Archive for December, 2013

Some Ealing Council services will be operating at different opening hours during the week between Christmas and New Year.
The customer service centre at Perceval House, 14-16 Uxbridge Road, will be closed to visitors from 5pm on Christmas Eve until 9am on Thursday, 2 January 2014.

Residents will be able to access essential and emergency council services around the clock during the festive period by calling 020 8825 5000, including Christmas and New Year’s days.

Council staff will be taking customer telephone enquiries on Monday 30, December and Tuesday, 31 December, from 9am-5pm.

Services available on 30 and 31 December include:
Environment: 020 8825 6000
Automated parking line: 020 8825 6565
Council tax: 020 8825 7050
Benefits: 020 8825 7000
Housing repairs: 020 8825 5682 or 0800 181 744
Housing emergency accommodation: 020 8825 8881 or 8888

Children and adults’ social care: 020 8825 5000

Libraries will close at 4pm on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, 24 December and re-open on Thursday, 2 January, apart from Ealing Central Library which will be open on Friday 27, Saturday 28 and Monday 30 December from 9am to 5pm each day.

All car parks and pay and display bays will offer free parking on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Visitor parking in resident bays within controlled parking zones (CPZs) will also be free on those days. Normal parking restrictions will apply on all other days.

Apart from Christmas Day, motorists are reminded that bus lanes and parking restrictions on double yellow lines, loading bays, and parking in other places where parking is prohibited remain in operation throughout the festive period. The council is offering free weekend parking at its car parks in December and the first weekend of January.

The noise response team will be able to deal with noise nuisance complaints apart from Christmas and New Year’s Day. A limited service is also available on Boxing Day to deal with house and car alarms. Contact them on 020 8825 8111.

The council’s re-use and recycling centres will be open as usual from 8am to 4pm over the Christmas period, except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Waste and recycling collection days will change over the holiday period. Collections will return to normal on Monday, 13 January.

Christmas and New Year collection dates

Usual collection day Actual day

Monday 23 December Monday 23 December

Tuesday 24 December Tuesday 24 December

Wednesday 25 December Friday 27 December

Thursday 26 December Saturday 28 December

Friday 27 December Monday 30 December

Monday 30 December Tuesday 31 December

Tuesday 31 December Thursday 2 January

Wednesday 1 January Friday 3 January

Thursday 2 January Saturday 4 January

Friday 3 January Monday 6 January

Monday 6 January Tuesday 7 January

Tuesday 7 January Wednesday 8 January

Wednesday 8 January Thursday 9 January

Thursday 9 January Friday 10 January

Friday 10 January Saturday 11 January

As always, teams will be on standby to grit roads across the borough if required.

The borough’s leisure centres will be open at different hours over Christmas. Please visit our website for full details.

Residents will still be able access all information on the website throughout the festive period.

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Woman fined for illegal trading

An illegal street trader has been fined £750 for repeatedly setting up a stall to sell clothing on a Southall pavement.
Ms Suryyai Tahir failed to appear at Ealing Magistrates Court last Thursday (5 December), however was found guilty in absence of three charges of unlicensed street trading, and fined £250 for each offence. She was also ordered by the court to pay £264 in costs, and a £25 victim surcharge, bringing the total owed to £1,039.

Officers from the council’s environment prevention service began investigating the illegal street trading after a member of the public reported seeing Ms Tahir selling clothing and fabrics along Southall Broadway on 4 July 2013.

She was also spotted using a cardboard box to display and sell the goods on a further two occasions on 15 and 16 July 2013. These two incidents of illegal street trading were caught on CCTV cameras.

Ms Tahir was convicted and fined for similar street trading offences in May this year.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “I am shocked Ms Tahir continued to illegally sell goods on the street, despite being caught and convicted earlier this year. Her makeshift stall was an eyesore, and unfair on other legitimate traders in the area.”

To report illegal street trading go to or call 020 8825 6000.

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This Saturday (21st December) has lots in store for you in Greenford – the Christmas Fair will be taking place between 11am and 4pm, along The Broadway from Greenford Hall to the Ruislip Road/Greenford Road junction – – enjoy!

FREE PARKING AT COUNCIL CAR PARKS – nearest one for the Christmas Fair is Greenford Broadway, Oldfield Lane South – at the WEEKENDS

There will be:
A pop up vintage tea shop in the vacant shop on the corner of The Broadway (where it meets Greenford Road)
Jewellery making workshop stall
Live music stage
Free town centre treasure hunt
Free children’s facepainting
Free Santa’s Grotto
Free Rolling Base craft and activity fun bus
Candyfloss barrow
And stalls run by local businesses (Sunjam foods, Peter John Footwear and Cancer Research)

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Plastic fantastic Christmas in Ealing

A giant Christmas tree made with 900 recycled plastic bottles was unveiled today (Monday, 2 December) in Ealing – the first of its kind in London.
Built by artist Ashley Phillips and commissioned by Ealing Council, the tree stands six metres tall and is on display outside Ealing Town Hall.

Part of the council’s 50% by 2020 recycling campaign, the Christmas tree has been created to make people think and encourage them to recycle. More waste is produced over the festive period than at any other time of year.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for environment and transport said: “This striking tree not only helps us celebrate Christmas it comes with a green message. Astonishingly the same number of bottles used on the trees is used in the UK every two seconds. We are encouraging residents to take two seconds to recycle.

“The tree is designed to make people think about how much we all consume and how items could be reused. All plastic can be recycled, and is actually a valuable resource used to make all sorts of new products such as fleece jumpers, park benches and children’s playground equipment.

“Christmas is a crucial time for refuse and recycling in the borough. Over the festive period the amount we send to landfill rises by 20%, costing us more than £1million.’’

Most homes in the borough can recycle plastic and the council is extending this service to people in flats.

Artist Ashley Phillips added: “It’s been fantastic to work on this project and have such an important message involved. I hope that residents will enjoy this art installation and take the time to think about how much they recycle.”

The public are invited to join festivities around the tree on Monday, 9 December. There will be stalls selling Christmas goods from 1-6pm, carols from the London College of Music Chorus from 4.30pm and other festive fun.

The tree has been constructed by plastic bottles recycled by Christ the Saviour primary school, and will be in place outside Ealing Town Hall from 2 December until 5 January.

Tweet your pictures and thoughts on the tree with #2Seconds2Recycle

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Ealing Council’s Brent Lodge Animal Centre has been given the award for the best education project at this year’s BIAZA awards for its community art project.
The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) represents the UK’s responsible zoo and aquarium community.

The award recognised the achievements of the team at the animal centre who work with Mencap to provide art and creative classes for children and adults with learning disabilities.

Activities at the art studio include painting, ceramics and card making. The groups are also encouraged to be hands on throughout the animal centre and park by planting and landscaping some of the communal areas.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “Brent Lodge Animal Centre is a space that inspires and gives enjoyment to so many people. The input of the groups who use the park and animal centre has made it even more special and increased the opportunities for hands-on learning massively. The art studio is a fantastic place for people with learning disabilities to express themselves and be part of a bigger project. The group has produced exhibition quality art, helped run and maintain the butterfly house and is looking forward to running the gift shop in the animal centre next summer.”

Judith Pepper-Cox, from Ealing Mencap said: “We have more than 30 people use the art studio each week and we have seen some great results since the project started. Sometimes it’s small things, like encouraging someone to be more confident when they express themselves and sometimes it’s bigger milestones, like seeing someone’s art being used in the park which gives them a real sense of achievement. This project has been a really important part of the lives of our members and we’re really pleased it’s been recognised by the UK body for zoos.”

Find out more about one of Ealing’s most loved parks:

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A trial of an innovative new lorry safety system which warns drivers when cyclists and pedestrians are close to the vehicle was launched by Ealing Council on Tuesday (26 November).

Cllr Bassam Mahfouz riding alongside a HGV fitted with the new Cycle Safety Shield

Cllr Bassam Mahfouz riding alongside a HGV fitted with the new Cycle Safety Shield system

The Cycle Safety Shield System is the first of its kind that can detect cyclists and pedestrians 360 degrees around the vehicle while filtering out other inanimate objects, such as bus stops and lamp posts, reducing unnecessary distractions which can be caused by other detection alarms. Using image recognition technology, the system has the ability to detect multiple cyclists and pedestrians within 30 metres and displays the position of each on a monitor inside the lorry’s cabin. An alarm only will sound to the driver if a cyclists or pedestrian becomes too close to the vehicle. The monitor also displays 360 degree bird’s eye view of the vehicle, completely eliminating any blind spots.

The system also helps to improve driver training and awareness by scanning the road ahead for speed signs, road markings and other vehicles. The system notifies drivers if they are travelling above the speed limit or if they drift into another lane. It also ensures drivers keep a safe distance behind vehicles in front, and automatically dims the lorry’s high-beam lights if on-coming traffic is detected.

Ealing Council has fitted the system to a ten-plate grab lorry, which is operated by its highway repairs contractor, Murrills Construction. The system’s effectiveness is being tested over a six month period and findings are expected to be released by summer 2014.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “Road safety is a priority for us and we need to do what we can to avoid any more cyclists losing their lives in accidents involving lorries.

“The difference between this system and others is that it is intelligent – it can decipher between objects and people, and works with drivers to help them become more conscientious on the road.

“This trial is the next step in the council’s plans to transform Ealing into a safer and friendlier cycling borough, and builds on the cycling awareness training we have already provided for more than 150 of our lorry drivers. If successful, we hope to roll the system out across our contractors’ entire fleet.”

Ealing Council developed the technology in partnership with Safety Shields Systems and is running the trial using funding from Transport for London’s borough cycling programme.

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

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