Where You Live: Hounslow

Where You Live >> Hounslow

London is more than just the City and its famous landmarks. More than its museums, theatres, palaces, taxis and red buses. It is home to some 8 million people. You live, work and socialise across London’s 32 boroughs – you make them tick. You give Hounslow’s neighbourhoods, from Feltham to Brentford, their unique identity. It is these distinct areas that make our great capital such a rich and diverse city. Unlike the previous Mayor, Boris is working to give all your boroughs - not just Zones 1-3 - his attention.

Boris Johnson has a nine point plan to secure Greater London’s future. He is paying for this plan by cutting waste at City Hall to free up £3.5 billion for services.

In Hounslow the plan means:

  • Freezing City Hall’s share of council tax for three successive years and cutting it this year, benefitting 96,603 Hounslow households and putting an average £445 back into pockets[1]. (Point 2) (GLA, Press Release, 1 February 2012, link; GLA Website, ‘Budget archive’, link.)
  • Investing in local high streets with more than £3 million of funding for Hounslow from the Outer London Fund, including £2 million for Hounslow High Street. (Point 6) (GLA, Outer London Fund: Round Two Winners announced, link )
  • Investing in local transport with London Overground serving Gunnersbury station in Hounslow, rolling-out Oyster cards onto national rail, and investing £13.9 million to boost local transport in Hounslow. (Point 8) (TfL, Press Release, 20 November 2008, link; TfL, Press Release, 11 December 2009, link; TfL, Press Release, 16 December 2010, link; TfL, Press Release, 15 December 2011, link).

  • Boris is benefitting local pensioners by reversing the previous Labour Government’s decision to stop those at 60 getting the Freedom Pass until 65.
  • He is also the only candidate in this election who can secure a better deal for London from No 10.

Freezing council tax

  • Boris Johnson has frozen council tax for three years and is cutting it this year. Boris Johnson has frozen his share council tax for three years and is cutting it this year (GLA, Mayor’s Final Draft Consolidated Budget 2012-13, link).
    • This has helped keep cost of living low for 96,603households in Hounslow (DCLG, Council Tax Base, October 2011), putting an extra £445 back in the pocket of the average household.

Restoring green space

  • Green Spaces. 18 green spaces have been created for Hounslow residents to grow their own food (Capital Growth Website, link).
  • 660 street trees. 660 street trees have been planted in Hounslow under Boris Johnson (London Assembly, Written Answers to Mayoral Questions, 25 January 2012, link)
  • Ending garden grabbing. Boris Johnson has introduced new protections for gardens from development. His revised London Plan enables boroughs to: ‘introduce a presumption against development on back gardens or other private residential gardens where this can be locally justified’ (GLA, The London Plan 2011, July 2011, p. 86-87, link). Draft guidance also urges councils to prevent garden grabbing: ‘Such a presumption reflects Government’s recognition in PPS3 of the need to provide support for justified, local measures to prevent “garden grabbing”’ (GLA, Draft supplementary planning guidance, December 2011, link).

Investing to transform local high streets

  • More than £3 million for Hounslow from Outer London Fund. Hounslow has received an economic boost of £3,0018,811 from the Outer London Fund:
  • Hounslow High Street. Hounslow high street received £2,000,000 for a series of projects to transform Hounslow High Street. This includes delivery of a high quality streetscape with new paving and street furniture, as well as shop front improvement. This money will also result in a lighting system being installed in order to encourage evening activities (GLA, ‘Outer London Fund: Round 2 Summary of Winners’, 12 January 2012).
  • Brentford High Street. Brentford High Street received £1,008,811.65 for a programme of projects that will achieve the long term regeneration of Brentford Town Centre, including creating better links to and from Brentford High Street, particularly the connection to Great West Road (the Golden Mile) (GLA, ‘Outer London Fund: Round 2 Summary of Winners’, 12 January 2012).

Making your streets and homes safer

  • 1,000 more police across London by May and £132 million more investment under Boris. The number of Special Constables has more than doubled from 2,500 to well over 5,000 (GLA, The Mayor’s Consultation Budget, 22 December 2011, link; MPA Website, Police numbers, link; GLA, Mayor’s Final Budget 2011-12, link; Evening Standard, 30 January 2012, link).
  • Total crime and robberies in Hounslow have fallen. Since May 2008, Hounslow has seen a 5.7% decrease in total crime and a 19.1% reduction in the number of robberies. Youth violence is down 20.5% and bus crime has fallen 23.1% (MPS Statistics, May 08 – Jan 12 compared to Aug 04-April 08).

Ensuring a true Olympic legacy

  • Boris Johnson has funded five sport participation programmes in Hounslow so far. They are (Mayor of London, Sporting future for London, April 2009, p. 9, link):
  • 3 organisations in Hounslow are receiving Sports Legacy Programme grants. 3 organisations in Hounslow are receiving Sports Legacy Programme Grants to offer free sports coaching to London (Freesport Programme Website, link).

Investing in transport

  • £13.9 million of funding for local transport in Hounslow. Since becoming Mayor, Boris Johnson has invested over £13.9 million to boost local transport in Hounslow. In 2011-12 this funding was invested in projects including improving traffic signals to help smooth traffic flows and reduce emissions, road safety campaigns including working with young motorcyclists who have been identified locally as a high-risk group and clinics looking at in-car safety for children as 90% of seats checked were found to be incorrectly fitted. Further projects include cycling training for adults and children and road safety awareness campaigns for children and adults in association with Hounslow Road Safety Forum (TfL, Press Release, 20 November 2008, link; TfL, Press Release, 11 December 2009, link; TfL, Press Release, 16 December 2010, link; TfL, Press Release, 15 December 2011, link).

Underground

  • Improving Tube lines running through Hounslow. This is part of the Tube upgrade programme secured by Boris Johnson:
  • Upgrade of the District Line. This will improve capacity by 24% on District line, meaning the line can carry an additional 10,000 passengers per hour at peak time. 80 new trains will also begin to be introduced from 2013, with all new trains in service 2016. These will be air-conditioned, have walk-through carriages, and wider doors and walkways to improve accessibility (TfL Website, ‘District line upgrade plan’, link).
  • Upgrade of the Piccadilly Line. The Piccadilly will be one of the two last lines to be upgraded. The upgradeswill deliver new trains, new signalling and new control centres, allowing for increased capacity on the line (TfL, ‘Tube Upgrade Plan’, link).

Rail

  • London Overground. London’s first orbital railway, has a station in Hounslow. Residents in Hounslow will benefit from London’s first orbital railway, with one London Overground station at Gunnersbury (TfL Website, ‘London Overground’, link)
  • Oyster Cards rolled out on national rail. After years of talk under Ken Livingstone, Boris Johnson secured the roll-out of Oyster cards onto national rail. Hounslow is now the 21th highest oyster- using borough on national rail services (TfL Website, ‘Oyster on National Rail’, December 2009, link).

Roads and congestion

  • Introduced the roadworks Permit Scheme. Boris Johnson introduced the roadworks Permit Scheme in 2010, resulting in an average 17% cut in the number of road works by utility companies in those boroughs, such as Hounslow, which have adopted the scheme (GLA, Press Release, 11 January 2010, link London Councils, London Permit Scheme: First Year Evaluation Report, 27 May 2011, link). 238 applications by utility companies to dig up roads in Hounslow have been refused following the introduction of the permit scheme (ibid.).
  • Scrapped the Western Extension Zone. Boris Johnson scrapped Ken Livingstone’s Western Extension of the Congestion Charging Zone in December 2010 after 69% of residents voted in favour of cancelling the zone (TfL, Press Release, 20 October 2010, link).
  • C-Charge. Boris also scrapped Ken Livingstone’s plans to introduce a £25 charge for family vehicles (TfL, Press Release, 20 October 2010, link).

Buses

  • Bus improvements. 24 bus routes in Hounslow have been expanded and/or improved under Boris Johnson. (TfL, Bus Service Changes May 2008 - January 2012).
  • Bendy Buses removed. Nearly 500 new vehicles boasting the latest clean engine technology will replace the Bendy buses. TfL estimates this will save more  than £7 million a year (TfL, Press Release, 5 October 2011, link).

Cycling

  • Cycle Superhighways. Cycle Superhighway 9 will run through Hounslow by 2013, running from Hounslow to Hyde Park (TfL Website, ‘Cycle Superhighways: About the scheme’, link).

Housing

  • 1,660 total affordable housing units completed in Hounslow.  650 social rented and 1,020 intermediate affordable housing units were completed in Hounslow between 2008/09 and 2010/11. (DCLG, Affordable Housing Live Tables 1006,1007,1008).

Mayoral visits

  • Boris Johnson has made more visits to Hounslow in four years than Ken Livingstone made in eight. Boris Johnson has visited Hounslow nine times since July 2008. Ken Livingstone visited Hounslow just six in his eight years as Mayor (GLA, Mayor’s Report to the Assembly, May 2000 – April 2008; GLA, Mayor’s Report to the Assembly, May 2008 – March 2012).

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