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.
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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.
A presentation from the architects and promoters of a new free school on the council owned and current Grasshoppers site off Syon Lane, Isleworth will be made at Hounslow Council’s Planning Development Presentation meeting on Thursday 23 February 2017 starting 7.30 pm in the Council Chamber at Hounslow Civic Centre, Lampton Road, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW3 4DN.
Hounslow Civic Centre from Lampton Park
Planning presentation meetings are where promoters of developments show their ideas to members of the council planning committee prior to the submission of a formal planning application.
So far, there is just one item on the agenda, a proposal for the “demolition of existing club house and construction of a two to four storey, 1,150 pupil secondary school, including ancillary access, parking, sports pitches and multi use games area” for the as yet to be established, mixed and non religious Bolder Academy. The proposed school was one of the items presented and discussed at the OWGRA meeting on 6 December 2016.
Residents are welcome to attend the meeting as observers but are not allowed to speak although I would welcome any appropriate questions to convey during the proceedings.
A lively meeting kindly hosted by Indian Gymkhana, Thornbury Avenue on 7 February 2017 and attended by around 50 of Osterley & Spring Grove’s finest, helped define and add to the result of a recent consultation.
Hounslow Council traffic team’s David Wilson and Liam Judge presenting the consultation results
Hounslow Council had put forward a proposal to ban left turns in to Thornbury Road from the westbound A4 Great West Road and offering a green human pedestrian crossing facility. Traffic officers shared the results of the consultation supported by this presentation.
Whilst rejecting the no left turn idea, many of those attending did, quite rightly, comment more on speed and safety issues on Osterley Road and Church Road, particularly at their junction by St Mary’s Church.
Notes of the meeting can be found here and councillors have asked that alternative proposals be worked on, based on the discussion that took place.
On the subject of roads, traffic and transport, a reminder that Osterley & Wyke Green Residents Association’s next public meeting on 28 February 2017 at Isleworth & Syon School will be dedicated to these issues and details are included in OWGRA’s latest newsletter
Any other comments would as always, be welcomed.
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