Archive for February, 2011

Streets across the borough have achieved their best ever scores for cleanliness after independent inspection.

graffiti being cleaned off wall

Three times a year, 300 streets in the borough are inspected by an independent monitoring agency for the National Indicator of Cleanliness which is reported to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). These streets, chosen at random, are checked for litter, detritus and graffiti.

The scores for 2010/11 show only 6% of streets had any litter – down from 7% last year and down from 11% in 2008/09. This year, only 5% of streets had detritus, which includes weeds or leaves. This is down from 21% last year. This year, graffiti was found on 4% of streets, down 6% from two years ago.

The results for litter and detritus are the lowest ever achieved and both exceed the targets set by the council.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “These results are very impressive. Our own monitoring has shown that street cleanliness has been steadily improving over the last year and these independent results prove this to be the case.

“The cleanliness of streets is a priority to the council and we know it is something that our residents feel strongly about so I am determined that these results should keep moving in the right direction.”

Last year the council introduced Saturday street cleaning and launched Grimebusters, a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week hotline to report fly-tipping, graffiti and emergency cleansing. To report an incident to Grimbusters call 020 8825 8825.

More information on the cleanliness national indicator can be found on Defra’s website.

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Official figures show that the borough’s streets are the cleanest they have ever been.

Making the borough's streets clean

 The month’s monitoring figures show 96% of our streets in the borough received a ‘grade A’ score, which means it is free from litter and other materials such as fallen leaves.

In the last eight months there has been a succession of good results. In July, 93.5% of the borough’s streets were grade A, in August this rose to 95.6% and in September 94.6% of streets achieved this result. A 90% score in October and November was also the best ever achieved at that time of year when it is harder to gain good results because of falling leaves in the autumn. In December the results were up again to 95% being grade A.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said:
“Our best ever results, achieved last month, show that our streets are getting cleaner and cleaner.

“In December we introduced Grimebusters, a 24-hour, seven day-a-week hotline on 020 8825 8825 – for reporting incidents of fly-tipping, graffiti and emergency cleansing in our streets. Last year we also introduced Saturday street cleaning in the north of the borough and focused resources on problem areas.

“We know that having clean streets is a priority for residents.  Although I’m pleased that our actions are proving to be so effective, there is no room for complacency and our staff and contractors will continue to work closely to ensure these high-standards are maintained.”

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A company that owned a takeaway in West Ealing has been ordered to pay £2,600 for repeated fly-tipping offences.

CCTV images outside Spicy King

Mr Abul Azad Haque, the former director of a company called Exxpress Ltd that owned Spicy King, 10 Castle Hill Parade, West Ealing pleaded guilty at Ealing Magistrates Court on 3 February 2011. The company was charged with failing in its duty of care after staff dumped bags of waste in front of the shop on five different occasions. The offences all happened at night in April and May last year.

The company must now pay a £750 fine for the offences and £1,850.49 towards costs – giving a total of £2,600.49.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “This company has shown a disregard for the laws about proper waste disposal, as well as for other businesses who pay to dispose of their waste in the right way. It is easy for a business to sign up to our waste collection service, or they can employ a private contractor. It cannot be one rule for one business and another for everyone else.”

The business has since been taken over by another owner.

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Roses are red, recycling is green

Ealing Council is reminding residents they can have a green Valentine’s Day this year to show they love the environment.

women with flowers

Think carefully about excess packaging when you are buying your loved one a gift, and when flowers have wilted they can be recycled with your garden waste. Look out for a card made from recycled paper or make a card yourself out of material you already have. A valentine’s email can show just as much love but if you do go for the more traditional card, then residents can recycle it afterwards in their green bin.

All food waste left over from romantic meals cooked at home this Valentines Day can be recycled using the food waste bins. Food waste makes up around a quarter of all rubbish thrown away in Ealing. By using the food recycling service waste can be diverted from landfill and sent for recycling, where it is converted into energy and fuel. Food waste should be placed in the food waste bin for collection outside residents’ homes. Just like the green box it is free and easy to use. Food waste bins will be collected on the same day as green box and refuse. (more…)

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Junior Road Safety officers, from ten schools across the borough, attended an induction session at Ealing Education Centre.

Junior road safety officers

The twenty participating pupils took part in workshops and were given information to take back to their schools. The initiative gives pupils the opportunity to lead on promoting road safety to their school community, in a fun and interactive way.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz went along to the event to meet the children. He is pictured with: (left to right)

Nii-oko Evans from St Anselm’s Primary School, Eliza Meredith from Mount Carmel Primary School,  Alexa-Kara Deltchinov from Wood End Junior School and Reece Wise from the West London Academy.

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Raised tables get support in Hanwell

Ealing Council is to install raised tables at a busy junction in Hanwell as part of a package of measures to improve road safety.

Raised table

This comes after the plan received support from more than 70% of local residents who took part in a recent consultation.

Raised tables reduce collision rates by slowing traffic. They make it easier for pedestrians to cross the road and also increase drivers’ awareness of them.

The raised tables will be built across the junctions of Church Road and St Georges Road where they meet with Uxbridge Road.  Work to install the raised tables is due to start before the end of the month.

This is the initial measure in a package of road safety improvements planned for the area. The draft Local Implementation Plan (LIP), which is currently out for consultation, includes proposals to fund transport improvements along the Uxbridge Road corridor through Hanwell and West Ealing next year and the year after.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “We wanted to make immediate improvements at this busy junction to make it safer for all road users. We asked Transport for London (TFL) for a green man crossing at this junction, but this was refused on the basis it would significantly increase congestion. The raised tables will make a huge difference, but these are just the first steps of further improvements that the council is exploring and in the meantime we will closely monitor this junction.”

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Ealing Council is running Dr Bike health checks over the coming weeks to keep local cyclists in the saddle.

Maintenance session for bikes

The sessions will help cyclists find out what may be wrong with their bikes and how to fix them.  Advice will be offered on a range of issues such as finding the correct riding position on the bike, adjusting brake and gears, showing the best way to pump up tyres, through to diagnosing serious mechanical problems.  Cyclists who discover more complex mechanical problems will be directed to local bike shops.

Doctor Bike sessions are also a good way for new and experience cyclists to get cycling tips. Cyclist can sign up to on-road cycle training to build up their confidence (free apart from a £5 booking fee), get general advice on cycling in Ealing from cycle trainers with local knowledge and benefit from maintenance skills training at one of the one-day maintenance classes run by the council’s bicycle support team.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “Cycling is a clean and green way to get from A to B while also keeping fit. Our aim is to treble the number of cycle trips by 2026 in Ealing so we need to continue to break down the barriers to cycling and show people how convenient and safe it is. Attending a Doctor Bike session and learning some of the basics of bicycle maintenance will give you more confidence to take to two wheels and realise the many benefits and pleasures of cycling.” (more…)

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