Category Archives: Hounslow Highways

Special IBAF on Monday 9 October 2017 for Local Democracy Week

Local Democracy Week runs from 9 to 15 October and gives local people opportunities to be listened to and influence decisions.

Following a well attended Isleworth and Brentford Area Forum at Spring Grove House last Thursday, another will take place on Monday 9 October 2017 at 7.00 pm at Brentford Free Church, Boston Manor Road, TW8 8DW to mark Local Democracy Week.

Special because that evening we plan to focus on the IBAF Action Plan where each councillor has been sponsoring a particular piece of work within our area, an Open Forum devised led by young people from local schools and the input of agencies and council departments delivering in Isleworth and Brentford.

The meeting agenda has just been published and will include updates from

  • Transport for London
  • Hounslow Highways and its Hounslow Council Contracts Management counterpart
  • Hounslow Council Enforcement
  • Hounslow Council Parks
  • Hounslow Council Traffic and Transport.

All residents are welcome to attend and contribute alongside the area’s 12 ward councillors.

TL  30.9.2017

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Filed under Brentford, Council Business, Events, Great West Road, Hounslow Highways, Leisure, London Road, Middlesex, Neighbourhoods, Northumberland Estate, Osterley, Parks, Public transport, Roads, Schools, Spring Grove, Thornbury Park, Traffic, Wyke Green

Clifton Road: Closure consultation and a little messy history

The charm of Osterley and Spring Grove Ward is that there are many contrasting neighbourhoods developed in different ways these past 400 years, all continuing to adapt to the delights of the early 21st Century.

One of the first meetings I attended during this stint on Hounslow Council was the Isleworth and Brentford Area Forum back in July 2014. On that agenda was an item looking at parking and traffic within the south Spring Grove triangle bounded by London, Thornbury and Spring Grove Roads.

Clifton Road June 2014

Around that time I was approached and met with residents of Thornbury, Clifton and Villiers Roads and Pembroke Place to learn of and assist with tackling other environmental issues. The most annoying was the relentless flytipping taking place behind shops on London Road. Here, for some bizarre and historic reason, Hounslow Highways allowed traders to keep commercial waste bins on Clifton Road that attracted additional opportunist deposits almost daily which the same firm had to collect as flytip.

Clifton Road August 2017

Today, however, this anti social behaviour at Clifton Road is rare but this did not come about without numerous tooth pulling episodes. It was resolved by one of those now common, three way collaborations between determined residents, hard pressed but hard working Hounslow Council staff and this councillor persisting and trying to maintain momentum.

For nearly two years, no flytip went unreported to Hounslow Highways, LBH Enforcement Officer, Ian Mole encouraging traders to revise their commercial waste contracts and my continuous lobbying of council cabinet members to focus on this hot spot.

Culminating in December 2016, the installation of Hounslow Council CCTV watching this corner coincided with the removal of the last commercial waste bin magnets; the rest is history.

There is still much work to attempt to resolve the mess resulting from poor disposal of domestic waste from flats above shops on London Road affecting there and around the corner where Pembroke Place meets Thornbury Road.

Another change for this neighbourhood is a live proposal to close Clifton Road at the junction with Spring Grove Road. This idea came about from residents affected by the impact of shoppers parking at the recently opened Tesco store.

Consultation is currently taking place on this published plan with an explanation why and opportunity to comment described in this letter.

The scheme if agreed, will be implemented during Spring 2018.

TL 30.9.2017

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Filed under Hounslow Highways, London Road, Neighbourhoods, Parking, Road works, Spring Grove, Thornbury Road, Traffic

How we respond to environmental naughties in Osterley and Spring Grove Ward

I am one of sixty councillors in the London Borough of Hounslow a place with an environment as diverse as its population. Attempting to represent residents of Osterley and Spring Grove, the largest, greenest and, obviously, best of the twenty Wards, a fair bit of correspondence of a certain type is received. Colleagues elsewhere for example, get calls for help from their constituents on council housing matters (there are fewer than 50 Hounslow Council managed properties here) and serious anti social behaviour (more likely to be street drinkers here).

Long term flytip on Earl of Jersey and Wates owned ditch at Braybourne Drive, removed recently following Hounslow Council Enforcement Team intervention

Being what it is, the Ward is fortunate to be the home of many caring residents who, whether individually or together in active residents associations, streets and parks groups, highlight issues for resolution with the council and its contractors. These people, often unsung, make a great difference to the quality of life of others in the neighbourhoods that I am proud to try to act for and help me in the work that I do.

My enquiries tend to be on parking, planning, potholes, pavements and a fair bit on flytipping together with other environmental issues such as litter, trees and the occasional neither clever nor funny graffiti.

This Sunday morning, I spent some time compiling another response to a constituent with whom I have had dialogue these past six weeks to resolve waste storage issues at a block near their home in Spring Grove. They also wanted to be provided, “with some indication about how important the council view [flytipping] and how likely it is that the issue I have voiced concerns about will be resolved.

I thought it should be shared as an example of the type of stuff I do but also by way of explaining how, in these unnecessarily austere times where government grant to Hounslow has been cut by 60%, residents can assist in reporting anti social acts manifesting near our doorsteps. Some detail has been removed to help anonimise and adjustments made for publishing here.

Good afternoon Resident, thank you for your email.

Sadly, nowhere in Hounslow, let alone the rest of the UK is immune from flytipping so it would not be correct to associate the dumping against your side wall with the other issue of waste storage issues at the neighbouring block.

Hounslow Highways contact page for reporting flytips, litter, full litter bins, graffiti, potholes and much more

I have in the past three years, personally noted and reported similar occasional and opportunist events in your neighbourhood to Hounslow Highways via its online portal and encourage others to do so too.  Using your photograph, I did the same in your name for the incident you informed me of and have attached the online receipt; you should have also received an acknowledgement via email, please check your junk mail should this not be immediately apparent.

Who to contact for environment incidents in the London Borough of Hounslow

The council’s contractor for flytipping on pavements, among other services, is Hounslow Highways and they are usually very efficient in collecting once reported online.  Here is a chart that appeared in Hounslow Matters last year, showing residents who to contact and how for environmental misdemeanours which you may find useful.

Hounslow Council’s Enforcement Team initiatives from Summer 2017 issue of Hounslow Matters

The last issue (Summer 2017) also reported on enforcement [above] and this article also describes a recent intervention.

Osterley and Spring Grove Ward resident’s CCTV capture of Essex based flytipper

Another example of the council’s activity is shown above and explains how a resident’s CCTV camera captured someone dumping fridges elsewhere in Osterley and Spring Grove Ward from which the council’s enforcement team was able to identify, locate and fine the (Ilford, Essex based) owner of the van by its registration plates.

I do not have details of all prosecutions but from what has been provided here, I can assure you that Hounslow Council believe that these matters are important and pursue when there is evidence to show who the perpetrators are.

With regards to the waste issues at your neighbouring block, I am advised by the council’s waste and recycling officers that this continues to be pursued with the block’s managing agents to whom the offer of bulk refuse containers to replace individual sacks has been made and a response awaited.

I share your and other residents’ concerns in these matters and hope that I can assure you that they are never ignored.  Obviously, as its councillor, I think that Osterley and Spring Grove is the most important (it’s also the largest) of the twenty Wards in the borough and do what I can to support and improve its environment.  I also encourage and try to clarify to its residents how to do the same so welcome your contact as an opportunity to explain how people can perhaps emulate.

As always, am happy to maintain contact and update you on progress.

Thank you

Tony Louki, Labour Party Councillor Osterley & Spring Grove Ward

TL  20.8.2017

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Filed under Hounslow Highways, Neighbourhoods, Osterley, Spring Grove

Wardabout on Northumberland Estate with Hounslow Highways – Tuesday 31 May 2016 at 11.00 am to 12.00 pm

The latest in our neighbourhoods mooches took place today on the Northumberland Estate in the rain and with added splash.  We were not deterred, the silver lining was the noting of quite a few pondings and blocked gulleys.

Wardabout on Quakers Lane with Satbir and Ali from Hounslow Highways, James from Hounslow Council, Northumberland Estate residents Sarah, Alan, David and Pia, Councillor O'Reilly and me (behind the lens)

Wardabout on Quakers Lane with Satbir and Ali from Hounslow Highways, James from Hounslow Council, Northumberland Estate residents Sarah, Alan, David and Pia, Councillor O’Reilly and me (behind the lens)

Residents welcomed this Hounslow Highways initiative and their local knowledge helped put issues into historic perspective.  Everyone said they loved the new trees planted in most roads on the Northumberland  over the winter and today they saw them getting a good water.

The list of issues spotted, raised and marked for resolution within 28 days can be found here.

TL 31.5.2016

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Filed under Council Business, Events, Great West Road, Hounslow Highways, Middlesex, Neighbourhoods, Northumberland Estate, Road works, Roads, TfL

Wardabout with Hounslow Highways – Tuesday 5 April 2016 at 11.00 am to 12.15 pm

A productive little mooch around the neighbourhood north of Great West Road between Wood Lane and Syon Lane.

160405 Wardabout

Attending: Satbir and Ali from Hounslow Highways; Joyce from Hounslow Council Contracts Team; Gerry S from Syon Park Gardens; Ian T from Wyke Close; Basil M from Syon Lane; OSG Ward Councillors Tony Louki and Sheila OReilly

Following the Wardabout, Hounslow Highways have undertaken to:

  • Provide a list of actions raised within 3 working days
  • Send an updated list of full actions and outcomes of any investigations within 28 days.

These are what I noted, not all are the responsibility of Hounslow Highways, some are Transport for London which is accountable for Great West Road; matters of flytipping on private land are the locus of Hounslow Council’s Enforcement Service:

Require litter bin near entrance to 120 Wood Lane – heavy footfall to schools and the Osterley Sports Centre and Athletics Track;

Seek solution to westbound vehicle access to Syon Park Gardens from Great West Road;

Deep clean by refuges at junction of Wood Lane and Great West Road;
160405 GWRd Wood Lane detritus

Ask TfL to fix the refuge barriers damaged during recent road traffic incident;

Complete lighting works on Wyke Estate footpath from Wood Lane to opposite 141 Syon Lane;

Advise on responsibility for maintaining play area along this footpath;

Advise on sweeping and litter pick frequency for this footpath;

Unblock gulley outside 143 Syon Lane;

Unblock gulley at 141 Syon Lane/Macfarlane Lane;

Deep clean of laybys from 141 to 211 Syon Lane;

Complete lighting works reinstatement outside 145 Syon Lane;

Address ponding and flooding on to pavement from verges between 141 and 211 Syon Lane;

Upgrade road name sign at Stags Way/Syon Lane to show “leading to Crowntree Close and Wyke Close;

Report Braybourne Drive ditch flytips to LBH Enforcement, serve EPA s81 notice to owners of the ditch (Wates) and diarise regular monitoring;
160405 Braybourne ditch 01

Unblock gullies at eastern end of Braybourne Drive by fire access barrier;

Unblock gulley in courtyard of 8-20 Wyke Close;

Remove corrugated asbestos from footpath to Syon Park Gardens at side of 786 Great WestRoad;

Address pothole by the gulley outside 40 Syon Park Gardens;
160405 Pothole os 40 Syon Pk Gdns

Examine level of crossover infringement and footway parking at various addresses in Syon Park Gardens;

Place litter bin(s) by Syon Park Gardens amenity area to reduce littering;

Advise on frequency of litter picking at this location;

Remove flytip outside 830 Great West Road;
160405 Flytip os 830 GWRd

Contact TfL to encourage maintenance and protection of grass verges on Great West Road – another of Mayor Boris Johnson’s failures.

160405 GWRd verges

Ali and Joyce also made notes so this list is not exhaustive.

A range of other issues e mailed to councillors by residents unable to make the event will be forwarded to the appropriates for follow up.

TL 5.4.2016

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Filed under Great West Road, Hounslow Highways, Neighbourhoods, Osterley, Roads, TfL, Traffic, Wyke Green