Steve Curran stands down as Leader of Hounslow Council

Leader of Hounslow Council Cllr Steve Curran announced at the Borough Council meeting last night that due to illness he would not be standing for reelection in May.

Cllr Curran said: “Due to illness and after discussions with my family and friends, I have made the decision not to stand in the forthcoming local elections in May of this year. As you can imagine this has been a very difficult decision to make.

“It has been an honour and privilege to have served the residents of Hounslow since I was elected as a Councillor for Syon ward in 2010. When I became Leader of the Council in 2014, we set ambitious targets to provide high quality education, build new Council homes and protect the most vulnerable, particularly the young and the old. I believe that this Council has done that.

“I am also very proud of the Council’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It showed not only the Council at its best but more importantly it showed the enormous community spirit in Hounslow, whether that was in Chiswick, Brentford, Hounslow or Feltham.

“Individual residents, community groups, volunteers and businesses all came together to support and help others in the most difficult of circumstances. I believe as we near the end of this administration it has never been more fit for purpose to face the challenges ahead.”

During his tenure LB Hounslow won the Council of the Year award in the Local Government Chronicle (LGC) awards.

They have received praise for their housing policy, meeting their target to build 1,000 new Council homes across Hounslow last October and in the most recent round of Ofsted inspections, Hounslow schools received a ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ for every school inspected.

In Chiswick the Council’s decisions over the cycle lane and the introduction of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, strongly supported by Steve Curran, have been hugely controversial.

He was also a strong supporter of the Chiswick Flower Market from its inception, smoothing the way for the organisers to liase with Council officers to make it happen and he has been instrumental in the programme of changes to upgrade sporting facilities in Dukes Meadows.

Whoever takes over as leader in May faces the challenge of rebuilding Hounslow’s economy in the aftermath of the pandemic.

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