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
So, hope for Ealing perhaps.Harrow Council listened to residents & used real statistics, not manipulated figures.Ealing & Hounslow Councils take note
Peter Yale ● 150d25 Comments ● 145d
On 6 May 2021, we will vote for both the next Mayor of London and future London Assembly Members – including our representative for Ealing and Hillingdon.Ealing and Hillingdon Friends of the Earth groups are hosting an online hustings with the London Assembly candidates at 7 pm on Wednesday 28 April. Join us remotely via Zoom to find out where candidates stand on urgent issues. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions.https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ealing-and-hillingdon-london-assembly-climate-hustings-tickets-148908363925 The London Assembly holds the Mayor to account on decisions that directly impact our everyday lives, from tackling air pollution, to improving public transport and creating more green space. In fact, in 2019, members of the London Assembly successfully pushed the Mayor to bring his net zero target forward from 2050 to 2030.Our representative will also have influence on the Mayor to push for a clean, green and fair future – locally in Ealing and Hillingdon and at a national level too. So, we need to make sure that our constituency’s candidates have the climate and environmental emergency on their agenda.
Caroline Evans ● 146d0 Comments ● 146d
While I'm pleased that the sports hub at Gunnersbury Park is finally going to open has anyone considered the impact on access to the car park. If there are ten pitches, a large gym and a number of other outdoor facilities then there is going to be a large increase in the number of people turning up particularly at the weekend.The access to the park is essentially one way and generally good will between drivers avoids it getting blocked but if there is a stand off the road could get blocked. The plan is to start charging for the car park and people exiting will be anxious to get out in time to avoid a hefty fine. People entering the car park might not understand this and therefore there is scope for conflict. As far as I can tell this looks set to get very messy.
Mark Evans ● 154d37 Comments ● 147d
Does anyone who lives in this ward, which I think covers part of Hanwell, know whether or not there are many LTNs in it? Would be interested to learn if this was to be a factor in the by election.
Mark Evans ● 149d1 Comments ● 149d
I see that a poster in their window advises they are closing on 29 April. Merging with the Ealing Broadway branch. I suspect the word merging is being misused.
Andy Hamm ● 152d4 Comments ● 150d
It always was a basic flaw in the concept of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods that necessarily they mean somewhere else has to become a higher traffic neighbourhood. When this is in someone else's jurisdiction problems are bound to arise.
Hounslow are obliged to protect the interests of their residents but the notion of lots of ANPR cameras appearing on borough boundaries to keep non-residents out is a nightmare.
The hope is that, once the Mayoral elections are over, the Department of Transport will relax the rules around funding to allow councils to ditch unworkable schemes without having to pay for unwinding them themselves.
Gordon Southwell ● 160d52 Comments ● 152d
We are delighted to see that the Sports Hub is now open. The Bowls Club wishes every success for this enterprise.For the Bowls Club, the photograph in the article is particularly poignant in that it features the bowls pavilion and bowls green. The statements from officers of LB Hounslow and LB Ealing talk of delivering "important community, sports and leisure facilities for residents in the local area" and a vision for Gunnersbury Park "where local people can enjoy sport, beautiful green spaces and a rich local history long into the future.."Meanwhile, bowling in Gunnersbury Park is facing extinction after a history of 90 years. The Community Interest Company is bent on ensuring this fate through a policy of intentional neglect.Members and supporters of the Bowls Club have repeatedly been refused access to the site to carry out extremely urgent maintenance to the green. We learned yesterday that an expert and fully accredited third party has also been refused access by the CIC. This party had very kindly offered to carry out maintenance on behalf of the Bowls Club.The planning application from Putt in the Park has yet to be determined by Hounslow Planning Committee. We believe that by the time this decision is made, whether it is to refuse or to permit, the bowls green will be beyond repair.You may, as does the Bowls Club, wonder how it has been possible to arrive at this situation in what is, after all, a public park which was conceived to be for the benefit of the entire community.
Jim Storrar ● 154d3 Comments ● 153d
Seems as if the 'Sub' Standard thinks it's a done deal for mayor of London, heavens help us all if they are true. “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” Khan is obviously able to despite his appalling record of having done virtually nothing since he was elected bar the War on the Motorist. Heaven help us next year as well if the current two sets of clowns get re-elected in Hounslow and Ealing.
peter king ● 177d47 Comments ● 156d
Large groups of mainly children were making noise in Lammas park till well after midnight last night.Pretty harmless in this unless distancing was being completely ignored but the park is strewn with litter.Maybe they and their parents ( and I hope there were at least some present) would like to come and clear up the mess.Only knew about this as an elderly relative was ill yesterday and we stayed late with her.We could hear the noise from Windermere Road. Disappointed to see the aftermath on this mornings visit.
Raymond Havelock ● 168d22 Comments ● 158d
Check this out, Cycle Training and more on the Council's website:https://www.ealing.gov.uk/info/201173/transport_and_parking/150/cycling/4
Philippa Bond ● 159d0 Comments ● 159d
At last something for Bellend to feel proud of
peter king ● 168d22 Comments ● 160d
Our Central Heating has has stopped working, and this is affecting the way the hot water works too. T Brown stated a motor needed replacing as an emergency, as it was incorrectly repaired by them previously in February when the repair people did not have the correct lubricant so poured Cooking oil over the motor spindle. It then worked for a few weeks and now makes all sorts of clicking and banging noises but has stopped. working.Mum is 88 and should not have to live like this in the freezing cold.Whenever the hot water is used the radiators now go in, regardless of the Central Heating thermostat settings, until the water reaches the required Hot water temperature.T. Brown made it an emergency and promised it would be repaired today Wednesday 10th March.Now T. Brown want to put if off until next week.Does anyone know if I Can demand Ealing council use it's legal powers to make T. Brown carry out it's own promise to replace the motor they themselves damaged? It must be T. Brown's legal responsibility to do so, as it was their own repair people who produced the fault.
Leslie Bailey ● 189d19 Comments ● 163d
I was planning to get rid of Virgin media as their internet service has become increasingly unreliable. One thing stopping me is that I have got used to my Tivo box and am unsure if buying a DVR as a replacement will be as good. Has anyone been down the same road?
Mark Evans ● 197d4 Comments ● 166d
Our beloved leader gets to build his Gotham City lookalike on the site of the Stirling Road dump. Don't get too excited if you're on the council housing list, you won't be able to afford one.
peter king ● 168d10 Comments ● 167d
The members of the Bowls Club campaign have read, with great horror, about the recent graffiti at Gunnersbury Park.We condemn, without reservation, this utterly intolerable action. We had no prior knowledge of, nor took any part in, these despicable actions. These events will do nothing but harm to our desire to see a bright future for bowls at Gunnersbury Park.We have our differences with the CIC but we will always seek a resolution through civilised discussion and debate, and never through actions such as these.
Jim Storrar ● 174d4 Comments ● 167d
There has, at Thursday lunchtime, been no post in the area near the old White Hart pub since Saturday (and that was a late delivery combining the previous couple of days). I understood the problems when the pandemic was at its peak but not now. What is going on, Royal Mail?
Ian Fergus ● 174d4 Comments ● 167d
Readers may be able to help. The ladies above were caught-up in the Sub-postmasters scandal in which the accounting computer system and the management failed. This caused Seema to be imprisoned and Jo to have to choose by pleading guilty to false accounting in order to escape the more serious charge of theft. There had been redacting and shredding of data to hide the innocence of these ladies. Those who had done this should go to prison. Why were the police not immediately involved? The possible charge was theft after all and so the police could have taken individuals in the post office management for interfering with the evidence. The police are the gatekeepers of part of the legal system and appear reluctant to become involved in rip-offs by authority. Something similar happened in Ealing when some motorists were not electronically reminded that their CPZ resident parking permit was due for renewal. Some residents were reimbursed but how many were not? And now we have the council charging otherwise law abiding motorists for passing through very unusual LTN barriers. The LBE officers who I spoke to last week at the Culmington Road barrier said that all the signage was in order under the signage legislation (when it wasn't) and I said the message wasn't getting through evidenced by the enormous numbers of motorists being charged. The evidence told the story and one of the officers flounced off. End of meeting. This fraudulent abuse of power and entrapment must stop. The police have to act as it brings all authority into disrepute. Gatekeepers in the police heirarcy and there are many are rejecting this in that it has nothing to do with them. That's not right.
Arthur Breens ● 176d2 Comments ● 167d
Has anyone else had this issue?Previously I paid on line but got a message that there hd been an issue with taking the fee. So I tried again - same message.Tried again - once more same message.Then checked my bank account and three lots of payment had been taken.Nightmare starts - can't get hold of anyone, nobody calls back, emails unresponded to.PCN's start arriving.Had to go to the Civic Centre and got my overcharges back with reason "car Reg is quite new and not on system yet".Despite appeal the PCN's not revoked - furious!!Fast forward a year. Renewal time for car.Guess what? Yep £100.00 renewal taken but "problem with payment" message and I cannot get hold of anyone.Last thing I want to do is attempt to visit civic centre - is it even open???Such a poor Council we have.No parties in a brewery for them
Colin Goodman ● 182d9 Comments ● 168d
Is Bell(end) still flying the EU flag over our town hall or has he finally seen sense? We should ideally have the Union Jack and the flag of England if there are two flag poles
peter king ● 175d8 Comments ● 169d
On the TW8 sister site a local councillors blog states that due to the election run up he could not even chair or filed questions at a meeting over Boston Manor Park.The issues there are those of operations ongoing and the planning of such.But party political it is not.So if that's the parameter Hounslow Councillors are having to comply with, surely the same parameters apply to Perceval House?Except it is Highly Political in any case.
Raymond Havelock ● 174d3 Comments ● 173d
The Gunnersbury Park Community Interest Company has refused to grant access by the Bowls Club to the bowls green to carry out urgent maintenance work.Some readers may wish to sign this petition:https://petitions.hounslow.gov.uk/GPBowlsClub/Our request is that all councillors, whether members of the Planning Committee or not, should seek to use their good offices to persuade the CIC to allow the Bowls Club access to the bowls green.Gunnersbury Estate (2026) Community Interest Company (the CIC) is responsible for the management of Gunnersbury Park on behalf of the joint owners, the London Boroughs of Hounslow and Ealing.In April 2020 a planning application was refused for the conversion of the bowls clubhouse to a cafe/restaurant. In January 2021, a decision on a further, almost identical, planning application was deferred by Hounslow Planning Committee. This proposal would lead to the re-purposing of the bowls green as a mini-golf facility which would mean the end of bowls in Gunnersbury Park after 90 years.In deferring their decision, the Planning Committee wished to have more time to consider all of the relevant facts, including the consideration of alternative sites for the mini-golf facility.The Bowls Club and volunteers from the wider community have been refused access by the CIC to carry out urgent maintenance work. Without this work the bowls green will rapidly deteriorate to a condition beyond repair and this will mean that the Planning Committee will be faced with a situation where bowls is no longer a viable use for the site of the bowls green.The Bowls Club is not opposed to the establishment of a mini-golf facility in the Park. Indeed, it supports the principle of this important source of revenue for the CIC but not at the expense of the bowls green and the Bowls Club itself.
Jim Storrar ● 195d14 Comments ● 175d
A female neighbour told me she was returning from work late at night in an Uber provided by her employer recently. The driver stopped about 200 yards away from her home by an LTN barrier and said he would go no further. She said he could drive round but he told her he had already been fined several times in LTNs and could only make a living by completely avoiding them. She said she understood and that she would still give him a five star rating if he waited at the drop off for five minutes to give her time to get to her front door as she was terrified by the isolated walk in the deserted badly lit street. He did so with his headlights on and engine running.I can understand the advantage of having fewer vehicles going down a road during the day but at night time few of the reasons for LTNs apply. On the contrary, as any female who gets back late in the evening will tell you, the last thing you want is a complete absence of traffic.
Tricia Arbuthnot ● 182d56 Comments ● 175d
Pledge to refurbish this much loved building:https://www.spacehive.com/lammas-park-pavilion-project#/idea
Philippa Bond ● 181d1 Comments ● 180d
Who publisde the figures without checking its accracy.? Adult care chares are shown as a percentage increase which si way dearer than it shoulbe. similarly
Oswald Whittle ● 180d0 Comments ● 180d
Big blow for Bell. Planning committee refused the redevelopment tonight with 10 against, 1 for and 2 abstentions.It seems the main concern is the cost to Ealing taxpayers.
Simon Hayes ● 182d7 Comments ● 181d
As we continue to try to make our way towards a cleaner greener low carbon country, here is an interesting article on how some more Councils have managed/are managing to build low energy homes. I also found the Comments that follow the article interesting as there have been problems with the use of wood burners here and I believe there are new regulations for them and re the wood being sold for burning. Remember that the virus giving us the disease Covid 19 is named: SARS - Cov 2 ie: severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. A reason why we were asked not to have bonfires. https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/mar/06/eco-homes-become-hot-property-in-uks-zero-carbon-paradigm-shift#comment-147889182Very disappointing to see that one of the biggest housebuilders was lobbying Govt to stop their Eco Home Building programme but pleasing to see that they appear to have changed tack now and will be building them.
Philippa Bond ● 189d3 Comments ● 181d
Can anyone recommend a local carpenter or handyman in the west Ealing area? I need someone to hang two internal bathroom doors, which is not much more than a days work, and I'm struggling to find someone who wants to take on such a small job.A search on the Forum doesn't offer much help as most of the recommendations there are quite old now. Any and all suggestions welcome!
Dominic Moore ● 195d1 Comments ● 182d
I'm told that the council are planning new road layouts on the Uxbridge Road including cycle lanes with wands and removing of lay bys for buses so they stop in the main traffic lane.
I was unable to find any details about them so I'd be grateful if someone could confirm this is what is planned and point me in the direction of where I could find the plans.
Also, if there is anyone who thinks this is a good idea could they explain to me how this is consistent with the concept of LTNs. I thought that the policy was to redirect traffic onto 'distributor roads' of which the Uxbridge Road is clearly one. If you restrict traffic flow on distributor roads aren't you just going to get wash back into LTNs which will be worse as the increased traffic will have to circle around barriers?
Gordon Southwell ● 190d9 Comments ● 183d
Misleading information provided by energy switching company Look After My Bills to the public has been addressed by the Advertising Standards Authority. Below is a post shared by Nick Blagg, a member of: "Look After My Bills Problem Reporting Page." Nick Blagg shared a link.The complaint made to the advertising standards agency against LAMB has been upheld !! It feels like a partial victory to me based on what the ruling is (see below) but it’s still a win and the more of us that continue to complain the more pressure is applied. Keep it up guys. 👍🏻Dear Mr Blagg,Thank you for your continued patience. Further to the below, we received another complaint which raised issues similar to those highlighted in your complaint. Based on the information you and the other complainant provided, we considered that advertising content from Look After My Bills was likely to break the advertising rules we apply. Therefore, we contacted the advertiser to ask for their assurance that future ads do not misleadingly imply that users of the service will have access to every single energy company and every single energy deal on the market. They have provided this assurance.This now resolves your complaint, and the case will be closed. Basic information including the advertiser’s name and where the ad appeared will be published on www.asa.org.ukThank you for bringing this matter to our attention.Kind regards,JamesJames JonesComplaints ExecutiveDirect Line 020 7492 2214Please note, I do not work on FridaysAdvertising Standards AuthorityCastle House, 37-45 Paul StreetLondon EC2A 4LSTelephone 020 7492 2222
Neil Milkins ● 184d0 Comments ● 184d
Sad news. Murray Walker,absolute legend, has passed away at the age of 97. May he Rest In Peace
N V Brooks ● 186d2 Comments ● 185d
I’m a little surprised that there has been no mention of an Amazon GO - the first outside the US- due to open in Ealing Broadway some time next week. Looks to be next to Holland & Barrett but I may be wrong.,No cash or cheques or cc, get the Amazon app on your smart phone, walk in, shop & walk out. No checkouts. Given that Amazon, amongst others is rapidly taking over the world, with issues such as taxation being raised, why the local silence re this.
Bettina Margaret Thwaite ● 199d17 Comments ● 185d
I have nothing to do with this btw, I have only just today learned of their existence.Maybe they took note of my suggestions from years ago?Anyways, seems they just might be a Force For Good?!!!! 👍
Rosco White ● 188d0 Comments ● 188d
The developers of the Perceval House scheme (essentially the council itself led by Julian Bell's Labour group) have tweaked its terrible scheme slightly. The scheme is not improved at all by taking out 42 two bed flats and putting back 21 three beds and 21 one beds. This really is an insulting rearrangement of the deckchairs (internal walls). Nothing else has changed and the stage has been set for the scheme to be nodded through by the whipped Labour group councillors on the planning committee. The scheme remains otherwise tall, ugly, cramped and intrusive. The scheme is grotesque over development. The planners would not let any other developer, other than council itself, pursue such a nakedly rapacious scheme. The council is essentially selling the looks and height limit in the town centre for a free, new building for itself.The scheme replaces an ugly building that only a council could build with a larger, uglier one. The old building was out of keeping and the new one will be worse.Of course the scheme is way too high and sets a precedent.Only the council could be this venal.Do not be confused. This is not "developers" stuffing us. It is Ealing Labour group.
Phil Taylor ● 199d17 Comments ● 188d
I quote from Around Ealing recently arrived Mar 2021....."Recent data shows that just 1% of LTN penalty charge notices(PCNs) were issued to drivers who live inside of that PCN,with 60% of the fined drivers not living in the borough. The council wants to ensure drivers avoid a PCN and there is full information and detailed maps of every LTN in the borough available at... ealingltn.commonplace.is"What is the council suggesting?That you drive with a laptop checking every road for council numpties?Is this the thin edge of rascism?Are those from Hounslow, Europe and the Caribbean banned/fined because the numpties can't produce clear signs to get their silly message across.I thought we were equal under God and the Law not in Ealing it seems.
Arthur Breens ● 193d44 Comments ● 188d
Ref front page news story "Stop the Towers Set to Continue Fight Against Over Development".Although I am against these dreadful towers this extract from the article amused me:-"I feel really sorry for people in East Acton as they have ended up in Manhattan on their doorstep."If only..
Philip Coe ● 191d3 Comments ● 189d
Save Ealing's Centre - saveealingscentre.com
peter king ● 191d2 Comments ● 190d
I was surprised and pleased to read the news about the deferral of he massive town centre development scheme. Presumably some Labour councillors voted against the scheme — good for them. Anybody know who they were? The thought struck me that, despite what Stop The Towers say about there being a conflict of interest in the council having to consider its own application, it is probably more difficult to get them through. This is because councillors have often in the past felt obliged to vote in favour of a bad scheme because they know refusal would only result in a lengthy and expensive legal battle which the developer would win. As there is presumably no chance of the council taking itself to court the councillors on the planning committee have more leeway to vote in the broader public interest. If this proves to be true it might just be the last we see of this particular scheme but only time will tell.
Gordon Southwell ● 210d39 Comments ● 193d
A wonderful trombone player, former member of John Miles' Bluesbreakers and a stalwart of the Ealing Jazz Festival; Chris Barber passed away early today the fine age of 90.RIP and condolences to his family and friends.
N V Brooks ● 197d7 Comments ● 194d
Much as I am looking forward to lockdown ending I'm slightly dreading the number of favourite venues that might no longer be with us. Who knows which pubs and restaurants aren't going to be reopening in the Ealing area?
Tricia Arbuthnot ● 210d14 Comments ● 195d
Very sad news regarding the death of Glenn Roeder at the age of 65. Rangers supporters of a certain vintage will remember him as a cultured centre half bringing the ball out of defence and doing the "Roeder Shuffle" as he did so.He played in the '82 cup final against Spurs but missed the replay owing to suspension . Otherwise the result may have been different .RIP.
David Burke ● 199d3 Comments ● 197d
Apparently the variant has been discovered all over Ealing - Acton, Greenford, Southall and West Ealing.What on earth is going on in Ealing - why is the covid situation so dire in this borough.Just when things seems to be improving in other areas Ealing is failing AGAIN.What is Anna Bryden doing to justify her substantial salary?
M Powes ● 202d