Hounslow Council

Agenda and minutes

Venue: Cooks Room, Spring Grove House, West Thames College

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

No. Item


4.00-4.05pm Welcome

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


The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting and noted submitted apologies.


4.05-4.10pm - Previous minutes and matters arising pdf icon PDF 336 KB

An 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 Community Infrastructure planning subgroup shall also be discussed.


The minutes of the meeting held on 15 June 2016 were agreed and signed by the Chair as a correct record.  There were no matters arising.


4.10-4.25pm - Update Report pdf icon PDF 335 KB

This item will present updates on the work of other strategic partnerships in the borough, areas of work initiated by the partnership, progress against actions from previous meetings and other matters of interest.


The Addendum circulated at the meeting has been published with the electronic agenda pack for reference.

Additional documents:


See report from the Head of Policy and Scrutiny, together with the tabled addendum report that was later included with the electronic agenda pack for reference, Agenda Item 3.


The Board noted that Stephen Fry had been elected to Chair the Economic Business Forum. 


Ian Duke confirmed that the Welfare Reform Group meeting on 29 September had focused on the Universal Credit in readiness for the introduction of the reduced benefit cap from 7 November.  He encouraged further nominations from members to the Infrastructure Sub Group. 


4.25-4.40pm - Working Better Together: A compact for Hounslow pdf icon PDF 294 KB

Following the last Board meeting, the Hounslow Together Board is requested to formally adopt this VCSE Sector Compact.

Additional documents:


See report from the Community Partnerships Unit, Agenda Item 4.


John Wyman-White, Community Partnerships Unit, introduced the submitted document.  Members noted their support for the document and its formal adoption.



·       The Board noted and approved the new Hounslow Compact (Appendix A of the submitted report) which had been developed collaboratively and which underpins and supports the partnership work between public sector organisations and VCSE partners in Hounslow.

·       The Board formally adopted the Hounslow Compact as the authoritative partnership agreement between public bodies and the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in Hounslow.


5.20-5.40pm - Community Resilience Model pdf icon PDF 314 KB

At the last Board meeting, the partnership agreed the next steps for the community resilience measure would be to: continue to test the model with a focus on qualitative validation to further test the relationship between neighbourhood support, competence and isolation domains. This item shall provide an update of work to date and some mapping of A&E data.


Presentation slides from the meeting included with the electronic agenda pack for reference.

Additional documents:


See report from the Head of Policy and Scrutiny, together with the presentation slides discussed at the meeting and later published with the electronic agenda pack for reference, Agenda Item 6.


Ian Duke, Head of Policy and Scrutiny, introduced the presentation slides detailing the research undertaken in Heston Central, Hounslow Heath and Brentford Lower Super Output Areas (LSOAs).  Members noted the similarities in the Hounslow Heath and Heston Central area profiles.  Whereas Heston Central may have had a distinct centre in the past, the Hounslow Heath did not appear ever to have had a single identity. Both areas were characterised by a feeling of ‘disconnection’ amongst those residents spoken to in the study.


Sue Jeffers commented that the Brentford LSOA had been recorded as having one of the highest non-elective and avoidable A&E attendance levels.  The Board acknowledged consideration had to be given to the fact that two care homes were located in this area, and that the area had hosted a mental health pilot initiative in recent years. It was suggested that officers could liaise with colleagues in Mind and West London Mental Health Trust to ascertain where referrals to A&E may be coming from.


In the discussion that followed members took into consideration the current fast paced level of property development to meet growing housing needs but which, because it reacted to current needs, often lacked the necessary elements of good town planning and physical infrastructure.  Members questioned whether sufficient community assets (social clubs, community groups, etc.) were in place where residents could meet and whether those existing assets were being used in ways members of this Board did not yet understand.  Had social media use overtaken physical contact as a form of social cohesion?  


Members considered that the redevelopment of traditional community assets (churches, public houses, etc.) to housing, twinned with the exponential rise of property prices, meant that the next generation was being priced out of their local housing market.  It was suggested that an economic assessment could be undertaken, as the last one had taken place in 2014.  


The Board was keen to look at predictive tools that might help highlight future challenges to the borough’s communities and help identify emerging trends.  Would it be useful to monitor those communities moving into the borough’s newest large scale residential developments to see if lessons could be learned?  There followed a discussion on how developers were guided by both the London Plan and Local Plan when responding to boroughs’ invitations to develop identified sites.  This led the Board to consider whether the existing master-planning was correct.  Whilst the Board applauded the focus on town centres as ‘destinations’ in the current Local Plan it was acknowledged that further emphasis could be given to destinations and the required infrastructure. 


It was important for the Board to understand what was in and outside its control.  Whilst it was acknowledged that much of the master-planning was contained in the existing planning documents, the question was whether this was working.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 12.


4.40-5.20pm - NWL Sustainability & Transformation Plan pdf icon PDF 220 KB

In response to a request made at the board’s last meeting, Hounslow’s CCG team will present the five-year North West London Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). It sets out a shared ambition across health and local government to create an integrated health and care system that enables people to live well and be well. The draft plan of NW London’s STP vision was developed with involvement from commissioner, provider, local government and patient representative groups and submitted to NHS England on 30 June 2016. It is currently undergoing a period of further engagement prior to a further submission on 21 October 2016. There are potential linkages with the work being undertaken by the Board, both in terms of infrastructure and resilience.

Additional documents:


See submission from the Managing Director of the Hounslow Clinical Commissioning Group, Agenda Item 5.


Sue Jeffers, Managing Director Hounslow Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), confirmed that the version of the plan in members’ packs had been submitted on 30 June.  The final submission was being prepared by colleagues from the Council and CCG ready for submission on 21 October. 


The plan had already been presented to the Hounslow Health and Wellbeing Board (HHWB) and the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee (OSC) but it was felt that the Hounslow Together Board was positioned to look at the plan from a slightly different perspective, which could help those working on it to see how it could be delivered locally for Hounslow.


In discussion synergies were noted between the prevention aspirations in Delivery Area 1 (DA1) and this Board’s community resilience work.  When asked how stakeholders could be clear about the particular role they played in supporting the plan, Sue drew attention to the newly appointed Sustainability Transformation Plan sub-group of the HHWB, which would focus on prioritising so that everyone involved should know exactly where they fit into the plan.


Greg Ashman informed the Board that the London Fire Brigade’s investment in preventative measures had shown dividends in a reduction of fire incidents and a positive impact on A&E admissions.  Sue added that the Hounslow CCG had successfully bid for HE NWL (Health Education England for North West London) funding towards prevention of falls and trips with the aim of reducing preventable admissions to A&E.


The Board agreed to look at this area again at their December meeting.



·       The Board noted broad support for the plan, due for final submission on 21 October 2016.

·       The Board noted synergies between the proposals in the plan and ongoing Community Resilience work.

·       The Board agreed to revisit this matter at its next scheduled meeting in December.


5.40-5.55pm - Financial Resilience pdf icon PDF 577 KB

As part of the Board’s focus on resilience, financial resilience has been highlighted as a potential further areas of work. This paper sets out a summary of desk-based research with a view to identifying how the Board would like to progress the item.


See report from the Head of Policy and Scrutiny, Agenda Item 7.



It was agreed to postpone consideration of this item to a future meeting in order to focus on work related to the community resilience.


5.55-6.00pm - AOB, Agenda for next meeting and Close

To include Economic Development and Regeneration Strategy.


The Board agreed that the forthcoming meeting on 14 December would include the following items:

·       Municipal business for the Board’s Annual Meeting

·       Sustainable Transformation Plan

·       Community Resilience