Archive for October, 2014

Hairdresser fined for cutting corners

A Southall hair and beauty salon has been ordered to pay more than £1,000 in fines and costs after they were caught on CCTV illegally dumping rubbish on the pavement.

Flytipped rubbish from Ahmed's business in Southall

Mr Ahmed Imtiaz, owner of Ahmed’s Hair & Beauty Salon, appeared at Ealing Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 2 October 2014. Mr Imtiaz pleaded guilty to six offences of failing to prevent waste from him business being fly tipped on the public highway. He was fined £600 for fly tipping and ordered to pay £528.88 in costs along with a £20 victim surcharge, totalling £1,148.88.

The contents of the bags included used wax strips, threading cotton and tissues as well as cuts of human hair.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “Fly tipping is illegal, unsightly and a selfish act on behalf of this business. There is just no excuse for dumping rubbish on the pavement and it’s even worse when that rubbish includes other people’s cut hair and used beauty products.

We will continue to advise businesses across the borough about getting rid of their waste properly, as we did with this salon, but where they blatantly choose to ignore us, and we can capture evidence, we will do everything in the council’s powers to take action.”

Each year Ealing Council has to dispose of over 8,000 tonnes of waste which has been deposited on the streets. Much of this waste originates from business which should have paid for its removal as the cost of collections is not included in their business rates.

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Ealing Council is asking residents for their ideas on how unloved spaces could be transformed into places for the whole community to enjoy.

transform your space lightbulb

As part of the council’s new Transform Your Space initiative, residents are invited to nominate locations and come up with suggestions for how they could be improved. It could be a patch of waste ground which could be turned into a new green space or an outdoor picnic area.

Once people have submitted their ideas, they then need to gather support from friends and neighbours in their community.

The successful three projects will be announced in spring 2015 and will share £625,000 of council funding.

Cabinet member for environment and transport, Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, said: “We are giving anyone of any age the chance to transform where they live. All you need is an idea and we will help you do the rest. We want to hear from residents across the borough and help make their area a better place to live.”

“Parents might want to permanently close off a road to create a safe place for their children to play, or a business might want to clear out an alleyway and create more parking for their customers – both are great ideas and there are lots more to think about. I look forward to reading the ideas put forward.”

Project ideas should be submitted to, by midnight on Sunday, 30 November.

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Local traders, entrepreneurs, charities and businesses are invited to apply for a short tenancy in Ealing’s newest pop-up shop in Springbridge Road car park, Ealing Broadway.

Springbridge Road car park

The car park is in the heart of the town centre and more than 13,000 cars parked there last December.

The shop will be open from 1 – 28 December and week-long leases are available in the newly refurbished retail space on the ground floor. The shop will open from 8am to 6pm, seven days a week. A week-long lease costs £200, plus a £200 returnable deposit.

The space will also open in the evening from 7- 10pm for activities, such as meetings and workshops at a charge of £25 per hour. There will be a special focus on mind, body and soul in the week commencing 8 December and applications in keeping with this theme are especially welcome.

Tenants must decorate and furnish the space themselves. Full terms and conditions and application packs are available from or by emailing All applications must be returned by the deadline of 10 October.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “This is an excellent opportunity, particularly as we approach Christmas, for an up and coming business to get first-hand experience of trading in the town centre. It’s also exciting for shoppers who will have the chance to support local traders and buy some unique goods.

“Springbridge Road car park has already played host to a pop-up cinema and this is a natural next step. I am looking forward to seeing some exciting applications.”

For more information on the pop-up shop and to apply for a tenancy, go or

The shop was refurbished using money raised by Seco and Elephant Atta’s sponsorship of this summer’s special Bollywood film screening; which was part of the rooftop cinema programme in Springbridge Road car park.

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Hanwell Station to get lift access

Ealing Labour can confirm that after a long campaign there will now be lift access provided by Transport for London at Hanwell station ahead of Crossrail opening in 2019.

Cllr Bassam Mahfouz, Onkar Sahota AM, Virendra Sharma MP and Hanwell Labour Councillors celebrating delivery of their promise to re-open the southern entrance at Hanwell Station

Cllr Bassam Mahfouz, Onkar Sahota AM, Virendra Sharma MP and Hanwell Labour Councillors

These works will be added to the improvements already on-going at the station, including the re-opening of the southern entrance, promised by Labour in the local elections (pictured).

Cllr Bassam Mahfouz, Cabinet Member for Transport & Environment said of the announcement:

“This is amazing news for Hanwell.  It just wasn’t right that Hanwell would be the only Crossrail station in the whole of west London not to have a lift.  Our success at getting a lift in Greenford and our work on a lift for Hanwell alongside a great community campaign with Transport for All means that Hanwellians will get a station fit for the 21stcentury.

Another victory against all the odds for accessibility means those with disabilities, parents with buggies and those accessing Heathrow with bags of luggage will be just some of the people benefiting from this announcement.  Together with the re-opening of the southern entrance to the station, currently underway, there will be a fantastic transformation to a key station.”

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