Archive for October, 2016

The new enforcement team and accompanying vehicle are the latest tactic being used by the council to tackle and deter fly-tipping. The specialist teams are aimed at discouraging, catching, and cleaning up after selfish individuals who flout the law by dumping waste on Ealing’s streets.

Since the launch of the alternate weekly collection service in June, the council has cracked down on fly-tipping and introduced a new higher rate fine of up to £400. Ealing was one of the first boroughs to adopt the higher rate fixed penalty notice as part of a London-wide crack down to keep the capital clean.

Since the fly-tip enforcement crews were launched, the teams have visited 763 streets in the borough to investigate fly-tipping and gather evidence. The fly-tips have been traced back to 1124 addresses and the council is now in the process of issuing Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) to those people.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “We now have four dedicated crews out and about on the streets of Ealing, identifying those people who fly-tip on our streets, gathering evidence to issue fixed penalty notices of up to £400. The vast majority of residents share our view that this sort of behaviour is appalling. We will not tolerate fly-tipping in our borough, those people who we have caught can now look forward to a hefty fine dropping onto their doormats very soon. You want to make a mess on our streets – we will find you and we will fine you.”

Residents are asked to report cases of fly-tipping using the online form at www.ealing.gov.uk/reportit or by calling the fly-tipping hotline on 020 8825 8825.

More information about the borough’s reuse and recycling centres, how to arrange a bulky waste collection and how to find scheduled collection days, is available at www.ealing.gov.uk/recycling.

Residents can check whether a waste clearance company is licensed and legal by entering their details at https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register

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mol_cab_logo_rgb_faEaling Council has been awarded the ‘Cleaner Air Borough’ (CAB) accreditation by the Mayor of London following a range of initiatives designed to monitor and reduce pollution in the borough.

All London boroughs are required to monitor air quality in their areas and take actions to improve it. They have to report on their progress every year. The CAB status is only given to boroughs that can prove they are effectively tackling the issue.

Much of Ealing’s pollution comes from its geographical location, with London and the south east generally suffering from poorer air quality than the rest of the country. However, its proximity to major roads such as the A40, A4020 and A406, the impact of diesel trains travelling through the borough plus local industrial sites also add to its problems, some of which can be addressed at a borough-level and some of which cannot.

The CAB accreditation recognises that many air quality issues are outside of the council’s influence, so it is not a measure of overall air quality. Rather it recognises how seriously the council takes the problem and gives credit for its achievements in making a difference where it can.

Ealing Council was particularly congratulated for its work with the Ealing Broadway Business Improvement District (BID) to reduce journeys made by waste collection vehicles in the town centre. A special scheme brought together 105 businesses to buy their waste collection and pest control services jointly, instead of buying them separately resulting in 8,650 fewer vehicle journeys over a year.

Previously, the council has also undertaken to include a ‘no idling’ trial in Acton and the replacement of traffic signals with mini roundabouts to reduce the levels of pollution emitted from idling vehicles. It also continues to fund and promote sustainable transport measures, especially support for and promotion of cycling.

In addition, the council drew up a low emission strategy for the goods yard in Horn Lane, Acton; which until recently was a pollution hotspot where air quality frequently exceeded EU limits. Under the strategy local industries signed up to a voluntary agreement on more effective dust management plans.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “The CAB accreditation recognises the work that we are doing to make the borough cleaner and safer for local people. Pollution is a silent killer and has a devastating effect on health, especially for children. We take the problem very seriously and are using a range of measures to tackle it.

“Unfortunately, many of the sources of pollution in the borough are outside of our influence, but we are working with local organisations and residents to make as much of a difference as we can and we will use our enforcement powers when people break the law. Local people can make a big difference by changing the way they travel. If more people switched to walking, cycling or public transport, especially for short journeys, it would help to reduce the levels of pollution, particularly in our town centres.”

For more information on the Cleaner Air Boroughs accreditation, go towww.london.gov.uk/airquality. Air pollution problems, including dust odours from commercial premises, can be reported online by going to www.ealing.gov.uk and searching ‘air quality’.

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Gold for Ealing

It was given the honour in the Large City category for the overall impact of its horticulture and environmental management and for community participation.

As well as gold for the borough, four Ealing parks won individual awards. Walpole Park and Acton Park won gold in the Large Park (above 25 acres) of the Year category; Litten Nature Reserve won gold in the Common of the Year category, and Southall Park won a Silver Gilt award in the Large Park of the Year category.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, Ealing Council’s cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “It’s great to receive more prestigious Gold awards for our parks and open spaces. A huge thank you to all the hard work of our park rangers and community volunteers who help keep our parks looking stunning. Gold standard parks and green spaces are one of the reasons Ealing is such a great place to live, work and play.”

The borough was awarded almost perfect marks for elements such as promoting sustainability, developing local heritage including natural heritage, its achievements in conservation and biodiversity and increasing community awareness and involvement in Bloom initiatives.

The London in Bloom judges said: “There is no doubt about the continuous development and enthusiasm in maintaining and developing the parks and greenspaces in Ealing with depreciated resources but also facing the challenges that the modern local authority faces.”

The success in London in Bloom follows Ealing being awarded a record 18 green flags for its parks and open spaces this summer.

Additionally, Ealing will find out how it faired in the prestigious 2016 Britain in Bloom Awards competition at the award ceremony in October.

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