Archive for December, 2012

New park for historic Three Bridges

Work to transform an unused piece of land into a park in Norwood Green is almost complete, with the site expected to be open for visitors by March 2013.

Three Bridges

Bordering the historic road, rail and canal crossing known as Three Bridges, the land was previously home to the Sea Cadets before being abandoned several years ago. Old building foundations and rubble was removed and recycled before the park transformation began in October.

The park now features a pathway winding towards the canal and wooden seats in the shape of the letters spelling ‘Three Bridges’. A mound has been formed in the centre of the park with material excavated from the site and a number of poppies, daisies and wild flower seeds have been planted all over it. New trees and native hedges have also been planted, and the ground has been sown with grass seedlings that are expected to surface in the spring.

The site has also successfully gained a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to research and collate the history of the three bridges and its surrounds. Ealing Council will work with community and school groups, volunteers and ward forum members to collect the information. A downloadable podcast will be produced, along with an educational outdoor information board and school work sheets.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and the environment, said: “The transformation at Three Bridges is truly remarkable and soon it will be a great place to relax and soak up local history. The HLF project will be a great way to uncover and preserve the site’s interesting history as well as involve local people in a fantastic community project.”

The park work was made possible thanks to support from Norwood Green Ward Forum and contributions from the council’s park capital fund.

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Ealing Council has launched a new parking permit for blue badge holders who have been allocated disabled parking bays. It is designed to cut down on blue badge theft from cars parked overnight.

Disabled parking permit

Disabled parking bays are given to people who can demonstrate that they have an exceptional need. Successful applicants have a bay marked adjacent to their home. The bay is reserved specifically for anyone displaying a blue badge.

Previously, those parked in a disabled parking bay had to have a blue badge on display at all times, including when the car was parked overnight. This led to fears that blue badges could be stolen from cars.

The new permit allows residents to park in any disabled bay in their street, without displaying their blue badge. Instead, a special permit is fixed to the windscreen, similar to a residents parking permit.

The permit can only be issued to a vehicle if it is registered in the name of the blue badge holder meaning that it has no value to any other drivers.

The Ealing permits are designed to be used alongside the national blue badge scheme and any blue badge holder will still be able to park in any disabled bay, even if they don’t have one of the new disabled permits. Permit holders will still need blue badges to park in disabled bays on other streets.

Blue badge theft is a growing problem with 162 reported as stolen in Ealing in the last 12 months. Stolen badges are used fraudulently or sold on the black market.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for environment and customer services, said: “Blue badge theft is a real problem and I’m pleased that we have been able to act on the concerns of residents and introduce these new permits.

“When blue badges are stolen, it causes a great deal of inconvenience and stress to disabled residents who have to deal with the damage caused to their vehicle, as well as apply for a replacement badge. Our new permits will work alongside the existing blue badge scheme and help stop these fraudsters.”

Permits are only available to residents who have already been allocated a disabled parking bay and cost £30 a year. To apply, or find out more, go to Ealing Council’s disabled parking pages.

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Greenford Flyover to be closed between Christmas Eve and 3rd January. Traffic will be diverted onto the roundabout… including Santa

TfL are planning to undertake emergency expansion joint replacement work on the Greenford Roundabout Flyover over the Christmas period from 24th Dec – 3rd Jan, this will involve a full closure of the flyover in both directions for approximately 9 days. They envisage continuous 24 hour working over this 9 day period.  This method of working has the shortest duration that they can currently achieve and cause the shortest period of inconvenience.

TfL  apologise for the short notice stating that the period that has been identified by them using traffic flow data as having the lowest traffic flows of the year so the works will cause the least inconvenience to the travelling public.

The joint has failed therefore this work needs to be undertaken without further delay. Utilising this period removes conflict with a large number of future works that are due to take place in and around the A40 area in the new year.

The works will start at 10pm Christmas eve and continue for 9 days until the joints have been replaced and the carriageway fully reopened by Thursday 3rd January 2013.

Advanced warning signs will be put out on the network as soon as possible to alert members of the public to these works.

Anyone going through the area will have noted that some advanced works are already taking place. Diversion routes during the Christmas period will be signed using the A312, A4 and A406 as well as other restrictions.

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Ealing Council produces an online TravelGreen magazine.

Travel Green in EalingIn this quarter’s edition you can find out more information about our new Ealing Bike Hub, which includes our very own bike hire scheme via Brompton Dock.

Some of what you’ll find inside is the introduction of electric vehicle charging points around the borough is also detailed; your opportunity to give us feedback about potential street parties; details of Dr Bike maintenance sessions near you and an opportunity for you to enter a free prize draw to win a year’s membership to our new Bike Hire scheme and a week’s free use to get you started!

Read it online here: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/8c77c879#/8c77c879/1

 

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Ealing Council is offering £40 vouchers to keep residents cycling through the winter.

Cllr Bassam Mahfouz visits an Ealing cycle shop to see what residents could purchase with their vouchers

Cllr Bassam Mahfouz visits Ealing Cycles to see what residents could purchase with their winter vouchers

The voucher is available to any adult who has had cycle training since October or who signs up and completes it before March. The “Keep Riding Through Winter” vouchers can be used in any one of five independent bike shops in the borough and can be spent on accessories like mudguards, lights, puncture resistant tyres, gloves or other clothing for the colder months.

On-road cycle training is available for adults living in Ealing. It teaches cyclists how to be safe and confident and is suitable for all levels. Instructors will provide training anywhere in Ealing. To book a lesson ring Cycle Training UK on Freephone 0800 093 6454 quoting “Cycle Training for Ealing”. There is a £5 booking fee, except for unwaged adults and their children.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Environment and Transport, said: “We want to support people to keep cycling through the winter months by giving low-cost and some cases, free on-road training as well as practical help so people can stay safe and warm. If you’re wrapped up and have decent lights, it’s great to get on your bike, enjoy the winter sun and beat the traffic jams.

The vouchers can be used in the following shops:
*       Ealing Cycles – 9 Bond Street
*       Woolsey of Acton – 281 Acton Lane
*       The Bike Shop – 67 the Broadway, Greenford
*       Bicycle Repair Station – Churchfield Road, Acton
*       There Cycling – 60 Boston Road, Hanwell
They can also be used at the community bike workshop, Ealing Bike Hub at 18 Queens Avenue, Greenford.

Cyclists who have completed training since October will be contacted by Cycle Training UK to receive their vouchers. Anyone taking cycle training until the end of March will be given a voucher by their instructors.

Find out more information on cycling in Ealing by visiting our website www.ealing.gov.uk/cycling or contact Dr. Robert Davis on 020 8825 5771, or Colin McKenzie on 020 8825 5140 or by email: cycling@ealing.gov.uk

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Ealing Council’s highways team has been shortlisted for a national award for its work on improving local shopping parades.

Money invested into shopping parades

The London Transport Awards 2013 recognised the council’s work after £1.5million was spent sprucing up 10 tired-looking shopping parades between winter 2010 and summer 2011. Under the programme roads and pavements were resurfaced, park benches, rubbish bins and signs were installed, new trees planted and the areas were made safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

New disabled parking bays were also installed near to health centres and chemists shops. And parking and loading restrictions were simplified to make it easier for people to visit their local shops. More parking and loading spaces were also introduced where possible.

Before the works took place, local residents and traders were asked what improvements they wanted and had input into the design.

Following on from the success of these 10 local schemes, the council has decided to fund £500,000 of improvements to a further five shopping parades. The next areas to receive a face lift are:

• Dudley Road, Southall
• Greenford Road, near the junction with Kings Avenue
• Ruislip Road, near the junction with Ferrymead Gardens
• Oldfield Lane North, near Greenford station
• Southfield Road, Acton.

Work has already started on the Dudley Road site and the rest will be started in early 2013.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and the environment, said: “I’m delighted that the highways team’s work has been highlighted in this way. Local schemes like this make a big difference to people and businesses and go a long way towards helping to make Ealing a better place to live.

“The first 10 schemes were successful and well supported by residents and local traders which is why we are investing £500,000 in another five areas.”

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You can give away unwanted items and pick up things for free at the north Acton ‘Stuff for Free’ event this weekend.

Christmas presents istock image

 Unit 3 in the Victoria Industrial Estate will be the site of this year’s community event which last year saw people take away a range of goods including bikes, toys and household items.

People taking part will also be helping the environment. By re-using things instead of throwing them away, residents will reduce the amount sent to landfill and save valuable resources.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, chair of West London Waste Authority (WLWA) said “There is no better time than the run-up to Christmas to get rid of unwanted items. And no better time to pick up new ones for free – especially extra presents. Into the bargain you are helping the environment by reusing things rather than simply wasting them by throwing them away. It is good to see Stuff for Free back in Ealing.”

Green charity Healthy Planet and furniture re-use charity Furnish are working with WLWA to run the event to raise awareness of environmental issues and reduce the amount of unwanted goods going to landfill.

On Saturday 8 December, from 10am until 3pm, residents and businesses alike can bring along any unwanted items that are still in good enough condition for others to use, including books, furniture, gadgets and other household items. This includes both working and broken electrical items, thanks to DHL Envirosolutions, which will take away all the broken electrical equipment to be recycled. A team of volunteers will sort through the donated stuff.

Then on Sunday 9 December, also between 10am and 3pm, anyone can come along and take items they want, for free.

As well as the items given to de-clutter cupboards, Furnish will also have some lines of re-used furniture for sale at a discount.

Full details – including directions to the venue – can be found at:http://www.westlondonwaste.gov.uk/ and http://www.stuffforfree.org.uk/

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