:

“Please be advised that National Grid will be carrying out works to repair a gas leak at the above junction this weekend. We understand the leak has been on National Grid’s log for a while and repairs need to be carried out as a matter of urgency.

Due to location of the works it will be necessary to deploy four way temporary traffic signals at the junction. All approaches to the junction will be narrowed down to single lanes. Works start on Saturday morning at 8am and it is anticipated the works will be finished and temporary signals removed by 6pm on Sunday evening at the latest.”

Latest column in the Chronicle

August 4, 2010

Here is my latest column in the Chronicle.

Parking Report

August 1, 2010

The Chronicle have commented on the above but again not asked any Conservative for a response.  Here is the article.  They have been happy to use my blog to generate stories in the past without referring to my blog as a source, but not so happy to use it to get my alternative take on these reports.

I have not yet seen the hard copy of the latest edition but I will be interested in whether the previous Borough Council Meeting was covered.