Archive for September, 2012

The owner of a Southall restaurant has been fined more than £3,700 after his staff dumped rubbish in the street. The prosecution on Monday 10 September 2012 at Uxbridge Magistrates Court follows an investigation by Ealing Council’s Envirocrime Prevention Service.

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Abdirizak Ahmed Yusuf, owner of Somali restaurant, Gafun at 74, The Green, was found guilty on seven charges of failing to prevent staff leaving sacks of waste on the pavement. CCTV images showed staff from the restaurant on The Green putting the rubbish on the pavement on seven nights in April this year. Mr Yusuf was fined £2,800 and ordered to pay costs of £967.15 and a £15 victim surcharge, bringing the total to £3782.15.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment said: “Businesses are responsible for their waste and for the actions of their staff. We work closely with traders to ensure they understand the law and their responsibilities for keeping Ealing clean. There is no excuse for dumping rubbish in the street and we will continue to take action to fine businesses we find do not adhere to the rules.”

Fly-tipping can be reported on Ealing’s 24-hour Grimebusters hotline on 020 8825 8825.

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In a BBC interview on Sunday Chancellor George Osbourne indicated that the government intends to heap pollution and noise misery onto London by expanding airport capacity in the South East. He refused to rule out expansion at Heathrow airport despite the fact that at the general election in 2010 the Conservatives made a specific pledge that there would be no expansion at Heathrow airport.

Conservative politicians have been lining up to speak in favour of expansion of Heathrow over the last few weeks but this is the first time that a senior Government figure has indicated the government’s intention to perform a dramatic U turn which would be to detriment of residents in West London. It has been followed up with a reshuffle which leaves anti-expansion Justine Greening out of her role as Transport Secretary.

It will come as distressing news for residents across Ealing who had believed that now that all three main parties were opposed to the idea of further expansion of Heathrow, it was firmly off the table. Under Ed Milliband Labour announced it is opposed to plans to expand Heathrow airport due to the massive impact they would have on local people as well as the pollution major airport expansion would cause.

Cllr Bassam Mahfouz, Ealing Labour Cabinet Member for Environment & Transport at Ealing reacted to the news saying, “In Ealing we have consistently said that a third runway at Heathrow is not right for local residents.  This move will be cause for concern to tens of thousands of residents who have the prospect of pollution and noise on the cards yet again.  A Third Runway at Heathrow will also only serve to add to the already strained transport networks into the Airport.  It’s another bad call from a chancellor clutching at straws to try to bring the economy back into the black and it will be at the cost of the quality of life for many in west London.  Ealing Council re-iterates its position that we are opposed to any further expansion of Heathrow and I urge senior members within the government to ensure they ditch this idea publicly and immediately.”

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