Archive for January, 2015

Ealing Council has been shortlisted for ‘campaign of the year’ in the Local Government Chronicle (LGC) awards for its 50% by 2020 awareness campaign.

Check out the Recycle My Stuff website to see everything you can recycle in Ealing

Check out the innovative Recycle My Stuff website to see everything you can recycle in Ealing

The extensive campaign, launched in 2013, aims to help drive up recycling rates across the borough to 50% of household waste by 2020. It includes projects such as the Recycle My Stuff website, featuring an interactive house residents can explore for tips; community ambassador programmes featuring well-known figures; and a unique Christmas tree, which made international headlines for its design and environmental message.

To make recycling easier, accessible and more convenient the council has introduced service enhancements such as the installation of 11 textile recycling banks, 13 electrical recycling banks and five on-the-go recycling bins in various locations across the borough. Recycling for residents living in flats has also been made easier with the provision of new food waste, plastics and cardboard recycling communal bins.

Residents have also been able to take advantage of being rewarded for their recycling with the introduction of the Greenredeem Residents’ Rewards Scheme. The scheme offers the opportunity for residents to collect points which they can then use for discount offers or to support community projects.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment said: “We have invested significantly in raising awareness of everyone’s responsibility to recycle.

“I am incredibly pleased to see that our borough continues to recycle more and would like to thank all residents for their remarkable efforts. What may seem like a small step for each of us, contributes greatly to the overall result.

“No matter how we look at it, recycling benefits us all. By diverting recyclable and re-usable items from landfill, we are not only saving ourselves millions of pounds a year by avoiding unnecessary landfill taxes but helping the environment too.”

The finalists for the LGC Awards will be announced at an awards ceremony on 11 March 2015. For more information visit https://awards.lgcplus.com/

For information about refuse and recycling services in Ealing visit www.ealing.gov.uk/recycling or www.recyclemystuff.org.uk

Registration for Greenredeem Residents’ Reward Scheme is free and can be completed online at www.greenredeem.co.uk

A free real Christmas tree recycling collection service is being offered to all residents until Friday 30 January. Tree collections will follow the usual garden waste collection schedule. Tree trunks must not exceed 20cm in diameter and any trees taller than 6ft will need to be cut in two. Alternatively, real Christmas trees recycled at some of the borough’s parks and open spaces. A full list of these locations and the collection schedule is available at www.ealing.gov.uk/recycling

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Ealing bike lock discount scheme

Ealing Council is giving local people another reason to get on their bikes this week thanks to the return of its highly popular, subsidised bike lock scheme.

Cllr Bassam Mahfouz visits an Ealing cycle shop where you can buy a new lock

Directly funded by Transport for London (TfL), and in partnership with the Metropolitan Police, the purpose of the scheme is to help reduce bike theft in the borough.

Residents are invited to take their old, substandard bike lock to one of six independent bike shops in the borough to swap it for a £20 discount on a silver or gold ‘sold secure’ lock normally costing £30 or more.

The £20 discount will be applied to 400 locks, given on a first come, first served basis while stocks last. One lock is allowed per customer and they are available at the following cycle shops:

Ealing Cycles, 9 Bond Street, Ealing, W5 5AP
The Bike Shop Greenford, 67 the Broadway, Greenford
There Cycling, 60 Boston Road, Hanwell, W7 3TR
The London Bike Hub, Greenford Park Residents Association Hall, 18 Queens Avenue, Greenford, UB6 9BX
The Bicycle Repair Station, 2A Goldsmith Road, Acton, W3 6PX
The Bicycle Repair Shop, 17 The Vale, W3 7SH
Woolsey of Acton, 281 Acton Lane, Acton, W5 5DH.

To redeem the offer, customers will simply need to hand in their old lock, show ID and fill in a short form in-store.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “With more and more residents taking up cycling, it is fantastic that we are able to offer this discount scheme. The best form of prevention is a high standard U-lock. Most bikes stolen in Ealing are secured with poor-quality locks, so I encourage all cyclists to take advantage of this offer and upgrade their lock to reduce the likelihood of theft. The bike lock discount is also a great way to bring more business to local shops, as well as giving shoppers the opportunity to get advice from the in-store cycling experts.”

Sergeant Anthony Beasley, of the Metropolitan Police, said: “Cycle security is paramount in trying to reduce cycle theft so it is something I am keen to see continue. The scheme received very positive feedback from cyclists during the pilot, last year, with TfL directors impressed with the success of the partnership.”

The bike lock discount scheme is possible through the TfL Borough Cycling Programme, which is helping the council to increase the take-up of cycling and make the borough more easily accessible and safe on two-wheels.

You can find out more about cycling in Ealing at www.ealing.gov.uk/transport and www.ealingcycling.org.uk

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A new road marking system encouraging drivers to use a bus lane in non-operational hours, has led to an improvement in road efficiency on Mandeville Road, Northolt.

bus lane chevrons pilot

Installed by Ealing Council it is thought to be the first of its kind in the United Kingdom.  The road was embedded last year with ‘hockey puck’ type units containing orange light emitting diodes (LEDs) in a chevron formation.

These chevrons light-up outside of the bus lane enforcement hours of 7-10am and 4-7pm on weekdays to indicate to motorists that they are able to use the bus lane in an effort to improve traffic flow.  Road signs along the route also inform drivers to use the bus lane when lit.

Mandeville Road is one of the busiest roads in Ealing, excluding the A40 and North Circular Road, and it is about 60% busier than Uxbridge Road.

Since the installation of the lighting system there has been a 45% increase in the use of the bus lane during non-operational hours in comparison to bus lane use in 2012. There has also been a 15% decrease in the volume of traffic in the lane next to the bus lane. In addition, there has been a 25% decrease in the number of PCNs issued. These results indicate that drivers have become more confident and informed in making better use of both lanes appropriately.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment, said:  “Congestion is a top issue for residents particularly in Northolt.  This innovative  trial is yet another way that we are helping to reduce road congestion and air pollution in the borough. Many drivers are wary of using bus lanes outside of operational hours but we want to encourage best use of the entire road by making it as easy as possible for drivers to know when they can use the space.”

The scheme is intended to enhance the existing system of variable sign plates which switch from the bus lane enforcement sign to a ‘Use both lanes’ sign outside of bus lane enforcement hours.

Motorists are reminded to always check traffic signs to find out what vehicles are allowed to use a bus lane as they approach it, and to check the times that it is operational.

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Ealing is the first London borough to install innovative solar powered LED cycle path lights.

Falcopathfinder cycle lights

Seven of these Falcopathfinder lights were successfully installed in Ridding Lane, Greenford, in December by Ealing Council.
Already popular throughout Scandinavia and Europe, the lights are completely resistant to heavy vehicles such as lorries, gritters and road sweepers. Because it harnesses the sun’s energy to power the lights, the system is completely wireless, without the need of cables, wires or an electricity supply and is completely self-sufficient. The lights are also easy to replace without the need to carry out road repair work.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “Road safety is a priority for us and we need to do what we can to avoid accidents involving cyclists, especially during the Winter period.
“This is part of our ongoing steps in the council’s plans to transform Ealing into a safer and friendlier cycling borough.”
You can find out more about cycling in Ealing on the council’s website www.ealing.gov.uk/transport and www.ealingcycling.org.uk

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New fruit route picked for Hanwell

Ealing Council and the Hanwell and Norwood Green Orchard Trail will be planting a new ‘fruit route’ made up of fruit trees and bushes over the next few weeks with the help of local residents.

New fruit orchards being planted

The first event, which will involve clearing the ground in preparation for planning the trees, will take place on Saturday, 10 January. Volunteers are very welcome. The group will meet at 10am at the Trumpers Way entrance or soon after at the field closest to Three Bridges, Blackberry Corner. Work will include cutting small trees, bushes and brambles. Anyone taking part will need to wear suitable outdoor clothes and footwear.

This work will pave the way for the planting of 40 mixed fruit trees, including a mixture of apples, pears, and a variety of stone-fruits in spaces along the edges of Hanwell Meadows (Trumpers Field, Jubilee Meadow and Blackberry Corner), next to the canal. This will grow over the next few years to extend the trail along the canal in either direction, linking the green open spaces of Hanwell and Norwood Green.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “There is a great community spirit in the area already with the meadows popular with local people for their crop of wild plums, blackberries and other fruits. These trees will enhance the offering and are intended to provide free foraging for park visitors and food for wildlife for years to come.”

The project is being organised in partnership with the council’s park ranger for the area, James Morton; and it has received the support of the council’s Elthorne and Norwood Green ward forums, which have offered to help fund the cost of the trees in 2015.

The Hanwell and Norwood Green Orchard Trail group is a community project started by residents, supported and organised in partnership with Ealing Council, to plant and care for a trail of native fruit trees.

The next day of planting will be on Saturday, 7 February when all 40 trees will be planted. Again, volunteers are invited to come along and get involved. Volunteers will also be needed to help look after the trees in their vulnerable first year of life with occasional watering and weed control.

For more details or to express an interest in helping with the orchard contacthanwellorchard@gmail.com

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