Archive for January, 2011

Ealing Council has this year been shortlisted for two London Transport Awards.

Car and buses

The council is in the running in the Most Improved Transport Borough category and the Achievements in Cycling category. Results will be announced at a ceremony on 28 April 2011.

This recognition is down to various successes in the past year. In 2010 Ealing was the first London borough to run a pilot to cut down on congestion by removing traffic lights at two junctions and the first to produce tangible and positive results from this trial. School travel planning has also proven to be popular and has resulted in a 12% decrease in the amount of children travelling by car, compared to a London average decrease of 6.5%. Road safety is also much improved in the borough with a 5% reduction in casualties in the last 12 months.

Cycling is a top priority for Ealing Council and in 2010, they were the first to develop a cycling strategy with ambitious short and long-term targets for cycling. Last year the borough also held the most successful Outer London Skyride which attracted 13,000 cyclists. Ealing has already won acclaim for its cycle training programme and is now recognised as one of the top five London boroughs for cycle training.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “I’m delighted that we have been shortlisted for not one, but two of these prestigious awards. Transport is something that effects all residents of the borough, whether it be a daily commute or for a leisure pursuit. The good news is the number of residents concerned about travel and congestion is down according to the most recent residents’ survey. However we will continue to make improvements and target hot-spots, such as the Uxbridge Road Corridor. (more…)

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A company that owns a café in West Ealing has received a substantial fine after dumping rubbish illegally.

Staff flytipping waste outside Ealing restaurant

On Thursday, 20 January at Ealing Magistrates Court, Click and Dial Limited trading as Costica Cafe, 3 Chignell Place were fined £1000 in their absence. In addition the company was ordered to pay £621.25 costs and a £15 victim surcharge after staff were caught repeatedly fly-tipping bags of waste in October 2010.

On the same day at Ealing Magistrates Court, a Mexican restaurant in Ealing was fined £350 for similar offences. Mr Kevin Ohanian the owner of Chico Mexico at 41 Bond Street, pleaded guilty and was fined £350 with £500 costs and a £15 victim surcharge after his staff dumped black bags of rubbish on the street in September 2010.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “We want to show all businesses that they must play their part in keeping Ealing clean and support those who go to the trouble of sticking to the rules. Businesses are responsible for their waste and for the action of their staff. Fly-tipping will not be tolerated in our borough and I would urge anyone who witnesses it to report it to Grimebusters, our 24-hour hotline. We will also continue to do everything we can to see that those responsible are made to pay the price.”

You can report incidents of graffiti, fly-tipping and emergency cleansing by calling Grimebusters on 020 8825 8825.

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Ealing Council wants your views on the future of transport in the borough.

A bus drive across a pedestrian crossing

The draft Local Implementation Plan (LIP) is now out for public consultation and there are several events organised for the public to attend and give their views.

The LIP is a statutory document prepared by each London borough to implement the Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy (MTS). It sets out the borough’s main transport objectives with a delivery and monitoring strategy highlighting how we are to progress our programmes with reference to the mayor’s priority areas.

The current LIP is valid until April 2011 when the council needs to produce a new one reflecting any changes to Mayoral transport strategy and our own priorities.

The council is now in the process of developing its second LIP which will set our objectives and key priorities for the period from 2011 to 2014 and it is on this draft that the council wants to gather your views. Proposals in this document include improvements to the Uxbridge Road, which will reduce congestion and increase safety. (more…)

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Now the festive season is over for another year, Ealing Council is reminding residents they can recycle real Christmas trees until the end of January.

Christmas trees

In the first two weeks of January, 97 tonnes of garden waste was collected for recycling from homes compared with only 17 tonnes in the last two weeks of December. The majority of this steep increase is made up of Christmas trees. These trees will end up as a nutritious treat for parks and gardens after being recycled into compost.

There are a number of ways to recycle your real tree in Ealing. This year, for the first time, Ealing Council is collecting trees from the doorstep with the garden waste collection. If the tree is larger than 6ft in height or the trunk is 20cm in diameter, it needs to be cut in two for collection. They can be left out during January on the usual refuse and recycling collection day (at the front of the property, but not on the pavement where they can cause obstruction).

Residents, who live in flats and who don’t have a garden waste recycling service, can also take real Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes to a number of venues across the borough during the month of January. Trees can also be taken to one of the three Re-use and Recycling centres which accept all garden waste year round.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “The new year is a great time to turn over a new leaf and recycle more and what better way to start than to recycle your real Chrismas tree. We want to make recycling as easy as possible for residents which is why we are collecting trees from the doorstep this year. The majority of residents in Ealing can recycle a wide range of items from their homes with the same ease as putting out the rubbish.” (more…)

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Residents are overwhelmingly satisfied with Ealing Council according to the results of its latest survey of more than 3,000 local people.

Overall, 80% said the council is “doing a good job”, and the proportion of people who are very satisfied (the top rating) with the way the council runs things has trebled in the last year to 19%. At the same time, the council’s focus on offering Value For Money is recognised, with 71% feeling it is efficient and well-run.

Satisfaction with key services that are used by most people such as refuse collection, recycling, and street cleaning is continuing to improve, and residents’ main concerns, including crime, traffic congestion and council tax levels are all down.

Local people believe the borough is a safe place, and the proportion feeling safe at night has particularly increased, leaping from 54% to 71%. (more…)

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Ealing slick at cooking oil recycling

An Ealing Council recycling centre is top of the tables for waste cooking oil collection. Greenford Recycling Centre has collected the most cooking oil for recycling in London, and the second highest volume in the country.

Barrells of cooking oil being taken away to be recycled

In the last two years, residents have deposited a massive 6,110 litres at Greenford, and another 1,950 litres at Acton making a total of 8,060 litres.

Just one litre of used cooking oil can be converted into a new green fuel called LF100 to produce enough clean electricity to make 240 cups of tea. The total amount collected in Ealing is enough to power eight homes for a year or an energy-saving 20W light bulb for each Ealing resident for five and a half hours*.

Residents can dispose of old cooking oil at Ealing Council’s Reuse and Recycling centres in Acton and Greenford. The waste cooking oil is recycled by Living Fuels – part of the British group Renewable Energy Generation – to produce a green fuel to power electricity generators which feed into the National Grid.

Pouring cooking oil down the sink is a problem for a number of reasons – it clogs up drains and sewers, is hazardous to wildlife if it is allowed to seep into the water table, and it wastes precious unused energy. (more…)

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Motorists in Ealing are now able to pay for parking using their mobile phones thanks to a new council service.

This new convenient and secure system, in being operated for the council by PayByPhone, and offers motorists a cashless way of paying for parking. Pay and display machines will continue to be available.

To use the system, motorists need to register their details with PayByPhone online at or by calling 0208 127 0999, and then they can use their mobile phone to pay for parking. The parking fees will be charged to their registered credit or debit card.

With this system, users can also choose to receive reminder texts so they always know when a parking session is about to end.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “We want to make paying for parking as simple as possible and this additional method of payment will do this. It allows motorists more flexibility and is a stress free way of paying for parking. It’s quick and secure – meaning no more hunting for the right change. The text alerts also mean that motorists no longer need to hurry back to their vehicle as they can use their mobile phone to top up from wherever they are.”

Later in January, residents will also be able to use their phones to pay for visitors to park inside their Controlled Parking Zone. The account will be linked to a phone number, whether it be mobile or landline, registered to the resident’s address.

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