Archive for November, 2014

Ealing Council’s new covered cycle hub has been opened at North Acton Station ready for commuters to use.

Cllrs Bassam Mahfouz and Julian Bell opening the borough's 2nd bike hub, at North Acton

Cllrs Bassam Mahfouz and Julian Bell opening the borough’s 2nd bike hub, at North Acton

The brand new design opened on Friday 21 November and includes secure bike racks, new lighting and CCTV for added security.  The shelters will also include secure cycle parking for approximately 50 bikes.

The cycle hub is a huge improvement on existing facilities and is another step in the councils programme to make Ealing more cyclist friendly and reduce the number of journeys made by car.

The design has been carefully planned to meet the needs of the cyclists. Planters and landscaping have also been included within the shelters help to preserve and enhance the look of the area surrounding the station.

Ealing Council secured £150,000 Transport for London (TfL) funding earlier this year towards delivering the hub, which includes works to help facilitate the future Station Square project, a community space for the growing neighbourhood. The creation of this facility is part of the council’s Cycling Strategy which aims to encourage more people to take to two wheels as their regular mode of transport.

As one of TfL’s ‘Biking Boroughs’, the council is focused on creating a local culture of cycling.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve opened our second bike hub in the borough, offering secure, covered cycle parking for cyclists. In the next few months we’ll also be adding another Brompton Dock folding bike hire facility. Cycling in the borough has never been better or easier to get into.”

Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, said: “What better way to avoid traffic jams or queues at bus stops than cycling? This exciting new facility will give cyclists leaving their own bikes there peace of mind and people hiring cycles will be able to fold them up and take them on public transport.”

David Rowe, head of borough projects and programmes at Transport for London said: “We know that more than half of the potentially cyclable trips in the capital are in outer London, so we are pleased that our support has resulted in the completion of such a vital project. We have no doubt that the new cycle hub at North Acton station will bring noticeable benefits to the local community and will have a significant impact in encouraging the growth of cycling in the area.”

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Ealing Council’s famous plastic bottle tree has returned this year to Southall. It will be displayed over the festive period and aims to remind residents about the importance of recycling.

CNN's Top 12 Christmas Tree makes a comeback in Southall Square with a pink facelift

CNN’s Top 12 Christmas Tree makes a comeback in Southall Square with a pink facelift

The unique Christmas tree, made with hundreds of recyclable plastic bottles and standing six metres high was designed by artist, Ashley Phillips, creative director at Glartique, as part of the council’s 50% by 2020 recycling campaign.
This year the tree has been given a new look, with pink and purple bottles, which are the colours used for the Southall Big Plan project. The tree will be one of the main attractions at the upcoming Southall Christmas Market on Sunday, 7 December.
Councillor Julian Bell, leader of the council and cabinet member for regeneration said: “Southall will benefit from numerous improvements over the coming years, including the arrival of Crossrail, due in 2018. The creation of Southall Square has allowed for events such as the Southall Monthly Market to take place and acts as the perfect location for the Christmas tree this year. These events help to bring the community and businesses together while celebrating and utilising the work that has already been done in the area.”
 “I would like to thank our main sponsor. The Centre Banqueting, for its support of this year’s installation, as well as sponsors, Laimon Fresh, Chandni Chowk and Banwait Bros who have also generously supported this project. It’s wonderful that businesses are eager to get behind the recycling campaign and to help regenerate our high streets.”
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for environment and transport said: “Following the successful campaign last year, we wanted to reinvigorate the conversation about recycling. While we have made progress in increasing recycling rates, we still have some way to go to meet the 50% target. We all have a responsibility to ensure we meet this target by recycling as much as we can.”
“More waste is produced over the festive period than at any other time of year. The amount we send to landfill during this period rises by 20 per cent, costing us hundreds of thousands of pounds. If we don’t do more to recycle, and recycle correctly, we all lose out. There is plenty of information available so I urge any resident who is unsure about the recycling services available to them to visitwww.recyclemystuff.org.uk or www.ealing.gov.uk/recycling 
Baljit Singh Malhi, of The Centre Banqueting said: “We are proud to be sponsoring this year’s Southall Christmas tree. This iconic tree is a celebration of Christmas and our vision for Southall at present and for future generations. It also carries an important message about our responsibility as a community to recycle. We hope both locals and visitors enjoy the tree and that local businesses also benefit.”
The public are invited to Christmas festivities around the tree at the Southall Monthly Market on Sunday, 7 December. The market offers a variety of crafts, global food and live entertainment for all ages and is delivered by Ealing Council and the University of West London as part of the Southall Partnership. The December market will include live jazz performances by Tina May, singing and dancing with ‘St Nicholas and his helpers’, and more. For more information about the Southall Monthly Market and other Southall projects visit www.southallbigplan.com
The tree has been constructed by plastic bottles recycled by Villiers High School, Southall, and will be in place on Southall Square, on the High Street (opposite the police station) from 23 November 2014 until 4 January 2015.

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Shop pops up in time for Christmas

Christmas shopping just got easier with the opening of a new pop-up shop in the ground floor of Springbridge Road car park, Ealing Broadway.

Springbridge Road Car Park Pop Up Shop Opens with Ashley Mitchison and Maxwell Reynish from the UWL photography studio team; Simon Kimberley, head of Local Government Sector, Lloyds Bank; Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment; Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council; Keith Townsend, executive director environment and customer services; Nina Thakar, Tumeric and Honey; Victoria James, UWL photography studio team, Miranda Nettey-Adjei, Afrique Chique

Springbridge Road Car Park Pop Up Shop Opens with Ashley Mitchison and Maxwell Reynish from the UWL photography studio team; Simon Kimberley, head of Local Government Sector, Lloyds Bank; Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment; Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council; Keith Townsend, executive director environment and customer services; Nina Thakar, Tumeric and Honey; Victoria James, UWL photography studio team, Miranda Nettey-Adjei, Afrique Chique

 

Opened by Ealing Council, the outlet is based in the revamped security office on the ground floor. It will sell quality goods from local traders and will be open Monday to Sunday. Tenants will change every week:

1 – 7 December:  Afrique Chique – African print clothing, accessories and home wear

8-10 December: Ealing Pop-Up Studio – Portraits by the University of West London photography studio team

11-14 December:  Turmeric and Honey – Nina Thakar Health and wellbeing products. Free 20 minutes consultation on health issues and food allergy testing.

15-21 December: Toti Clothing Rapallini Designs – Locally custom handmade women’s designer clothing.

22-24  December: Ealing Pop-Up Studio – Portraits by the University of West London photography studio team

26-31 December: Turmeric and Honey – Nina Thakar Health and wellbeing products. Free 20 minutes consultation on health issues and food allergy testing

There will also be workshops taking place in the evening. Lloyds Bank will deliver drop-in business advice sessions from on Monday, 15 December from 7-9pm.

And Sonia Greyson-Newman from Bright Now Coaching will run a workshop called “Achieve your goals and resolutions in 2015” on Friday, 12 December 2014 from 7-9pm. To book tickets for this workshop, go to www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for ‘Bright Now Coaching’.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “Many local people will have already visited our summer pop-up cinema at Springbridge Road car park so this should be a natural next step for them. We have some fantastic tenants, selling original goods and services, who will welcome support from people who live and work locally. I’m expecting them to serve as a real draw to local shoppers.”

Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, visited the shop in advance of it opening. He said: “I’m delighted that we’re able to help support small businesses by giving them the chance to trade in a retail space right in the heart of the town centre. And these small business owners are helping us too by bringing something different to the local area. Springbridge Road is right in the heart of the town centre, just a 50 metre walk from Christ The Saviour Church. I hope that people will pop in and see what’s on offer.”

For more information and updates go towww.ealing.gov.uk/springbridgepopupshop

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Cllr Bassam Mahfouz ahead of Ealing's next swishing event

Cllr Bassam Mahfouz ahead of Ealing’s next swishing event

Rummage through rails of pre-loved clothing, shoes and accessories at Ealing Council’s Christmas Glitz Swish being held at Ealing Town Hall on Wednesday, 26 November.

The free event will allow guests to swap good quality fashion items for old favourites brought in by others – an activity referred to as swishing.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment said: “Swishing is just like shopping but without having to spend any money. For each item you bring to the event, you get to take home something new.”

“Swishing extends the life of clothes and accessories, increasing value for money and reducing the impact of textiles ending up in landfill. According to research, an average of 30% of clothes in households, equating to roughly 1.7billion items, are not worn over the course of a year. That’s a startling figure.”

“We all have clothes, shoes or accessories that are in great condition sitting somewhere at home not being used. The Christmas Glitz Swish is the perfect opportunity to put those pre-loved items to good use, and you get to walk away with something new for yourself just in time for the festive season which is now upon us.”

The Christmas Glitz Swish will be held on Wednesday, 26 November in the Elizabeth Cantell Room at Ealing Town Hall between 12-6.30pm.

To gain entry to the event, guests are required to bring at least one item of clothing, pair of shoes or accessories that is still in good condition which they will then be able to swap for another.

Ealing local, Debbie Penney from Sew What? Café, will also be available on the day to offer advice on how to upcycle clothes to give wardrobes a fresh new look and how to embellish or repair clothes.

Debbie said: “You may have a piece of clothing that you love but just can’t wear anymore. Bring that along to the event as well and I can show you how to alter the style and shape or glam it up.”

Residents are reminded that clothing and shoes can also be recycled through the many textile banks located across the borough or as part of their weekly recycling collection. Items, enclosed within bags to keep them dry, should be placed in the green recycling boxes.

For more information about the Christmas Glitz Swish or textiles recycling visitwww.ealing.gov.uk/recycling

For helpful tips and ideas for extending the life of your clothes visit http://loveyourclothes.org.uk

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Make local streets ready for play

Ealing Council is encouraging residents to set up their very own PlayStreet for children to play out safely in their roads.

Milton Road PlayStreet

A PlayStreet is a 2-3 hour, stewarded road closure for children to play out safely in the street once a month. PlayStreets provide a great chance to bring a real sense of community spirit to the whole street.The first PlayStreet in the borough came about after a successful street party in Goldsmith Avenue in Acton. Residents were surprised how many children lived on their street, and wanted to set up regular PlayStreets on their road.

Council officers will provide residents with all the necessary documents and also apply for a temporary traffic order on their behalf to arrange for the road to be closed.

The fourth PlayStreet took place in Milton Road, Hanwell on 25 October with more than 100 residents taking part.

Ten year old Elina Mistry said: “We had more space to play and all my friends were there. It feels safe because there are wardens. As I live so close, I could go without my parents and that made me feel independent”.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment said: “Ealing Council has been working with residents in ensuring the future of our children’s play is safeguarded. This is a fantastic initiative in ensuring that children across the borough are able to play safely on the streets and we would like as many residents as possible to set up their very own PlayStreet”.

More information on how to get involved can be found atwww.ealing.gov.uk/playstreets

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Ealing Council’s Bike Swap initiative, developed in partnership with The Bicycle Society has won a sustainable travel award.

Bike Swap Modeshift Award

Designed to recognise and reward members for schemes, projects and other activities that support and encourage sustainable travel, the Council won the award for cycling on Thursday, 6 November.
The Bike Swap scheme involves parents and pupils bringing in bikes; which they may have outgrown, to swap for suitably sized models. Bikes are dropped off at the beginning of school, they are fixed by mechanics and the swapping occurs after school. Pupils also have the opportunity to purchase accessories including helmets and locks.
The project is part of a drive to get more school children to cycle to school. Ealing Council teamed up with St Gregory’s RC Primary School to trial the Bike Swap initially and have now rolled out the scheme to other biking schools in the borough.
For details on the Modeshift National Sustainable Travel Awards, please visit www.modeshift.org.uk/2014-awards or to find out more about the council’s Bike Swap initiative, please email TelkmanK@ealing.gov.uk

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Fourteen new textile banks have been installed across the borough making it easier for residents to recycle their unwanted textiles.

New textile banks

The textile banks, which will primarily be located on, or near, housing estates, are another step the council has taken to increase recycling across the borough.
Items that can be recycled in the textile banks include clothing, school uniforms, shoes, bags, belts, handbags, scarves, hats, odd socks, bed sheets, pillow covers, towels, blankets and curtains.
Lawrence M Barry and Co, the contractor working with Ealing Council to manage the textile banks, will transfer unwanted textiles to their factory in London, where a team of over 100 specialist staff will grade and sort through clothing suitable for re-use in the UK or abroad. Items not suitable for re-use will be recycled into new materials that could be used in the automotive, furniture and housing industries.
The locations of the new textile banks are:
– Church Street, UB5 5US
– Bordars Road, W7 1AG
– Featherstone car park, UB2 5DP
– Fleming Road, UB1 3LL
– Brownell Place, W7 3AZ
– Gurnell Grove, W13 0AN
– Havelock Road, UB2 4QA
– Oldfields Circus, UB5 4RU
– Parkfield Drive, UB5 6NS
– Radcliffe Way, UB5 6HN
– Arrowscout Walk / Ruislip Road East, UB5 6EE
– Bollo Bridge Road, W3 8DG
– The Mall Hamilton Road, W5 2PY
– Horseshoe Crescent, UB5 6TW
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment said: “The new textile banks will make it easier to recycle unwanted textiles – from clothing that has been sitting in your wardrobe for years to blankets you no longer use, all of it could be given a second life instead of rotting away in landfill.
“The reality is, unnecessary waste is costing the council hundreds of thousands of pounds a year, money that could have otherwise been spent on other valuable services.
“It is estimated that 1.4 million tonnes of textiles, worth roughly £238million, is disposed of each year in the UK. The vast majority of this is recyclable. If only 10 per cent of that was recycled, instead of being sent to landfill, that could generate a revenue of around £23.8million a year, which not only puts money back into the economy but helps the environment too.”
Residents are reminded that textiles can also be recycled as part of their weekly recycling collection. Items, enclosed within bags to keep them dry, should be placed in the green recycling boxes.
For more information about recycling in Ealing visit www.ealing.gov.uk orwww.recyclemystuff.org.uk
For more information about Lawrence M Barry and Co and textile recyclingwww.lmb.co.uk

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