Archive for January, 2014

Labour outspends Tories on Roads

Ealing’s Labour council has now spent £18.5m on resurfacing roads. £3.5m more than the Conservatives promised at the last election.
This has meant that more than 150 roads and pavements have been resurfaced since 2010 meaning that the boroughs streets remain in good repair. Even in the tough financial times Labour is delivering more than the Conservatives.

In 2010 the Ealing Conservative election manifesto promised that “Over the lifetime of the next council Conservatives will invest a further £15 million in resurfacing our roads and renewing our footpaths.”

Cllr Bassam Mahfouz Labour’s cabinet member for transport and environment said:

“The Ealing Conservatives are famous for never saying what they would do if they were in power. However in this case they have said in black and white exactly how much they would spend on roads and it is £3.5m less than Labour. This is clear evidence that Labour delivers a better deal for residents.”

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Residents will soon be able to get discounts and offers from a wide range of local and national businesses simply by playing their part in recycling household waste.
From next spring Ealing Council’s Residents’ Rewards scheme will enable those who register online via a special telephone number or by smartphone app to report how they are recycling before being awarded points that can be exchanged for discounts and offers.

Community groups will benefit too, as residents will have the option to donate their points to local community groups and schools. Residents who are registered on the scheme will have the opportunity to say which local projects should be supported.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and the environment, said: “I am delighted that we are introducing our Residents’ Rewards scheme for those who recycle. Being green will now be good for your pocket with discounts at local and national stores. There will also be opportunities to support local charities.”

The council is committed to increasing the proportion of waste recycled from 41% now to 50% by 2020. As well as being good for the environment, increasing recycling avoids the cost of dumping waste at landfill sites.

Local businesses that get actively involved by offering discounts and offers will help boost their business and the local economy as a whole.

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Ealing has secured £622k for key cycling improvements from the Borough Cycling Programme.
The money, which will be made available over three years, will enable boroughs to deliver measures to help increase the take up of cycling and make London more easily accessible and safe on two-wheels.

The Borough Cycling Programme will also see thousands of Londoners – young and old – benefit from bespoke cycle training, as well as around 15,000 drivers taking part in “Safer Urban Driver” courses across London. In addition, in boroughs such as Ealing, HGV drivers will be given specific cyclist awareness training to help reduce the number of accidents between lorries and cyclists.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport in the London Borough of Ealing, said: “We’re proud of what we’ve achieved in Ealing to make cycling safer, easier and more attractive. This funding has enabled us to build on these achievements with initiatives including vital cycle safety training for HGV drivers and cycle training for residents of all ages and abilities. It’s also made it possible for us to provide additional and safer cycle parking across the borough. Together we are making cycling more appealing in Ealing.”

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said; “As part of my Cycling Vision, we are engaging in a vast £1billion programme of improvements to transform cycling in London. Making some of this money available directly to the boroughs will help ensure that cycling developments reach communities across the capital. These local schemes will add to the innovative measures we’ve already announced, including enhanced cycling superhighways, urban ‘Quietways’ for more cautious cyclists, and turning some outer boroughs into mini-Hollands.”

Ealing is waiting on news of its Mini Holland cycling improvements bid, a copy of which can be found here:

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Get advice from experts this week and next, open to residents in Northolt West End to assist with a whole host of issues.
All sessions are 10am-12.30pm

Monday 20th January – Northolt Library, crnr of Church Road and Bengarth Road
Tuesday 21st January – Gainsborough Tower, Academy Gardens
Wednesday 22nd January – Viking Community Centre, Radcliffe Way

Tuesday 28th January – Northolt Grange Community Centre, Rushdene Crescent
Wednesday 29th January – Lime Tree’s Children’s Centre, Thorndike Avenue

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