Coronavirus update: 4 September 2020

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Coronavirus update

4 September 2020   

A message from the Leader of Hounslow Council, Cllr Steve Curran

Cllr Curran

This week was an important milestone for our schools in the borough, which reopened and began welcoming back students for the new school year. I want to thank all the teachers and staff who have worked tremendously hard to ensure schools are safe for pupils to return to the classroom and implementing a comprehensive range of extra health and safety measures in these unusual circumstances. Schools have opened successfully over the last two days and it has been encouraging to see children returning, full of excitement and settling in. You can read more about the measures to protect students, including our school transport programme, on our back to school webpages.

This Sunday sees the launch of an exciting new Flower Market in Chiswick, the first new one of its kind in London in 150 years. This is fantastic for the borough and I hope many of you will be able to visit and support our local traders, while of course following social distancing. Don’t forget to take advantage of the cargo bike delivery service, which the Council has supported. Leave your car at home, get active and help save the planet.

With our local businesses in mind, we are launching a new public consultation on the future of the borough’s four main town centres; Brentford, Chiswick, Feltham and Hounslow. We would like residents to help shape the future needs and priorities of our town centres for our residents and communities so please take the survey to share your views.

Last week, I was pleased to report that after the localised spikes in coronavirus cases we returned to the previous low and steady rate. However, these localised spikes serve as a reminder that we cannot become complacent. We know that cases can rapidly increase, and the virus can spread without symptoms, so it is vital we continue to do everything possible to stop the spread of the virus.

We need everyone to keep their distance from people who do not live in their home, staying two metres away at all times where possible. To keep our loved ones and communities safe, it is important we take extra care and attention.

Have a good weekend, and keep safe.

Cllr Curran signoff

Stay safe this weekend

Don't Forget Your Face Covering

Going out this weekend? We want everyone to enjoy themselves. But please remember coronavirus is still here and we need everyone to play their part.

  • Maintain social distance
  • Wash your hands
  • Wear a face covering
  • Get a free test if you have symptoms
  • Stay at home if you have symptoms, test positive or have contact with someone who tests positive

Visit hounslow.gov.uk/coronavirus for more information.


Hounslow goes back to school

Back to school

This week saw the borough's schools and further education colleges open their doors to thousands of children after nearly six months of partial closures.

Many schools held INSET days and student inductions to ensure that everyone is fully briefed on new safety procedures and measures that have been put in place to make schools safe environments for their staff and pupils. Schools have reported good attendance levels and a great deal of enthusiasm as pupils settle back to their familiar routines of learning and meeting their friends.

Schools have all issued communications to parents and carers about arrangements for their particular settings.  Further information and advice is available on our website: https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/Back-to-school

Watch our video from Cllr Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Youth Services, about the return to school for pupils in the borough.


Chiswick Flower Market launches this weekend

Chiswick flower market

The Chiswick Flower Market will be open from 9.30am to 3pm on Sunday 6 September and every first Sunday of the month thereafter on Chiswick High Road, W4 2DR.

The Council has worked in partnership with a group of local residents to support this initiative which will see Chiswick High Road lined with stalls selling an array of flowers, bulbs, bamboos, grasses, fruit trees, succulents, plants and much more.

The Council in conjunction with Sustrans is providing a unique same day cargo bike delivery service for the market. Customers will be able to have their flowers delivered on the same day, free of charge, to anywhere within a two-mile radius of Chiswick.

The market will provide a safe shopping environment by implementing a range of Covid-secure measures including a one-way system, provision of hand sanitiser and social distancing where possible. All visitors are strongly advised to wear a face covering, unless exempt while in the market space. Trained volunteers will also be on hand to support customers.

Find out more about the market and whats on offer.


Update on Fusion leisure centres and public halls

Heston pools and fitness

A report on the proposed reopening of leisure centres and public halls is to be discussed by Hounslow Council Cabinet on Tuesday 8 September 2020.

Following this meeting there will be an announcement on the decision regarding the reopening of facilities which will need to provide safe, high-quality and sustainable services.

Cllr Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Leisure Services at Hounslow Council, said:

“The Council and Fusion continue to work towards the safe reopening of the borough’s leisure facilities and public halls, and Cabinet will next week be considering the best way forward in this process.

“Our priority remains ensuring public safety, delivering consistent and high-quality services, and developing a sustainable model to give reassurance and certainty to users and staff.

“We know the ongoing closure of facilities is very frustrating for our leisure centre and public halls customers and staff. I would like to apologise for this delay and thank everyone for their patience while we develop our plans for reopening.

“I thank everyone who has contacted me personally regarding this matter, and I am endeavouring to provide prompt answers to all emails and calls.

“We will hopefully be able to provide a detailed update and clear road ahead after the Cabinet meeting.”

Read the statement on our website. 


Have your say on the future of Hounslow's town centres 

Hounslow High Street

You are invited to have your say on the future of the borough’s four main town centres: Brentford, Chiswick, Feltham, and Hounslow. 

Our town centres have always been vibrant places with thriving shops and very few vacant units. However, the pandemic has resulted in a drop in customer footfall, impacting businesses and jobs caused by quickly changing resident habits, such as a move to online shopping, and different work patterns.

We want to understand the needs and ambitions of the local community for their town centres; It is therefore vital that residents and businesses participate in this survey to help guide the future character and offer of our town centres.

The council will hold virtual workshops exploring the community vision for each of the town centres. If you would like to be involved please agree to be contacted by the team when submitting your survey response. Share your views now by completing the survey

Read more about the consultation and proposed changes. 


Help us shape plans for Boston Manor Park’s new Arts and Crafts Market

Boston Manor Park market

The Council is inviting the public to help shape plans for a new outdoor Arts and Crafts Market at Boston Manor Park by completing an online survey. 

Residents are being asked to share their thoughts on plans for the Arts and Craft Market and on what they would like to see and buy once it opens so that it can be enjoyed by as many people as possible. 

The Arts and Crafts Market is one of several changes underway in Boston Manor Park. In 2017 London Borough of Hounslow was awarded funding by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to restore Boston Manor House. From winter 2021 Boston Manor House will be open to the public six days a week and host a regular programme of events and activities for the community. Read more about the proposed changes. 

The market which will open in 2021 will:

  • Celebrate the creative talent of people in Hounslow
  • Support local artists, makers and creative businesses by creating opportunities for them to sell their work
  • Provide an enjoyable and inspiring destination for visitors from across west London and beyond

To have your say on the development of Boston Manor Park’s Arts and Craft Market please complete the survey.


Got coronavirus symptoms? Get tested now

Keep Hounslow Safe

To control the spread of coronavirus and reduce the risk of a local lockdown, it’s vital people get tested if they think they have symptoms

There are 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 Monday 7 September and Thursday 10 September at the private car park on Hanworth Road, TW3 3TY. Find out more on our website.

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. 

Virus isolation period extended from seven to 10 days

 You must now self-isolate for 10 days if you:

  • Have symptoms of COVID-19
  • Receive a positive test result

People in your household should continue to self-isolate for 14 days. For more information visit the NHS website.


Your GP surgery is open

NHS is here for you

The weather is changing and with winter around the corner it is more important than ever to take care of your health.

Your GP surgery is open for face-to-face and telephone conversations Monday to Friday 8am to 6.30pm. Speak to the team about managing on-going illnesses, arranging a health check or improving your health. They can assess your needs and refer you to a specialist if needed.

Keep our staff and other patients safe by always calling the surgery first. You will then be offered a telephone, video or face-to-face appointment, depending on the problem you are calling about and the best way of helping you.

After 6.30pm, or at the weekend when your GP surgery is closed and your problem can’t wait until your surgery opens again at 8am, use the NHS111 website or call 111 for advice. They can book you an appointment at your local GP hub if needed. Hub appointments can also be booked by calling your surgery.

It is safe to visit your surgery. Staff will wear Personal Protective Equipment and clean the room they are in carefully. Follow any guidance the team gives you and don’t visit if you have COVID symptoms.

If you are having problems accessing your GP surgery email Hounslow CCG HOUCCG.communications@nhs.net


Bedfont Library reopens next week

Bedfont library

Bedfont Library will be reopening it's doors on Monday 7 September, after being closed since due to lockdown requirements.

Health and safety measures are in place which include social distancing, frequent cleaning, a limit on the number of people entering at once and reduced opening hours.

The library will be open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10.00am to 3.00pm.

Find out more about library services in the Borough.


Free youth club in Hanworth this September

Brentford Community Sports Trust

Starting on the Monday 14 September, Brentford Community Sports Trust will be running a free youth club at Hanworth Youth Centre in Hounslow.

Visit the centre every Monday and Wednesday 7pm-9pm for lots of fun engaging activities such as music, cooking, team games and sports, arts and crafts and drama.

Delivered by experienced and qualified staff, the youth club is available for young people aged 8-19. No need to book – just turn up!

All the youth sessions comply with the government regulations regarding Covid-19.

Find more information online or get in touch by emailing youth@brentfordfccst.com or calling 07956499265.


Thinking Business Consultation webinar

HACE thinking business

Have you just started your own business? Or are you thinking about starting your own business?

Hounslow Adult & Community Education will run a ‘Thinking Business’ consultation webinar on Thursday 10 September 10.30am to 12noon via Google Meet.

The webinar will address your questions related to starting or managing your own business.

Additionally, you will be presented and informed of the training resources available for you.

Our team is made up of individuals who work with real local businesses. We want to help you with our services and learning programme available, as well as create the right courses for you. The webinar will feature a special guest speaker from HMRC to answer your questions on taxation, as well as offer business support and advice.

Participants must have access to the internet along with a camera and microphone. You will be asked to complete a question form before the webinar, so we can easily address your needs.

Call us on 020 8583 6000 to book your place today.

To find out more about Hounslow Adult & Community Education, visit www.hace.ac.uk.


Have you joined the Hounslow Street Tag leaderboard? 

Street tag logo

Street Tag is a family friendly initiative that rewards families and individuals for their physical activities such as walking, running and cycling. Street Tag encourages greater participation in outdoor physical activities, by turning our local area into a giant virtual playground, and enhancing outdoor experiences.

A new community game will be launched for Hounslow residents on Tuesday 1 September. 

What are the benefits of using Street Tag?

  • Fantastic prizes to be won which can enhance your physical fitness and healthy lifestyle
  • Opportunity to become fitter and bond with family and friends whilst staying committed to physical fitness
  • Opportunity to connect with other members of the community that are using the Street Tag App
  • Experience the fun and catch the thrill of physical fitness which you might not get without the app
  • Get motivated to engage in physical activity, rediscover nature and get energetic
  • Enhance your mental and physical well-being

How does Street Tag work?

  1. Install the app, create a team and join the local Hounslow leaderboard
  2. Earn points from physical activities indoor and outdoor- walking, running, cycling to scan virtual tags and convert your steps into Street Tag Points
  3. Get rewards and win prizes such as vouchers for sports equipment and more.

Get ready to push the boundaries and start your journey to a healthy lifestyle with Street Tag. You can download the app now on ios and android.

Read more information about the launch in Hounslow or visit www.streettag.co.uk 


Sexual Health Hounslow is open

sexual health clinic

Sexual Health Hounslow is open for booked appointments. The free and confidential service is open Monday to Friday 

There are three clinics available to residents, based at West Middlesex Hospital, Heart of Hounslow and Feltham Centre for Heath. 

The following services are available: 

  • Contraception
  • Emergency contraception
  • STI screening and treatment
  • PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis) 
  • HIV management
  • Sexual Health advice

To book an appointment call 020 8321 5718 or visit the website for further information. 

Only the young person’s clinic remain as walk-in clinics, no other clinics will offer walk-in sessions.

All patients attending the clinic will be expected to wear a face covering and will be asked to use  hand sanitiser as they enter the building. 

If you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 or you have a new, continuous cough, and/or high temperature, and/or loss or change to sense of smell/taste, do not attend the clinic. 


What can you do around Hounslow this Autumn?

Move More Hounslow

We've put together a useful pool of resources for some fun activity inspiration.

Events and Days Out

Whats on in Hounslow  local activities and events across our borough 

Hounslow Urban Farm learn all about farm animals 

Syon Park Gardens visit the beautiful historic gardens 

Chiswick House Gardens enjoy 65 acres of gardens 

Osterley Park & House a Georgian country estate

Gunnersbury Park beautiful parkland and museum

Getting Active

How much should I be doing?

Tips to get started

Activities for all

Couch to 5k App

Explore with Street Tag

Couch to Fitness support

Free Health Walks  

Get Active Map

Activities for young people

Nature, Arts & Crafts

Activities from Fields in Trust

Bounce Theatre

Rainbows of Feltham

Summer Art Activities Feltham Arts

DiY radio

Support Wildlife at Home

Education

Online Resources


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