Archive for January, 2013

A Department of Work and Pensions Cold Weather Payment has been triggered on the 21/1/2013 by the Met Office weather stations which will be paid to eligible residents in Northolt, Greenford & Perivale.

The trigger is for the period 14/1/2013 to 20/1/2013.

Cold Weather Payments are made from the Social Fund to certain recipients of Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance or Pension Credit during periods of very cold weather. To ‘trigger’ the payments, the average temperature at a specified weather station must be recorded as, or forecast to be, 0°C or below for seven consecutive days. The scheme runs from 1 November to 31 March each winter.

The payment is a fixed amount for each week of cold weather. For many years this was set at £8.50 a week but the Labour Government increased the rate to £25 a week as a temporary measure for winters 2008/2009 and 2009/2010. The current Government has made the £25 rate permanent. For Winter 2011/2012, 5.2 million individual payments were made worth a total of £129.2 million.

Payments are made automatically to those entitled to them. There should be no need to make a claim, but people who think they may be entitled but do not receive a payment should contact the Department for Work and Pensions.

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Snow expected

Snow is expected to fall tomorrow morning (Friday 18 January) with temperatures remaining at or below freezing for the next few days.

Gritters are ready

Ealing Council has put in place emergency plans to deal with the cold weather.

Council gritters will be out overnight to keep main roads moving and have plans in place to grit secondary roads and busy pavements including those in the town centres and near hospitals, stations and schools should conditions worsen.

Refuse and Recycling trucks are out and expect to be able to pick up waste from the majority of homes but if snow should fall a small number of very narrow streets or roads on hills may be difficult to access due to the icy conditions.

In the event of snow, parents are advised to check that their child’s school is open before leaving home.

The council is asking residents to be good neighbours during the cold snap by checking elderly or vulnerable people in their area are safe, warm and have essential supplies.

Read more about keeping warm in winter. To report a problem with an Ealing road, path or highway, visit the report it page.

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Get in touch with nature this January

Local nature lovers are invited to sign-up for two free events being held on Saturday, 26 January.

Nature in Walpole Park

A guided bird walk in Walpole Park will give amateur bird watchers the opportunity to get up-close to local species and learn fascinating facts about birds.

Meeting at 7am, the group will survey the number of birds in the park and look for species including goldfinches, collard doves and long-tailed tits. Expert ornithologists will be on hand to answer questions and to help spot some of the more timid creatures.

The event is part of The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds’ (RSPB) Big Garden Bird Watch, encouraging local communities and people to record the number of birds in their area. The findings will be reported back to RSPB, contributing to the world’s largest wildlife survey.

Everyone is welcome to come along, but places are limited. Please contact park manager, Emma Allen, on allene@ealing.gov.uk or 07711 391185 to book a place.

From 11am on the same day, people are invited to take part in a community gardening event at Gunnersbury Park as part of the nation-wide Big Tree Plant.

Around 200 trees are expected to be planted along the eastern boundary of the park, which will attract more wildlife and provide shade and protection.

Volunteers will meet near the entrance to the park opposite Lionel Road Primary School.  For more information, please email gunnersbury@ealing.gov.uk or call 020 8825 6787.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “Everyone is welcome to come along to these two fantastic events. By taking part you’ll help to improve our local area, while meeting other people.  All you need is some wellies, a bit of enthusiasm, and the willingness to learn about local wildlife and vegetation.”

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Parking permit changes for New Year

Changes to the way that parking permits are issued and renewed are being introduced from Monday 4 February meaning that the easiest and quickest way to apply is now online.

CPZ sign

Customers who renew and pay for their parking permits online atwww.ealing.gov.uk/pay will be able to park in their zone from 9am the next day without the need to display a paper permit. Their permission to park will be ‘live’ on the council’s database from this time and their paper permit will be posted to them within five working days.

Residents can also split the cost of their permit into four quarterly payments when they sign up to pay by direct debit. Permits paid for by direct debit will take longer to process, so customers should allow longer for their applications to be approved.

And the most convenient way to pay for visitor parking is by using the council’s Visitor Park By Phone service. This allows residents to pay for their visitor’s parking on the same day by making a phone call.

Residents have to register for the Visitor Park by Phone beforehand. To register, residents must send their full name, address, postcode and telephone number to paybyphone@ealing.gov.uk or call 020 8825 6677. For more information, go to www.ealing.gov.uk/parking. (more…)

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Snow and Cold weather update

Residents are reminded to take care during the cold snap.

Gritters are ready

The Met Office has issued an alert about the cold weather, icy conditions and snow, with temperatures expected to hover around freezing for the rest of the week.

Council gritters were out and about last night gritting roads and footpaths. They will continue to monitor the weather very closely.

The council is asking residents to be good neighbours during the cold snap by checking elderly or vulnerable people in their area are safe, warm and have essential supplies. 

Read more about keeping warm in winter. To report a problem with an Ealing road, path or highway, visit the report it page.

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The owners of two Southall shops have been fined after their staff dumped rubbish in the street.

fly-tipping outside Southall store

The prosecutions on Friday 21 December 2012 at Ealing Magistrates Court follow a crackdown by Ealing Council’s Envirocrime prevention service.

Staff from Sandeep Food and Wine at 92, The Green in Southall, were caught on CCTV putting plastic sacks of rubbish on the pavement over seven nights in May and November 2012.

Store owner Mr Sandeep Singh Barbar pleaded guilty to seven charges of failing to prevent illegal disposal of waste from commercial premises. He was fined £350 and ordered to pay council costs of £804.28 and a victim surcharge of £15, bringing the total to £1169.28.

Bags of waste were also dumped on the footpath by staff from The Green Food and Wine store at 61, The Green. CCTV images showed staff leaving waste outside on six occasions in June 2012.

Owner Kultar Singh Khalsa pleaded guilty to six offences. He was fined £300 and ordered to pay £573.53 council costs and a £15 victim surcharge, bringing the total to £888.53.

Since July 2012, seven businesses in Southall Green have been prosecuted for leaving rubbish on the pavement.

Cabinet member for environment and transport, Councillor Bassam Mahfouz said: “We work closely with businesses to ensure they understand the law around waste disposal so there is no excuse for dumping rubbish in the street.”

Fly-tipping can be reported online or by calling our 24-hour Grimebusters hotline on 020 8825 8825.

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

Christmas tree

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 used trees for recycling at the borough’s parks.

Residents can leave their Christmas tree – with all decorations removed – out for collection. There will be a free collection service provided with weekly refuse and recycling collections from Monday 31 December until Friday 18 January (at the front of the property, but not on the pavement where they can cause obstruction). 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.

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.

The garden waste subscription collection service will not take place over the Christmas period from Monday, 24 December to Friday 18 January.  The service will resume from Monday, 21 January.

Real Christmas trees (with all decorations removed) can be taken to:

  • Acton Green Common
  • Acton Park
  • Berkeley Fields (Berkeley Avenue entrance)
  • Churchfields, Hanwell (car park)
  • Cleveland Park
  • Ealing Central Sports Ground (Horsenden Lane South entrance)
  • Ealing Common (Junction of Grange Road and the Common)
  • Elthorne Park (Boston Road entrance)
  • Islip Manor Park (Eastcote Lane car park)
  • North Acton playing fields
  • Perivale Park (Cowgate Road entrance)
  • Pitshanger Park
  • Ravenor Park (Oldfield Lane South and Ruislip Road entrance)
  • Rectory Park (Parkfield Drive entrance)
  • Southall Park (Green Drive entrance)
  • Southfields Park -Spikes Bridge Park (West Avenue entrance)
  • Springfield Gardens (Rosemont Road entrance)
  • Walpole Park (Lammas Park Gardens entrance)

The Re-use and Recycling centres accept all garden waste, including Christmas trees, for recycling. These centres are located at Stirling Road, Acton and Greenford Road, Greenford.  Please note that the weighbridge at the Greenford centre closes at 3.30pm.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “Getting a real Christmas tree can be really good for the environment and we want to support residents in making sure it’s easy to recycle it when Christmas is over and all the mince pies have been eaten.  That’s why we will be continuing an Ealing Christmas tradition we started two years ago by collecting real trees from the front of your home as well as offering you the chance to take it to a number of parks and our recycling centres to have it turned into compost.”

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