Archive for July, 2014

Ealing’s parks have won the highest number of Green Flags in its history.
Cllr Bassam Mahfouz and David Shirvell from the Northolt and Greenford Countryside Park Society celebrate getting the green flag
Thirteen of the prestigious awards have been given this year, almost doubling the number of Green Flag parks in the borough from last year’s haul of seven and two the year before.

Assessors from the Green Flag Awards scheme scrutinised the borough’s green spaces over the past few months and gave the coveted Green Flags to the newly re-landscaped Walpole Park along with other new winners including Lammas Park, Three Bridges Park and Southall Park. Parks retaining the flags include Acton Park, Northala Fields, Bramley Road Open Space and Southall Manor House Grounds.

The parks were judged against eight criteria; including how clean and well maintained they are, and how actively involved the community is, before they were awarded the prestigious flags. The Green Flag Award is the benchmark national standard for parks.

On 10 and 16 July, London in Bloom also visited the borough and took part in a guided tour of Ealing to see how Ealing’s green spaces measured up against the rest of the capital in the large city category.

During their visit, judges inspected Manor House Grounds, Hanger Hill Park and Wood and Fox Wood; which were also entered individually in the park of the year, small park/garden of the year, conservation and small conservation area of the year categories, respectively.

London in Bloom is designed to promote gardening, horticulture and biodiversity across the city, to make it a greener and cleaner place to live, work and visit. It is one of 17 regional campaigns, with overall category winners going on to compete in the Britain in Bloom competition, which is organised by the Royal Horticultural Society.

The council’s park ranger team will find out in August whether Ealing parks have won any of the four London in Bloom awards.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment said:

“Thirteen Green Flags is really something and I’m absolutely thrilled. It’s great that the new look Walpole Park has been given the ultimate seal of approval by gaining a coveted Green Flag.

“We’re ambitious for our parks and open spaces and want to show what excellent places they are for everyone to enjoy. This recognition, with an amazing 13 parks meeting the ‘Gold Standard’ set by Keep Britain Tidy, reflects the work of so many and I would like to take this opportunity to especially thank all those who volunteer their time and make our parks and our borough the Queen of the Suburbs.”

More information about the Green Flag awards can be found here: greenflag.keepbritaintidy.org/

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Garden furniture and children’s toys can now be recycled in Ealing as a new hard plastic recycling service is launched at Greenford Re-use and Recycling Centre.

Hard plastics include: garden furniture, buckets and flower pots, children’s toys, bowls, storage boxes and plastic coat hangers.

Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for environment and transport said: “This is just one of the many things that the council is doing to help residents to recycle even more. It is fantastic to see this new service available and I look forward to seeing its impact on the borough’s 50% recycling target.

If you have broken or unwanted plastic items, bring them down to Greenford Re-use and Recycling Centre on Greenford Road and help to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill.’’

Many items can be recycled at Greenford Re-use and Recycling Centre including some that residents may not be aware of. The list below highlights some of the more unusual items which can be recycled.

Books

Mattresses

Carpet

Electrical items

Cooking oil

Textiles

Engine oil

Scrap metal

Florescent tubes

Tyres

Gas cylinders

Plasterboard/ gypsum

Car batteries

Wood

There is also a Re-use and Recycling Centre on Stirling Road, Acton where residents can recycle a range of items.

For more information about recycling services please visit: www.ealing.gov.uk/recycling

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Three Southall businesses have been ordered to pay more than £3,400 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to fly-tipping offences.
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Three Southall businesses have been ordered to pay more than £3,400 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to fly-tipping offences.

The trio appeared at Ealing Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 3 July 2014 and each admitted to illegally dumping rubbish on the public highway on Lady Margaret Road, despite warnings and advice from Ealing Council.

The offences all occurred in Lady Margaret Road, Southall in October and November 2013. The businesses were sentenced as follows:

Ariana Launderette, 430 Lady Margaret Road, was ordered to pay a total of £1184.52, including a £350 fine, £799.52 in costs and a £35 victim surcharge.
Mya’s Hair Salon, 432 Lady Margaret Road, was ordered to pay a total of £1158.92, including a £350 fine, £773.92 in costs and a £35 victim surcharge.
A dry cleaners located at 434 Lady Margaret Road, formally known as Le Valet, was ordered to pay a total of £1104.52, including a £350 fine, £719.52 in costs and a £35 victim surcharge.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “We are committed to stamping out illegal and unwelcome behaviour such as fly-tipping. These prosecutions were brought after the businesses had been given extensive advice on how to properly dispose of their waste and warned of the penalties of not doing so. Our notices were blatantly ignored by members of staff who were caught on CCTV dumping rubbish onto the pavement.

“Both individuals and businesses have a duty to dispose of waste responsibly to help keep our streets clean and those who don’t risk hefty penalties.”

Ealing residents are urged to report fly-tipping in the borough. For more information visit: www.ealing.gov.uk/reportit.

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Ealing Council hosted free guided bike rides throughout Sunday, 29 June giving more than 300 cyclists of all ages and experience, the opportunity to join the 11 mile ride through the borough.
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Led by experienced marshals, the Ticket to Ride event started at Gunnersbury Park and Brent Lodge Park in Hanwell. The route took cyclists along roads, the canal towpath and through parks. Bicycles were checked for roadworthiness before they set off.

Ealing Council leader Julian Bell and cabinet member for environment and transport, Councillor Bassam Mahfouz were among the participants.

Councillor Mahfouz, said: “It was tremendous to see so many people out enjoying the sunshine and so many hidden treasures that cycling through the borough has to offer. Our programme to make more of the borough open for relaxing, safe cycling such as our investment in towpaths and ‘quietways’ along back streets is complemented by the excellent news that the Greater London Authority has released the first £150,000 of our £15 million Mini Holland allocation. This funding will be used to transform cycling provision in Ealing.”

Councillor Bell said: “I am happy that so many people took part in our second ever Ticket to Ride. Families, beginners and experienced riders had the opportunity to ride together and take in Ealing’s extraordinary sights. This is an enjoyable event for all. I would encourage anyone thinking about cycling to give it a go and make it part of a healthy life style choice.”

For information on cycle training provided by Ealing Council, free bike health checks and our affordable cycle security scheme visit www.ealing.gov.uk/cycling

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