Archive for September, 2015

As part of the council’s multi-million pound road resurfacing programme Laughton Road will be resurfaced between 5th October – 17th November.

The resurfacing will take placed over two phases:

Phase 1 – Civil Works

The schemes will start with a programme of works to adjust kerbs and gullies on the 5th October 2015; this is expected to take up to 5 weeks. No parking cones will be set out adjacent to works are being carried out, residents can park as normal where there are no cones.

Phase 2 – Surfacing Works

Carriageway resurfacing is expected to commence on the 11th November 2015 and take up to 5 days. The surfacing commencement date is subject to acceptable weather conditions, please look out for notice boards which will be displayed on lamp columns confirming the actual times and dates of resurfacing works.

All parking within the works area will be suspended during the times and dates shown on the notice boards. Vehicles parked in the working area will be relocated to a neighbouring street and NOT returned to their original position once works are complete.

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Gold hat-trick at London in Bloom

Ealing’s parks and open spaces have won gold awards for the second year running at the London in Bloom Awards on 15 September 2015 in the large city category.

Walpole, Park, Ealing

The council was given the prestigious gold status for overall impact of horticulture, environmental management and community participation in the borough.

Walpole Park, Ealing was awarded gold in the large park category and the Litten Nature Reserve, Greenford was awarded gold and category winner in the small conservation area award category.

Southfields Recreation Ground, Acton won a silver gilt award in the conservation area category, while St Mary’s churchyard, Ealing won silver and category winner in the churchyard of the year category.

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.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure said: “This is a celebration for the parks team, groups and all the volunteers that help keep the borough’s parks up to such high standards. Ealing’s parks are one of the things that make it such a great place to work and live and our ambition to continually improve them has resulted in these fantastic accolades, striking gold again.  Thank you to everyone who make them the uniquely attractive and welcoming spaces that they are.”

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

To find out more about the borough’s parks and open spaces here.

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Animals in wonderland this Sunday

Ealing Council is inviting people to come along and enter the magical world of ‘Animals in Wonderland’ at Brent Lodge Animal Centre, Hanwell on Sunday, 27 September.

Peacock

Working jointly with community art group The Art Box, the park will be transformed into a wonderland full of fun activities for all the family.

Using Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland as inspiration, the activities will include a Mad Hatter’s hat making workshop, a cake decorating tea party and chasing the white rabbit. Alongside these activities, guests can meet the animals at the centre, enjoy live music performances and join in with arts and crafts activities set up by The Art Box.

The giant inflatable slides and maze will be open for visitors to enjoy, as well as all of the park’s animals for the family to enjoy. The park’s café will also be selling themed food and drinks.

Animals in Wonderland takes place on Sunday, 27 September, from 12pm until 4pm at the Animal Centre in Brent Lodge Park (The Bunny Park) Hanwell W7 2BP.

To find out more about what is happening at the Brent Lodge Park Animal Centre follow on Twitter @BrentLodgePark or ‘Like’ on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BrentLodgePark

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Ealing Council is toughening its stance against people who spoil the borough’s streets and parks by dropping litter, dumping rubbish, spitting and allowing their dogs to foul the streets.

kingdom security launch

The council has teamed up with Kingdom Security to provide dedicated teams of uniformed officers in the borough. Kingdom Security will work with the council’s environmental enforcement officers, providing a high-profile deterrent and issuing £80 fines. Operating initially on a one-year trial basis, Kingdom Security is working at no cost to the council. Instead they will take a share of the fines they issue.

It is the start of a wider, joined-up response to environmental crime in the borough which will see council teams working alongside the police and members of the public to improve the environment and public spaces. Kingdom Security are also working with Harrow Council which means that persistent environmental problems that spill over the two borough’s boundaries can be the focus of a co-ordinated response that solves them once and for all.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “We spend £4.5million each year cleaning up after people who feel it is ok, to litter our streets with rubbish, chewing gum, spitting or dog mess. Ealing residents are sick of seeing it and paying to get it cleaned up through their taxes.

“The changes we are making will turn the tide against these selfish individuals who are committing these offences and deal with them with these on the spot penalty notices.  By working together with residents, the police, contractors and partners, we want to improve the environment in our borough for everyone to enjoy.”

Officers will start patrols from Wednesday, 23 September. Residents can report littering and dog fouling online at www.ealing.gov.uk/reportit.

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Bike shop pops up in Southall

Ealing Council is teaming up with London Bike Hub to open a temporary bike shop in Southall.

bike racks

Visitors to the pop-up shop, which opens for six weeks every Saturday, from 12 September to 17 October, will be able to get free cycle checks by Dr Bike who will carry out simple repairs and give advice on maintenance.

Bike accessories will be on sale and there will be opportunities to buy new or used bikes.  Information will also be available on the council’s initiatives to encourage people to cycle more such as training schemes and cycle maintenance classes.

London Bike Hub, a not-for-profit organisation, will run the shop every Saturday from 10am until 4pm from a converted shipping container at Southall Square, 57-78 High Street Southall.

Cabinet member for environment, transport and leisure, councillor Bassam Mahfouz said: “There is so much on offer in the borough to support people to take up cycling or get back on their bikes. Cycling is great exercise, low-cost and makes getting around much easier.

“This store is the ideal place to get advice on how to make sure your bike is roadworthy or find out about what training is available for those who want to feel more confident on their bikes. For anyone who isn’t sure about what type of bike or equipment to buy, our experts can advise on what’s best for their needs.”

The shop is the latest initiative as part of the council’s direct support for cycling scheme which offers a range of practical help to encourage residents to cycle.

Also available this autumn, are women-only social rides. Participants can join the leisurely rides which are taking place every Sunday at Gunnersbury Park from 10am until 1pm until 4 October and every Saturday at Southall Park from 10 October until 1 November. There is no need to book cyclists can just turn up, meeting by the old tennis courts in Gunnersbury Park, W3 8LQ and the container by the Boyd Avenue entrance to Southall Park, UB1 3BT.

The Monday Cycling Club begins at Southall Park on 14 September offering free one hour training slots for adults from 9am until noon and a leisure cycle from 2-4pm. The club will be held every Monday in the park from 14 September until 12 October. The club then moves to Gunnersbury Park from Monday, 19 October until 16 November. For more information and to book a slot please email jean@cycletraining.co.uk or telephone 020 7231 6005.

Basic cycle maintenance classes costing £5 are also scheduled to take place at Acton Vale Community Centre, Off Beech Avenue on Saturday, 10 October and 7 November. The classes take place between 9.30am and 5pm. For more information and to book a place contact andy@cycletraining.co.uk

Further details are available on Ealing Council’s cycling pages.

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New Northala play area open

Ealing Council is pleased to announce the opening of a new adventure play area in Northala Fields, Northolt.

New play area

The council’s parks team has been working with designers to create an exciting new play area to enhance the playground near the café. Where possible, responsibly sourced materials have been used including robina wood, which has a naturally high resistance to rot. The play area has been built on the existing mound to give it additional height providing children with space to play and explore.

The new structure includes a ‘club house’ style platform, twisted tubular slide and swinging rope bridges making it easy for children to let their imaginations run wild. A crawling tunnel, balancing blocks and ramps provide a challenge and a chance to build confidence.

Educational and sensory games are hidden at low levels throughout the area for toddlers to interact with and enjoy. They include butterfly and bug sculptures, as well as tactile cubes.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “The new playground draws you in with its spectacular slides, wonderful walkways and riveting rope bridges.  Its appeal calls out to children of all ages and you’ll be hard pushed to not have a go yourself.”

The new play area is located near the visitors’ centre in Northala Fields, Kensington Road, Northolt UB5. The visitors’ centre offers fishing classes on the lakes, includes a café, public toilets and classroom facilities.

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Ealing Council has been shortlisted in five categories in the National Transport Awards, including Local Authority of the Year.

New cycle safety system trialled on lorry in Ealing

Competing with more than 360 other entries, the council made the final shortlist in the following five categories:

  • Local Authority of the Year
  • Road Safety, Traffic Management and Enforcement (Cycle Safety Shield)
  • Excellence in Cycling and Walking (Biking Schools)
  • Contribution to Sustainable Transport (Biking Schools)
  • Excellence in Technology (Cycle Safety Shield)

Two of the nominations were for the council’s innovative work to develop the use of the Cycle Safety Shield – a collision avoidance system that the council has fitted to its HGVs to alert drivers if cyclists, pedestrians or motorcyclists are in danger.

The council is the first organisation to fit the system, powered by Mobileye, to all its vehicles. The council’s highway maintenance company, Murrill Construction Ltd, has also fitted the system to all its vehicles and waste and recycling contractors Amey have agreed to do the same.

The Biking Schools programme also secured the borough’s place in two more categories. The programme, which is the first of its kind in London, means all pupils at participating schools undertake compulsory cycle training. A cycling coach visits the school each week to provide help and advice, holding cycle maintenance sessions, organising bike rides and running after school clubs and competitions.

Cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, said: “It’s an honour for us to be shortlisted in so many categories for these prestigious awards. Our biking schools programme is getting children and their families active, proving to be transformational; whilst the innovative Cycle Safety Shield is a vital piece of kit making a world of difference in creating safer streets for pedestrians, cyclists and other road users.”

The winners of the awards will be announced at an event in London on Thursday, 8 October.

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