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Curran takes control

by James Renoux-Wood Wed 22 May 2013, 11:20 am

Councillor Steve Curran has been appointed to Hounslow Council's cabinet portfolio for planning, property, regeneration and housing, in a reshuffle of the council's political leadership.

Brendon Walsh (left) with Steve Curran (right)

Curran will steer policies on the services managed by Hounslow’s regeneration, economic development and environment director, Brendon Walsh.

The appointment was made in light of Curran’s work with developer St. George to deliver the Kew Bridge housing development, which has contributed to the regeneration of the riverside.

Curran said: "I’m looking forward to the challenge of bringing forward opportunities for development.

"Hounslow performs well as a place to do business but we are hungry to do more. We took the step six months ago to brigade all this work under Brendon Walsh, our new director, and the portfolio I now manage mirrors his role. In other words, those in the world of development only need to get to know the two of us, as we’re already making things happen."

Walsh, director regeneration, economic development and environment, said: "Steve already has a strong track record for getting stuff done, such as the highly successful Kew Bridge development.

"I met Steve a number of times before joining the council and was struck by his no nonsense approach and this has held true in the early months of my time here.

"I am hoping that the market has noticed that we are cracking on with bringing schemes forward, such as Hounslow High Street Quarter - and there's more to come."

Curran’s portfolio in education and HR will be assumed by councillor Tom Bruce.

  • Hounslow Council is on track to name a developer partner for its Hounslow High Street Quarter scheme in December this year. "I'm pleased to confirm that the scheme has received a big thumbs up from the development community, with strong interest at PQQ stage following early promotion at Sitematch," said Walsh.

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