Archive for February, 2014

Dumped cars driven off land

The council has removed three vehicles after the owner left them to rot in a residential road.

Dumped cars removed by council

A VW Beetle, VW Camper Van and a Ford Escort were among the vehicles dumped on a grass verge opposite 38-40 Avenue Road, Southall.

The verge, which is owned by the council, runs along the full length of the road and includes a public footpath.

Ealing Council’s envirocrime prevention team contacted the vehicles’ owner, William Hepworth of Avenue Road, Southall, in the summer to ask that he remove them after officers spotted the cars. After he failed to do so, officers issued a notice requiring him to clear the cars from the land within 14 days.  When Mr Hepworth failed to remove the blight, officers were left with no choice but to go to court to secure an order to allow the council to tow them away. This was contested by Mr Hepworth but the court found in favour of the council.

The vehicles will now be stripped down and any useable parts will be sold to set against the cost of removal. To improve the appearance of the area the council’s tree service has planted two trees and removed rubbish from the site.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “This man was using a grass verge as a dumping ground which created an eyesore on public land. Not only does this look unpleasant it can attract anti-social behaviour and make the area feel unsafe.

“He was given plenty of time and several chances to remove these cars but chose to ignore our requests and as a result has lost all three cars. I hope that it will serve as a warning to others who think they can treat our borough in this way. We will continue to take action and make the borough a better place to live.”

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Ealing Council has welcomed the news that Crossrail has agreed to bring in an independent panel to review the design of 27 surface stations, and the borough’s four other stations on the line.

Proposed Ealing Broadway Crossrail entrance

The surprise announcement was made, at a meeting of the London Assembly’s transport committee on Thursday, 6 February.  Last month, Ealing Council confirmed that it was to bring in its own architects – HOK and John McAslan and partners – to work on exterior designs for Ealing Broadway and Southall stations.

The council is unhappy with the plans for the exterior of the station and has been calling for a re-think on the current design which it feels is uninspiring.  At Ealing Broadway, it wants to see a visually more striking façade, creating more of a landmark to enhance the surrounding area.

Councillor Julian Bell leader of the council, said: “This announcement is a definite step in the right direction. I’m pleased that Crossrail has promised to appoint an independent panel to review the designs of the outer London stations.   We are pleased that by raising our concerns, Crossrail has had a rethink, this should mean better designs for Ealing Broadway and the other stations along the route.

“We will continue to press for the best possible stations for our borough. Already, we have had a lot of success influencing the interior plans for the station and we will continue to work constructively to get the high-quality designs befitting of these important local landmarks.”

The council has been working closely with Crossrail on the emerging designs for all five stations in Ealing and has already secured some significant improvements to the interior designs for Ealing Broadway, including lifts so that the station is fully accessible, as well as the adaption of designs so that retail premises are better located within the station.

Ealing Broadway is further along the Crossrail project process than the borough’s four other stations (Acton, West Ealing, Hanwell and Southall).  The council’s planning department has received *plans from Crossrail for the latest stage of the Ealing Broadway scheme. It is hoped that agreement on the station’s design can be reached as quickly as possible so that the plans can be considered without delay.
At Southall Station, council-employed architects John McAslan and partners will work with Crossrail to improve both the visual appearance of the station and make it as easy as possible for passengers to use.  In particular, the council wants to harness the station’s contribution to the wider regeneration of the area, including proposed developments at Southall Gas Works, Middlesex Business Park and the town centre sites.

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Work is well underway to transform the junction at Uxbridge Road and Church Road, Hanwell. When finished, it will be safer for pedestrians and make car journeys quicker.

Bassam visits Church Road roundabout works

Residents were consulted last year on a number of planned improvements to the Uxbridge Road through Hanwell and West Ealing. The changes to the Church Road junction were given priority, because of local people’s concerns with the safety of the existing crossings.

The old traffic lights have been removed and a mini roundabout installed. Signalled crossings will now be installed either side of the roundabout on Uxbridge Road and zebra crossings on St George’s Road and Church Road.

The zebra crossings will be ready for pedestrians to use by next week. Transport for London is responsible for installing the signalled crossings on the Uxbridge Road and the council is pushing to have them fully operational as soon as possible.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for environment and customer services, said: “Campaigners in Hanwell have been calling for a safer crossing at this junction for years and I have been committed to overturn the rejections we have had in the past from Transport for London to install them.  I am delighted that after years of work my promise to make this busy junction safer will come to fruition as well as improving the traffic flow.   “I have seen how replacing traffic lights with roundabouts has cut queuing times in other parts of the borough, and it is already helping at this junction. Even when the signalled crossings are in place and working, the switch to a roundabout will keep the traffic flowing, but not at the expense of the crucial safety of pedestrians.”

Further works to improve the Uxbridge Road through Hanwell and West Ealing are scheduled to start in early 2015. For more information go to www.ealing.gov.uk/transport

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The manager of an off-licence has been fined £1,000 in court after his staff illegally dumped bags of waste on a footpath in Southall last year.

Staff caught on CCTV fly-tipping in Southall

Mr Hari Singh Padan, of Western Wines, 82 Western Road, Southall, appeared at Ealing Magistrates Court on Monday 27 January. He pleaded guilty to six charges of failing to prevent illegal disposal of waste, and was fined £1,000.

The court also ordered Mr Padan to pay £545.67 towards the council’s costs, and a £100 victim surcharge, bringing the total owed to £1,645.67.

Mr Padan was charged with the offences after an investigation by Ealing Council’s envirocrime prevention service revealed his staff dumped bags of waste on the footpath outside Western Wines in April and May 2013. These incidents of fly-tipping were caught on CCTV cameras.

Prior to being charged, Mr Padan had received warnings and advice on correct disposal of business waste from the council.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “There is no excuse for dumping rubbish on our streets, and businesses need to play their part in keeping our streets clean. We explained the law around waste disposal to Mr Padan, and he must now pay the price for fly-tipping.”

Report fly-tipping online or call the council’s Grimebusters hotline on 020 8825 8825.

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