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1. 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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2. 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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3. 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 17 September = 277.

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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4. 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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5. 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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6. 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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7. 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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8. 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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9. 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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