If you know of a Timothy Omeara who has lost his freedom pass near Sainsbury’s in West Ealing, I’ve found it. I’ll be posting it to the “lost and found” address in a couple of days if no one claims it.
Andy Hamm ● 221d1 Comments ● 64d
Looking to dispose of some unwanted, but useful, household items. Can anyone please kindly remind me of the name of a local website previously recommended on this forum? Thanks
Philip Coe ● 105d4 Comments ● 64d
As someone who would not vote for either this rubbish council or that small non entity of a mayor, can we have an even hand please? Free publicity for people who are widely despised by some of us in Ealing should extend to every party surely?
peter king ● 132d5 Comments ● 64d
This was a terrible thing, but, which nightclub did this take place in?This is not mentioned in the Ealing Today article: "Woman Gang Raped By Men She Met at Ealing Night Club Perpetrators receive lengthy jail sentences after expressing no remorse".
Marc Yonder ● 124d14 Comments ● 64d
The latest issue of the Council propaganda sheet thudded onto my doormat today. Lots of guff about the new Commissar and his loyal minions, all pledging to be inclusive. So inclusive that they removed the pages with all the councillor contact details from the back of the magazine.Maybe that was because they don’t want Bell’s smug mug in there, or it might be because all that information is ‘available online’ (which it is, of course). But then all the other information in Around Ealing is available online, which begs the question why keep the print edition? I was told by the former Commissar that it was for people who can’t access online information, yet there’s nothing in its glossy pages that indicates it’s £100,000 of our cash spent wisely every year.
Simon Hayes ● 90d18 Comments ● 64d
Interesting article in the Guardian featuring 'analysis' from Julian Bell about the Mayoral election results and what they tell us about LTNs.
He seems to be getting a very obvious dig in at Peter Mason as the Commonplace consultation system presented a very different picture.
Although the central claim of the piece, that the LTNs were actually popular and a vote winner for Labour, is nonsense the analysis does raise some very interesting points.
You can reach a definitive conclusion about the popularity of LTNs based on Mayoral results. People will have voted on a whole range of issues and, time and time again research has confirmed that national politics determines how a large proportion of people vote in local elections.
The LTN wards were also the Remain supporting, predominantly middle class professional wards that did so well across the country for Labour so it is a huge leap to say the result was an endorsement of the former leader's policies particularly as he was actually implementing it in partnership with a Conservative government.
However, it cannot be denied that there is no evidence of a significant swing away from Labour as a result of LTNs. While it can't be claimed that the results show that LTNs are popular it also is clear that they aren't the main issue most people in the borough are concerned about at the moment. The only firm conclusion these results can really bring us to is that it is wrong to be distracted by noise made by people on social media.
Gordon Southwell ● 106d56 Comments ● 64d
Are people aware of Ealing Planning Application no. 213916PNT for a 20-metre-high 5G Tower to be erected at the Popes Lane/Lionel Road entrance to Gunnersbury Park? It does not appear to have been widely publicized (what a surprise!). I've only just heard of it through a neighbour and the closing date for objections is 1st July. So, unless you're happy to have a monstrous eyesore, twice as high as the houses, visible to the whole neighbourhood, with the attendant health and nature concerns over 5G, at the entrance to a Grade II Listed Park, register your objection quickly at:tinyurl.com/44vn6wyn
bela cunha ● 79d9 Comments ● 64d
The grass is not even being cut in the Ealing parks.This makes it harder to socially distance from people.People all trying to pass each other on the narrow paths surrounded by waist-high grass.Children play on the same paths because the grass is too high around them.People with buggies cannot pass-by head-on because the paths are too narrow and the grass is too high to go onto.The rats (!) love the long grass.The long grass hides rubbish too.Sometimes even broken glass. And dog poo and much worse.Where are the children to play and the adults to exercise in Covid?You would think the council would try and keep the green spaces usable in Covid so you could walk about?
Waldemar Baran ● 96d32 Comments ● 64d
A chancer has put forward proposals to build some more skyscrapers on the edge of Westgate just over the gyratory system but still technically in Ealing. Almost next door to the conversion of the Westgate office block into flats, the proposed development will be an eyesore from any angle. It will stand out like a sore thumb over the A40 from the Brunswick, Haymills and Brentham estates as the eyesore that is the north Acton station area moves west. The nearby Hanger Lane station struggles to cope on the Central line as it is, add in the Westgate development and now this monstrosity and it will collapse in the rush hour. There will also be even more cars on the gyratory at peak times which will result in gridlock. Those of us who saw this coming with unchecked immigration are not suprised, stop it now!
peter king ● 113d3 Comments ● 65d
Hello everyone,I am currently on an internship for a company that is looking to help solve a number of problems related to housing in London, many of which have been exacerbated by the COVID pandemic:(1) The availability and affordability of property for those looking to relocate closer to loved ones - made all the more pressing where they may have lost a partner as a result of the pandemic.(2) New ways in which people can release value to their homes without having to sell up.(3) Solutions which might work for those living in one of the many conservation areas in Dulwich and other parts of London.(4) Something that will appreciate in value - as opposed to that of garden buildings that will depreciate over timeThe company has come up with a way (excavation robots and a sinking concrete shell) to create living/working space underground allowing the vast majority of the garden to remain in use. They are starting off by building a self-contained under garden apartment with a sunken courtyard garden, providing natural light to the whole apartment. The apartment should work as a home for elderly parents or grown up kids that would be closer to loved ones and significantly less expensive than trying to buy a property off the open market.What do you think of this idea?What problems do you see or concerns do you have?Is it something that you or someone you know might be interested in?Thank you in advance.
Mira Markova ● 65d0 Comments ● 65d
I don't travel along this stretch of the Uxbridge Road regularly enough to comment on the proposals which are detailed on the front page with any great authority but the thinking behind them appears sound.
It is certainly the case that if you are going to be delayed on this road it will be in the town centres and therefore it doesn't seem to be too unbelievable that the dual carriageways represent spare capacity that can be better used and there is a big win if cycling can be made safer and quicker.
It was interesting to learn that 80% of trips along this road are made by bus — presumably this is on a per person basis.
What that means is that these changes could go badly wrong if they have an undue impact on bus travel times. The council seem to be saying that the changes will be scrapped if bus travel times are affected 'significantly' but this is not defined.
My concern is that the more zealous of the pro-cycling brigade have often tended to quote quite misleading data when it comes to bus travel times when it comes to the recent Streetspace measures. We've seen statistics for whole routes for the whole day and then been told that any delays were minimal. The key data is for travel times within the affected sector of the route during the busiest parts of the day. A five minute delay in rush hour might be evened out over the course of the whole route but that is irrelevant to a bus user who has already got off. On a 20 minute trip that's a 25% increase in travel time which will encourage modal shift.
As anyone who has ever used a bus can tell you, relatively short delays can lead to buses becoming very overcrowded very quickly.
If the changes make travel slower and less comfortable for 80% of the users of the route then they are going to switch to other modes of transport but not all will take up cycling and many will use cars. In this case you risk the situation entering a vicious cycle — pun not intended — in which more traffic leads to fewer people using the bus.
To avoid this the council needs to accurately survey the opinions of bus users and drivers and treat the data honestly not cherry picking to present an argument for a pre-determined course of action.
Gordon Southwell ● 77d56 Comments ● 66d
How far have we got?It is no longer unusual to Take Your Own Bag Shopping. Some of us no longer forget to do so (or only very very rarely). It is still a problem though even though single use bags now have to be paid for.The pandemic has meant that even more plastic packaging seems to have arrived around produce. It makes it quicker to grab and go with our shopping but plastic actually retains the virus longer than other surfaces and we should wash our produce before eating it anyway.Many countries no longer want to take our waste plastic for processing. Together with the USA we are the worst for plastic packaging/single use plastic. When we discourage it here it seems it just encourages marketers to use it in countries who have worse facilities than we have to deal with it.There has been a lot of lobbying by a pro-plastics lobby.We don't need it on lots of things and should find and use better and less damaging to the environment and to us alternatives.https://topdocumentaryfilms.com/hawaii-message-waves/#comments
Philippa Bond ● 69d2 Comments ● 66d
I was surprised to learn from a Channel 5 programme tonight that Christie would often come and stay in Ealing with a great-aunt in her youth. Oddly, whoever wrote the script claimed that Ealing was a model for Miss Marple's St Mary Mead. Ealing is many things but it's never been a quaint country village, not even in the 1900s.
Susan Kelly ● 71d4 Comments ● 69d
As my firm is at the show, visited yesterday in the rain.Delighted to see a rather nice display garden created by plotholders at Ascott Allotments in South Ealing.Whilst there they were given an award for their efforts. Great to see and well done them!
Raymond Havelock ● 71d1 Comments ● 70d
A warning to friends and neighbours. A VERY convincing-looking email is circulating this morning plastered with NHS logos and inviting you to apply for a digital passport to prove your inoculation status. IT IS A SCAM. The web address resolves to a Brazilian website. It is however very convincing in layout and content. Please delete it and warn less 'tech savvy' friends and family.
N V Brooks ● 72d0 Comments ● 72d
A lot of people are not claiming the benefits that they are entitled to. Age UK can do a benefits check for you and help you to fill in the forms necessary to claim.https://www.ageuk.org.uk/latest-press/articles/2021/number-of-pensioners-living-in-poverty-tops-two-million/
Philippa Bond ● 89d4 Comments ● 73d
The Centre for London think tank wants us to stop converting shops into homes, why? Two many empty shops, not enough homes, SIMPLE. Why deny people decent home on the ground floor?
Ben Stallwitz ● 102d6 Comments ● 73d
I understand that secret covert time lapse cameras have been placed in random street locations ( presumably as part of the 'covert' monitoring of LTN and the intent to reimpose a variant version.This is actually illegal without clear signage about the reason for image gathering in a public place.It has to be clearly notified as it captures images of people as well as vehicles and this a breach of data protection and privacy..
Raymond Havelock ● 92d1 Comments ● 73d
Not an Arsenal fan but was pleased to see the performance the other night of Ealing born Bukayo Saka who attended Greenford High. One goal and two assists in a game against Eintracht Frankfurt. He has represented England through the age groups and I very much expect this won't be the last we see of him
Gordon Southwell ● 726d11 Comments ● 73d
Seemed like a film set
Simon Wycombe ● 73d0 Comments ● 73d
The Swedish School at The National Archives in Kew is recruiting host families. In case you have a room available in your home, this is a way for you to get an extra income and a chance to get to know a young person from Sweden. Many of the host families have a long lasting friendship with their students and visit them in Sweden after the exchange year. The host family provides care and a room for the student as well as breakfast and dinner. Host families receive £740 per calendar month throughout the student's stay. Here is their https://swedishschool.org.uk/en/become-a-host-family/ or just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Gustav Johansson ● 75d0 Comments ● 75d
Bad news for those out there thinking that adding multiple entries on the council’s Commonplace LTN “consultation” website, either for or against, might sway the result one way or the other. They know who you are. It’s not just ANPR cameras watching you, it’s also their IT systems. Extract from Ealing Council’s Report for Action/Information, Item 14: COVID Emergency Low Traffic Neighbourhoods – Interim Assessment, item 3.1.1 :“.........there is a significant level of duplication, as many individuals have written multiple emails or added multiple entries on Commonplace.........The final reports intend to analyse the entries to account for this.”
N. Davy ● 87d12 Comments ● 78d
It's surprising that this seemed to drop off the news for such a long time. They started using this in Europe years ago. Nicholas Beard drew my attention to it first of all some time ago on this website.You need to check the compatibility of your car again - although as I understand it - if it isn't compatible with this new fuel - it just means that petrol will cost you more rather than having to change your car.Another article:https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-57585105
Philippa Bond ● 81d5 Comments ● 81d
Here we go, can we get back to talking about LEGAL use of e-scooters as part of the upcoming trial scheme on the other thread?
Paul James ● 118d92 Comments ● 81d
Just seen that the council are to start charging for the car park at Gunnersbury. Is this the final straw for the bowls club?
peter king ● 93d11 Comments ● 81d
So Hounslow Planning department have reversed another of their own recommendations (along with the one that will probably result in the extinction of bowling at GP), opening the way for car park charging. The CIC will not tolerate any challenge to their wishes.Interesting to note that Gemini Park Solutions will not be paid a management fee. They must be very confident of making a bomb on fines ...
bela cunha ● 89d5 Comments ● 83d
First leg of the Championship play-off today at 16:30 against some unknown team called Saracens :-)A result over two legs (second leg is next Sunday) will see Ealing in the Gallagher Premiership next season.Go on Trailfinders, emulate the success down the road at Brentford, get promoted.
N V Brooks ● 95d7 Comments ● 87d
Whoopy do, can hardly wait. As with gaudy coloured hire bikes that are left anywhere, these little playthings will end up creating an eyesore and another trip hazard for residents. I was walking down Longfield Avenue last week when one of these scooters squeezed past me on a narrow pavement. The female rider couldn't have been any older than 15, no helmet and no prior warning she was coming. I've seen them on pavements, underground station platforms and occasionally on the road. I've seen them with two teenagers on one, parents with small children on them. Without enforcement, it's a no from me
peter king ● 121d39 Comments ● 87d
Originally posted by Russell Pearson on the ChiswickW4 forum:Paul Wheeler is on the ball re the mayor election, congestion, polls, the Labour Party, and the LCC. He’s a cycling campaigner and Labour activist and offers solutions. On the Labour Party he notes:“ A party transport policy dictated by covert groups of aggressive cyclists and well-heeled residents using emergency powers for their own ends is not a good look – and frankly a divisive distraction – for a progressive party motivated by social justice.”https://www.onlondon.co.uk/paul-wheeler-last-rites-for-the-covid-ltns/
N V Brooks ● 104d32 Comments ● 87d
Hello everyone. I have a missing cat. She was last seen on the 2nd of June in W73RA.She is very shy and generally scared of people. Bella is semi brown long haired cat and has been trimmed on the day before she went out and didn't return. If you see her around just let me know.God bless you and stay safe
Janna Mhanna ● 91d0 Comments ● 91d
Apparently the little twerp has increased his own PR budget to over £1m since he was elected in 2016. Whilst I realise there is a lot of work involved in making him look presentable and capable, can an increase of 50% be justified when he's been back cap in hand to the government for even more of our cash?
peter king ● 92d1 Comments ● 92d
Most LTN streets and former streets as well as distributor and main roads have been installed with basic road monitoring cables. installed by A-T-R Ltd of York St W1.However the nature or indeed the instigator of this survey seems to be rather clouded and so far to glean any information requires a Freedom of Information enquiry. Enquiries to both LBH and LBE have so far resulted in no response whatsoever.All the installations in both Ealing and Brentford were at the same time. But several streets in remaining LTNs that have had steep increases in local traffic levels just trying to get in and out of their neighbourhoods have been omitted.But it all points to TfL, who also do not wish to discuss " matters of internal confidential and commercial nature". Rather odd.However what kind of survey results will clickers get?South ealing Road still has road works causing disruption, currently additional resurfacing adding to that.Swyncome Avenue remains closed with no sign of the roadworks that would render it impassable in both directions.Windmill Roads 1 week closure now has signs saying 8 weeks at both locations.Several small streets like Trent Ave have had road closed signs with minuscule works which would never require closure. ROAD CLOSED signs all over South Ealing placed where there are no closure and incorrect as it's only from 8pm but causing all manner to traffic to deviate unnecessarily.Areas where road works are causing excessive and extensive delays and exacerbated by LTN blockades not having them temporarily removed to allow even local resident access.Yet the very reason for the removal of LTN 21 was for that very problem.It's either monumental incompetence by Highways executives or is it a deliberate bit of gerrymandering to create a false picture and maximise traffic problems?Either way with all this created disruption, it's simply not going to make any survey have and credibility or valid illustration.So have these authorities, smarting from the backlash now resorting to subversive tactics and collusion?
Raymond Havelock ● 95d2 Comments ● 93d
From Next Week no access from the Boston Manor Road end.This is cutting off the only shown direct route to Northfield Avenue those west of the "Big Bertha" roadblocks.
Leslie Bailey ● 122d38 Comments ● 96d
UNLESS you opt out by deadline 23rd June using this link: https://www.civicmc.nhs.uk/files/2021/05/Opt-out-Form.pdf all GP medical records in England (?& Wales) will be uploaded on 1st July to NHS Digital's database.https://www.theregister.com/2021/05/13/nhs_data_grab/:" 'Biggest data grab' in NHS history stuffs GP records into a central store for 'research' – and the time to opt out is now.The 55 million citizens of England will need to opt out of the involuntary scheme before it is introduced to prevent the entire history of their GP visits being slurped, campaigners told us. Opt-out forms are here [.docx]. We understand you will need to give this form to your GP practice before 23 June or your data held by your GP joins the central repository."
Una-Jane Winfield ● 107d2 Comments ● 99d
After all the problems associated with the travellers residing on the Warwick Road section of Ealing Common, we now have an even bigger problem.A group of about 25 caravans arrived sometime late on 21 July and have taken up residence on Ealing Common itself. In the space of less than 48 hours, there are now numerous mountains of rubbish on the Common, one of which (from a safe distance) appears to include tree boughs (presumably ripped from trees on the Common). They are also 'understandably' driving across the Common from their caravans to get to the road, with no regard for people sunbathing/playing on the Common.With all the legal hoops the council have to go through to move them on, they will undoubtedly be there for many weeks. Research suggests that these are the same travellers that 'blighted' Norwood Green for many months.
Patricia McCarthy ● 1880d47 Comments ● 100d
Does anyone know if there is a day’s delay re these collections as it was a Bank Holiday last Monday. Thanks
Bettina Margaret Thwaite ● 105d6 Comments ● 102d
Incident in/near Northfield Avenue. Altenburg Avenue currently sealed off by police. At least one person sent to hospital by air ambulance.
David Marshall ● 104d3 Comments ● 103d
What a great idea - a bit too late for the excuse for some unfortunately - but we do need to think about how we look after the bees and other pollinating insects. Growing plants that don't flower or lawns made out of plastic or concrete don't help much with the crisis faced by insects and wildlife. Time to sow and grow something that the bees love.There's a lot more info here:https://www.plantlife.org.uk/everyflowercounts/
Philippa Bond ● 129d21 Comments ● 104d
This is what will come - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-57288485This follows a change in the law which makes it easier for freeholders to build up to two extra storeys on top of their buildings.
Fred Hunt ● 106d2 Comments ● 105d
A new market is in town with lots of stalls and a FOOD plaza. Lovely atmosphere to roam and gaze at craft stalls and vintage stalls (some antiques too). Plenty of parking on site.A new Market at Trailfinders Sports Ground. Sunday 6th 11-4pm.www.trashandtreasuremarkets.comLots of stalls, food trucks, toilets, parking, buses E2/7/9/10 No.297A very pleasant stroll around and interesting stalls. C U THERE
Jools Lewis ● 105d0 Comments ● 105d
Quelle suprise eh? I bet our local MPs sister isn't too chuffed at him backing what was a Bellend driven project. Let's hope the final approval isn't given, it would be a victory for local democracy thrashed by this council.
peter king ● 105d0 Comments ● 105d
Hi all, I've ordered a hippo bag - which is basically a huge refuse bag that we'll put garden waste into (it's far more than the council will collect). The company collects the bag from the road. So in effect, it's taking up a space on the road as a skip would. I gather on the council website that skip permits are applied for by businesses who do the skip hire. Can one obtain a skip permit as an individual? Of course I could just put the bag on the road the night before collection - but I'm not sure whether that's 100% right. But maybe there is no option for me to 'book' a space on the road. Thanks.
Kevin Wilson ● 110d9 Comments ● 106d
On Bank Holiday Monday, Twickenham Rugby Stadium will be turned into the biggest vaccination venue so far in North West London, covering residents of Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hounslow, Kensington & Chelsea and WestminsterUp to 15,000 vaccinations ready to be administered on the day both appointments and walk ins availableThis vaccination event, Let’s Tackle Covid, will give eligible residents (age 30+) the opportunity to have their first dose of the vaccination without delay. This is in response to an increase in the number of cases of coronavirus in the areaThe event will take place from 10am to 8pm on Monday 31 May at Twickenham StadiumAccording to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital who are organising the event the Pfizer vaccine will be used. For first dose only. It will take place in the open air but under coverIf you have one, remember to bring your NHS number with you. This makes registration faster if you have itSome car parking spaces are available at Rosebine Car Park (entry via A316/Chertsey Road).Disabled parking bays and pickup/drop-off points are located at Twickenham Stadium (entry via Rugby Road)Register for an appointment here:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lets-tackle-covid-surge-vaccination-event-registration-156925312835The full story:https://www.chelwest.nhs.uk/about-us/news/massive-vaccination-twickenham-stadium-bank-holiday-monday
Angie Gray ● 108d2 Comments ● 107d
Confirmed a little over an hour ago that LTN21 will be removed for the duration of the works on Swyncombe Avenue and only re implemented after a FULL consultation with affected residents. New leader of Ealing Council Peter Mason has said that he is neither a fan of Experimental Traffic Orders nor of implementing closures without consultation.Only LTN21 is currently affected all others LTNs are under review.
N V Brooks ● 117d47 Comments ● 108d
I wonder if Mr Khan has been told yet as he was behind a past delay in Crossrail despite being on its board! Sometime ago I was contacted by one of my councilors who had just received a proposal from Ealing council to restrict the roadway outside the new station when it is fully operational. They wanted replies from the public but had seemingly held back the consultation so they would receive hardly any! If it seems a bit cramped out on the road now then what they have in mind will surprise a lot of people.
peter king ● 216d20 Comments ● 110d
Our little cull de sac Community was a happy and friendly place to live ,noticed by many and treasured by the local residents. It now lies in tatters by unable to follow planning rules to be followed even making promises to obey the agreed rules and conditions the developers signed for and documented by solicitors.Shame be upon EALING gov for turning a blind eye to such developers .Is this just negligence ? or shall we call a Spade a Spade..
Oswald Whittle ● 122d5 Comments ● 113d
One my my kitchen floor units (typical, the one under the sink) has 'bowed' meaning that the door has dropped. Before my spinal injury I would probably have fixed it myself but, alas, no more.Names of a handyman that you have used would really be appreciated.Many thanks.
N V Brooks ● 115d0 Comments ● 115d
FYI for all Ealing and Hounslow residentsIf only my aged computer would update this site, I could post a scan of it.Unfortunately after several attempts I've had to stick with this version of W5It is as follows:E-Scooter surveyThe London Boroughs of Hounslow and Ealing would like to hear your views on rental scooters where you live.As a thank you, you will receive a £5 voucher if you complete the survey by Wednesday 26th May 2021.To check if you are in scope please type https://acsvy.com/ebike into you internet browser or scan the QR code.Please enter the unique code printed below when prompted:Mine was HCL324. No idea how one gets a code if not online.If you require any other information, please email email@example.com.As is obvious this excludes a large part of society which are most likely to be affected.This is not acceptable. As for the wording " To check if you are in scope" As I've asked before, who checks and signs this off for basic parameters of clarity and accessibility? Never get an answer.It does make clear in the questions that ALL the current e-scooter use on public roads and footways is illegal.So why no enforcement whatsoever ? The amount of people transporting children and riding with no road etiquette locally beggars belief.Makes the whole point of the rental scheme a complete joke and waste of taxpayers money.
Raymond Havelock ● 120d9 Comments ● 117d
I see the station is completed..looks like a wow to me except I had to kneel at the ticket machine to read the instructions to collect my tickets. Now we see the public realm progressing with thousands of GBSterling wasted repaving a newly paved area. However 2 years ago I participated in a public realm consultation . No one from LBE has contacted me to show how this area of public realm is being sorted now.Their last efforts ignored the duty under a British Standard to place a disabled bay right bang next to the station entrance. Anyone with more info.
Arthur Breens ● 136d12 Comments ● 117d
Who is up for election and stating a firm manifesto of removing the plant pot hell?Geniune question.I care not what their overall politics are, they get my vote if this is one of their top priorities.Another nightmare on Boston Manor Road today.THIS MADNESS MUST END
Colin Goodman ● 135d92 Comments ● 118d
I’ve heard that a Labour Councillor, Lewis Cox, Hobbayne, resigned last night & his resignation statement doesnt make good reading, this was from another page: It’s now just over three years since I was elected a Labour councillor by the residents of Hobbayne ward. I remember that election night well. It was a huge moment of personal pride for me that the people of the community where I live would put their trust in me to look after their interests. It was also a surprise. There’s still a very real sense that people like me don’t get elected as councillors – that they don’t get elected to very much, really. But back in 2017, when I was first selected as a candidate, there was a real sense of change in the Labour Party. A sense of hope. It became possible to believe that a working-class lad from Yorkshire, working shifts as cabin crew for an airline at Heathrow might not only be able to get elected but might have a voice and something to add within the Ealing Labour Group and Council, which would make a difference and help improve people’s lives.Of course, it wasn’t all plain sailing. The establishment of the Labour Party locally (people who were leaders then and are leaders now) threw every possible obstacle they could find in the way to prevent me – and members like me – from becoming candidates, let alone councillors. I will admit, it made my victory twice as sweet when I managed to dodge those obstacles and, despite not being wanted, getting myself elected as a Labour councillor in Ealing.The only benefit to that, as far as I can tell was that it allowed me to join Labour Group with eyes wide open – to know that I’d be met with disinterest, if not open hostility, and that I’d be forever consigned to the back benches, at least until the time that I promised my vote to a candidate for Labour Group leader who did not deserve it. For ours is not a system of meritocracy, where the most qualified or most experienced are put in the Cabinet or gifted roles with responsibility-so that we might best serve the interests of residents. No – it was when I joined, and remains tonight, a system very much based on patronage, back-room deals and cronyism.I’m afraid that has very much been my experience of these past three years. Nonetheless, for much of it I have got my head down and done the work required of a ward councillor – looking after the needs of Hobbayne residents. I have tried, when I can, to challenge decisions I think are wrong and to hold the Labour Group leadership and its appointees to account. I have hoped for a time when the situation might change, when we could have a fresh leadership and be better – and do better- than we have for years. Ealing Labour is increasingly a toxic brand. Something had to change. However, not all change is good. That is a realisation that I have come to. And one which I fear the residents of Ealing are about to realise.A week ago, at Labour Group AGM, I was faced with a choice that was really no choice at all. To vote as our leader a person that had done untold damage to the reputation of Ealing Labour for year after year, or to vote for his apprentice – effectively for a person who was no less implicated in many of the bad decisions that have turned residents against us and, worse still, who played a key role in widening the divisions in the Labour Party for factional ends. Members will understand why, in the end, I voted for neither.I’ve spent a lot of time thinking this past week – about my decision but also about the outcome of that vote and what it will mean for Ealing Labour and Ealing Council – none of it good. I’ve reflected too on the bitter disappointment I feel with regard to my fellow councillors – those who didn’t take a principled stand, look at what we were being offered as a choice for Labour Group leader, and see and say ‘No, it’s simply not good enough’. Instead, I see many of those councillors tonight getting rewarded with positions and special responsibility allowances having gifted their vote. Different faces, for sure, but the same old cynical and self-serving practices as before.The easy option for me now, of course, would be to spend the next 12 months sitting quietly on the back benches while continuing to claim my councillors allowance - but for those of you who know me, know that sitting quietly isn’t one of my strengths. I also think it’s about time that one of us was honest with the people we were elected to represent. By continuing to serve under Cllr Mason- I would effectively be endorsing him and his toxic brand of politics and that is not something I am willing to do - so tonight I am informing you that I no longer feel able to serve as a Ealing Labour councillor and will be resigning as a councillor with immediate effect.I don’t regret the decision I am making, but I do regret the causes of it – that when we were presented with the opportunity to pick a new and better leader for Ealing Labour, to improve our performance and our electoral prospects, that we were unable as individuals or as a group to replace the bad with anything better.--ends--
N V Brooks ● 120d17 Comments ● 119d
Philippa Bond ● 206d44 Comments ● 120d
As per the headline. The programme is called "Push Up Brentford"and is on Together TV which is channel 87 on Freeview.The listing states "After 116 years at their much loved Griffin Park Brentford FC moved to a new stadium. This filmlooks back at this history with views from fans, to the players.It was on last week, same channel same time but I only caught the end of it, by accident. It may be on again next week as well.michael adams
Michael Adams ● 168d12 Comments ● 121d
Big story that will sort out the pseuds among the local councilors. I think it does not come out much more hyper local than this and our green councillors should be jumping up and down to protect their local ahre of the recycling bins in their wards. No action to save them should be seem to translate into no vote in ward elections.Rather than eradicating these bins due to perceived deficiencies in dumping perhpas a consultation period with an independent consultancy to see how the recycling could be got to work.The first of the problems is that of litter bins. Take the Maytrees Rest Garden in South Ealing opposite the tube station, the bins were ALL taken away with the rational (much supported, and endorsed by Philippa Bond) of providing mixed use single bin recycling units which she advocated for the litter instead. Sadly, the point she missed was that most of what the litter bins in the parked received would get you a fine as the recycling bins only deal with specific categories of recyclable waste. So while the cardboard of a Costa Cup is recyclable, the lid is not IN EALING as it is not the right sort of plastic. The same with other LDPE plastic like plastic bags, food wrappers, and even ice lolly sticks. This results in polluted recycling which costs extra to sort and where the lollipop stick is dumping and a fineable offence. Ealing does not recycle LDPE plastic, hard plastic like PVC, polystyrene, plastic bags, and anything black and made out of plastic because the sorting machines cannot identify black plastic objects and process them.The answer to me seems to be to put more bins out there in bigger groups, however, with greater focus , e.g. carpet, mattresses, metal, wood, glass, cardbard, LDPE, HDPE, hard plastic, paper, electricals, engine oil, cooking oil, clothes, shoes and the like. Have something that produces some practical results and also deploy litter bins in parks like the Maytrees Rest Garden - the litter has to go SOMEWHERE after all!
Victor Helm ● 122d1 Comments ● 121d
Knife crimes will continue to soarHe & TFL will keep asking for shedloads of money yet again, to keep transport running, which he has run into the ground whilst paying his cronies excessive salaries.Supports anarchist groups - extinction rebellion, & others.Penalise motorists by raising existing taxes or introducing new ones
Peter Yale ● 130d55 Comments ● 122d
A great new use for some of those empty buildings on the high street.https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/may/03/high-street-shops-in-england-and-wales-repurposed-as-climate-emergency-centres?
Philippa Bond ● 133d10 Comments ● 122d
Must be up for the 'No Sh*t Sherlock' awards.Sterling Road closedPunitive charges to dispose of bulky furniture that cannot be recycledAn unnecessary booking system at Greenford, there's not much risk sitting in your car while it queues.And, there's surprise that recycling rates are down - really?
N V Brooks ● 160d23 Comments ● 124d
Virgin Media have increased my tariff costs by 15% for broadband, landline and basic TiVo services. £41.25 for 100mb broadband speed and anytime 60 calls, which I sadly need because my home mobile reception is rubbish.Has anyone got a better current deal and / or suggestions for an alternative provider? I've never used their email address, so I won't miss that but the TiVo is impressive.Thanks!
Phil Kay ● 125d0 Comments ● 125d
Hi All.I parked in Mattock Lane last week, whilst going to get my Covid-19 vaccine.Despite paying for parking using the "PayByPhone" app, I still received a parking ticket - nice!It seems that the Mattock Lane parking location hasn't been setup correctly in the app, as the location ID doesn't match what is printed on the signposts at the side of the parking bays.If you park in Mattock Lane and use the app regularly to pay, be sure to type in the location code 37060, don't use the map view to select the parking zone.I've appealed the ticket, but this has been rejected, with the council saying it is my fault.Hope this helps anyone else out that uses the PayByPhone app.. Whatever you do - always type in the location code shown by the parking bays, it seems their "map view" is unreliable!
Dan Bevington ● 138d8 Comments ● 125d
Despite starring the very wooden Steven Seagal, Under Siege is one of the greatest action films of all time. In hijacking a US Navy battleship with nuclear weapons, the terrorists discount him as 'only a cook'. It looks like Ealing Council did something similar with the real hero that is Michael Milne who campaigned to have his fellow catering staff given the London Living Wage.
After eight years of refusing they now are going to pay the higher rate in August. Seagal is probably too old to play Mr Milne in Under Siege 3 but perhaps Brad Pitt will be available. Credit here must also go to EalingToday who published an article on this last month which appears to have shamed the council into acting.
If Labour want to understand why they are losing in places like Hartlepool they should reflect why a party of their name and tradition did not see it as a priority to make sure that people in the employ of councils were paid enough to live with some dignity.
Although this is undoubtedly an example of patrician hypocrisy on behalf of the Labour Party, before anyone jumps on the bandwagon to give them a bashing, bear in mind that most Conservative councils do not pay the LLW and the party has been an enthusiastic advocate of contracting out to save the taxpayer money.
Gordon Southwell ● 126d3 Comments ● 126d
Julian Bell has been deposed as council leader after a vote of no confidence this evening. New leader is Peter Mason. Tatted with the same brush of cronyism and dodgy practices.
Simon Hayes ● 128d24 Comments ● 126d
The new sports centre at Trailfinders looks fantastic and will be a great addition to the area. What the article about it doesn't really address is where the team would play if they were promoted to the top division. I have got stuck in traffic jams while dropping off at mini-Rugby fixtures and Vallis Way is hardly Wembley stadium at the moment. Presumably a ground with a single access point like that can't be upgraded although I do remember going along to the Causeway Stadium when Wasps played there which had a single entry point. With the Brentford Community Stadium already nabbed — where else is there for them to play? If they went to the Reading stadium that London Irish used to be at they'd no longer really be an Ealing club.
Gordon Southwell ● 131d4 Comments ● 127d
Looking at the excellently produced report on the survey carried out by CAMTAG it occurs to me that all it has really done is quantified the level of opposition that was already clear from the council's own Commonplace survey. There consequently is little scope for proponents of the scheme to argue that the results are in someway distorted or there is a silent majority in favour of the scheme.
If anything you could accuse CAMTAG of being biased in favour of LTNs because they confined their leaflet distribution to households within the scheme boundaries. These are supposed to be the main beneficiaries of the scheme. They have not consulted people living in homes just outside among whom I would assume opposition is universal.
The council are going to be well aware of this and cannot pretend they are carrying out the wishes of residents. The only explanation for their persistence is that the financial position is so bad the associated PCN revenue is vital to stave off a budget crisis.
Gordon Southwell ● 147d21 Comments ● 128d
A new Market at Trailfinders Sports Ground. Sunday 9th 11-4pm.www.trashandtreasuremarkets.comLots of stalls, food trucks, toilets, parking, buses E2/7/9/10 No.297
Jools Lewis ● 131d0 Comments ● 131d
We just cannot stop them, we don't have democracy we have dictatorship with this bent voting system. Instead of being counted centrally our votes do not go out of our wards, Both Conservatives and Labour love it and will never change it.
Roy Baker ● 188d54 Comments ● 131d
Could anyone recommend a ladies hairdresser in the Ealing/Northfields area. I'm looking for a good stylist who can also do high/lowlights. Thanks in advance.
Pat Kingham ● 133d4 Comments ● 131d
The Old folk have been left neglected and vulnerable to such an extent that they are the Targeted by most of those looking for easy people to loot or mislead into parting with their savings . I have photographs , Written documents of of promises made and before lawyers, and then ignored by fraudsters .Old folk have become easy pickings. The laws of justice are beyond their reach. Some day a story of this era will be written to the eternal shame of our rulingclass.
Oswald Whittle ● 131d0 Comments ● 131d
Does anybody know of a place where you can get fresh oregano in Ealing town centre?
Tricia Arbuthnot ● 136d7 Comments ● 133d
Eric Leach tells us that he had his 2nd Pfizer Jab yesterday at Ealing Town Hall. Good for him. My husband at 82 will mark 12 weeks tomorrow for his 2nd Pfizer. Our surgery, when we chased them up thought maybe in a couple of weeks time.,
Bettina Margaret Thwaite ● 160d27 Comments ● 136d
As I drove past the cricket club in Corfton Road this morning I saw a strange and very rare (Hayley's Comet anyone)sight. Four road sweepers at work making the pavements and kerbs look good at last. The reason was a film shoot in a house with the usual vans parked everywhere. I'm thinking of putting my road on the Brentham Estate forward so we can move forward our annual sweep that occurs around September. I know the council charges (quite rightly) for filming but this seemed overkill.
peter king ● 146d16 Comments ● 136d
"Over three quarters LTN21 residents want changes removed"This is just nonsense, who wrote this?http://www.ealingtoday.co.uk/default.asp?section=info&page=conroad038.htm
Paul James ● 147d133 Comments ● 137d
I was told that an application to list the building was on the point of being submitted. Can anyone substantiate this?
Tricia Arbuthnot ● 140d17 Comments ● 137d
A black/white kitten (6 months old) went missing. There are posters in the area with pictures.. Please do let me know if you see him or hear him meowing in your gardens/sheds.
Raffaella Mariani ● 142d4 Comments ● 138d
Good to see this on the front page of Ealing TodayI hadn't seen much promotion of it.It's a difficult one due to the current times but I hope this is well attended.BLONDIN PARK 3:00pmI'd be amazed if over 2,500 turn out as did last year due to the world being a little bit different now. I'll be there myself.No matter if you cannot make it - opposition to these stupid pot plants can be expressed in many ways. Keep fighting.VOTE THEM OUT
Colin Goodman ● 146d55 Comments ● 138d
Given Bellend's ties with developers, are we at all surprised - https://www.mylondon.news/news/west-london-news/former-ealing-housing-boss-admits-20455460
peter king ● 145d19 Comments ● 142d
My afternoon trip today from Heston to Temples Pharmacy to have my 2nd jab (AstraZ) was a delight.Firstly coming up Northfield Avenue and seeing the large allotment site busy with gardeners tending there plots with an array of decorated sheds (men's sheds?) scattered around.The busy open air market at Ealing Broadway made me want to get off the bus...but I had to press on for my 4pm appointment.Charming volunteers at Temples put me in extra good spirits.What a selection of pavement coffee bars to choose from.Sitting outside Cinnamons and watching the Ealing world go by. Lots of big cars! Scooters and families enjoying sunshine and the wide pavement.After the coffee and snack it was time to try out the long line of wooden benches (we don't have them in enough places) and admire the shop fronts. Some displays were corkers.Blimey Ealing there were attractive litter bins every 40 yards or so as well..no wonder pride oused. I actually caught a tan sitting on those benches. .so my apartment mates said. I couldn't tell them that I've been for a jab as they are all anti the pandemic and refuse the jabs!So thank you Ealing for the outdoor treat today.
Jim Lawes ● 150d17 Comments ● 145d