Monthly Archives: July 2017

I B A F on Tour

At Hounslow Council’s Annual General Meeting on 23 May 2017, I had the honour of being appointed to the Chair of the Isleworth and Brentford Area Forum for 2017/2018.

Until now, the location of the IBAF meetings have been pretty static, held in Brentford but this year we are taking this bi monthly democratic event on the road and trying as best to give advance notice of items planned for discussion and decision.

Tomorrow’s meeting will be held in Syon Ward at the St Johns Community Centre, 80 St Johns Road, Isleworth then on 28 September 2017 we shall be at the splendid Spring Grove House, West Thames College.  Current proposals for locations and items for future meetings through to March 2018 can be found here.

A special meeting of the IBAF, to mark Local Democracy Week 2017, is being planned for early October 2017 where the focus will be on the current IBAF Action Plan and a Young People’s Open Forum; details will follow when firm.

All are welcome to attend and to contribute via the regular Open Forum agenda item and by submitting written questions prior, particularly relating to matters from the IBAF’s four constituent Wards, Osterley & Spring Grove; Isleworth; Isleworth; Brentford but also other Hounslow Council matters.

TL  26.7.2017

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Filed under Brentford, Council Business, Events, Middlesex, Neighbourhoods, Northumberland Estate, Osterley, Spring Grove, Wyke Green

Friends of Thornbury Park

Will meet on Wednesday 26 July 2017 at 7.00 pm by the Outdoor Gym, Thornbury Park, London Road, Isleworth

Grapes and berries in Thornbury Park

Since the reforming of the Friends of Thornbury Park, visitors there will have noticed some better attention paid to this important but occasionally neglected local recreation space.

When we first met in November 2015, there were many ideas discussed and proposed to improve Thornbury Park.  At the time, there was no council resource to help make any of them a reality apart from holding the parks maintenance contractor to their schedules and encouraging the police to up their patrols to address varied anti social behaviour.

I was, however, as a councillor, able to submit bids to the unspent S106 planning gain fund insomuch as historic developer contributions could be applied to a) schemes local to Spring Grove developments and b) for parks type projects.  In 2016 I was teased with an award of £4,200, which, in the scheme of things, was almost not worth getting off the swings for.  Persistence paid off in January 2017 with a second allocation of £75,977 making a total of £80,177 to start to realise some of the November 2015 ideas.

Hounslow Council’s Parks Team and the parks contractor Carillion have now produced proposals and costs for improvements at Thornbury Park over and above the maintenance contract.  Details can be found on the spends spreadsheet here and trees and shrub reduction and new pathways suggestion here.

Readers will note that so far, a proposed spend of only £25,839 has been identified and these are listed on the spreadsheet, leaving decisions to be made for the remaining £54,338 and that is why it would be good to see as many Friends and users of Thornbury Park next Wednesday.

Should anyone be unable to make it to the meeting, please email me with any comments to

You may also wish to follow Friends of Thornbury Park on Twitter and Facebook.

As always, am happy to discuss.

TL 21.7.2017

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Filed under Events, Leisure, London Road, Neighbourhoods, Parks, Reports, Spring Grove, Thornbury Park

Northumberland Estate: Parking consultation this month

Late February this year, residents of Roxborough Avenue handed me a petition seeking parking controls in their neighbourhood. This was passed to Hounslow Council’s Traffic Team.

Extent of the Northumberland Estate, Isleworth controlled parking consultation area July 2017

The petition was prompted by the extension of the Syon Lane Station CPZ in January 2017, displacing parking by station users and employees from local companies to roads on the rest of the Northumberland Estate, reducing daytime parking availability for residents.

Since then, meetings and discussions have taken place with officers and it has been agreed that there should be an informal consultation on the extent of a demand for a parking scheme beyond those signing the petition.

Households west of Quakers Lane in, Northumberland Avenue, Roxborough Avenue, Harewood Road, Albury Avenue, Campion Road, Parkwood Road, Downs View and Wood Lane will receive a letter from Hounslow Council to explain how controlled parking zones work and a questionnaire to gauge interest.

The letters should be distributed from Friday 7 July 2017 with a closing date for responses either by post or online of 4 August 2017.

After the closing date and analysis of the results of the consultation, residents will be notified of the results of the consultation and any future action. Should these show a demand, a detailed CPZ scheme will be designed and the council will consult on this again prior to its introduction.

As always, am happy to correspond on this and other ward matters.

TL 2.7.2017

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