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 ● 146d
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 ● 202d25 Comments ● 200d
I understand that Trees are to be heavily pruned or removed to allow for widespread use of Cameras for LTNs and other enforcements by Ealing and it's contractors.Some works are already being carried out and others areas being assessed.This does seem to rather contradict the argument for air quality and exposes the real issue about how much revenue streams can be created.Is there more on this somewhere as it was apparently discussed with senior council directors so presumably minuted somewhere.?
Raymond Havelock ● 203d19 Comments ● 201d
I wonder if anyone can recommend a builder to fix my front garden wall? Parts of it need re-laying and general maintenance. I also would like to sort out the front patio, it is currently concrete and fake grass (lovely...) but would probably be better off paved. Thanks in advance!
Anna Henderson ● 201d0 Comments ● 201d
Not only were LTN's cleared of any disruption to emergency services , most NHS Trusts actually supported their use.https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/feb/13/covid-bike-and-walking-schemes-do-not-delay-ambulances-trusts-say
Kenneth Day ● 215d32 Comments ● 202d
Congratulations to Brentford supporters offshoot SWF on their victory QPR’s inept owners screwed this up from the startGood luck in your next battle against slicker operators who will follow
Colin Goodman ● 497d18 Comments ● 203d
ENERGY SUPPLIERS.Because I haven't got a head for figures I have stuck with SSE Swalek for 47 years. But owing to Look After My Bills without my permission signing me up to Utility Point in October 2021, I have had the opportunity to try and figure out which energy provider gives the best deal. I have learned that using switching companies provides the worst deals and leave behind a trail of stress. For instance Look After My Bills and Utility Point for 4 months have both blamed each other and both have launched an investigation into the mess they have dropped me in. And the situation has not been resolved with 2 BBC consumer programmes investigating hundreds if not thousands of complaints against these 2 companies.My energy provider for 47 years, SSE had suggested that I start off with them as a new customer and on 12-1-21 a contract was agreed with a customer service agent emailing me the following details."Good day Mr Milkins,This is to confirm the effective start date with Swalec-SSE is the 29 January 2021 to take over the gas and electricity supply.This means that you will only be charged from the date mentioned above going forward. All other charges will be applied by your current supplier until the date your supply starts with Swalec-SSE.Thank you.Regards,Yolanda."Hooray. Then I get the following email from Jolene from SSE on 20-1-20."I understand that you have been sent an email regarding the dates the supply has come back to us and you were advised that you would not have a bill until SSE started [29-1-21], feedback is being provided to that adviser so this incorrect information is not given in the future, for this I can offer a goodwill payment of £30.00 for incorrect information given. SSE can keep their £30 !!!!!!!!!!I have now learned how easy it is to find the cheapest deal for gas and electric. Find a company offering a 2 year fixed tariff which I have done. To date, the best deal offers a 2 year fixed tariff. For gas, the daily standing charge is 27 pence per day. The charge for gas is 2.952 pence per kw hour.For electric, the standing charge is 24.02 pence per day. The charge for electric is 17.42 per kw hour.These prices are considerably cheaper than my former supplier. If anyone can direct me to a better deal, please let me know as haven't signed up to EDF yet.
Neil Milkins ● 237d5 Comments ● 204d
The public are losing their parks, they are being given to private entities by our corrupt political system. Wads of money are being flashed and the Council just gives in and hands over the park. The same thing has happened in Boston Manor Park, all the Councils seem to be interested in is the revenue from FILMING and MUSIC FESTIVALS. Gunnersbury Park had about 9 free to use tennis courts, instead of refurbishing them the council has done away with them and allowed a colossal private sports centre to be built. It will now be necessary to join or pay loads to use it. This is a public owned park that is being given away - again. Why do our Council Taxes no longer cover the cost of parks? Who are these mysterious "Friends" of our parks?
Roy Baker ● 230d21 Comments ● 204d
Hi,Can someone please recommend us a reliable store or a handyman that will do a concrete base for a shed.We would like to have garden shed or a summerhouse.Many Thanks.Caroline
Caroline Frederick ● 205d2 Comments ● 205d
FINAL WARNING. If anyone is thinking of joining energy switching company Look After My Bills or energy supply company, Utility Point, please look at their reviews on Look After My Bills Problem Reporting Page and Utility Point Owes Me a Refund on Facebook Groups page. There are thousands of people nationwide that have had nightmare experiences with these companies. Both companies will sign you up within seconds on dedicated signing up landlines but when problems arise it is virtually impossible to contact them. Telephone calls are not connected and emails to them don't get answered. There are many warnings on Trustpilot about these two companies as well. Shockingly Utility Point are under investigation by Trustpilot for offering incentives to people to post positive reviews. Look After My Bills are now also under investigation for doing the same.
Neil Milkins ● 207d0 Comments ● 207d
Simon Hayes ● 210d9 Comments ● 208d
Surely Ealing and Hounslow Councils need to call an enquiry into just how Gunnersbury Park is being run.Clearly, it is far from interested in being a community organisation but obsessed with their own agenda and rather deluded.The way in which the Bowls club, a long established club accessible for all, at costs that local people can afford, self financing, run and maintained fully by members for the past 25 years as a result of the complete failure of Ealing and Hounslow to maintain this parks facilities for near 50 years is nasty, ageist and wholly conceited.The silence from Ealing Councillors is yet again, underlining how ageist and removed they are from local community. Hounslow councillors fare little better but at least have become aware that something fishy is going on with this Organisation.Far too many cosy arrangements to be healthy.I understand that somehow, this Organisation is exempt from any form of open access from Freedom of Information to public accountability. And yet they are funded by grants, awards and ultimately source from taxpayers and public money. None of which has found it's way to the Bowls club or other basic aspects of this park. But above average salaries for those within the CiC and it's associates remain.Truly appalling. Local people, whether they be interested in Bowls or not, or how a public park with public amenities is being turned into a commercialised profit centre at the expense of basic amenities affordable and accessible for all ought to be asking their elected representatives to ask questions.Bowls is a multicultural genteel sport played all over the world. It is reviving and can be played from a young age right through to old age. Not many Sports than can accommodate that.When it's gone it's gone. A proper sports facility, a public amenity replaced by a Fast food outlet and a sideshow crazy golf. That's not a sport or a public amenity. It is a profit business.Did this not happen with Walpole Park and a Coffee Hut? That was another case of bullying and closed door dealing. And it went wrong. Very Wrong.Especially now that we are being told by authorities to walk, cycle and stay local.
Raymond Havelock ● 213d8 Comments ● 210d
A HOUSE RENTED TO A TENANT BUT THE BACK GARDEN TO ANOTHE AND THE FRONT GARDEN TO YET ANOTHER. THE TENANCY IS IN FULL ISNT IT?
Oswald Whittle ● 230d20 Comments ● 215d
The taxi drivers union have been successful in their High Court bid to have the mayor's Streetspace restrictions in the City scrapped. The judge ruled that they weren't very well thought out. If that is now the legal test for the validity of these schemes then some may need to be reconsidered.
Gordon Southwell ● 238d43 Comments ● 215d
Yesterday our Council featured in the Telegraph, accused of "cultural appropriation" by renaming Havelock Road. Imagine the distress and embarassment this must cause Julian Bell, the capitalist multi-propery owning Leader of the Council. Criticised in the Telegraph. What will his big business friends think!Members of the Sikh community were criticising the renaming of the road for religious reasons in responses to the flawed "consultation" that took place. Their complaints were supressed in the Council's report on the consultation. What the Telegraph is not aware of is the devious means by which the Council foisted the expense of the change onto the council-tax payers, our money used as a bribe to keep Sothhall members onside.
Andrew Farmer ● 227d5 Comments ● 216d
Outside our Co-Op on Greenford Avenue, a huge yellow monolith has appeared. I wonder if they had permission?It's big, and it's ugly, and it reminds me that we are allowing billionaires to destroy our businesses and avoid any social responsibilities.I recently discovered World of Books. They buy unsold inventory of used books from UK charity shops. So far they've had every book I've wanted. I deleted my Amazombie account.
Alan Anderson ● 222d11 Comments ● 216d
There seem a lot more sirens than usual - or maybe I'm just noticing it more?
M Powes ● 222d1 Comments ● 217d
Is anyone else unhappy about the graphic photos pertaining to the above?
Simon Wycombe ● 220d8 Comments ● 218d
This is a post from today (Monday 8 February) put on the Facebook page, Look After My Bills Problem Reporting Page by B**** Orm***"After initially being attracted by the promise of finding consumers the best market deal and starting the registration process, I read some worrying reviews and immediately cancelled - told LAMB that I had changed my mind and did not want them to look after my bills. Subsequently I continued to receive emails saying I had been transferred, causing me grief and frustration. I again informed them that I did not want LAMB to look after my bills and also emailed my current supplier to tell them I did not want LAMB to transfer me and that I wished to remain with Coop Energy. LAMB continued to email me about my transfer. What a nightmare! Fortunately Coop Energy stepped in on my behalf. This was quite some time ago and I continued to receive email from them but I have blocked them. Neil I wish you luck. Once they get their claws in you they fill your life with worry and anxiety. Relentless!" For some reason, Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis on Saturday 6 February urged energy users to use switching companies such as Look After My Bills to try to get cheaper energy. All I can say is, before you consider doing this look at the Facebook groups page Look after My Bills Problem Reporting Page and Trustpilot, Look After My Bills reviews before making a decision you may regret for months to come.
Neil Milkins ● 219d2 Comments ● 219d
So the latest bit of bad news to add to the stubbornly high cases and slow vaccine roll out as well as the low uptake.Never mind though it has only been here for a month so it is unlikely to have spread.
M Powes ● 226d20 Comments ● 223d
Thank you Ealingtoday for reporting this. I am not a road traffic professional but I worked in the safety industry and carried a Home Office warrant for some time and took courses at university in the psychology of perception. I've held a clean licence for 55years.I would strongly recommend the council review this ANPR camera at least before rushing to put in more. 1)There are 4 routes to the barrier in Culmington Road yet only one speed camera warning sign. That one is positioned after the camera at the barrier. In normal life warnings are given BEFORE the danger i.e. before the camera that allows the message to sink-in and appropriate action be taken. The camera sign is often linked to speed cameras and many motorists probably check their speedometer when they see one; a dangerous detraction. 2)There are warning signs "No access to Culmington Road ahead except cycles". For strangers that means nothing. One sign is even sited IN Culmington Road. Strangers won't know what it means and even the Council have made 3 road name mistakes in public notices. These are "unique signs" and have to be interpreted by the motorist. Standard signs showing road closed ahead would have been cheaper and carried more information at a glance. Motorists absorb standard signs without thinking; subliminally. There should have been standard signs on each of the 4 limbs approaching this junction. To be continued
Arthur Breens ● 244d36 Comments ● 224d
In Ealing it is dire.Not even a date for those over 85s and reports of very selective invites.GPs with just a handful of vaccines and it's now a third week.Yet other boroughs are now moving to the 70-79 group.Not a word on Ealing's website. Not a word on how an 85 yr old with must attend Hospital appointments is supposed to be vaccinated prior? As per the NHS and Gov website advice.Nothing from Ealing Council or NHS CCG.Theres a deserted football stadium at the border of Ealing. Sitting there ready. Still serviceable It can be used for parking residents cars for a film shoot next week so why not as a mass vaccination centre for Brentford and South Ealing , Boston Manor and Northfields?The silence and lack of any information being supplied to GPs and elderly over 80s is really poor.Why?
Raymond Havelock ● 252d27 Comments ● 224d
For the first time, the rate per 100,000 in Ealing (258.3) is now above the national average (257.3),
Ian Fergus ● 301d87 Comments ● 224d
Never thought I would side with the transport unions but the TfL demand that workers within in the identified high-risk covid-19 variant zones continue to go to work is nonsensical.Our hapless mayor constantly bemoans the plight of TfL workers and yet as head of TfL allows this demand to be made. Incompetence at its purest and I do hope the TfL workers simply ignore their bosses in this instance
N V Brooks ● 224d0 Comments ● 224d
Does anyone have favourite Chinese food delivery service that caters for the Ealing area? It doesn't necessarily have to be on Deliveroo, Just Eat or Uber Eats.
Tricia Arbuthnot ● 252d5 Comments ● 225d
Probably not a surprise that Ealing is one of the highest issuer of parking fines in the country according to a report on currently on this site. Judging by a ticket place on a car parked near my home, enforcement continues unabated despite the supposed lockdown.It is no longer worth pretending these fines don't act as a local tax with the revenue being used to cover the shortfall in Council Tax and government grant funding.PCNs are not adjusted for income so you get the same for parking in the wrong place at the wrong time if you have a Fiat Uno or a Ferrari. It will be argued that as the very poorest in society don't tend to own cars then as a tax this is a reasonably point. However, people who need to use cars for their work will tend to be on below or around average income with a large proportion of fines going to those in the building trade, carers, minicab or delivery drivers.Better off drivers probably make up the bulk of people who successfully appear these fines.Some will say that it is a voluntary tax and if you can't afford to pay it obey the rules. Our family have received two parking fines over the last decade in Ealing - in both cases we had thought we had parked correctly in areas we were familiar with but the signs were misleading. Appeals were dismissed out of hand and no attempt was made to improve the signage. Very few people parking in Ealing will do so on the basis they hope to get away with it because by now most are aware how intensive enforcement is so most fines are issued to people who have made a genuine mistake.This effectively means that the parking fines operate as a highly regressive tax something that is directly opposed to the founding principles of the Labour party. Yet it seems to be Labour authorities, like Ealing that use this most as a method of raising finance. I appreciate that this is a challenging time for council finances but the over dependence of this borough on this form of income is not healthy or fair on residents.
Mark Evans ● 238d8 Comments ● 230d
Here are some tips put together by cyclists:https://www.lcc.org.uk/pages/cycling-advice-2020There is also lots of info about cycling here including courses and the popular free Dr Bike maintenance and about different cycles and deals for trying out cycles:https://www.ealing.gov.uk/info/201173/transport_and_parking/150/cycling/1
Philippa Bond ● 265d51 Comments ● 231d
FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS.For some people it is not bearable to think about, or to plan for their own funeral or for that of their spouse. However in these uncertain times I believe it is a responsible thing to do to take some of the pressure and grief off family members by not leaving things to late. Myself and my wife have taken steps to leave very little for our family members to worry about regarding these arrangementsWe have taken steps to arrange Pure Cremation funerals which was catapulted into the news a few years ago by singer David Bowie. For instance, if I die first, my wife will contact a funeral director in Hampshire. They will take care of all the arrangements needed. I would be collected from my home or from anywhere else and taken to Hampshire to to the funeral director's own private crematorium for disposal. No flowers, no family present and no funeral service. Arrangements have already been made for a memorial service shortly after my death.The benefits of doing things this way is that the cost to my wife and family is minimal. If I die at home the cost of the complete funeral arrangement is £1195.00 or £1.445 if I die in hospital or nursing home. The average cost of a cremation funeral in the UK is £3,986, sometimes thousands more.Being a very competitive business I am sure that some funeral directors would charge less than £1195.00.Nobody wants to die, but time and unforeseen events befall us all. In the mean time wash your hands and socially distance.
Neil Milkins ● 233d0 Comments ● 233d
Can anyone throw light on the revelation that Ealing Council are selling image data gathered from LTN and other similar cameras to third party Data companies, Thus using images of not just cars but cyclists and people without their knowledge or permission?This sounds truly disgusting. How can this be checked?
Raymond Havelock ● 235d5 Comments ● 234d
Can I ask for advice?I consider it urgent.Ealing London Borough Council Housing repairs will not fix it.It is the light in the Bathroom. It is not the bulb, it is the switch at the top of the pull-cord. It no longer clicks on or off, currently stuck on off.It is way beyond myself in my 60s and mum who is 89 to climb ladders to fix.It is too dark to use a lot of the time without the light on, especially for mum.We cannot afford to have it repaired privately as the council have told us to do.The Council insist it is not their job, it is their house, their freehold, we've lived here since 1966.As it is the bathroom, we were not even allowed to change the bulb last time. And are banned from any electrical devices including extension leads etc..Does anyone know any other avenue we can turn too, legal if need be? We need to have full use of the bathroom/toilet.t must be a health issue?
Leslie Bailey ● 240d18 Comments ● 235d
Some may have noticed the item on the front page of TW8 regarding the meeting of Hounslow Planning Committee on 20 January. One item on the agenda that is of particular local interest is the planning application for the change of use and extension of the Bowls Pavilion at Gunnersbury Park to create a cafe/restaurant.The change of use of the bowling green itself to a mini golf facility would not need planning permission but approval of the application for the Bowls Pavilion would almost certainly see an end to bowling in Gunnersbury Park, a sport that has been played there since 1931.It would be good if you could write a short email to the members of the Planning Committee listed in the item on the front page of TW8. Please respond, irrespective of whether you are for or against this proposal.
Jim Storrar ● 244d8 Comments ● 236d
The government has published for consultation proposals that would enable the public to challenge councils and other public bodies to release underused land for redevelopment.The ‘right to regenerate’ proposals mean that underused public land could be sold to individuals or communities by default – unless there is a “compelling reason” for the owner to keep itPublic bodies would need to demonstrate clear plans for the land in the near future – even if it is a temporary use before later development. If it were kept for long without being used, it would have to be sold.The rights would also apply to unused publicly owned social housing and garages. The government notes that the latest figures show there were more than 25,000 vacant council-owned homes and recent Freedom of Information data shows there were more 100,000 empty council-owned garages last year.The government says it wishes to provide local communities with an opportunity to “transform eyesores” into something they want in their area. It builds on government work to encourage development on brownfield land.Jenrick said: “Right to regenerate is the simple way to turn public land into public good, with land sold by default unless there is a very compelling reason not to do so.“We are cutting through red tape so that communities can make better use of available land and derelict buildings, which means more new homes, businesses and community assets.“Millions of people will now be able to buy that empty property, unused garage or parcel of land and turn it into something good for them and their community.”Tom Chance, chief executive of the National Community Land Trust Network, welcomed the idea.“There are hundreds of community land trusts across the country wanting to build much-needed affordable housing, but getting hold of land at an affordable price is a huge barrier.“The potential for communities to be given first right of refusal could be a game changer. We encourage everyone to read through the proposals and respond to the consultation.”Ian Harvey, executive director of Civic Voice, added: “Across the country, communities see land that remains empty and wonder why. They imagine how it could be used for communities – from green space, to housing – but when they enquire about enhancing the space it’s never clear who owns it.“If a community has a viable use for this land, they must be given the opportunity to take these ideas forward.“The ‘right to regenerate’ is a great step forward to build on previous attempts at doing this and we believe it will increase the chance for communities to come together to bring vacant land into the heart of the community. We look forward to working with communities on this latest community right.”The consultation, which closes on 13 March, can be found here on the UK Government website.18 January 2021Laura Edgar, The Plannerhttps://www.planningportal.co.uk/news/article/750/planning_news_-_21_january_2021?utm_source=PPQ+Newsletter&utm_campaign=efc81fca0a-Newsletter_11072019_HTML_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_734e0b63a9-efc81fca0a-7282665#two
Rosco White ● 237d0 Comments ● 237d
Anybody know of anywhere in the Ealing/Brentford area doing a takeaway Burn's Night Supper - haggis, neeps & tatties, etc?
Thelma Leach ● 238d1 Comments ● 238d
So having been kicked out of Blondin Park, Three Mobile and EE are now hoping to put up a 60-foot high monster mast in Boston Manor Playing Fields instead.http://www.brentfordtw8.com/default.asp?section=info&page=plfivegmast001.htmIt’s interesting to see that the proposed mast relies very heavily on Huawei technology. One of the drawings submitted to Hounslow Council specifies the deployment of a Huawei BTS3900A cabinet.http://planning2.hounslow.gov.uk/NPSPublicDocs/00688507.pdfIn case you’re not familiar with it, the Huawei BTS3900A cabinet is the part of the system that deals with your calls, texts, emails and web searches. The technology in the Huawei BTS3900A also makes it possible to send all of this to Beijing so the Chinese government can see exactly what you’re up to. You can object here (link below) but only mention planning-related concerns, like height, overshadowing and loss of amenity. Spying by foreign powers does not count as a “material” concern.https://eforms.hounslow.gov.uk/ufs/ufsmain?formid=A086_PLANNING_COMMENTS&ALT_REF=00132%2FA%2FCOM1&CASE_NO=PA%2F2020%2F2091&ebz=1_1594408177409&ebd=0&ebz=1_1594408177409
David Marshall ● 432d17 Comments ● 238d
Report made on Pets Reunited
Christine Mulligan ● 240d1 Comments ● 239d
We need to sell our car because it won't be compliant with the new ULEZ regulations. Before we bought this car we always used to lease vehicles so don't have much experience. Are services like webuyanycar likely to offer a decent price or is it worth the time and effort of selling privately and, if so, where is the best place to do this?
Christine Mulligan ● 248d9 Comments ● 240d
There is an interesting article in the online Ealing News Extra:https://ealingnewsextra.co.uk/history/bowie/
Philippa Bond ● 244d0 Comments ● 244d
To save people the agony of having to deal with a future nightmare with Look After My Bills and Utility Point please read their horrendous reviews on Trustpilot. This is an email I received from Trustpilot this week. People are reading your review!Hi Neil Milkins,You recently wrote a review on Trustpilot and it looks like people find it helpful.117 people have already read your review. LOOK AFTER MY BILLS SHAMBLES.It is now 12 weeks since Look After My Bills without my knowledge or permission changed my energy provider from S.S.E. to Utility Point. Jacqueline Loughman promised me 9 weeks ago that they would resolve the matter within 14 days. A week ago their senior complaints manager Daniel promised me he would phone me on (29-12-20) and have the matter resolved. No phone call and no answer to my emails to him. In the meantime I am going to have a sky high electric and gas bill when this matter is resolved. It is near impossible to get a reply from them once you have emailed and phoned them and it is totally impossible to phone Utility Point as ALL their phone lines have been cut off. I have been on the phone and emailing 19 hours in total trying to sort this mess out. Anyone thinking of going with Look After My Bills or Utility Point please check their horrendous reviews on Trustpilot.
Neil Milkins ● 257d14 Comments ● 246d
This will surely have an effect on learning. I read that children in private schools are less likely to have their education interrupted than children in state schools.
Nicholas Beard ● 250d6 Comments ● 246d
Don't normally like posting links to Daily Mail articles but this one shocked me.
The pair may of course be innocent but the bigger issue this raises is that if extradition to India is seen as automatically being a breach of a person's human rights, this country has become a sanctuary for people from there who have committed serious crimes including alleged child murderers.
There may be a good reason why Scotland Yard are not investigating but the government should be asking the Indian government for assurances about the protection of the accuseds' human right which they probably would have provided as a matter of course anyway.
Gordon Southwell ● 252d1 Comments ● 248d
Renaming Havelock Road may be a trivial issue. The way it was achieved is an illustration of how Ealing Council at its highest level goes about its business: dishonestly. The decision to rename the road Havelock Road was made by “two pillars of the community”, Julian Bell, Council Leader, and Paul Najserak, CEO. Bell suggested the idea (10.6.20.) Why? He doesn’t live on the road or in Southall. ANSWER: he depends on Southall councillors for support and is in the pay of the local MP. Self-interest. On 14.7.20 the matter appeared on the agenda of the Cabinet, never having been discussed by them before. The Cabinet had it all done and dusted there and then. They decided a council officer could make the decision. Democracy? No. Decisions should be made by our elected representatives, not by council employees. Paul Najserak made the decision. Between Bell making the suggestion and Najserak making the decision what occurred appears to be a conspiracy to subvert due process so that Southall could be given what Southall wanted - FREE.FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST I have been trying to get straight answers about what occurred for weeks. I am still trying. A Freedom of information Request is needed to secure the minutes of meetings and internal memoranda. I believe someone has already made one. If that person is reading this, would they please let us know the result - if there was one.Meanwhile: LETTER SENT TO BELL “Dear Julian Bell, Why did the Cabinet deal with renaming Havelock Road rather than leaving it to a resident to make an application? There was no reason a resident could not do so and it is the routine way for such applications to happen? Your sincerely, Andrew Farmer”
Andrew Farmer ● 281d10 Comments ● 249d
The following is an email sent to Council Leader Bell:Dear Julian Bell,In the matter of Mr NajserakLast year, I asked you a simple question. It concerned the circumstances in which Mr Najsarek gained employment with Ealing Council. It was: “Did you already know anything of what appeared in the press on June 30 2016 in respect of Mr Najsarek’s behaviour in Bolton when he was appointed as Ealing's CEO?". I am asking you again. You must know the answer. All that is needed is yes or no.To fail to respond is a LIE BY OMISSION. I refer you to the Epistle of