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37872Larkspur Rovers FC are celebrating its investment in a £50,000 project to help improve its natural grass football pitches in Northolt. The project which has involved the purchase of a new tractor and grounds keeping machinery, will greatly aid the club’s maintenance efforts throughout the year.

SUEZ Communities Trust, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, and the London Borough of Ealing provided crucial financial support without which the project would not have been possible.

Joining Larkspur were its equipment suppliers (Campey Turfcare Systems, Ernest Doe & Sons Ltd and RTM/SISIS) and the Institute of Grounsmanship (IoG) who introduced the club’s groundskeepers to the new machinery and its operation.

Graham Bartlett, the Larkspur Rovers FC’s Project Coordinator, said: “The project is a major step towards creating and maintaining an improved playing surface which has always been identified as an important factor in developing the skills of our players.”

Cllr Bassam Mahfouz, Ealing Council’s cabinet member for environment, transport and leisure, commented: “This support allows Larkspur Rovers to become more self-sufficient in maintaining the grass pitches and create even further opportunities for young people, both male and female.”

Marianne Ivin of SUEZ Communities Trust, added: “SUEZ is delighted to have been able to support the enthusiastic team at Larkspur Rovers FC with their project. SUEZ Communities Trust provides grants through the Landfill Communities Fund. This important source of funding has been available since 1997 and has provided worthy projects with more than £1.4 billion of support.”

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I am delighted that a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund has enabled Larkspur Rovers FC to improve the maintenance of its pitches which will provide a real boost to football in the local area and the playing experience of those that take part.”

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Set for completion in February 2018, the project will see The Football Association (FA) and Middlesex County Football Association working in partnership with Ealing Council to develop the facilities for the benefit of the local community.

The council has secured more than £4.88 million in funding from The FA , Middlesex FA, The London Marathon Charitable Trust and Sport England to develop the new facilities at Rectory Park as part of its commitment to providing opportunities for residents to stay healthy and active through sports.

The project, part of The FA’s Parklife grassroots football scheme, officially got underway on Tuesday, 18 April. Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, the council’s cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, and council leader, Councillor Julian Bell, joined Kelly Simmons, director of participation and development at The FA, and guests to mark the breaking of the ground at the site in Rectory Park.

When finished, the facilities will boast two full-size, floodlit 3G artificial pitches, which can be used all year round, changing facilities, two community rooms and a pavilion.

Councillor Mahfouz said: “I’m delighted to see this exciting development in Rectory Park get started. These all-weather pitches, sports and community facilities will bring much needed and long-awaited phenomenal facilities to Northolt and the borough.

“This development will also mean Northolt is the official home of Middlesex FA. Through the council’s commitment and work with our partners, these new, high quality sports and leisure facilities will be open to the community, ensuring we get more people in Northolt active and engaged in sports.”

Kelly Simmons from The FA said: “This signifies an important next step in our national Parklife programme and an exciting chapter in the history of Middlesex FA, who will now become custodians of the centre for the benefit of thousands of people right across the area.

“In a year when The FA is dedicated to doubling the number of participants in the women’s game as well as growing the recreational game for all sectors of the community, this will provide a catalyst as well as focal point for football and sport lovers locally.

“We hope this is the first of more similar football ‘hubs’ in the capital, working closely with our partners at the Premier League, Sport England and the Mayor of London’s Office, and would like to commend the work of Ealing Council in making this vision a reality.”

Middlesex FA Chairman John Taylor added “We are delighted to be working with Ealing Council and The Football Association to deliver the Rectory Park project. As Kelly Simmons has said, this is a very exciting time for Middlesex FA. In addition to providing the association with a new purpose built headquarters building, Rectory Park will place us at the heart of the community. The excellent facilities will provide playing opportunities for football participants at all levels of the game in our area.”

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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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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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Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag awards recognise and reward the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying is a sign that identifies the park for its high standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

In total, 18 Green Flags were awarded to the council this summer: Two more than last year and the most ever achieved in the borough. Heathfield Gardens, Acton and Montpelier Park, Ealing received the accolade for the first time this year.

The 2016 Green Flag Award parks are:
Acton Green Common
Acton Park
Bramley Road Open Space
Brent Lodge Park and Churchfields
Heathfield Gardens
Islip Manor Park
Kind George’s Playing Field
Lammas Park
Montpelier Park
North Acton Playing Fields
Northala Fields
Pitshanger Park
Ravenor Park
Southall Manor House Grounds
Southall Park
Southfield Recreation Ground
Three Bridges Park
Walpole Park.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “Ealing is well known for its parks and open spaces and they are the pride of the borough. Having them nationally recognised is a huge achievement and I am over the moon that we have secured a record-breaking 18 Green Flags this year.

“Along with our great parks teams, there are hundreds of volunteers who work with them to create spaces which people can enjoy. Congratulations to them all, these flags are testament to your passion and commitment to make this borough a great place to live and visit.”

The Green Flag Awards are judged by more than 700 green space experts who assess using eight strict criteria including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.

The Green Flag awards scheme is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

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June/July 2016 report from the Northolt West End Safer Neighbourhood Police Team

NWE SNT June-July 2016 Newsletter

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ESF Greenford Carnival 4/7/2015.Community spirit will be at the centre of this year’s Greenford Carnival in Ravenor Park this Saturday.

The free, family-friendly event will celebrate Greenford’s vibrant community with food, music and entertainment from the area from 12:15-7pm on Saturday July 2.

Up and coming young stars  including headliners Et Tu Brucé, indie folk musician Jacob March, rapper Kyroe and Bollywood dance group Love the Beat make up the music programme for the day.

The carnival is jointly organised by the council and members of the community.

The council’s cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, said:  “The carnival has stood the test of time and offers something exciting and fun for all the family to enjoy.

“It is always really lovely to see so many people out in the sun — hopefully — supporting local acts up on the main stage.

“Topped off with lots of fun things to do and eat, it’s a great day out.”

Greenford Carnival takes place in Ravenor Park, UB6 with gates opening at noon, music from 12.15pm to 7pm. Entry is free.

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