Archive for Month: February 2019

  • Today is Fat Thursday – what is it?

    Today is Fat Thursday or Tłusty Czwartek. Today, you will see Polish shops overflowing with shoppers and happy faces walking out with a doughnut (or ten). Fat Thursday is a feasting day in the Christian calendar and occurs on the Thursday before Ash Wednesday when Lent begins. Since Lent is a period when excessives are…

  • 20mph speed limits coming to a road near you

    Following the trials in Acton in recent years, the 20mph speed limit has been made permanent in 2018. From 31st March 2019, roads enclosed by the A406, A40, Greenford Road, Windmill Lane and the southern borough boundary will have the reduced speed limit adopted. Residents have enquired with Cllr Joanna Dabrowska as to the sudden…

  • Ealing Common pavements are finally getting cleaned

    Following plenty of emails, Facebook messages, Twitter posts and text messages over the past few months to Cllr Joanna Dabrowska, ward’s pavements have finally been swept. With a wet winter (although suddenly we are now having the hottest winter days ever!) making pavements slippery and dangerous, not mentioning ‘yucky’ to walk through, the Council has…

  • Labour Reject Proposal to Save Ealing Libraries

    Ealing Labour voted to increase the number of Special Responsibility Allowances paid to themselves, whilst rejecting a Conservative amendment which would have saved the libraries by scrapping all Special Responsibility Allowances. The 26th February budget which increases Council Tax for a second year in a row, is predicated on the closure of 7 libraries and…

  • No Ape-ing Around at Gunnersbury Park

    Cllr Joanna Dabrowska has been in touch with Gunnersbury Park and has received this message regarding the proposed Go Ape adventure site: We have received word from Go Ape! about the proposed development at Gunnersbury Park. They have been re-assessing their strategy for the next few years and as a result they are not going to…

  • Save Our Borough Libraries

    Ealing Council’s administration has started a consultation proposing to convert seven of its 13 libraries into community-managed libraries where the Council hopes it will be run by volunteers. You have until 17th May to respond to the consultation. Additionally, fellow Conservative councillor, Cllr Seema Kumar, shadow cabinet member for Council Services and Safer Communities, has…

  • Ealing Conservatives Leader’s Gazette Column – February 2019

    Ealing Conservative Group Leader, Cllr Gregory Stafford, regularly contributes to a column in Ealing Gazette. We are all familiar with the phrase ‘paying lip service.’  But for the Council this takes on a new slant altogether. Every year the Council must publish a Local Implementation Plan, which we call LIP for short. This year’s LIP…

  • What’s that smell?

    Local residents have been contacting Cllr Joanna Dabrowska after getting whiff of a pungent “aroma” emanating from their neighbours. Turns out that the local riding school has been piling horse dung in their car park which is adjacent to Gunnersbury Avenue (aka A406). Cllr Dabrowska called in Animal Health from the Council who did an immediate…

  • Lovebox & Citadel Public Meetings at Gunnersbury Park

    Click here to read latest updates and this year’s line-ups. Without consultation with any stakeholders, Gunnersbury Park’s events organiser, The Event Umbrella, on behalf of David Bowler, CEO of Gunnersbury Park CIC, has organised public meetings to occur once a month before the Lovebox and Citadel festivals are due to happen over the summer. Meetings…

  • Ward boundary reviews – The Boundary Commission wants your views

    On 5th February 2019, The Local Government Boundary Commission published a draft recommendations of revised ward boundaries and now want the input from residents. The last review occurred in preparation for the 2010 elections and the current ward review will probably come into effect for the 2022 local elections. The Commission’s recommendations propose an increase…