Hounslow will be one of the hardest hit boroughs by the economic downturn due to the pandemic and its connection with the aviation industry. Developers and others from the property sector have joined the Hounslow Recovery Board.

The Recovery Board includes senior figures from Heathrow, health and community partners, educational establishments, Brentford FC, the Metropolitan Police, and major businesses and developers.

Becky Coffin, Director of Communities at Heathrow, said: “The aviation sector is facing unprecedented challenges since the outbreak of coronavirus. At a time of crisis, it is critical that business comes together with local communities to co-ordinate our response and work collaboratively on recovery. As a big local employer, Heathrow is proud to be working with Hounslow Council to stimulate our local economy. Our community is filled with hard-working, skilled people, and by working together with our local partners, we have the best chance to drive a sustained recovery for Hounslow and West London.”

Jon Varney, Chief Executive at Brentford FC, said: “All at Brentford FC are very proud of our place within the borough. We represent our local community when we play and our Community Sports Trust works with residents every week, using sport to educate and inspire. The impact of the coronavirus outbreak has hit everyone hard and the Recovery Programme Board is a great initiative to try and help the borough through the next stage.

“I did not have to think twice before agreeing to sit on the board and represent Brentford FC. I have seen some of the consequences of the outbreak and the forecasts of what could be coming. We at Brentford FC will do all we can to help the borough and its residents through the coming months and years. Collaboration and partnership are key values for us and it is by working together as a borough that we can get through this.”

The property sector is represented by:

  • Becky Coffin, Director of Communities, Heathrow
  • Diana Foxlee, Director of Property Service Group, Sky
  • Neil Impiazzi, Partnership Development Director, SEGRO
  • Nick Moore, Managing Director, Barratt London
  • Tom Pocock, Managing Director – Land and Planning, Berkeley St Edward

Along with the property sector representatives of community wide organisations were present at the meeting chaired by Steve Curran, the Council leader.

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