Parliament has broken up for the long summer recess. But despite the holiday, this is the season to be alert for all those Government initiatives we want to know about but they may prefer us to miss!

Due this week are BAA’s plans for Airtrack, which would run 2 trains an hour each way between Heathrow and Waterloo via Twickenham and Richmond. It will be a disaster if this keeps the level crossing barriers down even longer than at present or means cuts in commuter rail services.

Be ready for battle.

Also this week, expect to hear Government plans for council house rents in Kingston. It would be wonderful if finally the Government agreed to stop taking away a third of the Kingston rents and let them be used to improve local housing. But will the Government ask Kingston taxpayers to make a hefty payment to the Government in exchange?

We can also expect news on Richmond Park car parking charges over the summer. If the Royal Parks fail to drop the charging plans, we will need to do battle. Please check on .

And the schools’ issues continue. In Kingston, the Government has agreed to allow a bid for a new secondary school in north Kingston so we must use the summer to sort out a site. In Richmond, we wait to know if the Government will keep its promise of £20 million for an Academy to replace Shene School which has improved impressively but needs resources.

The fight for money for new primary schools will also continue through the summer. We need permanent solutions to take over from temporary classrooms and to keep schools small.

Please keep an eye on the world of political decisions. But also, enjoy rest and family. I wish you a happy summer.