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1. Ealing Says 'No' to Wheelie Bins

Paper Petition
A paper petition is being run in parallel to this online version. As at Friday 24 July 2015, there are an additional 117 signatures on the paper petition to add to the online total.

The Council's Proposal
On Tuesday 16 June Ealing Council’s Cabinet took the decision to vary the contract with their waste and recycling management contractors Amey (Amey acquired the original contractors Enterprise in April 2013). The Council has agreed to two wheelie bins per household, one for commingled recyclables (ie plastics, paper, card, metal, and glass), and the other for ‘residual waste’, and a fortnightly collection. The commingled recyclables would be taken to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) where people would sort them. Food waste would still be collected weekly. A third wheelie bin would be provided to those households that make an additional payment for garden waste disposal.

Evidence
It is suspected that much of the drive for change comes from the contractors whose financial interests are best served by securing a variation in their contract through the changes proposed, rather than being forced to take part in a fully competitive procurement process.

Expert guidance suggests that a commingled fortnightly wheelie bin collection rather than the kerb-side sort which we have now would neither increase recycling nor be more cost efficient than the current system, if it were run properly.

Enterprise/Amey failed to buy the right fleet at the start of their contract.
A recent report by 4R Environmental Ltd reviewed Local Government procurement contracts for waste collection systems across the UK (April 2008-February 2012). This research found that of the 65 procurement contracts determined during the period, 29 allowed competition between the systems to compare which was most cost efficient and likely to improve recycling; 20 contracts excluded Kerb Sort as an option; and 13 contracts excluded Single Stream commingling of mixed recyclables as an option. In five contracts it was unclear what was allowed and what was not so these were left out of the conclusions.

In the 29 procurements where competition was allowed, Kerbside Sorting was chosen in 62% of cases, Dual Stream separation of paper/cardboard, or alternatively separation of glass, from other recyclables in 31% of cases; and Single Stream commingling in only 10% of cases. In the 20 contracts where Kerbside Sorting was excluded, Single Stream wheelie bin commingling won in 80% of contracts over Dual Stream management. In the 13 cases where one wheelie bin commingling of recyclables was excluded, kerbside sorting won in 85% of cases over two stream separation of paper/cardboard from other recyclables.

In conclusion, Kerbside Sorting (which we have now) easily comes out best in terms of improving recycling with the most cost efficiency. Which is better for both the tax payer and for the environment.

This evidence does not support the claims of the most ardent Single Stream Commingled advocates about its unrivalled competitiveness. Nor does previous research by WRAP or research commissioned on behalf of the Welsh Government.

Implementation
It is proposed that a Borough-wide survey would be conducted to ascertain the suitability of all properties for wheelie bins and for those properties that are deemed unsuitable, a black bag and green box service would still be allowed – however, the collection would still be fortnightly resulting in concerns about where to store two weeks’ worth of recyclables in green boxes/white sacks and residual waste in black bags.

Special provisions would be made for those people who are unable to move the full wheelie bins.

The aims
The aim of the plan should be to increase the percentage of recycling, and to maximise the quality of the resultant recoverable materials for the benefit of the environment, and to do this cost efficiently for the benefit of the tax payer.
Kerb-side sorting is recognised to improve the quality of the sort and hence to reduce contamination of the recovered material for sale at the end of the recycling process.

Dual stream recycling (collecting fibres ie paper and cardboards) separately from glass, metal and plastic, or alternative separating glass from other recyclables, has also been proved to result in better quality recovered material, but this is not offered with the revised contract.

Comments on the potential impact of these proposals
For families and multi-person households who currently recycle it is likely that the commingled (mixed recycling) wheelie bin would not be big enough to accommodate two weeks’ worth of plastics, let alone all the card, paper, bottles and metals, resulting in additional bags of plastic recycling being left by the wheelie bin. We have been told that extra bags next to wheelie bins will not be collected.

Wheelie bins for residual waste would accommodate five black bags – possibly inadequate capacity for two weeks’ waste for families. For those families that do not recycle (and cannot be persuaded to do so), additional bags left next to the wheelie bins would not be collected and would also attract vermin. This would also be likely to encourage families to put extra residual waste into recycling wheelie bins and hence cause contamination and consequent implications for reduced commodity prices due to contamination of paper or plastic.

These issues lead to more waste on our streets, to flytipping and consequently, to additional costs. Little thought appears to have been put into how the wheelie bins would be conveyed to the waste trucks. Many roads in the Borough are narrow (for example in Olde Hanwell), and have nose-to-tail parking. Damage to private vehicles may increase as operators use narrow gaps to access the trucks with the wheelie bins.

The time involved in the recycling trucks blocking some residential roads that have a considerable amount of through traffic (eg Deans Road, and Montague Road in mid Hanwell) whilst the wheelie bins are dealt with might also cause issues with traffic build up and associated road rage.

And this is all before we consider the visual aesthetics of two/three wheelie bins per household in those properties that have small front gardens and no side access to hide the wheelie bins out of sight. For example in the Framfield Road area of Hanwell, and in Olde Hanwell.

Wheelie bins would be unsightly in our Conservation Areas and consideration should certainly be given to this. But, then why should those of us not lucky enough to live in Conservation Areas be forced to have the visual amenity of our neighbourhoods diminished by a plethora of dirty wheelie bins?

Lack of Public Consultation
There has been no public consultation on this issue and many people believe that such major decisions affecting every household in the Borough should not be taken without the prior opportunity for public debate.

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2. Stop anti-social behaviour (ASB) due to alcohol in Hanwell Town Centre

Ealing Council is currently undertaking a review of their Licensing Policy. This policy guides them in decision-making around whether or not to grant licences for the sale of alcohol, the provision of regulated entertainment and late drinking. They are governed by law, but there are opportunities under the law where the Council can address specific local issues associated with licensing.

Importantly, the policy must demonstrate that the council is promoting the following objectives when carrying out its licensing functions:

• The prevention of crime and disorder
• The promotion of public safety
• The prevention of public nuisance
• The protection of children from harm

Antisocial Behaviour associated with Alcohol and street drinking are problems frequently reported in relation to Hanwell’s Town Centre, our residential roads, our parks and open spaces, and other well-known hot spots. For example this has been a priority set by both our Elthorne Safer Neighbourhood Team Panel for most quarters over the last few years.

Whilst this is a multifaceted issue requiring a collaborative, strategic solution from the Council, the Police and the appointed agencies tasked with supporting the homeless and those with alcohol and drug addictions, the inappropriate sale of alcohol to people, outside the terms of the retailers’ alcohol sales licences, by a handful of rogue traders is a contributing factor to alcohol-linked antisocial behaviour in Hanwell.

Traders must not sell alcohol:
• to people who are already under its influence
• to people who are under age
• outside the hours designated under the terms of their licence
• which is counterfeit/from a disreputable source as this is unregulated and can seriously damage health

Cumulative Impact:
The Council can designate, in its Licensing Policy, a recognised ‘Cumulative Impact Area’. The Government Guidance defines ‘cumulative impact’ as “the potential impact on the promotion of the licensing objectives of a significant number of licensed premises concentrated in one area. This is considered to be a proper matter for a Licensing Authority to consider in developing its licensing policy statement.”

Hanwell Town Centre hosts a hostel for people with alcohol and drug related dependency. Hanwell Town Centre has a considerable concentration of outlets selling alcohol (well in excess of 25), on the stretch of the Uxbridge Road between Hanwell Bridge and the Church Road junction and on Boston Road between its junctions with Lower Boston Road and the Uxbridge Road.

Please note, that in their draft Licensing Policy currently in consultation (for implementation in January 2015), the Council has adopted a special, tougher, policy relating to cumulative impact in Ealing Town Centre, Acton Town Centre and Southall Town Centre. Hanwell Town Centre is not included in this tougher policy, even though we are recognised as having an issue with antisocial behaviour associated with alcohol which has a negative impact on the local community.

We would like the stronger policy for Cumulative Impact Areas implemented in Hanwell.

The Nest/The Best Off-Licence, 106-108 Uxbridge Road, Hanwell, London W7 3SU
This off-licence is one of the worst transgressors of the terms of their alcohol sales licence in Hanwell. The police and Council have been working together to identify those traders which sell alcohol to people who are already drunk; to underage young people; before and after their licensed trading hours; and also counterfeit alcohol. The Nest/The Best falls into this category for one or more of these transgressions.

A Licensing Panel Hearing has been set up to review their licence formally, on Wednesday 5 November (Committee Room 2; Ealing Town Hall; 10.30am).
We believe that we already have too many licensed sellers of alcohol in Hanwell Town Centre, and that those traders that knowingly and persistently trade outside of the terms of their alcohol sales licences should have their licences revoked.

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3. Freeze Ealing parking charges

In April Ealing Council's parking charges will rise for the third time in three years. CPZ permit charges will have doubled.

Visitors vouchers will have increased by 350%. For four years the previous Conservative administration froze parking charges.

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4. Opposing Use of Warren Farm for activities that prevent free and open access

There is a paper petition supporting this online petition which needs to be added to the total above: paper signatures as at 10 August 2015 = 346.

Warren Farm is an open area of 24.8 hectares (61 acres) between Olde Hanwell and Windmill Lane in the London Borough of Ealing, West London (https://www.google.co.uk/maps?q=UB2+4NE). It is protected as Metropolitan Open Land, a status that puts it on a par with Green Belt land. It is currently open to the public for a wide range of organised and informal activities. Ealing Council is proposing to remove free public access to the whole site and to reduce the existing amount of outdoor space available to community by two thirds.

Ealing Council plans to dispose this commercially valuable, publicly owned land which is Warren Farm Playing Fields via a 200 year lease, to a commercial organisation, at a peppercorn (ie negligible) rent. This will mean that two thirds of the space will be lost for seven generations, with the remaining third being controlled by an unelected commercial organisation. We can only speculate as to what will happen to this land at the end of 200 years, but by present day standards it is unlikely that the land built upon would ever come back as green space. The disposal of Warren Farm Sports grounds by Ealing Council would be a great loss to the people of Ealing.

This petition believes the proposal has been poorly thought through, poorly consulted with relevant communities and provides negligible benefit to the community.

The plans approved by Ealing’s Planning Committee can be seen at; Planning Reference No; P/2012/5124; http://www.pam.ealing.gov.uk/portal/servlets/ApplicationSearchServlet?PKID=156419

More information on the proposals can be found at; http://www.savewarrenfarm.com/

The image, top-right, is an artist's impression of the massive developments planned.

The Council’s approved plans are ill thought out, provide little benefit to the community whilst taking away a great deal;

• Public open space will be lost where local residents can easily walk, relax and play games as they have previously done for generations.
• The community area will only be 1/3 of what it was, an loss of 2/3 of the existing sports grounds.
• The community will lose all 11 full-sized football pitches to be replaced with only small pitches for the local league clubs to play on.
• The new cricket pitches will be overlapped by the football pitches making concurrent sporting fixtures impossible.
• All ten existing cricket nets will be lost.
• All ten existing Netball courts will be lost.
• All three Shot Put pits will be lost.
• All six Long Jump tracks will be lost.
• Public open space will be lost where local residents can easily walk, relax and play games as they have previously done for generations.
• Community benefits have been described as ‘various’ but still remain undefined.
• Ealing Council are gaining £0 in rental income.
• Insufficient space will remain for the flying club to train new members.
• Insufficient space will remain for many community events previously held on the grounds such as the recent football tournaments where 20 schools participated and the Tamil Sports Association Tournaments where recently seven football matches, two cricket matches and netball matches were played concurrently.
• The Pride and Joy child nursery has had to move it premises.
• Any increase in noise, light pollution or human activity will adversely affect the human population and the local wildlife including owls, woodpeckers and pipistrelle bats.

The disposal of Warren Farm Sports grounds by Ealing Council will be a great loss to the people of Ealing and those of Hanwell particularly.

The principle of disposing of protected Metropolitan Open Land is bad for London’s future and for its communities.

Please sign this petition to try to prevent its loss and rejuvenate it to the glorious public sports ground it once was.

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5. ACTON BATHS CLOSURE PETITION

Friends, fellow council tax payers and gym users
Did you know?

The council is planning to close this facility as early as the 4th of December 2011?

BUT:

•They have not published or responded to the results of the latest (July 2011) public consultation

•They have no final approved plans for the much lauded regeneration project

•They have no confirmed funding in place

•They have not applied for planning permission

•They have not found alternative facilities for some of the clubs and user groups (as promised) that have served the community for years!

If they are allowed to close this facility – YOUR FACILITY – without any of these commitments in place, we face the very real prospect of an abandoned and derelict building in the heart of our community and the absence of any pool or gym facilities in Acton for the foreseeable future.

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6. Keep Ealing Taxi Shelter

The Ealing Cabmen's Shelter has stood proudly at the site of Ealing's taxi rank since the 1800's. This historical building is a well known landmark that sits comfortably in its surrounding conservation area.

It has served five generations of taxi drivers, offering shelter as well as a place to refresh and rest.

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7. FIX Willesden Junction Station

I am one of a number of concerned residents of Harlesden that have been campaigning for improvements to the entrances of Willesden Junction station, particularly Station Approach.

We feel that it is currently in a terrible state both aesthetically and in terms of pedestrian safety, especially those that are disabled or with a pushchair. Considering the importance of the station as a hub for London Overground & the Bakerloo line, as well as serving 7 bus routes in the area we feel that Harlesden residents and the business community of Park Royal deserves better, to that end we have been collecting signatures in a petition to show the level of discontent in the area,

As Network Rail will be commencing work to stabilise the embankment shortly, we feel this is an opportunity to address the larger picture, not just fill holes!

We, a collective of residents working under the banner of Harlesden Town Team, [which is an umbrella group for local residents associations, namely the Junction Association, and Rucklidge Avenue Association] have approached Network Rail, TfL, LB Ealing, LB Brent, & LB H&F about setting up a masterplan for the station, we hope to be included in their upcoming stakeholders meeting to discuss their plans. We feel it is important to get as many residents views of the station as possible, as well as the views of the business community.

Willesden Junction Station is both unsafe and dangerous, we NEED to change it now. Harlesden DESERVES better. If you're a user of this station, or have used the station in the past, please sign our petition.

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8. Financial support for Thames Valley University students being forced to move

Thames Valley University have just confirmed some appalling news to a number of its students currently studying at the Reading campus; their course is being transferred to Ealing.

The students involved are deeply concerned about the financial cost to them; commuting to London will cost some students up to £50 a day, not to mention the time lost during the commute. The stressed caused from the move is disrupting the lectures and the quality of work. A few have been forced to quit and many are considering dropping out the course we have been paying for.

We are asking for financial support from Thames Valley University to help us continue the course we enjoy. It seems reasonable to ask for help toward our increasing travel expenses.

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9. We Need Your Help to Save Stroke Services in Ealing

The Stroke Unit at the Ealing Hospital is under threat from the Labour Government. Under Labour’s plans, Ealing and Southall stroke patients will have to go to Northwick Park or Charing Cross Hospital and either a stay in these hospitals or a transfer across the borough to either Hillingdon or West Middlesex Hospitals. There will be no provision for Stroke services at all in Ealing.

This is despite the fact that:
• 1,600 Ealing-Southall people were admitted to Ealing Hospital for stroke-related conditions in 2006/07.
• Admissions from Ealing Southall were running at twice the national rate in 2006/07.
• Approximately 4,000 people in Ealing have had a stroke at some time.
• Ealing Hospital’s Stroke Unit is performing well - in the upper quartile for the whole of London.
• There is clinical evidence that Ealing’s residents will not be covered fully by other hospitals under the plans.
• Residents will have to travel significantly further to visit and look after their friends and families under the proposals.

If closure of the Stroke Unit at the Ealing Hospital site goes ahead, as is being proposed by Healthcare for London, the implications for the running of other local services both in the hospital and in the community will potentially be serious. The specialist acute services and procedures such as acute vascular and coronary angiography will also be under threat.

Please help us to STOP the closure of Ealing’s Stroke Unit by signing this petition. This is Ealing and Southall resident’s opportunity to force the reversal of this potentially damaging proposal.

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10. Odour Nuisance - Church Road, Acton

August 2, 2006

This is a petition regarding the ongoing complaint we have with Ealing Council concerning strong cooking odours being emmitted around the area of Maple Court/Church Road and surrounding area - thought to be coming from Gollys Cafe (Formerly Dollys Cafe).

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