Supporting Residents and Helping Out at Cafe Together

Chiswick Gunnersbury Councillor Ranjit Gill reports back on his week

Cllr Ranjit Gill (right) at cafe together event

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December 19, 2022

It only seems like yesterday that I last wrote my blog, but eight weeks comes around quickly when you are busy.

It’s coming to the end of the year and, as I’m an accountant and auditor, this is the busiest time of the year. With accounts due to be filed at Companies House by 31st December for companies with a 31st March year end and then of course the deadline for personal tax returns. Those who miss the deadlines face a penalty. If this applies to you, don’t delay!

Supporting residents

The week started with an evening home visit to a resident living on the Gunnersbury Park Garden Estate. I was accompanied by my colleague Cllr Joanna Biddolph. The issue relates to problems the residents are having with the council’s planning department. It was good to hear the residents’ views and learn more about the issues that remain unresolved.

Otherwise, it was a rather typical week with the usual complaints about fly tipping, problems with blue badge applications, street sweeping, etc. The Hounslow Highways team has been out not only gritting roads but also clearing some of them of detritus which requires a lot of hard scraping to remove compacted leaves and other vegetation. The leaf fall schedule is on the Hounslow Highway's website so you can look up when your road is due to be tackled.

No doubt issues will arise during the festive season. Please don’t hesitate to contact us though we might be a little slower to respond.

Cold weather

The week’s been so cold with minus 6 centigrade recorded where I live. Taking Lulu, my dog, out at 6am every morning has been an ordeal. Frozen hands and ears. It’s no better when I take her out again in the evenings. The heating has been on all day and I wonder what the costs will be this month.

Lulu not bothered by the cold weather
Lulu not bothered by the cold weather

Café Together: Methodist Church, Bell Road, Hounslow

Cllr Gill helping out
Cllr Gill helping out

On Thursday, 15th December I went to help at Café Together (established by a collective of churches in Hounslow borough) which is run in conjunction with The Hounslow Shelter Project. Café Together offers a free dinner (it’s good food) and a chance , if you want to, to talk through life’s problems. If you , or some one you know, might benefit from a hot meal and a warm welcome, then please do join in as it’s very friendly and everyone is charming.

I have volunteered several times and was delighted to be invited again by Jennifer Corbin, the chairman, a truly delightful lady. I was joined by Mary McLeod, our former MP, and Cllr Peter Thompson, leader of the Conservative group.

Cllr Ranjit Gill with Mary McLeod, Jennifer Corbin (chair) and Cllr Peter Thompson

This was the last date this year for Café Together but it will be running again in 2023 in Chiswick and Isleworth:

Monday evenings in Chiswick from 9th January to 27th February from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at St Michaels Church, Elmwood Road, Chiswick, W4 3DZ

Wednesday evenings in Isleworth from 11th January to 22nd February from 6.30pm to 8.30pm St John’s Church, St John’s Road, Isleworth, TW7 6NY

Visitors on the day at Hounslow Methodist ChurchVisitors on the day at Hounslow Methodist Church

Warm spaces

I do hope you won’t sit and shiver at home this winter. There are several places in the borough where you can spend time in the warm, often with hot drinks and/or food available and Wi-Fi, so do check the list on the council’s website. It includes the borough’s libraries and leisure centres, many churches, community spaces and sports centres.


Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. Stay warm and safe.

Cllr Ranjit Gill

Chiswick Gunnersbury ward

07976 702956


Thursday 12 January at 7:00 pm: Planning committee

Tuesday, 17th January at 7:00pm: Cabinet

Tuesday, 31 January at 7:30pm: Borough council


We are back to our usual routine of holding face-to-face surgeries in Chiswick and in Gunnersbury.

Chiswick: Every Saturday from 9.30am to 10.30am at Chiswick Library (the eight Conservative councillors take this surgery in turn).

Gunnersbury: First Saturday of the month from 10am to 11am at The Gunnersbury Triangle Club, Triangle Way, off The Ridgeway, W3 8LU (at least one of the Chiswick Gunnersbury ward councillors takes this surgery). 


Chiswick Gunnersbury (was Turnham Green) ward

Cllr Joanna Biddolph 07976 703446

Cllr Ranjit Gill 07976 702956

Cllr Ron Mushiso 07976 702887

Chiswick Homefields ward

Cllr Jack Emsley 07977 396017

Cllr Gerald McGregor 07866 784821

Cllr John Todd 07866 784651

Chiswick Riverside ward

Cllr Peter Thompson 07977 395810  

Cllr Gabriella Giles 07966 270823 

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