Category Archives: Spring Grove

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

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 tony.louki@hounslow.gov.uk

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

Dudley House 9: at Planning Committee 9 March 2017

Following a refusal at the 12 January 2017 Planning Committee, an amended application is back before councillors on Thursday 9 March 2017 at the Civic Centre, Lampton Road on the agenda for a meeting that starts at 7.30 pm.

Dudley House, The Grove, Isleworth

Dudley House, The Grove, Isleworth

A copy of the planning officer’s report can be found here with a recommentation for approval.

Not shared in time for mention in the committee report, a 109 signature petition making comment on the planning application in relation to the Spring Grove Conservation Area was given to me for handing in to the council’s planners.  A copy of the petition prayer can be found here and its content will be referred to in an Addendum Report in time for the meeting.

TL 1.3.2017

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Filed under Council Business, Neighbourhoods, Osterley, Planning, Reports, Spring Grove

Thornbury Road no left turn: no liked

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 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.

TL 11.2.2017

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Filed under Council Business, Events, Great West Road, H28 bus, Middlesex, Neighbourhoods, Osterley, Roads, Spring Grove, TfL, Thornbury Road, Traffic