Archive for October, 2013

Hard-hitting save drive lesson for teens

High school students from Ealing and Hounslow were given hard-hitting lessons about driving at the Safe Drive Stay Alive roadshow last week.
More than 2700 students from 21 schools visited Questors Theatre in Ealing to hear shocking first-hand accounts from emergency workers, a crash victim and bereaved family members, including a father whose daughter was killed when a car mounted the pavement she was walking along.

One paramedic recounted a horrific scene where a teenage boy’s dangerous driving resulted in the death of his 16 year-old girlfriend.

She told the crowd: “It only takes one moment, one bad decision to change a lifetime. The only thing that boys should be breaking is your heart – not your neck.”

Teenage crash victim, Nick Bennett, stunned the students when he told how his impatience on the road and refusal to wear a seatbelt resulted in a head-on collision with a truck.

Nick, then 17, wanted to be a professional footballer, but the crash – which very nearly cost his life – left him in a wheelchair with serious brain injuries. He also had to have his left leg removed from the knee down.

He said: “You’ve got to make the right choices on the road. Please don’t think that you can drive dangerously without suffering the consequences. Take a look at the people sitting around you. They’re your friends and they will probably be the ones to tell you to drive faster. But ask yourself one question, will those friends still come and visit you when you’re stuck in a wheelchair? Mine don’t. It’s better to be 10 minutes late in this world than 10 minutes early in the next.”

Cabinet member for environment and transport, Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, said: “In their first two years of driving, one in five teens will be involved a car crash. This alarming statistic is why the Safe Drive Stay Alive initiative is so important and why it is essential for young people to understand that a badly driven car is a lethal weapon.

“The real-life accounts were very harrowing, but I hope the messages stay with the students to ensure they make the right decisions – whether behind the wheel or as a passenger – so they don’t end up as a statistic.”

The Safe Drive Stay Alive initiative is run is led by Ealing and Hounslow councils in partnership with the emergency services.

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Drivers who use RingGo to pay for their parking in any Ealing Council owned car park between Monday 14 October and Sunday 24 November will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win an iPad.
RingGo is Ealing Council’s cashless parking provider. Cashless parking is convenient for drivers, because they don’t have to carry change in order to park and can extend their parking session by making a simple phone call.

To encourage more drivers to try the new service, Ealing Council will give an iPad to one lucky person chosen at random after the 24 November. Motorists don’t have to be Ealing residents to enter the draw, they just have to pay using RingGo in any of the council’s car parks before Saturday 24 November. The winner will be announced at the end of November.

Registering with RingGo usually takes only a few minutes. Subsequent calls to pay for parking normally take less than a minute and there is also a free smartphone app that can be downloaded for free. RingGo also operates cashless parking in neighbouring Brent and Hounslow, so Ealing motorists who sign up will already be registered to pay for their parking by phone when they visit those boroughs.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for environment and customer services, said: “RingGo is the simplest way to pay for parking in Ealing, and in neighbouring boroughs. Lots of people already use cashless parking and we’d like to encourage even more drivers to give it a try, which is why we are offering this fantastic prize draw.

“I hope that once residents have seen how easy it is to use they’ll ditch the coins for good and pay for their parking the easy way, especially as now that we’ve dropped the 20p transaction fee, it costs exactly the same as paying with cash.”

To register with RingGo, go to To find out more about the Ealing Council’s car parks, including locations, opening times and charges, and to view the competition terms and conditions, go to our parking pages.

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Bhangra stars Channi Singh OBE and his daughter Mona Singh have joined forces with Ealing Council to raise awareness of the importance of recycling in Southall.
Ealing Council is embarking on a seven year drive to boost the boroughs recycling rate and reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill. The goal is 50% by 2020, a local and national target set by the government. Part of this drive includes raising awareness in areas of the borough which have historically low recycling rates.

Southall resident, Channi Singh said ‘’I was born in Punjab where a huge amount of material is now re-used and recycled into other products. We should be doing more here. People need to be made aware of the harm that throwing everything in the bin, which is sent straight to landfill, can do.

‘‘I recycle to make sure that we are conserving valuable resources so that there is enough for future generations. We need to think about what we will leave behind for the future when we are wasting so much today.’’

Mona Singh added ‘‘We are really excited to be supporting this worthy cause. Recycling is something that we should all be doing, and once you start it’s easy. I recycle because it’s the right thing to do. It’s cleaner, better for the environment and I believe in having pride in my home and in Southall.’’

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment said ‘‘It’s great to have Channi and Mona on board with this campaign. I hope their support will help to raise awareness and encourage recycling participation. The council has been introducing new recycling services for residents and will continue to do so to make recycling even easier for people to do.’’

Channi Singh was awarded an OBE in 2012, becoming the first Punjabi singer to receive the award, for his services to Bhangra music, as well as his charity and community work. He has been an influential figure in the music scene for over 35 years, as the lead singer of Alaap.

Three of Mona’s albums have reached number 1 on the Asian music charts.

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Ealing Council is giving local people another reason to get on their bikes this week as it introduces two new cycle equipment discounts.
Bassam with his son Alexander ahead of the Ticket to Ride
Cyclists can purchase any silver ‘sold secure’ bike lock – which usually retails at £30 – for just £10, thanks to a subsidy from the council. The £20 discount also applies to many higher-value locks and is available at the following cycle shops:

– Woolsey of Acton: 281 Acton Lane, W4 5DH
– London Bike Hub: 18 Queens Avenue, UB6 9BX
– Ealing Cycles: 9 Bond Street, W5 5AP
– The Bike Shop: 67 The Broadway, UB6 9PN
– There Cycling: 60 Boston Road, W7 3TR
– Bicycle Repair Station: 2a Goldsmith Road, W3 6PX

To redeem the offer, customers will simply need to show photo ID and fill in a short form in-store.

A special code is also being made available to Ealing residents to purchase discounted ‘smile’ wall bike brackets. The brackets are in the shape of a smiling face and, once affixed to a wall, can be used with a lock to store bikes securely while at home. Ealing Council has subsidised the cost of the brackets, bringing the price down from £29.99 to just £5.

To purchase a ‘smile’ bracket, residents should contact HB Designs on 01380 840 819 and quote reference number 125LBES/66. The bracket will be sent directly to residents, along with a wall-fixing kit and instructions, as well as information about storing your bike and cycling in Ealing – and all in environmentally-friendly packaging.

Cabinet member for environment and transport, Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, said: “With more and more residents taking up cycling, it is fantastic that we are able to offer these discount schemes. Most bikes stolen in Ealing are secured with poor-quality locks, so I encourage all cyclists to take advantage of this offer and upgrade their lock to reduce the likelihood of theft.

“The bike lock discount is also a great way to bring more business to local shops, as well as giving shoppers the opportunity to get advice from the in store cycling experts.”

Both discounts schemes are funded through the local implementation plan (LIP) funding given to the council by Transport for London.

For more information, please email

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Party time in Mattock Lane

Ealing Council is inviting people to join in the fun as it hosts a street party on Saturday, 12 October from 11am-3pm.
Fun in Ealing
Highlights of the Season Up Your Street event on Mattock Lane, Ealing, will include live music from Rock Choir and West London Barbershop Harmony Club, market stalls, food vendors, and a pop-up playground.

PM Gallery is running a group art activity which anyone can contribute to on the day. There will also be face painting and giant games to entertain the little ones.

People will be able to ride a giant bike through parts of central Ealing and Dr Bike’s mechanics will be on hand to give cyclists free bike health checks and make minor repairs.

To make way for the street party, people will not be able to drive along the stretch of Mattock Lane between High Street and the entrance to Pitzhanger Manor from 8am to 6pm and they will not be able to park in the bays alongside Ealing Green. For the duration of the event, the part of Mattock Lane that is open to traffic will become a two-way street and people will be able to drive into Mattock Lane from Culmington Road.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “Hosting a street party is a great way to bring people together and give them the chance to enjoy food, goods and entertainment from some of our many excellent local businesses and performers.”

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Unwanted furniture and white goods collected by Ealing Council could find new homes with those most in need as part of a new re-use scheme launched earlier this month.

Cllr Bassam Mahfouz, Graham Raine and Charles Craft with donated dining furniture at the Furnish shop in Sheperds Bush. Residents are able to buy discounted donated furniture at this store as part of the Re-use service.

If suitable, furniture and appliances picked up as part of the council’s bulky re-use service could be re-used, repaired or refurbished before being sold cheaply or donated to low-income families in West London.

Ealing Council is working in partnership with Furnish and London Re-use Network to deliver the scheme.

Items which could be made available through the scheme include:

  • Sofas
  • Chairs
  • Tables
  • Beds
  • Washing machines and fridges

Office furniture may be offered to schools, charities and community groups operating on a low budget.

Up to eight bulky items can be collected from Ealing residents’ homes for £20, fridges and freezers can be collected for £25. More than eight items can be collected on request for an additional charge.

Cabinet member for environment and transport, Councillor Bassam Mahfouz said: “I am very proud that Ealing is the first borough in west London to provide a re-use collection service for residents. Every day perfectly good furniture, beds and white goods are thrown away to make way for new, whilst many are looking to buy these items on a tight budget. This is a fantastic opportunity to give a new lease of life to unwanted goods.’’

Charles Craft, managing director of the London Re-use Network added: ‘We are thrilled that Ealing Council has signed up to our bulky waste re-use hotline collection service, giving more Londoners to chance to send their unwanted furniture and white goods for re-use. By donating via the re-use hotline Ealing residents will be supporting local charity Furnish to create volunteering and training opportunities, and provide low cost goods for local people being re-housed or in need.”

Residents can book a re-use collection online or call 020 8825 6000.

Residents looking to buy quality second-hand items can visit the Furnish store, West12 shopping centre, Shepherds Bush Green, London W12 8PP. Email Furnish; call 020 8749 4031 or visit the Furnish website

Residents eligible for local welfare assistance from Ealing Council, may be given furniture and have it delivered free of charge. You can find more information or apply for local welfare assistance online.

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