The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, visited Hounslow today [Thursday] to see how some of Hounslow Council’s ambitions and priorities are coming to life across the borough.
Sadiq Khan was accompanied on his visit by Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council and Cabinet Member for Corporate Strategy, Planning and Regeneration, Seema Malhotra, MP for Feltham and Heston, and Mary Harpley, Chief Executive of Hounslow Council.
First stop for the Mayor was to see the rapid progress being made in the Hounslow Housing Zone and, in particular, on the current Civic Centre site on Lampton Road. This site receives direct funding from the Greater London Authority to achieve 50 per cent affordable homes.
The Mayor was told that by 2022, over 900 homes (half of them affordable) will be built here. 150 affordable homes will be ready for occupation by autumn 2018.
The Mayor then visited Recycle 360, a subsidiary company of the Council’s wholly-owned trading company, Lampton 360. At the newly-opened facility in Southall Lane, the Mayor spoke to staff who now collect the borough’s recycling and waste and heard how some staff have seen significant increases in their wages now they are paid the London Living Wage [LLW} as employees of the Council’s company.
He also heard that the new site has been specifically designed not only to meet the waste and recycling demands of Hounslow Council, but also of other organisations in the future when Recycle 360 starts to tender for other contracts. All surpluses generated by the company will be used by the Council to protect front line services
It was then on to the Mayor’s last visit, to Hogarth Court in Heston, a newly rebuilt sheltered housing scheme, where he was given a warm welcome by residents and staff.
£2.2m funding for this rebuild came from the Greater London Authority and £5.8m from the Council. The Mayor was taken on a tour of the facilities, which include 40 apartments, all fitted to suit the individual needs of residents with added features for those with disabilities.
The Mayor heard from residents how living at Hogarth Court has enabled them to live independently for longer.
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, said: “I was delighted to visit Hounslow and see for myself the excellent work the Council is doing. From delivering genuinely affordable homes, to cutting waste and increasing recycling.
“As Mayor I’m determined to make London a fairer and more equal city, and it was great to meet people at Recycle 360 being paid the London Living Wage and hear how it has had a positive impact on their lives.”
Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council said: “We were delighted to welcome the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to our borough today.
“During his visit, we were able to show just what fantastic progress we are making with our target of building 3,000 affordable homes for our residents. This is just one area in which we are building new affordable homes.
“At the Southall Lane site, the Mayor could see at first-hand our recycling and waste service which has been transferred to Recycle 360, a trading arm of the wholly council-owned Lampton 360.
“We spoke about how this is the first step in looking to provide an improved collection service for our residents and how we are equally committed to staff in paying the London Living Wage.
“At Hogarth Court, we could demonstrate how we are working hard to ensure that our elderly residents are cared for and receive the services they need and deserve.
“We wanted to show just how culturally diverse and thriving our borough is and how we are already on track with making those improvements and delivering our promises to provide a better future for all our residents.”