Archive for February, 2012

Parents and carers who park dangerously outside Ealing primary schools are being warned they could be given fixed penalty notices as part of an Ealing Council road safety campaign.

Cllr Bassam Mahfouz at St John Fisher Primary, Perivale as part of Ealing Council's Zig-Zag campaign

Pupils from St John Fisher Catholic Primary School, Perivale supporting the zig-zag road safety campaign with Councillor Bassam Mahfouz

The council will be taking enforcement action against people parked in the zig-zag area at 17 schools from 20 February.

The yellow zig-zag road markings provide a clear space for children to cross where they can see traffic and traffic can see them when going to and from school.

Banners will be displayed outside schools and leaflets given to parents and carers to remind them that it is illegal and dangerous to block the ‘school keep clear’ area marked with zig-zag lines.

As part of the campaign the council’s civil enforcement officers will patrol the 17 schools and issue fixed penalty charge notices of £110 (reduced to £55 if paid within 14 days from issue) to anyone parking on the zig-zag lines.  Local police safer neighbourhood teams will also visit the schools to move on vehicles blocking the area.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment said: “Parking on zig-zag lines outside schools puts children in danger by reducing their view of the road and forces them to cross between parked cars. It also makes it harder for drivers to see them.

“Inconsiderate and dangerous parking near schools is one of the biggest complaints I get in my mailbag from parents and neighbours. This campaign is about reminding parents why they shouldn’t park dangerously outside schools. Keeping children safe on the road is our priority and if parents continue to ignore those warnings then we won’t hesitate to issue penalty charge notices.”
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Work on a new bicycle hub that will offer more secure, covered and well-lit cycle parking near Ealing Broadway station is set to begin next week.

Current Bike Stands at Haven Green, Ealing Broadway

Current bike stands at Haven Green, Ealing Broadway are set to be replaced with a new Bike Hub including Ealing's very own bike hire scheme

The new cycle stand will be covered by CCTV and will increase the existing amount of cycle parking places available to approximately 130. It will also include a separate folding cycle hire facility.

Construction of the hub at Haven Green will begin on Monday 20 February and is due to be completed in May.

The creation of the cycle hub is part of Ealing Council’s Cycling Strategy which aims to encourage more people to take to two wheels as their regular mode of transport. Ealing Council has secured £286,500 Transport for London (TfL) funding towards delivering the hub.

Temporary cycle stands will be available at Haven Green during construction work. As one of TfL’s “Biking Boroughs”, Ealing Council is focused on creating a local culture of cycling.

North Acton and Greenford stations have also been identified as potential locations for other bicycle stands in future.  The cycling strategy includes other investment by the council such as:
*       Building on existing award-winning cycle training schemes and continuing to provide advice to new or existing cyclists
*       Continuing highway engineering schemes to remove barriers which inconvenience or endanger cyclists
*       Extending off-road routes.

Work will also begin this week on building a new taxi shelter at Haven Green. It will have improved rest and toilet facilities for drivers but the stand will have a traditional design.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “Cycling is a healthy, quick and affordable way to
travel, and we are committed to supporting people who want to take it up in Ealing. Residents have told us that they would be more likely to cycle if they had somewhere secure to leave their bike at Ealing Broadway. The cycle stand will give more cyclists that reassurance, whether they’re in the area shopping or commuting into central London.

“We’re also very excited to have a cycle hire scheme which will encourage more people to discover the pleasures of cycling.”

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Ealing Council is proposing to support local businesses by giving their customers the option to extend their stay in stop and shop parking bays.

A woman shopping

The scheme currently offers free parking varying from five minutes to two hours in stop and shop bays. Under the new plans motorists will still be able to continue using the borough’s stop and shop bays as they do now. To give shoppers greater flexibility motorists will be able to extend their stay using the council’s pay by phone service without having to return to their car. People just staying for the free period will not have to register or telephone the service.

People wishing to use the service will be able to stay for an additional two hours in selected stop and shop bays for a flat fee of £1.80 plus a service charge of 20p.

This means that in locations where there is currently a free period of 30 minutes the maximum stay will be two hours and 30 minutes, in cases where there is a free period of 60 minutes the maximum stay will be three hours and in cases where there is a free period is two hours, the maximum stay will be four hours. (more…)

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Ealing Council demands HS2 rethink

Ealing has pledged to fight for measures to reduce the impact of the proposed High Speed 2 rail link.

Map of proposed HS2 route

The Transport Minister Justine Greening recently announced that following a consultation, to which Ealing Council submitted a holding objection, the route would go ahead, as planned, through Northolt, Greenford, Perivale, Ealing and Acton. The announcement did not provide details of what mitigation would be provided to residents in the borough, despite having done so in other areas. The planned route will run parallel to the central line through the north of the borough coming out of a tunnel in Acton and now re-entering a tunnel just beyond Northolt.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment said:

“This isn’t about party politics. It is about the lives and homes of people who face years of blight and disruption from construction work and will then have the noise of high speed trains thundering through their neighbourhoods. It’s a slap in the face for people in this borough and we will not allow our residents to be treated like second class citizens.

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Three Ealing businesses have been given hefty fines for not disposing of waste properly.

Bags of rubbish left of the street

The prosecutions at Ealing Magistrates Court on Friday 27 January follow investigations by Ealing Council’s Envirocrime team.Mr Dhirajlal Ranchod Samani, owner of Londis at 74 Bilton Road, Perivale, appeared in court to plead guilty to seven charges of failing to prevent staff dumping waste on the street in August last year.

CCTV footage showed staff from Londis wheeling up to five black plastic sacks of rubbish per day in a shopping trolley to flytip them beside a litterbin on the street.

Mr Samani was fined £900 and ordered to pay costs of £400 and a victim surcharge of £15, bringing the total to £1,315.

In a second prosecution on the same day at Ealing Magistrates Court, Harsimran Textiles Ltd clothing store at 40 South Road, Southall, was fined £700 plus costs of £500 and a victim surcharge of £15, totalling £1,215.00  (more…)

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