Archive for May, 2011

Ealing Council is cutting the number of councillors it pays to carry out special responsibilities to help reduce the overall cost to tax payers.

Ealing Town Hall

The number of councillors on the cabinet has been reduced from nine to eight. The Customer and Community Service portfolio has been abolished and the responsibilities redistributed among the other cabinet members. The shadow cabinet has also reduced in size. The new structures will generate a total saving in excess of £28,000.

The new look cabinet is:

  • Councillor Julian Bell – Leader of the Council (includes sport, Olympics and Paralympics)
  • Councillor Jasbir Anand – Health and Adult Services
  • Councillor Yvonne Johnson – Finance and Performance (now includes customer services)
  • Councillor Patricia Walker – Children and Young People
  • Councillor Hitesh Tailor – Housing
  • Councillor Bassam Mahfouz – Transport and Environment – (now includes parks and countryside)
  • Councillor Ranjit Dheer – Deputy Leader and member for Community Services and Safety (now includes libraries, museums and adult education)
  • Councillor Brian Reeves – Chief Whip (ex-officio)

Councillors’ allowances remain frozen, including the special responsibility allowance for cabinet and shadow cabinet members. (more…)

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The six councils serving west London have agreed a joint action plan to reduce waste generated by over 21,000 tonnes per year by 2015.

waste

West London residents already recycle and compost more of their waste than most other parts of the capital. This new initiative will involve Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow and Richmond upon Thames councils encouraging the area’s community of over 1.4 million residents and 80,000 businesses to:

· Avoid waste – for example by smarter food shopping and using leftovers
· Reduce waste – including by increasing composting at home
· Reuse things – for instance by passing them on to others or donating to charities
· Repair things – rather than replacing them

Attention will be focussed on five key types of things often thrown away – food, textiles and shoes, disposable nappies, electrical items, and furniture. Together, these represent nearly half of the total waste in west London that isn’t recycled.

Chair of West London Waste Authority, Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, said; “We recognise that reducing the waste we generate in west London is not just desirable, it’s essential. The cost of burying waste at landfill sites is escalating and there’s a real drive to reduce carbon emissions.

“Over the next few years we want to help make reducing and re-using socially responsible habits in the same way that recycling has become.” (more…)

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Five wards in Ealing walk away with big cash prizes for being the best and most improved recyclers.

South Acton residents celebrate winning most improved

Elthorne and Hobbayne are the joint winners for best recycling ward, splitting £20,000 for their communities after participation rates in both wards reached an impressive 72.7%.

South Acton takes the top spot for most improved recycling ward, bagging £20,000 to be spent on local improvements. Participation rates improved by 6.1% taking them up to a participation rate of 54.5% as they leap-frogged six places in the results table. Southfields and Northolt Mandeville wards also each pick up a £20,000 cash prize for improving their participation rates by 4.1%.

In addition, Acton Central, Cleveland, Greenford Green, Hanger Hill, Northolt West End, Norwood Green, Perivale and Walpole all improved their recycling participation rates. (more…)

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A new cycle hub with secure, covered and illuminated bike stands is set to be built at Ealing Broadway station by the autumn.

bike racks

Ealing Council has secured £286,500 Transport for London (TfL) funding towards delivering the hub, which will also provide additional cycle parking in the area. The creation of this facility is part of the council’s Cycling Strategy which aims to encourage more people to take to two wheels as their regular mode of transport.

As one of TfL’s “Biking Boroughs”, Ealing Council is focused on creating a local culture of cycling.  The new Ealing Broadway hub will be covered by CCTV and will also include a separate cycle hire facility, allowing people to hire bicycles for as little or as long as they like. A recent survey of people using Ealing Broadway station found that having a secure place to store a bike was important to encourage more people into cycling.

South Acton, Southall Broadway, Elthorne, Northolt and Greenford have all been identified as potential locations for other hubs in future. The cycling strategy includes other investment by the council such as:

  • Extending off-road routes
  • Building on existing cycle training schemes and continuing to provide advice to new or existing cyclists
  • Continuing highway engineering schemes to remove barriers which inconvenience or endanger cyclists. (more…)

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Ealing Council has won most improved transport borough at the London Transport Awards.

Ealing Council picks up a London Transport Award

Ealing Council has won most improved transport borough at the London Transport Awards.

The results were announced at a ceremony on Thursday (28 April) when Ealing Council beat Newham Council to the top spot.

This recognition is due to progress in a range of areas. These have included:

  • Cycling investment has risen by 30% over the last 3 years.
  • Cycle training investment has been expanded by 40%.
  • Ealing has been awarded ‘Biking Borough’ status.
  • Ealing has shown innovation and tangible results with its congestion relief programme with average queue lengths decreasing by two-thirds at two experimental junctions.
  • Efforts in smarter travel have resulted in a 44% rise in cyclists since 2007 and an 18% increase in public transport use overall.
  • The number of pupils being driven to school has decreased by 12% and walking to school has increased by nearly 6.5%.
  • The last year has seen a 5% reduction in total road casualties.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that we have won this prestigious award for most improved transport borough. Transport is always one of the top concerns of our residents and I’m pleased that the number of residents concerned about travel and congestion is down according to the most recent residents’ survey. We also have more improvements in the pipeline such as targeting hot-spots like the Uxbridge Road Corridor. (more…)

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Three businesses have received hefty fines for fly-tipping offences following action by Ealing Council.

Fly-tipping outside Amera restaurant

The cases, which all relate to the incorrect disposal of business waste, were heard at Ealing Magistrates Court on Thursday, 14 April 2011.

Mr Lavithakis Ioannides, the owner of Rendezvous café, 109 Uxbridge Road, Hanwell, pleaded guilty to six separate cases of depositing and failing in his duty of care to stop his staff dumping waste on the pavement outside his café. All of these offences happened in January 2011. He was fined £65 for each offence and ordered to pay full costs of £626.13. With an added victim surcharge of £15, the total amount he has to pay is £1031.31.

Mr Athnasious, director of company Nineveh Ltd which operates Amera Restaurant at 99 Uxbridge Road, Hanwell, pleaded guilty to five waste offences that took place in December 2010 and January 2011. The magistrates found the company had failed in its duty of care to stop staff depositing waste outside the restaurant. The company was fined £65 for each offence, ordered to pay £753.05 to cover the full costs and a £15 victim surcharge making a total of £1093.05. (more…)

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