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A testimonial from an independent Recruitment Agency based in the Borough of Camden:

“Very useful information in the “Reboot, Recover & Grow” webinar for Ealing businesses. Wish Camden Council was like the West London Boroughs.”
Clean Air Day - 8th October - 10:00am

Speakers to be announced.

If you have missed our webinars, you can watch them now: https://hounslowchamber.org.uk/10015
Message from Kelly O’Neill, Director of Public Health at Hounslow Council
Coronavirus cases in Hounslow and across London are continuing to rise. We must work together to bring these numbers down, control the spread of the virus, and continue to protect people who are vulnerable to severe symptoms of the virus. These vulnerable people will be members of our family, our friends and our neighbours for whom catching the virus could be serious and need hospital care. We must not allow a return to the high numbers of people in hospital we had between April and May – with your help we can avoid this.

The rise in numbers has coincided with the easing of lockdown restrictions, the start of the school term, of working-aged people returning to their workplaces and people socialising. Similar to the national picture, the majority of our cases are working age adults aged between 20 and 50. As of today, there were 88 people who have had a confirmed positive test in the last seven days, and this number is increasing even though access to testing is proving to be a challenge.

Our rate is still below the figure where a local lockdown would be considered, but it is one of the highest rates in London. None of us want to see more restrictions in place, we need to be able to carry on our daily routine, keep our children safely in school, and support our shops and local businesses. We can all play our part to help keep Hounslow open for business. Unless you are exempt, please wear a face covering when you’re inside public spaces or out and about and can’t maintain a 2 metre distance, and remember to wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds. We have beautiful green spaces in our borough, but it is crucial that you don’t meet up in groups of more than six people, unless they are from your household or social bubble. Don’t be the one to break the rules they have been imposed to address rising infection levels and you can be fined if you are found to be breaking them.

If you develop symptoms of the virus, please immediately self-isolate and book a test. If you cannot get a test, please be responsible and self-isolate – this is really important. The national testing programme is struggling to manage the high demand for Covid-19 tests. It’s important that if you don’t have symptoms, and have not been advised to take a test that you don’t book one – tests need to be prioritised for people who are symptomatic. I know this is frustrating for everyone. 

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the majority of residents who have been following the guidance, and shown so much resilience and community spirit throughout this crisis. Let’s continue to work together to keep Hounslow safe.

Kelly O'Neill
Director Public Health
London Borough of Hounslow
Hounslow Borough Recovery Conference 
Over 200 people gathered online on Monday to discuss plans to address the social and economic impact of coronavirus on the borough of Hounslow.

We believe it was first borough-wide recovery conference of any local authority in the United Kingdom. It was an important opportunity to thank all the community and faith groups, businesses and public sector partners who worked together to address the challenges of lockdown.

Delegates helped to shape recovery plans in a series of workshops, and we are now collating the information discussed at the conference which we will report on in more detail in the coming days.

Find out more about the virtual conference and the Hounslow Recovery Board programme here.
Mobile Testing Unit at Syon Park
A mobile testing unit will be in place on Wednesday 16 September and Saturday 19 September at the Syon Park on Park Road, TW8 8JF with a mixture of walk-in and drive-through appointments (subject to availability).

To secure an appointment you must first book a test online or by calling 119.  Please do not turn up to a test site without a booking. 

You can also book a home test or visit a regional testing centre at Twickenham Stadium or Heathrow Airport. Find out more on our website.

For more information visit the NHS website.
Streetspace scheme at Staveley Road to reduce traffic and improve safety for pedestrians and cyclist disrupted
As part of the Council’s Streetspace programme to reduce traffic, make roads safer and improve air quality, as well as create more space for people to walk and cycle, the Council plans to install a barrier at Staveley Road/Park Road junction on a trial basis. 

Construction was due to start on this scheme on Monday 14 September. However, a number of residents attended the site to restrict access for Hounslow Highway’s street maintenance team, preventing works from starting. 

This scheme is being introduced on a trial basis and we will be carefully monitoring the scheme post implementation to ensure that it achieves its objective of preventing through traffic and ensuring the safety of pedestrians and cyclists while reducing noise and pollution in the area.

We are aware that there will be some people who are inconvenienced by Streetspace measures, just as we know that many people are very supportive of them. However, it is not acceptable for people to physically stop these trials just because they don’t want them. Members of the public are invited to air your views using our our online consultation or by emailing our transport team, traffic@hounslow.gov.uk rather than putting yourselves and our Highways Team at risk.

Venues required by law to record contact details
From Friday (18 September) the hospitality sector will be required by law to record contact details of customers, visitors and staff on behalf of NHS Test and Trace.

This includes businesses and other public settings where people meet socially including hospitality, close contact and leisure venues.

Staff and customer details must be stored for 21 days and shared with NHS Test and Trace, if requested, with fixed penalties for organisations that do not comply. 

If you do not provide these details you may be refused entry.

The contact details include:
  • Name
  • Contact number
  • Date of visit
  • Arrival time
  • Departure time, if possible

All collected data must comply with GDPR guidelines and will not be kept for longer than necessary.

Businesses urged to prepare for NHS Covid-19 app (news from Invest Hounslow)
Pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, cinemas and other venues across England and Wales are being urged to download QR codes to prepare for public rollout of new app.

The NHS COVID-19 app is currently being trialled and will launch on Thursday 24 September in England and Wales, including QR check-in at venues

QR codes will be an important way for NHS Test and Trace in England and NHS Test, Trace, Protect in Wales to contact multiple people if coronavirus outbreaks are identified in venues

Businesses across England and Wales like pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas are being urged to ensure they have NHS QR code posters visible on entry so customers who have downloaded the new NHS COVID-19 app can use their smartphones to easily check-in.

The move comes ahead of a national launch of the NHS COVID-19 app across England and Wales on Thursday 24 September. Read more here.
Homes England & Invest Fund launch 7-year lending partnership to support small builders
Homes England and Invest & Fund, a leading development finance lending platform, have today announced a seven-year partnership to increase the amount of finance available to SME developers to help them grow and deliver more homes at pace.

The collaboration will create a £25m revolving fund to allow Invest & Fund to support small builders with construction loans of between £400k and £2.5m, funding schemes of two homes and upwards, at up to 80% Loan-To-Cost. Read more here
Feltham improvement works update
Night closures for carriageway resurfacing 

To enable the carriageway to be resurfaced as part of the Feltham phase 1 and phase 2 schemes, there will be a series of road closures. These are as follows:

High Street 

Between the following dates:

  • 9pm on Monday 21 September and 5am on Tuesday 22 September
  • 9pm on Tuesday 22 September and 5am on Wednesday 23 September
  • 9pm on Wednesday 23 September and 5am on Thursday 24 September
  • 9pm on Thursday 24 September and 5am on Friday 25 September

High Street will be closed to vehicles between the new pedestrian crossing by Pound Stretcher and Longford River Bridge.

Access in and out of Bedfont Lane will be from High Street only. Access will be severely restricted during the first three nights and there will be no access on Thursday 24 September from 9pm to 5am.

Vehicular access to Feltham Station will be via Hanworth Road.

Vehicle diversion routes, including bus diversions, will be in place for the night closures.
Pedestrian access will not be affected.
For further information on the full programme of works at Feltham, please visit
Good News:
Bell Square presents Luke Jerram's Gaia, a 7-metre model of the Earth!
Bell Square will host Luke Jerram's Gaia, a 7-metre model of the Earth, on Saturday 19 September, from 10am to 9pm. 

If you've ever wondered what it might be like to be an astronaut looking back at planet Earth, now's your chance to find out.

Luke Jerram's GAIA is a giant model of the earth featuring 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the earth’s surface.

It is especially stunning after dark, so why not pop along in the evening and support some of the local restaurants at the same time. 

Find out more information at www.bellsquarelondon.com/
West London Local Chambers & Hounslow Chamber of Commerce are the primary support, networking, and representation organisation in west London for SMEs.

We support the interests, the commercial aspirations and the investment from businesses in Ealing, Hounslow and Hammersmith & Fulham - the Chamber is the voice for all businesses located in the borough