Posts Tagged ‘Councillor Barbara Harris’

Complaints Panel

March 17, 2010

I chaired a Complaints Panel last night and it is almost certainly the last one I will be involved in before the elections.  Subject to what others decide over the next couple of months it could be my last one?

It is always a good idea to look back briefly and consider what has gone well and not so well.  If I was to produce a list of the best and most important five things I have done as a Lead Member since 2006, the creation of this panel would most certainly feature.  I wrote a piece about it on Conservative Home – here.

Whilst I was angry at the terrible legacy that my predecessor left me and the bad reasons the previous adminstration gave against this panel being set up (I first suggested it when in opposition), credit is due to the Labour Group for being part of this, especially the likes of Councillor Vaught who have made a great contribution to the success.  Others have also done really well, amongst them Councillors Gill Hutchison, Barbara Harris, Peter Hills, Shirley Fisher, Sam Hearn, Councillor Andy Morgan-Watts, Linda Nakamura and Paul Lynch

This goes to prove that implementation is sometimes more important than the idea and execution is more important than the strategy.

Another example of a brilliant turnaround!

Executive Meeting on 8 September

September 13, 2009

Quite a long agenda after a month off from these meetings.  Some headlines:

NI 195d of this report should be headline news.  It is the first time – possibly since this indicator was ever created – that the status is green.  For me, this shows the huge impact that there has been on graffiti removal over the past year.

I moved an amendment to agenda item 10.  The amendment is included on the above agenda.  Whilst the decision is ultimately with TfL, I really hope that we can get a zebra crossing at Feltham Hill Infant and Nursery School.  I will post further on the blog when we know.  We will certainly now be bidding for the money and I was very grateful to my colleague, Barbara Reid, for accepting my amendment.  Feltham West Councillor, Barbara Harris, has been concerned about this safety issue for a while.

Cllrs Paul Lynch & Barbara Harris

May 19, 2009

The above are the new Mayor & Deputy Mayor of the London Borough of Hounslow.  I am in no doubt that they will do a brilliant job for the Borough.

The Mayoralty is one of the things I am very proud of since 2006.  Felicity Barwood recovered the position in Hounslow compared to what it had become.  Ever since it has gone from strength to strength.

I will Paul & Barbara – both of whom are good friends of mine – the very best for the year.

Feltham High Street

March 6, 2009

Yesterday morning, Cllr Barbara Reid (Lead Member for the Environment), Cllr Barbara Harris (Feltham West Councillor), an Officer from the Environment Department and I carried out an inspection of Feltham High Street.

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I was extremely concerned about:

1) The issue of rats in the area, which had received coverage in the local press;

2) Fly-tipping at the former Feltham Community Association site;

3) A couple of complaints about the general condition of the High Street.

It was well worth the visit.  Number 2 has been cleared but I cannot find the picture I took.  Here are some pictures:

Work appeared to be taking place on the Longford River, for which the Rivers Authority are responsible:

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The other side did not look too bad:

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We then moved onto Bridge Pond.  Saw some litter on the way:

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No idea what the following was about but Officers will enquire which firm/agency left things that way:

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An example of some Rat Baiting around Bridge Pond:

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Enquiries will be made about the next two, I think for obvious reasons:

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In the alley next to New Chapel Square:

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The graffiti will need to be removed.

From another angle:

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Cllr Andrews will be pleased to hear about a new CCTV Camera going in:

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The pond in the High Street looked in good shape in my view:

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Some tagging:

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The High Street itself did not look too bad in my view:

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The following has already been reported:

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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.