Archive for July, 2011

Enterprise Managed Services Ltd has been named as the preferred bidder for the Environmental Services contract.

Street Sweeper sweeping the streets

This contract covers waste, recycling and street cleaning. It also includes parks and grounds maintenance and the provision of burial and cemetery services.

In a report put before Ealing Council’s Cabinet on Tuesday, 26 July, councillors heard that the Environmental Service Contract 2012 is worth approximately £17million a year.

The new contract will start in two phases from January 2012, and includes improvements to the current service. These include a better quality of street cleaning with more sweeping taking place. Streets will also be cleaned the same day as refuse and recycling collections, but after the collection has taken place so any spilt waste will be dealt with immediately – currently they are cleaned the day after a collection. Bins in parks will also be emptied more frequently. It is expected the contract will be for 15 years.

Key considerations for the council in awarding the contract are residents’ satisfaction, minimising waste, increasing recycling rates and the continued improvement of street cleaning, as well as value for money.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “The Environmental Services Contract is important because it deals with refuse, recycling, street cleanliness and parks maintenance and so affects all our residents.  It is crucial we get the balance right between delivering the best possible service while getting good value.

“During the tendering process for this new contract we asked service providers to look at numerous options so we could get the absolute best for our residents. It is anticipated this new contract will save us millions of pounds annually.”

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Ealing Council is in the running for a national transport award for Most Improved Transport Local Authority.

People on bikes

Ealing is up against Plymouth City Council for the award, organised by the Transport Times, which is given to a local authority that can demonstrate a significant improvement in performance over the last three years. The award winners will be announced in October.

At the end of April, Ealing Council was awarded most improved transport borough in London by the Transport Times.

This recognition was because of progress in a range of areas, which included:

  • Cycling investment has risen by 30% over the last 3 year
  • Ealing has shown innovation and tangible results with its congestion relief programme with average queue lengths decreasing by two-thirds at two experimental junctions
  • More than doubled the council’s car club spaces acrsss the borough from 35 to 77 spaces
  • 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 now been shortlisted for a national award for most improved transport local authority. Our innovative projects and the results these have had have obviously made Ealing stand out against local authorities across the country. I also want to congratulate the transport team, whose quality is recognised in achieving this shortlisting. I look forward to finding out the results of these awards in October.”

The National Transport Awards are about recognising excellence in transport, rewarding innovation and progress for transport initiatives that are really working.

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As Love Parks Week (23-31 July) approaches, Ealing Council is looking for more volunteers to lend a hand in the walled garden in Walpole Park, Ealing.

Volunteers grow crops in Walpole Park's walled kitchen garden.

The kitchen garden grows traditional, heritage varieties of crops and flowers that would have been planted in the 1800s at the time when architect Sir John Soane built Pitzhanger Manor House.

The garden is staffed entirely by volunteers and community groups, with the council and a steering group, which includes Walpole Friends, coordinating the work.  Now the council is looking for more volunteers to come along to the drop-in sessions every Thursday morning.

Those taking part do not have to be expert gardeners, but just have a willingness to work hard and get involved.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to take produce home when it is ready.  There are also regular harvest events, when anyone can drop by and pick up any surplus fruit and vegetables.

The walled garden was brought back to life last year thanks to Heritage Lottery Funding (HLF).  It will also benefit from the £2.4million HLF grant the council won this month to further improve the park and protect its heritage. (more…)

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Give recycling more summer loving

Ealing Council is encouraging residents to think green when they are enjoying barbeques, parties and festivals this summer.

Recycling this summer

Around 100 million barbeques take place each year in the UK, meaning that there are plenty of empty cans, bottles, boxes and other types of waste that need to be recycled. Residents are encouraged to cut down on what they put in the bin and recycle as much of their waste as possible this summer.

Much of the waste produced by barbeques and parties can be recycled using the appropriate recycling service or alternatively visiting one of the reuse and recycling centres in the borough. Any food scraps can either be put out in the kerbside food waste recycling collection, or in the home compost.

There are also a number of ways to reduce waste while enjoying socialising outside. Some ideas include buying a patio barbecue instead of buying a disposable one – this also saves money in the long run. Residents could also use reusable cups, plates and cutlery rather than disposable to save on waste thrown away. (more…)

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Park transformed for future generations

A Hanwell park that is approaching its 100th birthday was officially reopened at the weekend.

Residents enjoy activities at the reopening of Conolly Dell.

Visitors enjoyed music, face-painting and mask-making at the event on Saturday to celebrate the reopening of Conolly Dell, which was transformed thanks to Ealing Council and the Mayor of London’s Help a London Park scheme.

The improvements are part of a project to rejuvenate the whole of Brent River Park. More than 4,600 local residents voted for the regeneration project when Ealing Council nominated the park for the Mayor ‘s Help a London Park scheme, securing £400,000 of funding.

The council invested around £85,000 in the Conolly Dell project, with £42,000 contributed by the Mayor of London.

The main features of the park, which lies alongside the Wharncliffe Viaduct, are four large ponds, which have been dry for many years because of waterproofing problems.  The improvements have restored the ponds and surrounding area.

Cabinet member for Transport and Environment, Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, said: “It’s great that we’ve been able to transform the park and its barren ponds into a relaxing haven.  It was wonderful to see so many people come out to enjoy the activities laid on for the day and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Conolly Dell.  Well done to everyone who helped make it a wonderful afternoon and I’m sure it will attract both residents and wildlife over the coming years.” (more…)

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Ealing Council has lodged a holding objection to the initial route plans for High Speed 2 (HS2) because of the disruption that could be caused at borough level.

Map of proposed HS2 route

The proposed high-speed railway would dissect the north of the borough on its route between London, the Midlands and the North of England. Construction on HS2 would begin in 2018-19 with the first trains running by 2026, provided there is parliamentary approval.

A report last year proposed that all trains would stop at a west London “Crossrail interchange” at the planned new station at Old Oak Common in Acton. There would be connections for Crossrail, Heathrow Express and services on the Great Western main line to Heathrow Airport, Reading, South West England and South Wales.

The council recognises the wider benefits of better and faster connections and the employment opportunities this could bring, but thinks not enough detailed information has been provided about the effects building and operating the transport link could have. In the proposed plans extensive tunnelling would be required along with the potential demolition of more than 60 properties. Although information events took place in the borough, the council felt they did not address many of the potential issues and lacked crucial documents such as an environmental impact assessment. The council says the objection will hold until more details are revealed. (more…)

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