|Tarmac Versus Paving On Devonshire Road|
Local councillor John Todd 's blog reports on his busy week
Saturday 1st October
Helping the Abundance team produce wonderful apple juice outside St Michaels Church, Turnham Green. Karen and Sarah Cruz helped set up and manage a number of stalls one of which had some wonderful chickens in attendance, totally unperturbed by the large number of visitors.
Sunday 2nd October
Family day at home.
Monday 3rd October
I met with Aubero, a professional gardener at the Chiswick Parochial Charity flats in Edensor Road with a view to getting a quote for their garden which requires radical work to reduce the boundary greenery and some work on the beds. He showed me how he could help and how to bring greater light into the garden by a number of light breaks. He pointed out that the lack of sunlight has caused significant moss growth in the lawn.
In the afternoon I went to the Civic Centre Hounslow, attending the Dukes Meadow Operation Board with officers in attendance. We reviewed the project work done so far and drafted ideas for consideration based on a recent consultant's report and other data.
I then crept into the Constitutional reform committee meeting (I'm not a committee member), hoping my earlier report to them seeking change in the draftiOctober 8, 2016inet members to individually implement action, change of process etc, would be successful. I said they were currently too legalistically drafted, difficult to interpret, and that this confusion inhibited effective challenge.
I was invited to speak and I made my case as best I could. The senior lawyer present, speaking in a wonderfully judicial measured fashion, eloquently rebutted my suggested changes, but at the end of his speech gently mentioned that the Chief Executive agreed with me and that he had been instructed to implement the change suggested. The committee agreed too.
With other Councillors I was due to be a member of a licensing panel to consider a possible review of a licensed premises post a police visit. This however didn't take place so I went home earlier than intended.
Tuesday 4th October
I visited Chiswick school as the Governor with special responsibility for pupils with special educational needs and or who are disabled.(SEN-D) I met with the teacher responsible for this provision, her teaching assistants and a number of pupils too.
In the morning I went to a pension seminar held at the British Film Institute building just off Tottenham Court Rd. Others attending were trustees of other pension funds including the chair of Hammersmith and Fulham Council Pension Fund. A number of presentations were given including a scheme providing student accommodation in Dublin and Cork.
Spending what seemed hours drafting possible questions and a motion to be used at a forthcoming Council meeting where all Councillors are present. These have to be submitted and approved by 4pm. We are allowed three questions with each one posed allowed a further supplementary question, the content of which is not provided pre meeting.
Our dear dog Rosie had two days earlier found and eaten a big bag of grapes. We rushed her to the vet, quickly recovered most of them but kept her for two nights using morphine, charcoal, a drip, and blood tests as part of the treatment to minimise kidney damage. She seemed in great condition when we picked her up and we stopped at Gunnersbury Park for a walk on the way home which she clearly enjoyed.
New on -line CPZ. Permits scheme
I sought clarification about the process for residents who have lost or not received their renewal letter containing their PIN. This is the guidance from LBH;
New Cabinet paper on Waste and recycling services
To keep up with contemporary developments please see the link
The new in-house LBH waste collection service starts at the end of this month.
October 8, 2016