Archive for September, 2016

Three new ‘enforcement’ trucks are being used solely for collecting fly-tipped rubbish from the most severely affected areas, and manned by both waste teams and environmental enforcement officers.

The trucks are clearly marked with posters warning people of the consequences of being caught fly-tipping. Since 15 August the fine has increased to up to £400.

The council set up this provision in direct response to the growing incidents of fly-tipped rubbish in some areas of the borough. It’s in addition to the council’s normal street cleansing service that already deals with fly-tipping.

The council has also been tackling the problem through a mixed approach of giving thousands of residents one-to-one advice and support on the doorstep on how to use their new wheelie bins, alongside tough enforcement.

Going out with one of the new trucks, Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for environment, transport and leisure, and Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, saw at first hand the amount of rubbish that regularly gets illegally dumped.

Councillor Mahfouz, said: “The vast majority of residents dispose of their waste appropriately and legally. Like me, they are disgusted when they see a disrespectful minority fly-tip on our streets.

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Three enforcement crews are out on the streets of the borough

“There is never any excuse for disposing of rubbish illegally.  It’s disgusting, an eye sore and dangerous.  We’re cracking down on those who deliberately dirty our neighbourhoods by coming down on them hard. Let me send a clear message to anyone who feels they can dump rubbish on Ealing’s streets. We will find you and we will fine you.”

Councillor Bell, added: “These new trucks and our enforcement staff are helping to tackle the worst examples of fly-tipping in the borough. We are determined to prosecute anyone who persists in illegally dumping their rubbish on our streets.”

To report fly-tipped rubbish or anyone fly-tipping visit www.ealing.gov.uk/reportit or call the dedicated hotline on 020 8825 8825.

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Brush up your act with garden waste

The council is offering residents reduced cost compost bins, with prices starting at £17.98, plus delivery. With spent bedding plants, grass cuttings, fallen leaves and prunings, autumn is the perfect time to start recycling garden waste to produce compost for spring planting.

Alternatively the council also offers a fortnightly chargeable garden waste collection service. The scheme runs from 1 April to 31 March. Residents who would like to sign up for the remainder of this year will be charged a discounted rate of £45, with a further 25% discount for residents who are over 65.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “The most environmentally friendly way to manage your garden waste is to compost it at home and re-use it in your garden.  A cheap compost bin is an easy way to get started and makes gardening even more rewarding.

“If you would prefer to have your garden waste collected, then we have a discounted rate for our doorstep garden waste collection available now, so why not sign up and be hassle free.”

Those considering a compost bin should remember it is important to have a good mixture of materials to make a good quality compost. As well as green garden waste, fruit and vegetable peelings, egg shells, tea bags, pet hair, and even shredded paper can be composted.

Try to aim for a 50/50 mix of ‘greens’ such as vegetable peelings, old flowers, grass cuttings, spent bedding plants and ‘browns’ such as garden prunings, coffee grounds, tissues and paper napkins, cardboard, vacuum cleaner dust.

To find out about ordering a discounted compost bin, telephone 0845 130 60 90 for further details or visit http://www.ealing.getcomposting.com/.

For more information on the garden waste scheme visit www.ealing.gov.uk/gardenwaste or call 020 8825 6000.

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The nursery, which needs new premises in order to expand, has agreed to restore and refurbish the stables over two years at a cost of more than £320,000, converting the entire property into a nursery. It will also landscape the grounds providing a garden and play area suitable for children.

In return it will get a 40 year lease on the property.

The nursery was chosen over and above other bids because it offered to retain the entire building for community use.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “The council is determined to find a way to preserve Brent Lodge Stables’ future and keep it, as much as possible, for the benefit of the community.

“The plans from Bunny Park Nursery will both restore and respect the stables’ historic features and sustain its usefulness to the community in the long-term. I am delighted that we have a real win-win here by maintaining an important historic building and bringing in a great new facility to the park, which will support local families.”

Alina Balysz, owner of the Bunny Park Nursery, said: “After many years of visiting the park and observing the stables we had a vision that the building would be an excellent venue for a children’s nursery. The environment of the park and animal centre provides an ideal place for children to learn and develop.

“We are all very excited to be given the opportunity to provide such a much needed service to the community.”

The Stables in Brent Lodge Park was built in the early 19th century and is a grade II listed building in a conservation area. Its poor condition and state of repair has seen it placed on the ‘at risk’ register by English Heritage.

In January 2014, the council decided to invite bidders to redevelop the site because it could not financially commit to restoring the building.

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Ealing Council backs Recycle Week

Recycle Week is an annual nationwide event. This year’s theme is ‘The Unusual Suspects’ and people are being encouraged to save more items from landfill, including objects that are often missed such as aerosol cans, toilet roll tubes, beauty crème jars and food waste.

The recycling team will be outside Ealing Town Hall from 10.30- 4 on Wednesday, 14 September. As well as giving advice on how to recycle more, they will be giving away free kitchen caddies and caddy liners while stocks last to encourage more local people to recycle their food waste.

The majority of households in Ealing receive a doorstep recycling service and a weekly food waste collection service. Food waste is collected from the small food waste bin and the rest of the ‘usual suspects’ can be recycled using either the blue wheelie bins, or for households that don’t have wheelie bins, green boxes or clear plastic sacks.

There are also a number of neighbourhood recycling centres where items can be taken. A full list is available here.

Councilor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “The majority of Ealing residents are great recyclers and the recent jump in the amount recycled locally shows how easy it can be to do the right thing. There’s so much that can be recycled and even those who recycle regularly will be surprised by items that could be added to the recycle bin.

“I’d like to encourage everyone to take a look at what they are throwing in the rubbish and see whether there’s anything they can recycle instead.”

Go online for more information on Recycle Week or visit their Facebook page.

For more information on recycling in Ealing visit our recycling pages.

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dsc_0006Ealing Council is backing national Cycle to Work Day on Wednesday, 14 September and is encouraging local residents, businesses and employers to get involved at www.cycletoworkday.org.

The council has pledged to support the event by encouraging its staff to sign up and use two wheels to get to work that day.

Cycle to Work Day is open to everyone and those that pledge to take part will be automatically entered into a competition to win amazing prizes such as a Boardman Hybrid Pro bike worth £999, a Refuge jacket from Showers Pass worth £220 and lots more. People who pledge will also be able to claim a free bike MOT at a local retailer. Pledges can be made at www.cycletoworkday.org.

Cyclists who share photos of themselves cycling to work on 14 September with the Cycle to Work team will be entered into a separate prize draw to win a Verenti Substance Sora bike worth £550. All they have to do to enter is Tweet their photo using #cycletoworkday and tag @cycletoworkday, or share it on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cycletoworkday or email it to info@cycletoworkday.org.

Ealing is a bike-friendly borough and offers its residents a number of ways to get cycling. People that live, work or study in Ealing can improve their skills and build their confidence by signing up for free cycle training. In addition, free Dr Bike maintenance sessions are available across the borough on a ‘turn-up’ basis.

Residents can also buy discounted bike locks and wall brackets as well as hire cargo bikes for free. The council is also investing millions of pounds in improving cycle routes and cycle parking to make it safer and more convenient to travel by bike.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “I am delighted to support Cycle to Work Day and I will be making my pledge and travelling by bike on the 14 September. Cycling is a convenient, free, healthy and environmentally-friendly way to get around and in Ealing we are doing everything we can to encourage people to swap four wheels for two by offering free training, social bikes rides, improved cycle parking and bike routes, as well as help with maintenance.

“The average speeds on London roads are getting slower all the time and I’d encourage everyone who is fed up with sitting in a queue of traffic every day to make a pledge and give cycling a go next week.”

To find out more about all of the discounts and benefits available to cyclists in Ealing, and to read more about how the council is making it safer and more convenient to travel by bike, go to www.ealing.gov.uk/cycling.

Ealing Council also has a special programme called Ealing Women on Wheels to encourage more women to take up cycling. Go to www.ealing.gov.uk/wow for more information.

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DSC_0945As children return to school after the summer break this week, the council is reminding drivers that they will be enforcing the yellow school keep clear zig-zags outside of schools to help keep students safe.

The council’s fleet of CCTV vehicles will patrol outside schools at drop off and pick up times to catch selfish drivers red-handed. During the 2015/16 school year 1170 motorists were issued with penalty charge notices (PCNs) for parking on the yellow ‘SCHOOL-KEEP-CLEAR’ markings in the controlled hours. PCNs are charged at £110, reduced to £55 if paid within 21 days.

The yellow zig-zags are there to provide a clear space for children to cross where they are visible to drivers. Motorists  who park on zig-zags for any length time are putting children in danger. Council teams are asking parents to help keep children safe by parking away from schools and instead take a short walk to the school gates. In Ealing, motorists are permitted to park in a resident’s parking space for up to 10 minutes whilst dropping off or collecting children as long as the vehicle is parked in a close proximity to the school.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for environment, transport and leisure, said: “There is never a good excuse for parking dangerously and we make no apologies for issuing PCNs to motorists who think it’s acceptable to put children’s lives at risk in order to save themselves a few minutes’ walk. When selfish drivers park on zig-zag lines outside of schools, it makes it harder for children to see when they cross the road and for drivers to see them. It also forces them to cross between parked cars.

“We have worked closely with schools to encourage parents to do the right thing, but those that insist on putting children’s lives in danger should now that we are actively looking out for them.”

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Acton becomes a 20mph zone

The trial in Acton starts today (Monday, 5 September 2016) and will run for approximately a year. If successful, then a further public consultation will be carried out to extend the new 20mph zone across the borough, enabling the council to build upon its strong track record of improving road safety and creating a better environment across the borough.

On average, 200 people are injured in collisions in the Acton area each year. With the  implementation of the new 20mph speed limit, the council estimates that at least 14 incidents could be prevented each year.

The proposed 20mph trial applies only to the Acton area east of the A406 Hanger Lane/Gunnersbury Avenue and will encompass the following wards:

• Southfield

• South Acton

• Acton Central

• East Acton

• Ealing Common (part)

The 20mph speed limit won’t apply on Transport for London red route roads such as the A40 Western Avenue and A406 Hanger Lane/North Circular Road.

This new speed limit is being introduced in co-ordination with a similar scheme being implemented by Hammersmith and Fulham Council.  The benefits of this scheme include making roads easier to cross and less noise from road traffic.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “I’m proud that we have a strong track record of road safety across the borough.  We want our roads to be among the safest in London and already have 20mph zones or limits on more than a third of the roads in Ealing. Expanding the scheme and reducing speeds across the borough will bring many benefits.  Our streets will not only become safer, but it will also improve the local environment.”

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