Weekly Update From Councillor Guy Lambert
Protect Brentford with griffins roosting on the towers?
On days like this I feel like Nathaniel Clyne. OK, he is 26, weighs 67 Kg, earns £70,000 per week and plays for the best football teams (Liverpool and Ingerland) in the universe whereas I’m a bit older, weigh slightly more and earn ‘slightly’ less. But I councillorise for the best political party and the best council in the universe, obviously, and my place on the blogging team is threatened by a younger, better looking, more talented youngster. In his case 18 year old Trent Alexander-Arnold has taken his right back slot whilst he is injured. In my case young Councillor Myra Savin took my blogging spot whilst I was supposedly on holiday but actually at home with my foot wrapped in frozen peas. In both cases the young usurper made the old stager look pedestrian (or sedentary in my case last) but the only good news for me is that Myra is not after my place in the team. So you’ll have to put up with me or switch to another channel.
Casting my mind back, we approved the Bolder Academy after much debate. We remain unconvinced they have solved traffic problems but it will be several years before the school is fully up and running on that site and there’s time to refine the traffic plans: and we really really want a non-religious mixed secondary school round here.
I confess I’ve forgotten all about it (I was supposed to be in Corfu!) but promise to visit on my way back, which I do. A fun event in Watermans Park and I’m so pleased that the Towers Residents are organising: there’s lots of room for improvement on the Towers and Haverfield and it’s much better if the residents make their voices heard. The people leading the association seem really lovely too, and passionate about where they live. I learn that the names of the towers are related to the Steam Museum – more here: more here. Here’s a pic of Matthew Boulton.
We’ve had some discussions about public art recently. This seems a good idea but I must say the public art nearest to me – some fishy steel sculptures on the Ferry Quays estate – is far from universally popular. Rin from the Friends of Cathja (visit their charity shop in the High Street near the Magpie and Crown) mentioned she was in contact with the sculptor who gave Milton Keynes its concrete cows. I had a flight of fancy – Brentford’s answer to the concrete cows or the Angel of the North…
In the evening a lively meeting at the Griffin: for once I was able to go to the Brentford Community Council and we had a full pack of Brentford councillors plus Cllrs Dennison and Todd from the overseas community. Main discussion was about the L&Q proposals for the Citroen garage site near Chiswick roundabout. We’re all very perturbed because the original idea to put this site together with the Fountains Leisure centre site and build a new centre have not gone ahead, plus it’s fair to say we’re generally grumpy about what’s proposed. More water needs to flow beneath that bridge. We also touched on the horny subject of Sarah Trimmer, a matter which is causing a lot of grief amongst both councillors and locals. Officers have told the developer that their latest efforts are not in accordance with permission and are meeting them next week on site to try and resolve how the Hall will be rebuilt.
Wednesday Monsieur le Melvinateur and I are up in Clayponds Gardens looking at litter, maintenance, trip hazards (a particular issue for Mel given his visual impairment) with a housing officer. Large to-do-list created.
Councillor Guy Lamber
August 17, 2017