Curran in control
by James Renoux-Wood Tue 10 June 2014, 5:05 pm
Hounslow Council has announced that Steve Curran is to become its new leader, while retaining his portfolio as cabinet member for housing, regeneration and planning.
During Curran’s time as the borough’s regeneration lead, from May 2013, the council has signed a development agreement with Barratt Homes for Hounslow town centre. The authority has also approved planning permission for a new 20,000 capacity stadium for Brentford Football Club, which achieved promotion to the Championship this year, England’s second tier.
The news follows Labour’s success at the local elections, where it won 49 seats to the Conservatives’ 11.
Curran said: “I’m delighted to have been asked to be leader and have decided to retain my portfolio for regeneration and housing.
“I’m hoping this sends a clear message to the market that it’s business as usual in Hounslow, but with an even bigger ambition for investment and renewal.
“We have worked hard over recent years to demonstrate that we can be trusted to move at pace to enable development, as demonstrated by the record breaking speed at which we signed a development agreement with Barratt Homes for Hounslow town centre.
“We have big plans for the Golden Mile (Great West Road), for our town centres and to grow our housing stock. I can’t wait to get stuck in again.”
Brendon Walsh, director of regeneration, economic development and environment at the council, added: “This is all great news for the borough. Steve has built a reputation as a no nonsense politician who gets things done and I’m looking forward to another four years of working alongside him to deliver a range of projects that will change the face of Hounslow.”