Weekly Update From Councillor Guy Lambert
Enjoys the Festival of the Environment and Speak Out in Hounslow
In the unlikely event that anybody is simultaneously daft enough to read this regularly and compos mentis enough to remember what happened yesterday, they might recall that last Friday I had 174 unread emails. I don’t know what the ‘correct’ approach to an email backlog is but I start from the newest and work backwards. This avoids you answering chapter one when other correspondents are already on to chapter 7 but also means you do a days work and the 137 oldest ones have still not been read. This was a situation that persisted well into this week but I finally got on top of it. For a bit. The inbox is like a pint glass amongst a set of generous drunks on a round. No sooner is the glass empty than you look around, and when you look again somebody has refilled it.
Saturday afternoon I looked in at the Festival for the Environment in the Brentford Market Place, organised by the indefatigable Rin Roche. I get exhausted just talking to her, and she’s a massive asset for these parts because she gets so much done in about 107 different directions. Anyway, just caught the very end of a performance by ‘Speak Out’ (immortalised on Facebook video here)
Sunday was litter pick day so I was up to Carville Hall park. Arrived in shorts and tee shirt and the only one other person there was doing an impression of Captain Scott. A lot better idea than mine. Anyway we waited a few minutes to see if anyone else appeared and since they didn’t, we made a joint executive decision that the litter would be too soggy and probably disintegrate so to protect the environment we’d go and have a cup of coffee instead.
In the evening, a relatively lengthy meeting of the Watermans’ trustees. Going quite well financially though uncertainties ahead – even more so now the Secretary of State (probably better to say ‘a’ SoS as it will likely be a new one by Tuesday) has called in the planning application. We heard about the work they are doing with the Polish community: recently started but they have a Polish national working there who seems to be very successful at getting engaged with the community.
I go off to Brighton for the horse racing and to meet my house guest’s cousin (who is also a very old friend). Personally I’d as soon watch ants going in and out of their nest as horses running around but usually I win a bit of money. Usually. Sadly I had to run off before the end because we had a cabinet meeting looking at various issues which will be debated and decided at the formal meeting on 3 September – a heavy agenda including Cycleway 9, Heathrow Consultation, some Lampton 360 business plans etc – then an early look at how we will find the additional £24M of savings we need to make. The latter debate will run until winter but we are gathering ideas to see which are the least unpalatable.
Wednesday and today (blog aside) are relatively free so a bit of cycling (long one Wednesday), a visit to the Doctor (nothing serious, sorry) and an inspection of the Black Dog and the Brook with a touch of light lubrication.
Cllr Guy Lambert
August 23, 2019