Archive for November, 2013

Fowl-play by chicken shop

The owner of a chicken takeaway shop has been fined £1,750 for allowing his staff to repeatedly dump rubbish on a Southall pavement.
Mr Raja Hussain, owner of Sam’s Chicken, 20 South Road, Southall, appeared at Ealing Magistrates Court on Thursday, 22 November. He was found guilty of seven charges of failing to prevent illegal disposal of waste from commercial premises and fined £1,750.

He was also ordered to pay £1,192.52 in council costs, and a £120 victim surcharge, bringing the total owed to £3,062.52.

An investigation by Ealing Council’s envirocrime prevention service revealed staff from Sam’s Chicken dumped 35 bags of waste on the footpath outside the shop on seven nights in April and May 2013. These incidents of fly-tipping were caught on CCTV cameras.

The investigation also revealed the owner was convicted for similar fly-tipping offences in October 2011.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “It is astounding that someone who has already been caught fly-tipping had the cheek to dump more bags of waste on the footpath outside his shop. This sort of behaviour will not be tolerated, and we will continue to investigate and prosecute irresponsible owners and businesses who break the law regarding waste disposal.”

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

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CllrBassamMahfouzCycleSafetyShield.jpgToday Ealing launched a cycle safety shield which we are trialling on a six month basis. It is an intelligent detection and warning system which will alert the driver through 360 degree camera views and smart detection systems of any pedestrians or cyclists who may be in a potentially dangerous spot. We are hoping to roll it out to our contractors’ fleets and believe it’s something that would be vitally important for others like bus providers and private companies to roll out too. Cllr Bassam Mahfouz spoke to BBC London’s Tom Edwards about the scheme.

Watch BBC London’s coverage:

Read more about the detail of how the Cycle Safety Shield works:

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20131119-221948.jpgTransport for London recently consulted on proposals to add an additional lane along the A40 by the Target roundabout in Northolt. Ealing Council responded raising residents’ concerns and TfL received 73 other responses.

They have now had time to consider the feedback from the consultation and have produced a report indicating where they will investigate concerns and suggestions further as part of the scheme design development.

A copy of the full consultation report, responses and comments from TfL can be found here:

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Ealing Council is spending £5.5 million to improve its road network. As part of this investment programme we will be resurfacing Edward Road. Murrill Construction Ltd has been appointed by the council to undertake the works.

The scheme will start with a programme of works to adjust kerbs and gullies on the 18 November 2013 and is expected to take 3 weeks. We will then resurface the carriageway immediately afterwards and this element is expected to take 1 week.

Normal working hours are Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm.

In order to facilitate safe working, Edward Road will be closed to through traffic during the 1 week resurfacing element of the programme. Diversions will be sign posted. Access to residents’ properties will be permitted but there may be short delays. Emergency access will not be affected. All parking within the works area will be suspended. To enable work to take place any vehicles parked in the working area will be relocated to a neighbouring street. They will NOT be returned to their original position once the works are complete.

Murrill Construction Ltd will aim to keep noise levels and disruption to a minimum. Thank you in advance for your co-operation and we apologise for any inconvenience that these works may cause.

If you require any further information or have any concerns as a direct consequence of the actual works taking place, require special deliveries, disabled access during the works or if you think your car has been moved please contact Murrill Construction Ltd on 020 8578 4275.

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Blue badge fraudster pays the price

A Southall man has been ordered to pay nearly £1,500 after being caught red-handed fraudulently using a stolen blue badge.
Manmeet Kapoor of Victory Mews, Southall, appeared at Ealing Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 7 November. In May, a courtesy car used by Mr Kapoor was spotted by council officers parked in a restricted bay in Southall. His car was displaying a blue badge that did not belong to him and had been reported as stolen in January 2012.

An eagle-eyed parking officer had previously noticed the badge being used suspiciously in a different car in Southall. Enquiries with Brent Council confirmed that the badge was stolen and at a later date parking services arranged to have the car towed.

When first confronted, Mr Kapoor lied and said that the car was hired and that he found the badge was inside. However, when later interviewed under caution by the council’s audit and investigation officers he admitted that he had bought the stolen badge for £5.

The badge, issued by Brent Council, had been stolen from a parked car. The thief had broken the lock of the vehicle in order to steal it.

In court, Mr Kapoor pleaded guilty to a breach of section 117 of the Road Traffic Act 1984, misuse of a blue badge by a third party. He was fined £500 and ordered him to pay a victim surcharge of £50, plus the council’s costs of £943.30. This brought the total amount payable to £1,493.20.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for environment and customer services, said: “I am always pleased to see dishonest people like Mr Kapoor punished. The genuine owner of that blue badge not only had to go through the trouble of applying for a replacement badge, they also had to deal with the expense and trouble of repairing their damaged car.

“In my opinion, Mr Kapoor is just as bad as the thief that originally stole the badge and I don’t feel sorry for him at all. My sympathies lie with the people that are issued with these badges in the first place who suffer from real mobility problems, but find their parking spaces clogged up by selfish drivers who want to cheat the system.”

Ealing Council residents that have been allocated disabled parking bays outside their homes can apply for a disabled parking permit. These permits remove the need to display blue badges in cars parked in residential disabled bays overnight and are designed to cut down on blue badge theft.

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 our parking section. If you suspect someone of using a blue badge fraudulently, or to report a blue badge as being lost or stolen, call 020 8825 8161.

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Ealing Council is hitting the streets in Greenford Broadway to tackle the sticky problem of gum on the pavement.
Chewing gum spat on the street leaves stubborn stains which are expensive and difficult to remove. This month the council will be blitzing gum stains in the area using specialist cleaning equipment.

The removal process involves using a mixture of chemicals and steam to dissolve the gum, before scraping it off, one piece at a time.

The council has also been giving away free gum pouches, encouraging people to wrap up their gum until they can find a litter bin.

Both initiatives have been partly funded by Greenford Broadway’s ward forum, to help clean up the newly paved town centre, and tackle gum littering in the area.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for environment and transport said: “Dropping or spitting gum on the street is a disgusting habit, not only is it unsightly it also causes distress for people who are unfortunate enough to get it on their shoes or clothing. It is anti-social and people risk a £80 fine for littering.

“Greenford Broadway is one of the worst affected areas in the borough. It’s an issue that is avoidable if people wrap their gum in a tissue or piece of paper before putting it in a bin. That’s why we’re encouraging them to dispose of gum correctly by giving out the pouches.“

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