Archive for November, 2012

Ealing Council shows true grit

With winter just around the corner, Ealing Council’s gritting teams are on standby to keep the roads open and traffic moving.

grit truck

Ealing Council is one of the few local authorities in the country with a purpose-built storage barn for its grit. This means that sufficient grit can be stockpiled throughout the year to keep main roads and pathways clear.

As much as 5,000 tonnes can be stored at any one time – the equivalent of 714 double decker buses. More than 1,000 tonnes of grit was spread on Ealing streets last winter.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment, visited the depot in person last week to ensure that everything was in place for the coming cold months.

The decision on whether to deploy the council’s eight gritters is based on information from the Met Office and from considering prevailing weather conditions. And, despite it still being officially autumn, the road-surface temperature has already dropped low enough to require the gritters to go out at night several times.

Councillor Mahfouz said: “I was impressed with what I saw at the depot in Greenford today. Ealing is well prepared for the cold weather once again and we have plenty of grit to keep our main roads clear over the winter.”

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Hanwell park receives £95,000 investment

Work began this week to rejuvenate a section of land at King George’s Playing Fields in Hanwell, thanks to a £95,000 investment from the council.

King George

The improvements aim to encourage greater community use of the area, known as Poor’s Piece, while also clearing out crime and anti-social behaviour.

Work will include the installation of an outdoor gym, table tennis table and a round paved area with seating. A pathway stretching from Lower Boston Road to the path at the St Mark’s Road entrance will be resurfaced, and flowers and colourful shrubs will be planted throughout the park. Low boundary plants will replace the broken knee rail around the site, while the existing large trees will remain in place. The existing steel fence separating the open grass area and Poor’s Piece will be removed and relocated around the site’s boundaries.

The area has now been fenced off to the public, with works expected to be completed before spring 2013.

A number of other improvements will also be carried out at the King George’s Playing Fields in the new year.

The children’s play area at the opposite end of the park will receive a new toddler slide and sand digger, along with springy seesaws. The damaged mounds will be repaired and the out-of-use water pump will be removed. Play equipment for older children will be installed in other sections of the park, along with more trees planted, including two fruit trees. (more…)

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Ealing Council has held the latest in an on-going series of spot checks of refuse and recycling collection and street cleaning standards across the borough.

The Greenford Broadway and Southfields areas were inspected on 8 and 12 November, with no prior warning, by Council Leader, Councillor Julian Bell, and cabinet member for Transport and Environment, Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, together with staff from the council’s contractor Enterprise. Local ward councillors were also invited to attend.

In addition to regular collections and street cleaning, the group saw Enterprise crews busy at work clearing large volumes of leaves from the streets.

Enterprise, which took over the contract in April, has been instructed to improve its performance after disappointing results in the first weeks of the new service.

Councillor Mahfouz said: “These services have been steadily improving after major problems when Enterprise initially took over the contract, but we are determined to ensure the highest possible standards are consistently achieved for residents.

“The spot checks are an important test and we are committed to continue them.”

Residents can report any missed collection quickly and easily at any time using a short e-form on the council’s website

Alternatively, they can phone the Customer Services team on 020 8825 6000 which is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday.

The Council’s Grimebusters hotline 020 8825 8825 offers a 24 hour, seven days a week facility for residents to report graffiti and fly tipping. We aim to remove 90% of graffiti within 24 hours of it being reported, and all flytipping by the end of the next working day.

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