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                                   19 March 2020

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Update on coronavirus

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Hounslow Council is working closely with our NHS partners and Public Health England to control the spread of coronavirus. Plans are in place to help manage any potential impact on services.

The Government has announced that the UK has moved into the "delay" phase and has changed advice for the public.

Information on reducing risk of infection, who to contact and the current situation


Council sets Budget to protect services and deliver ambitious plans for Hounslow


Hounslow Council has approved its Budget for 2020/21. The Budget sets out how it will continue to deliver front-line services, and deliver on its priorities and ambitions for the borough.

At the last Borough Council meeting on Tuesday 25 February, it was also agreed to increase the council’s element of Council Tax by 3.99 per cent .

This will add an extra £48.92 a year, or £4 a month, for a typical Band D property (excluding the greater London Authority precept). Two per cent is ring-fenced to protect adult social care – an increase requested by the Government – and 1.99 per cent is a general increase reflecting the impact of inflation on the council’s costs.

For more information, read the Budget paper available online, or and you can watch a recording of the Borough Council meeting here:

Read more about the Budget setting

Have your say on our Climate Emergency Action Plan consultation


Last June, Hounslow Council joined other local authorities, the Mayor of London and the UK Parliament in declaring a climate emergency that requires urgent action.

A specialist consultancy, Eunomia Research has been brought in to review the council’s current work in reducing its carbon emissions to net zero by 2030, alongside using its influence to reduce wider emissions from across the borough to support the development of a local response.

Engagement activities have since been undertaken with council staff, councillors and the community to help understand local priorities and opportunities.

The large number of ideas for action that followed from the activities were incorporated into the draft Climate Emergency Action Plan, outlining a number of programmes that will be developed and implemented to deliver a reduction in carbon emissions over a ten-year timescale.

Find out more

To view the draft Climate Emergency Action Plan and to take part in the consultation, please click on the button below.

The public consultation is open until Monday 30 March 2020.

Have your say

Most Hounslow pupils receive offer to one of six preferred schools

School children

Ninety-four per cent of Hounslow pupils due to start secondary school this September have been offered a place at one of their six preferred schools, while two out of every three students in Hounslow have received their first choice.

Figures were released today on National Secondary Offer Day by the Pan London Admission Board, the body with overall responsibility for the coordination of school admissions in the capital.

The figures for the borough, released earlier this month, reveal:

  • 94 per cent of pupils received one of their preferences
  • 91 per cent of pupils received one of their top 4 preferences
  • 87 per cent of pupils received one of their top 3 preferences

The figures also revealed that two out of every three Hounslow pupils received their first preference choice of school.

Find out more about the admissions process

Keeping Hounslow Safe, Together

Hands together

We want to hear how safe you feel across the borough of Hounslow.

Hounslow is not a high crime borough, nor gang-related but crime is changing, and we know there’s always more we can do to make sure our communities and neighbourhoods are safe.

We want to stop crime getting worse by focusing on prevention, but we can’t do it without you.

How you can help us?

That’s why we want to know what makes you feel safe, or less safe, and what concerns you have about crime in the borough. Are there places where you feel less safe than others? Why is that? And what can you do to help?

Whether you live, work or visit here, please spend a few minutes to share your views using our online interactive map. You can drop a pin on the area where you feel safe or less safe and tell us why that is. You can do this as many times as you like. This will help us build up a detailed picture of safety concerns across the borough, and the impact this has on our residents and communities. 

Share your comments

Share your views with us by Tuesday 31 March 2020

If you’d like more information, please call us on 020 8583 2503 or email us on


Are you looking to learn a new skill?

Hounslow Adult and Community Education provide a wide range of courses to help adults discover their full potential. These courses are aimed at individuals who want to improve their career prospects, learn a new skill or meet new people.

Upcoming community courses include:

  • Sewing, Jewellery Making and Knitting
  • Clay Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Family Learning
  • Art, Pottery and Dance for Adults with Learning Disabilities and Difficulties (ALDD)
  • And more...

Find your passion, develop skills or earn a recognised qualification. See the qualification list below and book an initial assessment

  • Book-keeping
  • Business Admin
  • Catering
  • Child care
  • English, Maths and ICT
  • Health and Social care
  • Learning Support in Education

For enquiries and enrolment, call us 020 8583 6000 or email -

West London food scraps are helping reduce emissions and save money

Recycling food truck

Hounslow Council has teamed up with West London Waste Authority to encourage residents to recycle more food waste. It’s part of a six-borough wide campaign to increase food waste recycling, tackle climate change and save taxpayer’s money – and first of its kind in London!

Food waste collected by Recycle 360, as part of your recycling collection, is taken to our transfer station in Brentford.

Biocollector trucks then collect the food waste and take it to the anaerobic digestion plant in Mitcham where it’s composted in large, sealed containers. The end products are biogas, used to fuel the trucks and generate electricity for west London homes, and digestate that is, used as a fertilizer in local farms and parks.

If you're currently unable to recycle your food waste and receive a kerbside recycling collection, you can order a FREE indoor 5L caddy or outdoor 23L caddy.

You will also receive FREE additional compostable liners to start your food waste recycling journey, whilst stocks last! 

Don't forget you have until Thursday 30 April to order your caddy.

If you live in a flat, then food waste recycling is on its way - so look out for more information over the coming months.

For more details and to order your food waste kit - visit

More on why you should recycle your food waste?

UEFA Women's Euro 2021 heads to Brentford with ambition of being most attended tournament in competition's history! 

Boston Manor

UEFA Women's Euro 2021 heads to Brentford!

The Leader of the Council, Councillor Steve Curran has welcomed the announcement that Brentford Community Stadium will host four UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 matches, including a quarter-final on 22 July, in what promises to be a record-breaking edition of the European tournament next summer.  

Fans are now able to pre-register for the chance to become one of hundreds of volunteers bringing the matchday experience to life for visiting supporters.

With the recent world International Women’s Day celebrations, it comes at a time of huge excitement and momentum for women’s football. With the UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 set to be the biggest celebration of the women’s game ever seen in this country, The FA is inviting fans to mark the global day by pre-registering their interest to volunteer and play their part in history.

To pre-register interest in volunteering opportunities, as well for tickets, tournament news and competitions, please visit

Pre-register to volunteer

Hounslow joins London-wide crackdown on engine idling drivers

Engine running

Drivers who leave their engines running whilst parked will be asked to turn them off for Hounslow’s first Idling Action week under a new pan-London clampdown.

Officers from the London Borough of Hounslow, air quality volunteers and pupils from local schools, will be speaking with drivers about the harmful effects caused by vehicle emissions – and asking them to turn their engines off when stationary. Drivers will be given information leaflets to help them understand their role in making the air we breathe healthier for all Londoners. 

All participating boroughs are now required to adopt idling enforcement procedures if they have not already done so – and drivers face on the spot fines if they don’t turn off their engines when asked. The charge to the motorist is £60, but if this is paid within 14 days it is reduced to £30. It applies to any driver of a motor vehicle parked on the highway who refuses to switch off their engine when asked by a Civil Enforcement Officer. The project, funded by the Mayor of London’s Air Quality Fund, will also see Hounslow and the other boroughs teaming up to run air pollution anti-idling workshops with schools, engage with businesses and deliver training to fleet managers and drivers about air pollution.

If your school is interested in participating in the workshop and action events or you have a business interested in fleet training, please get in touch with us. Email us at: 

Sign up to the garden waste collection service

Hounslow Council’s garden waste collection service provides residents with 25 fortnightly collections from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021, with a break of two weeks over the Christmas period. The service is a convenient, low-cost way for residents with gardens to dispose of cuttings throughout the year.

You have up until Wednesday 1 April to sign up to receive the service in full. Signing up now will ensure that current subscribers don’t experience any interruptions and new subscribers are set up ahead of their collections commencing. The cost for the service for the year is £55.00 or £27.50 for those in receipt of Council Tax Reduction.

New subscribers will be provided with a 240-litre brown wheeled bin or two heavy duty 90 litre sacks, depending on their available storage space.

These are then collected on a fortnightly basis from their property by Recycle 360, a company wholly owned by Hounslow Council.

The good news doesn’t end there as every collection is recycled and creates compost – no waste collected by Hounslow Council goes to landfill.

Sign up!

Hounslow to secure low carbon energy from suppliers

Renewable energy

Hounslow Council will be amongst the first local authorities to work with its energy supplier to deliver large scale new renewable energy projects which will ultimately secure low carbon or renewable energy sources.

The council's energy supplier, LASER, has set up energy frameworks from 2020 onwards which have been set up in a way to maximise the options for customers to meet their green energy and carbon reduction targets.  

In addition to the energy supply, the framework contains a panel of providers who can provide renewable energy and energy efficiency services in a compliant manner. 

Cllr Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Climate Change said: “Councils and other public bodies are increasingly taking a long term strategic outlook on energy use which in the immediate future will minimise the financial impacts of rising energy prices and secure low carbon or renewable energy sources.

“These drivers coupled with our capability to take a long term view and access to low cost capital puts us in a unique position to build or invest directly in a new energy generation. This could entail solar farms on council-owned land, direct investment in offshore wind farms, building heat networks or simply committing to take renewable electricity at a long term fixed price”.

Let's talk...have your say online! 

Our website will help you find local consultations that matter to you. Have your say and take the opportunity to influence decision making on local issues.

See the list below for the latest consultations.

Current consultations for March 2020

Danesbury Road 'area' Proposed CPZ - closes on Monday 23 March.

East Chiswick CPZ Review - Closes 30 Mar 2020 - closes on Monday 30 March.

Review of Spring Grove (part) CPZ - Nos. 420-450 London Road - closes on Monday 30 March.

Kew Bridge Step Free Walkway - closes on Monday 30 March. 

Climate Emergency Action Plan - closes on Monday 30 March. 

Nishkam School Streets - Leigham Drive - closes on Monday 30 March.

Hounslow Matters - online

HM March 2020

Hounslow Matters is the council's magazine for all local residents and businesses. The magazine is full of useful community news, about the services that matter to you.

In the spring edition 2020 - read about

  • Cleaner Greener Hounslow
  • Climate Emergency
  • Coronavirus 
  • Our Budget
  • Join the culture club
  • Building homes for local people
  • Explore the outdoors

Read the magazine online

Come and work for us!

If you're looking for a career in Local Government, look no further - come and work for us.

Search our job vacancies site to find a job that interests you. You'll find details about the job, as well as the job description and the person specification.

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