Archive for October, 2011

A man will have to pay out nearly £9,000 after he was convicted of 18 counts of illegal advertising.

Michael Rowan, 62, of Stile Hall Parade, Chiswick was found guilty and sentenced at Ealing Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 20 October 2011 after a lengthy investigation.

Posters advertising Rowan’s Café and Wine Bar, Chiswick, were illegally posted on lampposts, phone boxes and other street furniture – costing the council hundreds of pounds to remove.  The problem first emerged in 2008, but the council gave Rowan several opportunities to stop the practice and remove the posters, before finally bringing the prosecution. (more…)

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Cash boost for shopping parades

Ten shopping parades across the borough have had a facelift to the tune of £1.5m thanks to Ealing Council.

The recently completed Shopping Parade Improvement Programme made significant enhancements to the look of selected shopping areas by concentrating on pavements, street furniture and signage. The project, which started in Spring 2010, also made pedestrian access easier and created better cycling facilities.

The shopping parades which benefited are: (more…)

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Wallaby beheaded – appeal

Police are hunting an intruder who beheaded a wallaby at an animal park in Hanwell.

Bruce had only been living at the centre for a few months, when he was brutally killed last Wednesday.

The park’s other wallaby, Rolph, wasn’t hurt in the attack -but has been visibly distressed by what’s happened.

Watch London Tonight’s Coverage thanks to Nick Thatcher for reporting…

http://www.itv.com/london/wallaby-death42435/

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Appeal after wallaby is killed and mutilated

Ealing Council is today assisting police in their investigation into the killing of a wallaby at Brent Lodge Park, Hanwell.

Keepers were appalled on Thursday morning (20 October) when they arrived at the centre, known locally as the Bunny Park, to find one of the Parma wallabies, Bruce, had been killed and decapitated.

Cabinet member for transport and environment, councillor Bassam Mahfouz, said: “I’m completely sickened by this attack on a defenceless animal and I know the whole community will be equally shocked. We will give police every assistance with their enquiries to find the person responsible and I would appeal for anyone with any information to come forward.” (more…)

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Ealing Council won most improved transport local authority at the National Transport Awards last week.

Award winning transport team

Cllr Bassam Mahfouz alongside members of Ealing's Award Winning Transport Team

The results were announced at a ceremony on Thursday, 6 October and Ealing Council beat entries from across the country. The award was given to the council because it has demonstrated a significant improvement in performance related to transport over the last three years.

Some of these improvements have included:

Cycling investment has risen by 30% over the last three years

  • Innovation and tangible results with its congestion relief programme with average queue lengths decreasing by two-thirds at two experimental junctions
  • More than doubling the council’s car club spaces across the borough from 35 to 77 spaces
  • Decreasing the number of pupils being driven to school by 12% and increasing the number of pupils walking to school by nearly 6.5%
  • Achieving a 5% reduction in total road casualties in the last twelve months.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “It is absolutely fantastic that Ealing has now picked up this award for most improved transport local authority. This shows we are truly leading the way in transport innovations and listening to residents when they tell us transport is a leading concern.  The congestion relief programme is a great example of a project that has made a real difference. Traffic queues have reduced considerably and pedestrian waiting times are down. (more…)

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Hundreds of homes made safer in Northolt

Ealing Council and police are urging residents to keep their homes and property safe this autumn.

The community safety team and local safer neighbourhood team are offering tips and practical advice to residents across the borough as part of an on going burglary reduction initiative.

Residents are being invited to book a home security survey where officers inspect the property checking things like the locks on doors and windows, vulnerable points such as garden gates and sheds. Each resident is given an individual report on their home highlighting things which may need attention to make it more secure.

During a recent initiative in Northolt officers visited more than 400 homes to carry out home security surveys, helping residents identify where their home might be vulnerable to anti-social behaviour and crime. (more…)

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Ealing Council has plotted a fun-filled treasure hunt to encourage people to explore Southall by foot.

The family-orientated, free treasure hunt takes place on Saturday 15 October and anyone can join the walk from Southall Park between 10am and 2.30pm.  The route takes approximately 30 minutes and there will be prizes for all of those taking part.

This event has been organised as part of a campaign to promote the benefits of physical exercise by walking. There will also be historical points of interest pointed out by local historian, Dr Jonathon Oates who will be on the walks starting at 10am and 11am.

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