Archive for December, 2014

A business has been hit with a substantial fine after entering a guilty plea in court for illegally fly-tipping rubbish on the street, following action by Ealing Council.

illegal disposal of waste

Shabeelle Ltd, the company which owns Shabeelle restaurant, 33 Featherstone Road, Southall, appeared in court last week and pleaded guilty to seven offences of fly-tipping. A member of staff was caught on CCTV leaving more than 30 bags of rubbish on the pavement outside the premises between 21 and 27 April.

The court was told the staff member responsible for dumping the waste has since been dismissed and the restaurant has now bought refuse bags from the council under a valid commercial waste contract. Shabeelle Ltd was fined £150 for each offence, a £20 victim surcharge, and ordered to pay costs of £800.82, a total of £1,870.82.

In a separate case, Warsame Jaamac, owner of Shine Café, 1 Dudley Road, Southall, also attended court. He entered a guilty plea after failing to comply with a Notice served requiring him to supply information about the disposal of his business waste.

Jaamac was fined £300, and ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge and the council’s £424.31 costs making a total of £754.31.

Both hearings were held at Ealing Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 4 December.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, Ealing Council’s cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “Let this be a clear, unequivocal message to those who choose to ignore the law. Fly-tipping is illegal and unwelcome, and will not be tolerated in our borough. Each bag of illegally dumped rubbish costs the council a lot of money to collect and there are no excuses for this type of behaviour.

“We are committed to making Ealing a clean place for all our residents. The council readily provides businesses with accessible information and advice on how to properly dispose of their waste.”

Residents can report anti-social acts, including fly-tipping, online on the council’s website: www.ealingcouncil.gov.uk/reportit

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Some Ealing Council services will be operating at different opening hours over Christmas and the New Year.

Perceval HouseThe customer service centre at Perceval House, 14-16 Uxbridge Road, will be closed to visitors from 5pm on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, 24 December until 9am on Friday, 2 January 2015.

Residents will be able to access essential and emergency council services, such as social services housing demand and grime busters, around the clock during the festive period by calling 020 8825 5000, including Christmas and New Year’s days. Housing repairs will also be available throughout this time on 020 8825 5682.

Social care customer service staff will be available on the 020 8825 8000 number on Monday, 29 December from 9am to 5pm. Council staff will take customer telephone enquiries on Tuesday and Wednesday, 30-31 December, from 9am to 5pm.

Other services available between 30 and 31 December include

Environment: 020 8825 6000

Automated parking line: 020 8825 6565

Council tax: 020 8825 7050

Benefits: 020 8825 7000

Housing repairs: 020 8825 5682 or 0800 181744

Housing emergency accommodation: 020 8825 7274/8800/8881/8888

Children and adults’ social care: 020 8825 8000 (more…)

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A second entrance to Hanwell Station has been opened to commuters for the first time in more than three decades.

Councillors & VIrendra Sharma MP celebrate the re-opening of Hanwell Station's southern entrance

Councillors & VIrendra Sharma MP celebrate the re-opening of Hanwell Station’s southern entrance

The £300,000 project to restore the abandoned entrance on Station Approach also includes new paving, improved lighting, new CCTV cameras, a new canopy and cycle parking.

The second entrance was originally closed in the 1970s. Restoring the original design was identified as a key priority to improve access to the station and ease commuter congestion.

The work, in keeping with the heritage of the Grade II listed building was given listed building consent and approval from English Heritage.

Ealing Council contributed £50,000 to the project, and £250,000 was provided by TfL, while First Great Western managed the construction of the site.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “For the first time in years residents in Hanwell will have better access to the station to help them with their daily commute. This is something that they have been asking for and I am delighted that we have been able to deliver these improvements.”

David Rowe, Head of Borough Projects and Programmes at TfL, said; “It is great that the funding we are providing has enabled a second entrance to be opened at Hanwell station. This will significantly improve convenience and reduce journey times for users, in advance of TfL Crossrail services running from 2018. Further improvements are also planned that will make trips to and from the station even easier, by better integrating rail with other transport options.”

First Great Western Regional Manager, Ian Gunn said: “First Great Western recognises the key role that rail travel has in supporting the local and national economy and we are delighted to announce the completion of this important work, improving access to the station and the full range of services we offer.

“During the previous franchise over £85 million has been invested across our network of 210 stations, by working with rail industry partners, the DfT, and local authorities.”

Further work planned for the station includes installing step-free access as part of preparations for Crossrail, which is expected to begin service in 2018. There are also plans for a new crossing on Station Approach and enhancements to the wider CCTV in the area.

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