Hounslow Council

Agenda and minutes

Venue: Banks Room, Spring Grove House, West Thames College (Directions attached)

Contact: Kay Duffy on 020 8583 2067 or at Email: kay.duffy@hounslow.gov.uk 

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The Chair will open the meeting, invite introductions, welcome new attendees and take apologies for absence.


The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting and invited a round of introductions.  It was noted that Jas Lall was representing Sarah Bishop at today’s meeting and that Stephen Hutchinson was attending in support of Youth Parliament representative, Kyle Kinsella.  


Councillor Ellar noted that he would have to leave the meeting at 5pm. 




Previous minutes and matters arising pdf icon PDF 65 KB

Opportunity for attendees to raise any issues of accuracy before agreeing the minutes and to raise any matters arising not covered by the agenda.


The minutes of the meeting were agreed and signed by the Chair as a correct record.


Matters Arising


Minute 59: Heathrow Economic Impact Assessment:

Councillor Ellar reported that the Heathrow study had been well received and that a meeting was scheduled for 17 June with the Airport Commission.  Further meetings were planned with ministers in the coming weeks, together with a visit to Parliament to discuss the Thames Estuary airport proposals.


Minute 60: Information Sharing Protocol:

Members were informed that Supt. Benatar had liaised with the MPS Information Sharing team who were satisfied that the overarching protocol was fit for purpose.


Update Report pdf icon PDF 53 KB

The update report (attached) provides updates on areas of work initiated by the partnership or in which it has previously expressed an interest. It also includes updates on the other strategic partnerships.


See report from Ian Duke, Head of Policy and Scrutiny, Agenda Item 3.


It was confirmed that Children’s Trust Board had now been replaced with the Children’s Delivery Group as a sub-group of the Hounslow Health and Wellbeing Board. The new sub-group was proposed to meet on the same dates as its predecessor.


Members acknowledged that the Skills and Employment Strategy had now been agreed and that efforts were being made to progress the job brokerage scheme. 


The next meeting of the Stronger Together Project Board would be held on 15 May and it was anticipated that initial results would be available later in the summer.  Rather than data sharing, each of the service providers would look to organise and source their own data within the organisation.


Mary Harpley noted that she had met with members of the West London Alliance yesterday who had commented on how well the work around the Skills and Employment Strategy was progressing.  It was suggested that Hounslow’s work on the Skills Escalator could attract the attention of other authorities looking to adopt such an approach.


Members acknowledged that the work on the Welfare Reform was going well. Jas Lall reported that JobCentre Plus had done a lot of work to ensure that staff were trained to refer people to the correct service.



That that submitted report was noted.


Information Sharing Protocol

Feedback from partners on protocol with respect to their individual organisations.


It was agreed that the Information Sharing Protocol would be discussed at the Board’s July meeting.


Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (Mike Sievwright, LBH Senior Public Health Analyst) pdf icon PDF 97 KB

An opportunity for the Board to consider the first draft of the JSNA and discuss its key messages as well as its reflection in the Future Borough Strategy.

Additional documents:


See report from Ian Duke, Head of Policy and Scrutiny, together with PowerPoint slides presented at the meeting, Agenda Item 5.


Mike Sievwright, Senior Public Health Analyst, commented that the transfer of public health functions to the Local Authority had resulted in a much improved shared knowledge base with colleagues at the Council.  However, the challenge now was to maintain information sharing channels with colleagues in NHS commissioning teams in order to ensure that the information shared was the most up to date available.


Colleagues were working through the large amount of data but it was proposed that the needs assessment would be ready for publication in June.  It was acknowledged that there was always more up to date information available and that the document would to be regularly reviewed and refreshed to ensure that the information within the document remained relevant.


In response to questions from Councillor Ellar on the impact on information sharing following the move of public health functions to local authorities, Mr Sievwright confirmed that colleagues were looking at resolving this issue in the coming months.  Councillor Ellar suggested that the strict deadline imposed for the public health changeover had been a contributing factor to the current difficulties and that the matter should be raised with Parliament to introduce enabling legislation on information sharing.


In relation to the current consultation, Mr Sievwright indicated that colleagues were trying to build connections between those who worked in support of voluntary community sector and those putting together the JSNA.  The Chair suggested liaising with Roger Shortt who had a wealth of information on the borough’s schools and related issues.  Whereas the document was currently being co-ordinated by one individual, it was proposed that this role could be developed and shared with a wider group of individuals in future. 


It was suggested that health and wellbeing in schools should include children’s centres. 



That the submitted presentation and the Board’s feedback be noted.


Local Economic Assessment (Lisa Sharp, LBH Inward Investment Officer) pdf icon PDF 36 KB

A presentation on the profile of the local economy, bringing together the latest data and trends.

Additional documents:


See report from Ian Duke, Head of Policy and Scrutiny, together with PowerPoint slides presented at the meeting, Agenda Item 6.


Lisa Sharp, Inward Investment and Tourism Manager, drew attention to the possible skills mismatch between those borough residents who worked outside Hounslow and those who travelled to the borough to work. Work was being undertaken to assess this mismatch by the Council’s Head of Lifelong Learning.


There was a need to retain appropriate employment land suitable for the borough’s requirements.  Although more than 70 sites had been identified, many had been earmarked for housing.  The Invest Hounslow website (www.investhounslow.com) had been established to help market the borough to UK investors. Research would be carried out around the different business sectors to provide more targeted support and the data gleaned from the research would inform the content of the website. 


There were aspirations to extend the Golden Mile to the Golden Highway, stretching from Heathrow to London, and work with neighbouring boroughs to achieve this.  Further schemes would be implemented to build on the work already done using the Outer London Fund to promote “soft networking” opportunities for those working along the Golden Mile. The Council was in the process of recruiting staff within the spatial planning team, including two new Town Centre Manager posts.  Staff would be able to bid for funding to support local businesses from the London Enterprise Panel.


In response to a question from the Chair on how best to engage the borough’s young people in the regeneration proposals for Hounslow Town Centre, Ms Sharp welcomed the involvement of young people in the consultation and pointed to the ongoing work to create an event space at the top of Hounslow High Street, together with the plans for the new market space.  She reiterated the recruitment of the town centre managers whose job it would be to engage with all parties and co-ordinate the programme of events in and around the High Street.


Councillor Ellar left the meeting at this point.


Kyle Kinsella confirmed that the borough’s youth centres would be very supportive of engagement activities that involved young people in the design of the regeneration.  He added that young people wanted more established venues (cinema, youth centres, etc.) to hang out.  He suggested that the many students -both from Hounslow and neighbouring boroughs - who used the town centre as a transport interchange formed a potentially large cohort of future consumers of any enhancements to both the daytime and evening economies.


Kyle reported that a number of young people would not currently be comfortable walking through Brentford High Street at night.  It was suggested that this could be raised with the Brentford High Street Steering Group to see whether community safety issues were being raised locally.  Similarly Feltham currently experienced issues with street drinkers. 


Stephen Fry drew attention to the need to provide support outside the borough’s town centres and gave the example of supporting new business start ups.  Currently, although figures were available  ...  view the full minutes text for item 68.


Future Borough Strategy: Looking towards 2030 pdf icon PDF 66 KB

Following the item “What next? The Future Borough Strategy” - presented at the last Board meeting - this item brings together information on current progress on priorities, ambitions and risks, as the Board sets its future goals. 


08.05.14 – presentation slides added to the electronic agenda pack for reference.

Additional documents:


See report by the Head of Policy and Scrutiny, together with the presentation slides circulated at the meeting, Agenda Item 7.


Ian Duke led members through the presentation slides, drawing attention to the six identified key trajectories considered to have the greatest impact on the borough.  He proposed that overlaying these trajectories on to the Strategy vision would help the Board to ascertain where the borough wanted to be and the best way of achieving that vision.


The following points were made as a result of the discussion:

·         Speaking on the need to retain Heathrow Airport, Stephen Fry drew attention to the size and type of businesses in its vicinity and suggested that smaller businesses were more responsive to change than larger multinationals based along the Great West Road.  Conversely, it could be argued that those smaller businesses were not as ‘invested in the area’ as their larger counterparts.                     

·         It was suggested that data could be drawn from the Census to illustrate how likely it was that individuals might live their entire lives in one borough.  From this the impact of the population growth trajectory could be extrapolated.

·         Referring to the critical factor of migration, consideration was given to who the borough’s new ‘anchors’ might be.  Stephen Fry noted that, whilst the Sikh community had acted as an anchor and invested in the borough’s housing stock, the current generation was the first to be moving out of the Hounslow, although the precise reasons for this migration were not clear.


When asked about their thoughts for topics to consider over the Board’s next three meetings (reflecting the themes in the current Future Borough Strategy), members proposed the following:

·         Looking at the effects of population change (specifically in relation to housing), infrastructure and the economy, building in five, ten or fifteen-year milestones for review.  It was considered that a new runway at Heathrow or new airport would potentially take up to fifteen years to be realised and that this was a reasonable timeframe in terms of the associated possibilities and variables.

·         Consideration should be given to community cohesion and migration patterns. 

·         Look too at behavioural change in subsequent generations (referencing the possible trend of young Sikhs moving away from their parents).

·         It was important to identify the risks - and why some of these were impervious to change – in order to map out the best way forward.

·         In doing so both the possibilities and the variables should be considered (keeping the variables to less than ten for simplicity).

·         Members looked at ‘population churn’ and the possible reasons for that (private rent rates, children not being able to afford to live near their parents, etc.).  It was considered that a risk of population churn was a lack of community leadership.


The Chair asked how best to get intelligence and how best to interrogate the datasets and pull out the relevant information.  Ian said that he would email the Board


The Chair requested that the proposed approach should be circulated to the members  ...  view the full minutes text for item 69.


Items for the next meeting on 2 July 2014

Based on discussions elsewhere on the agenda, the Board will be asked to provide direction for future meetings.


It was agreed to discuss the Future Borough Strategy as the main agenda topic at the Board’s next meeting.


AOB and Close


No urgent business was raised.