Archive for August, 2011

Ealing Council has delivered more Doctor Bike sessions than any other of the 32 London boroughs.

Maintenance session for bikes

In 2010/2011, 696 bicycles were checked, along with 245 at school parent teacher advice sessions – and this programme is being increased significantly in 2011/2012.

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

Doctor Bike sessions are also a good way for new and experienced cyclists to get cycling tips. Cyclists can sign up to on-road cycle training to build up their confidence (for 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. (more…)

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Grazing on Horsenden Hill for the summer

Ealing Council has welcomed back a herd of cows on to Horsenden Hill East for the summer.

Cows on Horsenden Hill

The five British Whites crossed with Friesians will be roaming on the Home Mead and Long Mead meadows until the end of October. The cattle have been a popular method of animal lawn mowing on the hill since 2005. They have helped increase the biodiversity of the plants and animals living on the medieval meadows, including the locally rare plant Dyers Greenweed and yellow meadow ants.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “It is the long awaited and much anticipated annual return of the cows to Horsenden Hill. I will definitely be taking my little boy down to meet the borough’s new residents and would encourage everyone to come along to take in all the other delights Horsenden Hill has to offer at this time of year. The cows bring great environmental benefits by increasing the types of insects and animals living in the area, naturally maintaining the field and adding character to this corner of the borough.” (more…)

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Park’s pavilion opens its doors

Ealing Council has today opened the doors to the newly refurbished community areas at North Acton Playing Field’s pavilion.

The council has officially opened the newly refurbished pavilion at North Acton Playing Fields.

The £80,000 of refurbishment works have been completed as part of the council’s parks major projects work.  It includes a new café and community spaces for meetings, indoor sports and workshops, alongside the existing changing rooms and outdoor space.

Acton Community Forum is working in partnership with the council to develop a centre that is a focus for community activity and local people’s ideas have helped develop a new programme of activities that begin this summer.Acton Community Forum is also encouraging residents to come along to a family fun day from 1-5pm on Saturday, 6 August.  Residents will be able to take part in taster sessions for some of the activities such as zumba and yoga, as well as art and craft sessions and children’s clubs.

Mayor of Ealing, Councillor John Gallagher and Council Leader Julian Bell attended the official opening today with Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, Councillor Bassam Mahfouz.

Councillor Mahfouz said: “We’re really pleased with the pavilion. There are some great facilities for local people of all ages to use and enjoy. If you’re after something to do, or just fancy a cup of tea in the park, then the pavilion has something for you.” (more…)

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