Archive for January, 2012

Cllr Bassam Mahfouz speaking to police in Deans Gardens

Cllr Bassam Mahfouz speaking to police in Deans Gardens one of the crime hotspots which will see new additional lighting

Bassam spoke on today’s Sunday Politics Show about Ealing’s excellent record of rolling out new street lighting across the borough, which is now being followed up by a programme to deliver new street lighting to tackle crime hotspots as well as seeking to introduce energy-efficient LED lighting across the borough in order to save 40% of the council’s electricity bills whilst further improving the quality of lighting.

You can view the interview by clicking on the following link: Sunday Politics Show (22/1/12 – BBC iPlayer). The section on street lighting starts around 40 minutes into the programme.

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Residents have given their overwhelming support for Ealing Council’s plans to introduce crossings to make a West Ealing junction safer for pedestrians.

West Ealing Neighbours and Cllr Bassam Mahfouz at the Lido junction in West Ealing.

Ninety per cent of residents who took part in the consultation gave their backing for improvements to the Lido junction where Uxbridge Road meets with Northfield Avenue and Drayton Green Road, which has the highest pedestrian accident rate in Ealing. 

The council has been working with Transport for London (TfL) on proposals to make the junction safer for pedestrians, particularly the young, elderly and mobility impaired, while avoiding significant impact to traffic flow. The consultation was held after TfL approved changes to the junction. 

Improvements will include green man pedestrian crossings on all arms of the junction; moving a bus stop on Drayton Green Road and changes to road markings and signage. 

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment said: “We have been campaigning for some time to make this junction as safe as possible and it will certainly make a big difference to pedestrians using it. 

“We are keen to make Ealing as safe as possible and it’s great to receive such strong local support from residents who I’d also like to thank for their patience with this project. We are all looking forward to making the improvements for residents as soon as possible and will be finalising the details, taking on board comments that we have received.” 

David Highton, chairman of West Ealing Neighbours, a community group which has been campaigning for improvements to the junction, said: “We are delighted that the plans for safe crossings at the Lido will be going ahead and we thank everyone involved – the Council, TfL, and  all the local residents who worked so hard to make this happen. It will make a huge difference to everyone who lives and works in West Ealing.”

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Signs designed by a pupil from Viking Primary School are being used to inform drivers of a new 30mph speed limit on Yeading Lane.

Cllr Mahfouz with pupil Chantelle Nayyer

The road is the last in the borough to have its limit reduced as part of a new borough-wide 30mph limit, aimed at improving safety on roads managed by the council.

Children from the school joined Councillor Bassam Mahfouz to erect the first of the signs on Wednesday morning at the junction of Radcliffe Way, just moments from their school. The new speed limit comes into force on Yeading Lane on Thursday, 19 January 2012.

According to the Department for Transport if a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle at 40mph, they are four times more likely to die than if the car was travelling at 30mph – the difference is even greater for children.  Reducing speeds can also help reduce the number of collisions because drivers have more time to react.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment said: “It’s always tragic when someone is seriously injured on our roads, but what’s worse is that so often accidents are preventable. Road safety is a top priority for us and we are doing all we can to reduce the number of serious accidents.  We know that speed is often a factor in collisions and that’s why we are introducing the borough-wide 30mph zone to improve safety and make Ealing’s streets safer for all road users.”

The new 30mph limit is the maximum allowed on any borough road, but there will continue to be even lower limits in some locations, such as outside schools.  Drivers are also reminded that they must continue to adjust their speed to the road conditions.

The speed limits on the borough’s main trunk roads, such as the A40 and Uxbridge Road, will continue to be set by Transport for London, which manages those roads.

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Today’s announcement from the Government that it will push ahead with HS2 along the planned route was alongside news of an additional tunnel west of Northolt for around 3 miles.  It means that the high speed trains will be roaring out of a tunnel near the Acton Cemetery run parallel to the Central Line though the borough and then thunder into a new tunnel as it departs the western boundary of the borough in Northolt.

At this stage, there is little more detail on what mitigation will be provided for local residents and we as a council will be continuing to work with HS2 and the Government to ensure that the issues we raised as part of the consultation are dealt with as further details are worked through.

Responding to this news, I have released the following statement, “The decision ignores the legitimate pleas of blighted residents in Northolt, Greenford, Perivale and North Acton. It means that we in Ealing will face the brunt: getting all of the pain including a piercing wall of supersonic sound with none of the benefit of money being spent on tunnelling to reduce the noise.

Residents across the proposed route will be deeply disappointed and feel let down by a government that has simply steamrolled ahead with their plans and turned a blind eye to the cross-party consensus from the borough of Ealing.”

Maps of where the route will be including where the tunnels will go:

West Kilburn to Park Royal (pdf)

Perivale to Northolt (pdf)

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The owner of a Southall pound shop has been ordered to pay £1,015 after his staff were caught fly-tipping.

Southall flytipping fine CCTV

Mr Ajit Singh, the owner of One Pound Store at 42 South Road, Southall, appeared at Ealing Magistrates Court on Thursday, 15 December 2011, and pleaded guilty to failing to prevent his staff from fly-tipping on six occasions in May and June 2011.

The prosecution follows a CCTV operation by the council’s envirocrime officers. The team caught shop staff dumping black sacks full of the business’ waste, cardboard and cardboard boxes, outside a neighbouring business. Mr Singh had been given advice and warnings by enforcement officers.

Mr Singh was fined £100 for each of six off (more…)

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Get your hands dirty in Walpole Park

Ealing Council’s parks team is calling on residents with ‘green fingers’ to pop along to free gardening sessions at Walpole Park. Volunteers grow crops in Walpole Park's walled kitchen garden.

Volunteers are welcome to join the established gardening project responsible for attending to the heritage kitchen garden. Sessions run every Thursday 10am – 12 noon in the park’s Walled Garden giving people an opportunity to learn about horticulture. The programme specialises in growing and cultivating heritage varieties of vegetables similar to those grown in the 1800s.

The council has been awarded £2.4million by the Heritage Lottery Fund to help restore and preserve some of the park’s historic features. The plans include increasing the varieties of vegetables and fruits being grown as well as experimenting with growing food from across the world.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “There will be lots of opportunities for people to come along and get involved with projects in the park this year. The Walpole kitchen garden is a great way to try your hand at some gardening and learn more about the types of food which were commonly grown across Britain around 200 years ago. I can’t wait to get down there and grow some round cucumbers and Rainbow Mix carrots myself.” (more…)

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Treemendous New Year Recycling Idea

Christmas treeEaling Council is reminding residents to recycle their real Christmas trees so they can be turned into compost instead of going to landfill.

The council will once more be picking up real Christmas trees from the doorstep in addition to the service already offered where residents can drop off old trees for recycling at the borough’s parks.

Residents can leave their Christmas tree – with all decorations removed – out for collection with their normal weekly garden waste recycling collection. If the tree is larger than 6ft in height or the trunk is more than 20cm in diameter, it needs to be cut in two for collection. They can be left out during January on the usual refuse and recycling collection day (at the front of the property, but not on the pavement where they can cause obstruction).

Residents can also take real Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes to a number of venues across the borough during the month of January, including many parks, open spaces and car parks – listed below. Trees collected from parks will be turned into compost. (more…)

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