Archive for September, 2014

A trial of new technology for lorry drivers has shown marked improvements in safety for cyclists with 15 potential serious collisions avoided in six months.20131201-203838.jpg

Independent results of the Cycle Safety Shield detection system, first trialled by Ealing Council, also revealed a significant 20% improvement in driver behaviour and cash fuel savings of £1,000 per vehicle per year, due to less aggressive acceleration and breaking.

The system is the first of its kind to use intelligent cameras to filter out inanimate objects, such as bus stops and fences, to monitor and detect only pedestrians, cyclists and motorbikes and eliminate blind spots 360 degrees around the vehicle.

During the trial period, which ran from January to June, the system detected more than 40,000 cyclists, pedestrians and motorbikes but an alarm only alerted the driver on 15 occasions, when they became close enough to collide with the lorry.

Cycle Safety Shield has proven so successful it is one of several safety systems currently being further independently tested by Transport for London on buses and lorries.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “We are committed to reducing lorry danger because we know they are involved in approximately two thirds of cyclist deaths in London.

“This technology can save families from hearing the tragic news of a loved one’s death. In each of the alerts during the trial the driver was travelling an average of 13.6mph, which means that 15 potentially serious or even fatal collisions were avoided because the driver was warned.

“Some of the other technology in the market overloads drivers with constant alerts when objects get too close. When this system goes off the driver knows that a cyclist, pedestrian or motorcyclist is in danger, giving them time to brake. There is also a visual and audio warning to cyclists when a vehicle is turning left.

“By improving the style of driving, fuel efficiency also improved which means the system effectively pays for itself. We are in discussions with TfL and if their own independent results support those so far, we are keen to look at further roll out of this system across our fleet.”

Ealing Council developed this technology in partnership with Safety Shields Systems and the trial was funded through Transport for London’s borough cycling programme. Ealing Council has fitted the system to a ten-plate grab lorry, which is operated by its highway contractor, Murrill Construction Limited, and is currently still in use in the borough.

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Time to vote for your favourite park

Ealing Council is encouraging residents to vote for their favourite local park in the nationwide search for Britain’s ‘park of the year’.

Nominate your favourite Ealing as Green Flag Park of the Year

Thirteen of Ealing’s parks were awarded a prestigious Green Flag in July, the highest number in the borough’s history.

All 13 of those parks are now in the running to be named the country’s most-loved park in Keep Britain Tidy’s annual People’s Choice Award.

A record breaking 1,482 parks and green spaces received a Green Flag this year and now people are urged to vote for which one is the best of all.

Voting is now open. To lodge your vote:

• Select Ealing on the interactive map

• Find and select your favourite local park

• Click the ‘Vote for this site’ button

Voting will close at midday on Tuesday, 30 September and the winner of the 2014 People’s Choice Award will be announced on 16 October at a ceremony in London.

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

“Winning 13 green flags this year was a fantastic achievement for Ealing. We all have our personal favourites so why not make it an even better year by casting your vote in the People’s Choice Award to get your favourite local park recognised nationally.

“Let’s get voting and hopefully one of our lucky 13 will go all the way to win the People’s Choice Award.”

Paul Todd, Green Flag Award scheme manager said:

“Following a record breaking year for the Green Flag Award we are now asking the public to decide which of the 1,482 parks and green spaces deserves the coveted People’s Choice Award 2014.”

For more information on the Green Flags Awards and to vote for a park, please visitwww.greenflagaward.org.uk.

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An extra £402,000 will be spent on resurfacing main roads in the borough,.

road repairs

The council made a successful bid to the Department for Transport for this funding as well as an extra £251,000 for filling potholes

The council has already announced an investment of £4,665,000 for the 2014/15 financial year in repairing roads and pavements across the borough and £870,000 has been secured from Transport for London. This brings Ealing Council’s total road and pavements repair budget to £6,188,000.

The main roads that will benefit from the extra money are:

• Acton High Street (from Market Place to Winchester Street)
• Greenford Road (from Daryngton Drive to Uneeda Drive)
• Greenford Road (from 120 Uxbridge Road to Timber Yard)

The resurfacing on Acton High Street is already complete. The rest of the works will take place before April 2015.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “We have made some successful bids for funding, topping up our already substantial investment in road and pavement renewal. With winter approaching, the £251,000 for potholes is especially welcome. Taken altogether, the council will have nearly £6.2 million to spend on improving roads and pavements in this financial year.”

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Ealing Borough has won its first gold medal at the London in Bloom Awards (8 September 2014) in the large city category.

Park Ranger Tim Crane with Cllr Bassam Mahfouz at the Gold winning meadow on Horsenden Hill

Park Ranger Tim Crane with Cllr Bassam Mahfouz at the Gold winning meadow on Horsenden Hill

Horsenden Hill in Perivale came first for the second year running in the best meadow award, at the ceremony which took place at The Oval cricket ground.

Southall Manor House Grounds and Hanger Hill Park both won silver gilt awards in the small parks and park categories (respectively).

Walpole Park in Ealing scooped a silver medal in the large park category. Other silver awards were handed to Fox Wood conservation area and Hanger Hill Wood, also in the conservation category.

All in all, the council won a total of seven awards for its parks, gardens and open spaces at the ceremony, which is one more award than last year’s total.

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.

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

“To win gold is an absolutely amazing achievement, particularly in the ultra-competitive ‘city’ category.  I remember how proud I felt showing the London in Bloom judges around our parks when they came to inspect back in July.  They were thoroughly impressed and I’m ecstatic with the result.

“What is particularly good is that we have done well in lots of different categories this year; including for conservation in our more wild open spaces and not just our ornamental gardens and parks.  It shows we’re on the right track with our policy of encouraging bio-diversity and contributing to a cleaner, greener London. ”

Visit the London in Bloom website for full details of all the awards won by Ealing and the other competing councils this year.

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A bakery and two restaurants in Southall have been ordered to pay thousands of pounds in fines and costs after staff were caught on CCTV illegally dumping rubbish on the pavement.

The three cases were heard at Ealing Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 4 September 2014 and the defendants were ordered to pay more than £6,800 for fly-tipping offences. They were sentenced as follows:

  • Punjab Naans Ltd, a naan bakery on Dudley Road, pleaded guilty and was fined £1,360 and ordered to pay £452.71 in costs along with a victim surcharge of £120, totalling £1,932.71.
  • Mr Mahamad Abdirazak who operates Golis, a Somalian restaurant on Featherstone Road, pleaded guilty and was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £449.64 in costs and a victim surcharge of £120, totalling £2,569.64.
  • Chicken Corporation Ltd trading as XFC, a fast-food takeaway on The Broadway, was fined £1,760 in absence and ordered to pay £537.59 in costs and a £120 victim surcharge, totalling £2,417.59.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “Fly-tipping is illegal and unwelcome in our borough. Each bag of rubbish costs the council a lot of money to collect and in some of these cases staff were filmed dumping up to 22 bags of rubbish on the pavement.

“There are no excuses for this behaviour and all of these businesses were given advice and warnings from Ealing Council as to how to properly dispose of their business waste.”

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

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A general store on Southall Broadway has been ordered to pay more than £1,000 for ignoring Ealing Council’s warnings about selling goods outside without a licence.

VVN & Sons, 217 The Broadway

Despite not owning the land outside of 217 The Broadway, which is maintained by Ealing Council, VVN & Sons Ltd illegally displayed goods for sale outside of the store.

The company owners were repeatedly told they needed a street trading licence and were given every opportunity to apply for one. No application was received and VVN & Sons Ltd was served with a £90 fixed penalty notice which they paid.

Follow up inspections by Ealing Council envirocrime prevention officers found the store was continuing to break the rules by displaying goods outside on the pavement. Further evidence was gathered and the company was summonsed to court and found guilty of offences of unlicenced street trading.

VVN & Sons Ltd was sentenced in absence at Ealing Magistrates’ Court on 4 September and ordered to pay a total of £1,006.17 – a £500 fine, £486.17 in costs and a victim surcharge of £20.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “Illegal street trading is not tolerated in Ealing. We are working hard to transform Southall and its shopping district by making major improvements to The Broadway and this prosecution should serve as a timely reminder that we are actively enforcing these rules.

“The owners of this store received comprehensive information on the conditions of their licence, but chose to ignore the rules, blocking the pavement for pedestrians and providing unfair competition to legitimate traders and businesses.”

To report illegal street trading visit: http://www.ealing.gov.uk/reportit.

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