Archive for May, 2013

Ealing Council is inviting residents to get on their bikes to explore the borough in a series of free guided rides on Sunday 23 June to celebrate National Bike Week.

The Ticket to Ride event is open to cyclists of all levels, including less confident riders and families. Ride marshals will lead groups on an 11 mile route along roads, the canal towpath and through parks, taking in the borough’s sights while building cyclists’ confidence.

Guided rides will leave Gunnersbury and Brent Lodge parks in Acton and Hanwell on the hour from 10am until 4pm. Each ride is expected to take two to three hours to complete with breaks along the way. Cyclists can choose to ride only part of the route if they prefer.

Dr Bike cycle bike health checks will be available at both parks and there will also be information about Ealing’s cycling activities and training.

Keen cyclist and cabinet member for environment and transport, Bassam Mahfouz will be taking part. He said: “We want to get more people cycling in Ealing. It promises to be a great day out for all the family and offers to boost cyclists’ confidence by showing them an easy and enjoyable way to keep fit and help them feel safer when they’re on the road.”

For more information contact Jean Mowbray at or call 020 7232 4387.

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The big compost giveaway

Ealing Council’s recycling team will be giving away 10 tonnes of compost at Walpole Park on Saturday, 11 May as part of Compost Awareness Week.

home composting

The giveaway will take place from 9am to 3pm.

The compost is made from recycled food and garden waste collected from homes across west London. Residents are asked to come to the event via Mattock Lane vehicle entrance of the park with their own bags, containers and shovels as the compost will be loose. Staff from the council’s recycling team will be on hand to offer advice and information on composting.

Compost is great for your garden and can be made at home easily with your garden waste, using everyday items such as peelings, teabags, coffee grounds, filter paper and scrunched up newspaper and cardboard.

Residents can also dispose of garden waste by subscribing to the council’s garden waste collection service. Subscriptions can be completed online or by calling 020 8825 6000.

The subscription is £40 for the whole year until March 2014 and people can sign up at any time. There is a discounted fee of £30 for residents over 65 and those who receive means-tested benefits.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport said ‘Spring has finally arrived and it’s that time of the year again so don’t miss your chance as part of our big compost giveaway.  All green fingered gardeners are welcome, just don’t forget to bring your own bags.’

In addition, the council in partnership with Straight Plc, is offering residents reduced prices on compost bins. Prices start at £16.98. Phone 0845 130 6090 for further details or order onlline.

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A Hanwell resident has become the 100th member of Ealing Council’s cycle hire scheme.

100th member of Brompton cycle hire scheme with Councillors Bell and Mahfouz and Nick O'Donnell from Ealing Council and Mark Antwis from Brompton Dock

In return, Ealing Council leader Julian Bell and cabinet member for environment and transport, Bassam Mahfouz, presented Deborah Helsdon with two week’s free membership to the Brompton Dock folding bike hire scheme.

Twenty Brompton folding cycles are available to hire at Ealing Broadwaycycle hub on Haven Green at any time of day or night. To hire a bike, users must first register online, giving their credit card details and pay a membership fee which varies according to how frequently they use the service.

The folding bikes, which are ideal for commuters because they can be taken on public transport and stored under a desk, can be hired from one day up to a year.

Frequent users can hire a cycle from as little as £2.50 per day plus a yearly membership fee of £45. Leisure members pay an annual membership fee of £10 and then a flat rate of £5.00 per day.

Members then send a text message on their mobile phones to get a PIN code to release a bike from a secure dock 24 hours a day. Cyclists can reserve a bike or bay to return the bike to, the night before or up to an hour beforehand.

Deborah signed up to ease her commute from Hanwell to British Airways’ headquarters near Heathrow. She said: “Sometimes I use my own bike to cycle 10 miles to work but if the weather’s bad or I feel a little lazy, I can use a folding bike to get to Boston Manor tube station and cycle to the office once I get off the tube.”

Deborah has also used the folding bike on train journeys to Brighton at the weekend.

She said: “Brompton bikes give people a more flexible approach allowing them to mix and match with buses, tubes and trains. I think it’s great I have another option on my doorstep to encourage more of us all out of cars and onto bikes and public transport.”

Forty-one people have recently joined thecycle hire scheme, taking the total to 141 members.

Councillor Mahfouz said: “Cycling is a healthy, fast and environmentally-friendly way to travel. We’re proud of our cycle hub which was the first of its kind in London. We’ll also soon be announcing details of how we’ll be marking June’s National Bike Week.”

Councillor Bell said: “We want residents of all ages to see cycling as an attractive and safe option and I’m delighted that becoming a member has made such a difference to Deborah’s travel to work as well as at the weekends.

“Our affordable bike hire scheme makes cycling available to everyone whatever their level of experience and is a great way to avoid traffic jams.”

For more information on the Brompton Dock cycle hire scheme at Ealing Council’s cycle hub on Haven Green, please visit

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A Southall takeaway shop where staff were filmed dumping trolley-loads of rubbish sacks on the pavement has been ordered to pay more than £1,520 by Ealing Magistrates Court.

Man from Shahi Nan Buffet illegally dumping waste on footpath in Southall

Mohammed Aslam, director of Shahi Nan Kabab Limited, which runs the Shahi Nan Buffet on Southall High Street, pleaded guilty on Thursday, 25 April 2013 to eight offences of failing to prevent staff fly-tipping waste on the footpath.

Ealing Council’s envirocrime team brought the business to court after it ignored warnings not to dump waste in this way. Over the course of eight nights in November 2012, CCTV cameras recorded a man working at the takeaway, pushing a trolley full of rubbish bags along the high street before dumping them.

The company was fined £100 for each of the eight offences and ordered to pay Ealing’s costs of £705.90 along with a victim surcharge of £15 making a total of £1520.90.

Cabinet member for environment and transport, Bassam Mahfouz said: “We are cracking down on fly-tipping by businesses, particularly in this area and have already warned several traders. I hope this case serves as a warning to businesses that they risk being taken to court and a costly fine if they ignore such warnings.”

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

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