Archive for November, 2011

Ealing Conservatives have revealed a rash of unfunded spending commitments, which would result in a Conservative administration having to increase council tax by 17%. When challenged by Labour cabinet member Cllr Bassam Mahfouz on what the Conservatives would do about the cuts that the Tory-led Central Government is forcing through Conservative Shadow member for finance Cllr Mark Reen emailed all Labour councillors a lengthy list of unfunded spending commitments.

Ealing Labour has costed the promises and found that they would result in a £20m black hole from the council’s revenue budget and an extra £15m being spent on the council’s capital programme. An itemised list is included below, but in essence it means an increase of 17% in the first year of a Conservative Administration.  This is the equivalent of an extra £232 to be paid for households in the average home in the borough, many would be asked to pay more. (more…)

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Company Fined for Skipping on Licence

Ealing Council has prosecuted a business for putting skips on the street without a licence.

Saxon Drive - skips

The two skips were placed on the public highway (Saxon Drive in Acton) without the council’s permission contrary to the Highways Act 1980. All skips on the public highway must hold a licence. Council officers noticed the skips had no lights, skips must be lit at night so that they can be clearly seen by road users, and upon further investigation it was discovered that they did not have a licence.

At Ealing Magistrates Court on Thursday, 18 November, the company, Rubbish Express Ltd. was fined £700 per skip and ordered to pay full costs of £448.11 as well as a victim surcharge of £15, totalling £1863.11. (more…)

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Park for free in the run up to Christmas

In a move that replicates and expands a scheme that boosted shopping in Ealing & West Ealing after the summer riots, Ealing Council is now making most of our car parks available for free every weekend throughout December.

Free car parking on weekends in December

The generous offer will allow shoppers to shop, eat and drink locally on weekends in the run up to Christmas without paying a penny for parking.

Cllr Bassam Mahfouz, Cabinet member for Transport & Environment said, “We know local businesses are finding the economic climate tough and we want to do what we can to help boost trade.  It’s an unbelievably busy time of the year and free parking can help make it easier for people to get all that Christmas shopping for loved ones locally and ensure more of the money earned in this borough is spent locally.” (more…)

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Love Food Hate Waste Ready Steady Cook with Bassam Mahfouz, Richard Fox and Ealing Gazette's Michael Russell

Flat Bread Contest: Ready Steady Cook with Cllr Bassam Mahfouz, Celebrity Chef Richard Fox and Ealing Gazette's Michael Russell

A celebrity chef will be visiting the borough to demonstrate how to cook meals from food usually thrown away.

Richard Fox, who regularly appears on the BBC and has written his own cook book, will be sharing his tips and giving advice on how to turn leftovers and food waste into different tasty dishes and gastronomic treats which are affordable and simple to make. Richard will be hosting an event on Tuesday, 22 November from 11am to 4pm at King Street, just outside Morrisons in Acton.  Ealing Council cabinet member, councillor Bassam Mahfouz will also be joining him for a “Ready Steady Cook” challenge. (more…)

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Ealing Council is asking for residents’ views on proposed work to make the Lido junction, in West Ealing, safer.

Give your views on lido junction

In September the council announced that after years of campaigning the Lido junction was finally set to benefit from pedestrian crossings. The council is now asking for road users views on the proposals with the consultation open until Friday, 16 December 2011.Transport for London (TfL) gave approval for improvements to the pedestrian crossing facilities at the junction of Uxbridge Road with Northfield Avenue and Drayton Green Road in West Ealing. This junction, known locally as the  ‘Lido’ junction, has one of the highest pedestrian accident rates in the borough.For the past 18 months Ealing Council has been working with TfL to develop a scheme that makes the junction safer for pedestrians particularly the young, elderly and mobility impaired, while avoiding significant delays to traffic.  The scheme will see the introduction of green man pedestrian crossings on all arms of the junction as well as other measures to smooth traffic flow through the junction, including improved signage and road markings and changes to waiting and loading restrictions.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said:
“I am delighted that after years of discussions with TfL we have finally managed to get agreement to make improvements at this dangerous junction. The start of this consultation coincides with Road Safety Week. It shows we are putting road safety at the top of the agenda and listening to the residents of West Ealing who were crying out for safety measures at the Lido Junction.”

Anyone can give their views using this online questionnaire.

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Road resurfacing in Northolt West End

Rayners Crescent and Irving Avenue are due for road resurfacing as part of the council’s rolling programme to resurface roads across the borough.

Works will start on 21st November and should be complete by 9th December.

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A shop in Southall has been ordered to pay £1,722 for repeatedly dumping rubbish illegally.

Shop fined for fly-tipping

An investigation by Ealing Council revealed staff from Khalsa Super Store Ltd, 10-12 South Road, Southall, had fly-tipped waste on the pavement outside the shop on seven separate occasions in the summer. The incidents were caught on CCTV camera. The case was heard at Ealing Magistrates Court on Friday, 11 November 2011 and because the defendant did not attend the case was proved in absence.

The business had previously bought pre-paid, commercial waste sacks from Ealing Council. They had also received comprehensive advice and information on their commercial waste responsibilities.

The business owners were fined £700 for the offences and ordered to pay £1007.21 costs with a victim surcharge of £15, totalling £1,722.21.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “Yet another good result from the Envirocrime and Legal teams. We are committed to keeping our borough as clean as possible and this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated. Fly-tipping can be reported 24-hours day, 7-days a week using our Grimebusters hotline. Just pick up the phone and dial 020 8825 8825. Council staff will continue to investigate and take action against anyone who breaks the law.”

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