Coronavirus update: 31 July 2020

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Coronavirus

31 July 2020   

A message from the Deputy Leader of Hounslow Council, Cllr Lily Bath

Cllr Bath

Eid Mubarak to all our residents celebrating today and this weekend. While I hope it’s a joyous time for you and your family, please do remember to stay safe during the celebrations, by adhering to social distancing guidelines and washing your hands often.

It has been wonderful to see the borough spring back to life over the last few weeks. However, we cannot be complacent. This week has seen spikes in coronavirus cases across Europe, leading to further travel restrictions. Closer to home, Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire have had new local lockdown restrictions imposed keeping friends and loved ones apart again. And, today, the Prime Minister announced a halt to further planned relaxations.

These are all stark reminders that the virus is still out there, and lives are still at risk. So, please continue to follow all Government advice, to keep everyone safe, protect our vulnerable residents and avoid a local lockdown.

To help in the fight against a second wave, the Keep London Safe campaign was launched this week to raise awareness of coronavirus testing and contact tracing. If you have symptoms, you must get tested immediately, using one of the testing locations across the borough, including the mobile testing site at Hanworth Road. Full details are available here.

We’re working hard to keep our parks clean and tidy this summer. Sadly, since lockdown began to ease, we have seen an increase in littering and anti-social behaviour. Litter ruins our environment, harms wildlife and puts added pressure on parks staff. We want to remind everyone to be considerate when visiting our wonderful parks. Make sure you take all rubbish home with you, so our green spaces are clean for others to enjoy and safe for wildlife.

We were very saddened to hear of the fatal stabbing that occurred in the early hours of Thursday morning, at Clements Court in Hounslow. The Council would like to express its sympathy with the family and friends of the victim. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to get in touch with the Police by calling 101 quoting reference Cad 843/30Jul or calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Finally, Brentford FC head to Wembley on Tuesday night for the Championship Play Off Final. A win will see the team secure promotion to the Premier League. Let’s all get behind them and wish them luck – come on the Bees!

Have a fantastic weekend and keep safe.

Councillor Lily Bath

Deputy Leader of the council

Cabinet Member for Housing and Social Inclusion


Keep everyone safe this summer

Protect everyone

It is important that as parks, shops, restaurants, pubs and other businesses reopen their doors we remain safe and vigilant to stop the spread of the virus.

Here is how to keep yourself and others safe this summer: 

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, when you get to work or arrive home, after you blow your nose, cough or sneeze and before you eat or handle food.
  • It is mandatory to wear a face covering, covering your nose and mouth, when using public transport or while shopping, unless exempt. Advice on how to wear and make a face mask can be found on the Government's website.
  • Keep a safe distance from others, up to two metres if possible. 
  • If you are feeling unwell, stay at home. If you believe you have coronavirus symptoms, get tested now using the range of local testing options
  • If you have been shielding and still require support the Councils Community Hub and voluntary organisations are still here to help our most vulnerable residents, with shopping and medication assistance.

Got coronavirus symptoms? Get tested now

Keep Hounslow Safe

The Keep London Safe campaign was launched this week to increase awareness and understanding of NHS Test and Trace, and to make sure Londoners know how to get a test if they are showing coronavirus symptoms. 

If you or anyone you know is showing symptoms, you should get tested immediately, call 119 or visit nhs.uk/coronavirus.

Watch our Youtube video featuring Cllr Candice Atterton, Cabinet Member for Adults, Social Care and Health, which explains how we are working hard across the borough to stop the spread of coronavirus and keep Hounslow safe.

This week the Government also extended the self-isolation period to 10 days for those in the who have symptoms or a positive test result.

There is a range of local testing options available to you, including a mobile testing site with a mixture of walk in and drive-through appointments available on Sunday 2 August and Wednesday 5 August at the private car park on Hanworth Road, TW3 3TY. For more information, please click here.

NHS Test and Trace is an essential part of the Government’s response to stopping the spread of coronavirus and to save lives. Get tested and do your bit to protect your friends and family. 


Find out where you can Eat Out to Help Out

Help out Eat out launch

More than 53,000 outlets across the UK have so far signed up to the UK Government’s Eat Out to Help Out Scheme which begins 3 August. 

As Eat Out to Help Out stickers and posters start to appear in the windows of restaurants, cafes, bars and other establishments, customers who want to take advantage of the scheme are advised to look out for the logo.

The logo means diners that eat-in will benefit from a 50 per cent discount, up to a maximum of £10 per person, on food and non-alcoholic drinks, any Monday to Wednesday in August – and no voucher is required. Diners can take advantage of the offer as many times as they like during the month.

To find out which restaurants are participating in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme in Hounslow you can use the Government's online restaurant finder. Simply enter your postcode, or one near to where you want to eat out, to get a list of participating outlets within a five-mile radius.


New campaign launched to tackle littering throughout UK parks

Love Parks litter campaign

Hounslow Council is launching a new campaign over the summer months as a result of the increases in littering and anti-social behaviour that have been seen since lockdown eased. The national campaign, developed by Keep Britain Tidy, under the umbrella of ‘Love Parks’, features images of real parks staff and park users with quotes that talk about how anti-social behaviour makes them feel, urging visitors to ‘be kind’ to their park.

Councils across the UK have reported clearing up, on average, an extra 57 tonnes of additional waste from their parks.

Litter ruins the environment and puts added pressure on Hounslow’s Greenspace 360 crews who have been working in challenging conditions over the past few months. Furthermore, littered materials create a genuine hazard for wild animals, who can become injured or entangled by dumped items.

See full details here.


Update on leisure centres

Heston pools and fitness

The Council is continuing to work with its leisure provider Fusion on plans to begin the phased reopening of leisure centres.

The Government announced facilities could begin to reopen last week, though only if they met strict guidelines.

The priority of the Council remains protecting residents, staff and volunteers from coronavirus, ensuring people feel safe when using the facilities, and making sure the national guidelines are adhered to.

Fusion will be writing to all their members, and further updates will be available as soon as they are agreed.

More information is available in this statement from Cllr Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Leisure Services.


Booking system introduced at Space Waye

Space Waye Re-use and Recycling Centre

Residents have been utilising the online booking system launched on Monday 27 July for Space Waye Reuse and Recycling Centre, which will require visitors arriving with cars to book a slot for entry to the site from Monday 3 August.

The new platform will reduce queuing at Space Waye by permitting visitors to book a convenient 30-minute slot for arriving and unloading.

Until 3 August, visitors can still access the site without a booking, but in consideration of social distancing measures that remain in place to protect users and staff.

Trade customers will continue to access Space Waye without the requirement of a booking via Heron Way (Gate 3).

For further information please visit www.hounslow.gov.uk/spacewaye


Hounslow Enforcement Team hit TV screens this weekend

Enforcement team on TV

Hounslow Council’s Enforcement Team will be featuring in the upcoming episode of the ‘Filthy Britain SOS’ (formerly known as ‘Grime and Punishment’) television series. The first episode featuring Hounslow will be broadcast at 8pm, Sunday 2 August on Channel 5.

The show highlights the dedication of our Environmental Services to tackle those responsible for litter and flytipping - making the borough a cleaner environment for everyone to enjoy.


Can you help Hounslow Community FoodBox? 

Hounslow Community Foodbox

The Hounslow Community FoodBox a registered charity based in Brentford is pleased to be supporting so many residents that are in need with emergency food across Hounslow.

They are currently searching for more volunteers who have a car to support with home deliveries. They will pay a mileage allowance to cover your journeys. 

If you can help any time day or evening Tuesday to Saturday to deliver food in the Borough please email us at info@hounslowfoodbox.org.uk or call Philip Joes on 07743 547262. 


Exciting news for Cyclists!

Bike check up

Exciting news for cyclists this week as Dr Bikes returns to Osterley Park tomorrow 10am - 12noon. Experienced mechanics from Bikeworks are offering free bike check ups. For more information click here.

Meanwhile the National Trust have opened their cycle hire at Osterley Park. Bikes are avalible for all ages but don;t forget to bring your own helmet if possible. There are strict cleaning procedures in place. Cycle hire will be open Wednesday to Sundays in August from 10am - 4pm.

Finally the Government has launched new £50 Fix your bike vouchers scheme. The scheme has been set up by the Department for Transport to boost the number of commuting and leisure trips, and to promote an alternative to public transport, while social distancing measures are in place. The scheme is open to anyone who has an unused cycle in need of a repair. You can apply for the voucher here.


Our Parks presents 'Couch to Fitness' programme

Our Parks Outdoor sessions

Our Parks is proud to present our 9-week 'Couch to Fitness' programme, funded by Sport England and in collaboration with London Sport and Get Active.

This programme brings you an effective series of three workouts a week to gradually build up your physical fitness from scratch. Our instructors demonstrate three variations of each exercise for you to complete based on your level of fitness so there is something for everyone! 

Click here to join the Couch to Fitness programme.


Home based nature activities for Hounslow residents 

Let's go outside and learn

The new project from Hounslow Response Fund, offers nature-based activities from the safety of your home. You can learn something new, awaken your senses and connect with others. 

The activities aim to bring people together to share positive experiences with nature without having to leave your home. The group meet weekly via telephone to discuss a new theme each week. 

To sign up visit https://www.lgoal.org/ 


What can you do this Summer in Hounslow?

Summer

With the summer holidays now in full swing, we've put together a useful pool of resources for some inspiration over the next 6 weeks. 

Events & Days Out In Hounslow

Osterley Park & House – a Georgian country estate

Arts & Crafts

Activities For Kids from Fields in Trust From designing a dream park to making faces and a fun parks wordsearch, we've plenty to help the kids be creative!

Rainbows of Feltham. Compete in the Rainbows of Feltham competition and showcase your creative rainbow contributions across Feltham in support of the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic. Email your entries into felthamLAG@gmail.com or tag @rainbows_of_feltham on Instagram. Closing date for entries is Monday 31 August at 12pm.

Get Active Outside

OurParks are once again welcoming Parkers to join them for a free outdoor fitness session. To join, all attendees must pre-book in line with Government guidelines. Only participants booked onto this session will be allowed to take part. Bootcamp @ Redlees Park from Saturday 1 August 2020 & Bootcamp @ Hanworth Park from Sunday 2 August 2020 Book your OurParks session here!

Plogolution has been set up to help support communities that are dedicated to protecting the environment. They arrange regular ‘plogs’ which are run/walk and rubbish pickups. There are two routes available so anyone, no matter fitness level can take part and help clean up the local community. Prior booking is compulsory to ensure we adhere to Government Guidelines. The next plog will take place in August, keep an eye on the website for more information.

Activities for Families Free sessions of Family learning fun at Donkey Wood from Let’s go Outside and Learn! Pre- book to guarantee your place! Email to book

Xplorer Orienteering is now available at Hanworth Park and Bedfont Lakes Country Park. To ensure safety of all Park users, users must always follow government advice and stay two metres apart from those outside of their household at all times. Download your free map here.  

Small Group and 1-2-1 Football Sessions Brentford FC Community Sport Trust are running new football sessions at the new facilities at Gunnersbury Park. For more information and to book visit brentfordfccst.com 

Feltham P+C Boxing Club are running Boxing activities for young people aged 13-20 at Redlees Park every Wednesday this August. Visit the website for more information and to book.

Green Gym  The Green Gym® is an innovative way to get physically active and make a difference to your local environment. Activities take place in the beautiful Pevensey Road Open Space. Get in touch for more information.

Dr Bikes return at Osterley from Saturday 1 August 10am – 12pm, thereafter  first Saturday of each month.

Harlequins Foundation Weekly Rugby Hub for ages 14 to 16 years, every Wednesday night at 6.00 pm. To sign up email james.collins-clark@quins.co.uk

Cycle Hire at Osterley Park and House  

The National Trust have opened their cycle hire at Osterley Park located on the Front Lawn. There are bikes for all ages but please bring your own helmet if possible. There are strict cleaning procedures in place. Cycle hire will be open Wednesday – Sundays in August from 10am-4pm (last hire 3pm).  For more details go to nationaltrust.org.uk

Summer Cycle at Kew Gardens Bring your bike along to Kew to celebrate summer with an evening bike ride on 13 August 5:30pm-8:30pm. Bikes aren’t usually allowed in the gardens, so this is a unique opportunity to explore Kew Gardens on bike. Attached a photo. To book go to kew.org

Activity Inspiration Online

Couch to 5k is a weekly running programme designed by the NHS for complete beginners. The Couch to 5K app gives you a choice of coaches and helps you track your progress. 

Brentford  FC Community Sports Trust  have added some new free online fitness sessions including Tabata, Morning Stretch and Yoga for Beginners. Visit the website to book.

OurParks also offer a great range of online sessions during the week, including free live Yoga every evening. Just, register, sign in and book your next online class! Book your next online class!

Positive Movement  runs 3 weekly online sessions as part of the Model City programme in Bedfont, Feltham & Hanworth. The project aims to improve mental well-being and combat social isolation in the community through fitness and sport.

We Are Undefeatable are supporting people with a range of long term health conditions to find ways to be active, see the website for more activity inspiration.  

Move Crew, UK active Kids. Each mission will help kids unlock their 60 minutes of daily activity. Dance missions, Super sessions, and the Loot scoot are just some of this week’s Move Crew missions.

Whizz Kids, Wheelchair skills clubs. Over the summer holidays, Whizz-Kidz is continuing to run weekly online activity sessions, such as wheelchair self-defence, eco-gardening from home, adapted yoga etc, for YWCUs. Sign up here.

Harlequins Foundation online live workout sessions, join in via Instagram by searching @harlequinsfoundation. 

Skipz Productions online classes for children aged six plus. A range of dance, drama, singing, origami and a detective class are on offer. All classes will take place Monday - Friday at 3.30-4.30pm via Zoom.

 For more activity inspiration visit hounslow.org/move-more.


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