Interview: Councillor Tom Bruce at Hounslow Council
Wed 1st July 2015, 9:35 am
With Hounslow’s school expansion programme set to draw in more residents, borough native and the council’s cabinet member for education and children’s services, Councillor Tom Bruce, spoke to Sitematch London about his impressions of the borough and how Hounslow is changing.
Which projects are you most proud of being involved in?
As the cabinet member for education, I am particularly excited about the school expansion program across the borough. While this can be difficult for schools, teachers, parents and especially children, the outcomes we are getting and the quality schools children are now learning in make this worthwhile.
What three developments or enhancements would most benefit the borough?
A cinema, high quality shops and a range of restaurants in Hounslow town centre.
What was your first impression of the borough when you started out working there?
I have lived here all my life, and very much enjoy doing so. As an amateur sportsperson, I especially like the number of open spaces, and have enjoyed playing cricket and football across the borough, as well as running in Hounslow's quality parks.
What things have surprised you about working in the borough?
I have lived here all my life, so that is difficult to answer. I know people who are new to the borough who are always surprised by the number of planes.
When people find out you work in the borough, what are the most common things they ask?
Unfortunately, usually – ‘why’? I never tire, though, of selling them the absolute joys of living here, including the open spaces, town centres and river to name just three.
If you could change one thing about working in the borough, what would it be?
The amount of traffic, although I know that is just one of the downsides about living in Greater London. I constantly try to extoll the virtues of the public transport available here.
Which three people have inspired you the most – either at work or in your personal life?
This may be a disappointing cliché, but it can only be my father, grandfather and brother – all three for differing reasons, but generally because of their work ethic, moral values and friendship.
If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go and why?
I never ever get tired of travelling around Europe. At this moment in time, I'd go back to Tuscany, but the answer depends on my mood.
Which book has had the biggest influence on your life and why?
It can only be the His Dark Materials trilogy by Phillip Pullman: Northern Lights, The Amber Spyglass and The Subtle Knife. My wife and I named our daughter Lyra after the main protagonist.
What is your biggest professional achievement?
Being elected to be a councillor by the residents of Hounslow.