Agenda item

Mayor's Announcements (including any petitions received)

To receive any announcements from the Mayor.


The Mayor made the following announcements:


(i)        London Terror Attack


The Mayor referred to the recent terror attack in London and felt that once again the public had shown that those who attempted to use terror to hurt their way of life would not succeed.


The Mayor advised that the Council’s thoughts were with those affected by the tragedy, their friends and families along with the emergency services who had responded so well to it.


(ii)     Mary Turner - Condolences


With sadness, the Mayor announced the recent death of Mary Turner, a former school dinner lady at Salusbury Primary School in Brent, who had risen to become president of the GMB for 20 years.


Paying tribute, he advised Members that she had been born in Ireland but her parents had moved to the UK in the early 1950s and later settled in Kilburn, where Mary had attended Carlton Vale School.


Mary was survived by John and Denise, and five grandchildren and the Mayor advised she would be sorely missed.


(iii)    Death of a former Councillor Jack Sayers


The Mayor also announced with sadness the recent death of former Councillor Jack Sayers.  Members were advised that his cremation would take place at 10am on Thursday 28 September at Golders Green Crematorium.  A reception would follow at the Railway Club, Cricklewood Broadway to which all Members were welcome to attend.


He asked everyone present to join him in observing a minutes silence in memory of former Councillor Sayers.


(A minutes silence was observed).


(iv)    GCSE and A - level results


The Mayor announced he was proud to highlight the recent GCSE and A level results across Brent and congratulated all students, on behalf of the Council, on their fantastic results.  He recognised that these results represented many years of hard work and wished all students well in the next steps of their lives.


(v)     Mayors Charity Fundraising event – 1 September 17


The Mayor thanked everyone who had attended his first Fundraising Event on 1 September 2017.  He was grateful for all the artists, musicians, comedians and singers who had filled the Grand Hall and given their time to raise money for his two chosen charities.


(vi)    Former Mayor – Fundraising Total


The Mayor took the opportunity to congratulate his predecessor, former Mayor Councillor Parvez Ahmed, who had recently announced the fundraising total for his year in office.  He advised that Councillor Ahmed had raised a total of £51,000, which would be shared equally between his three chosen charities.


(vii)    Pakistan and India Independence Day


The Mayor advised he was delighted to have been able to join fellow councillors at the celebrations to mark Pakistan and India Independence Days in August.  He also thanked Councillors Hirani and Agha for organising and hosting events at the Civic Centre, which he was pleased to observe had been enjoyed by many Members and staff.


(viii)  Mayors Civic Service – 17 October 2017


Members were reminded that the Mayors Civic Service would be taking place on 17 October 2017 at 6pm.  The Service would be taking place at Ealing Road Temple and all Members were welcome to attend.  The Service would start with a tour of the temple and then be followed by a multi faith ceremony.


(ix)    Petitions


Members noted that in accordance with Standing Order 68(f) a list of current petitions had been circulated which also detailed the progress made in dealing with them.