As 2008 draws to a close, it's a natural time for us to take stock, reflect on the past year and look ahead to 2009.
It's been a busy year for us in Hounslow; we launched our 'Building Pride Borough Wide' vision and will be delivering on our promises to build a better borough for you over the next 12 months.
I would like to extend special thanks to council staff who will be working to make sure the borough's vulnerable people are looked after while many of us are settling down with our families to enjoy Christmas.
I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the whole council, to wish every resident of the borough a merry Christmas, and a very happy, prosperous new year in 2009.
PETER THOMPSON Leader of Hounslow Council.