PCA Newsletter 66 - October 2012

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In This Issue

 

CPZ Alert

Christmas Already

Scary Movie

The Diamond Jubilee Fund

Street Wars 2012

Discretionary Cash Awards

Eat And Fizz

ECS @ 50

LaneMakers Wanted

Janine's Smelling Of Roses

Marathon Man

Arson Attack

All Change

Help Improve The River

Play It Again Hugh

CPZ Alert

Pitshanger CPZ Consultation

We reported in July last year that the Council had approved funding for a parking study and Controlled Parking Zone consultation in the Pitshanger area.  We’ve now been told by Council officers and our ward Councillors that CPZ consultation material is currently being reviewed and is expected to go out to local residents before the end of October.  The Council has also signalled its intention to stage an exhibition of the planned design, with officers on hand to answer questions from the public.

The PCA Committee had proposed that Pitshanger should be treated as a single homogeneous area for consultation purposes, but we now know that the consultation will follow the usual pattern of being divided into a core area and an outer area.  The way this works is that residents living in the core area can vote yes/no to a CPZ in the core area, while people living in the outer area – the ones who would inherit the commuter parking from the core area – have no say over the introduction of a CPZ in the core area but can vote street by street to be added on to the core CPZ if it goes ahead.  Indications given to the Cleveland Ward Forum meeting on 17th October were that the core area would be bounded by (and include) Kent Gardens, Summerfield Road, part of Meadvale Road, Barnfield Road, Queens Walk, part of Mount Avenue and Castlebar Hill, while the outer area would extend East to Woodfield Road and West to Kent Avenue.

If the spread of CPZs through Ealing has shown us one thing, it is that commuter parking can only be moved on from one set of streets to another, but not eliminated.  We feel that carving Pitshanger up into core and outer consultation areas will be divisive, and we have to consider where the commuter parking could be shifted to.  That brings us on to our biggest concern, which is the impact a CPZ could have on trading in Pitshanger Lane.  We’ve had plenty of warnings in recent years as to how delicate a business ecosystem the Lane is, and it would be a tragedy if it was destroyed as a viable local shopping centre through the introduction of new parking regulations, however well-intentioned and beneficial to some residents they may be.

We’ve already heard someone welcoming the idea of a CPZ because “at last I’ll be able to park outside my house when I get home in the evening”, but CPZs are usually in force for only a couple of hours a day, and the space outside your house will probably still be taken by a fellow-resident who, unlike you, didn’t get snarled up on the A40 on the way home.  The daily lottery for spaces will stay the same, but we have to recognise the difficulties that commuter parking is causing in streets such as Castlebar Park and Queens Walk.  Our feeling is that a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach is not suitable for the Pitshanger area, and a more considered and tailored solution should be found.  We’ll bring you further news as it emerges, and whatever the outcome of the consultation we will continue to work with the ward Councillors in seeking ways of alleviating the effects of commuter parking in the Pitshanger area.

LaneMakers Wanted

Do you have experience of lighting events, theatre, TV or films?  We need help to light this year’s Light Up The Lane on Sunday 25th November.  The work is quite complex and the safety requirements very precise, so if we can’t find sufficient volunteers with the necessary expertise we will have to pay for help, something we are always loathe to do as it reduces any surplus from the event available for local good causes and charities.  Please contact Andrew Dixon on 8998 9514 or email [email protected].

We also need marshals to man road closures and shake tins for donations.  Bob Bedford’s now in charge of this department: please call him on 8997 9758 or email [email protected].

Christmas Already

Janine's Smelling Of Roses

Pitshanger Lane resident Sean Magee has written ‘Desert Island Discs: 70 Years of Castaways’ (with a foreword by presenter Kirsty Young) to celebrate the much-loved radio series’ milestone birthday.  It’s the official companion to the show, its history “chronicled through a special selection of castaways”, and is a ‘must’ for fans, we’re told.  Sounds like a good Christmas present for somebody: available from the Pitshanger Bookshop.

Brenda's Pet Boutique has closed, but you may not know that owner Janine is now trading from Old Oak Florists.  Orders can be placed for pet food and there are some bargains to be bagged in the pet accessories department such as pet beds, collars, leads etc.  Normal service will resume once Janine has secured new premises.

Scary Movie

This must be the scariest thing to happen round here since we threatened to publish the newsletter weekly.  On the very night of Halloween, Pitshanger Pictures will present the classic German Expressionist horror film ‘Nosferatu’ (PG) within the gothic majesty of St Barnabas church, with live organ accompaniment by the church’s Director of Music, Paul Jeanes.

This1922 adaptation of the Dracula story takes you into the eerie and unsettling world of Nosferatu, “where the very walls of the church will be alive with creeping shadows and silhouettes”, within an atmosphere of dark possibility created by a master organist and his instrument.  Be there and be scared: Wednesday 31st October, supper from 7 pm, film at 8.30.  £10 adults, £7 under 15s, hot food, snacks and drinks available to purchase.  Further details here.

Marathon Man

The inaugural Ealing Half Marathon, brainchild of PCA treasurer Kelvin Walker, turned out to be a great success according to everyone who wasn’t caught up in a road closure, crowds of residents standing on corners cheering on the runners.  Pitshanger was well-represented, your editor (pictured doing the ‘Edbot’) [rotate 90 degrees: it’s an ‘E’, see?– Ed.] achieving his world record for a PCA newsletter editor of just under 2 hours and 10 minutes and raising £330 for Pitshanger Play Centre and Epilepsy Action.  Showing slightly more athletic prowess was Chris

Dave Wallis in the Ealing Half Marathon 2012

Dettmar, perennial winner of the PCA Fun Run, who finished an extremely creditable fourth in a highly talented field.  PCA stalwarts completing the course included committee member George Hazlewood and youth club organiser Jenny Verasammy, while traders Ruki (Ealing Pharmacy), Fiona (Pitshanger Bookshop), and Pitshanger’s answer to Mo Farah, John Martin, also made it over the line as did ward Councillor Greg Stafford.

Eighteen months in the making, Kelvin’s project has added yet another facet to the sporting, cultural and artistic life of this borough.  He’s already thinking about doing it all again next year, learning lessons particularly about road closure publicity and the needs of those living along the race route who have to travel on the day.

The Diamond Jubilee Fund

In April’s newsletter we asked members to nominate a charity or non-profit organisation of their choice to benefit from a share of the £1000 we put into this special fund to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  Successful nominations are: Choices (pregnancy advice centre), Ealing Churches Winter Night Shelter, Macmillan Cancer Support, Motor Neurone Disease Association (West London branch), Ealing Hospital children’s ward playroom, Meadow House Hospice, and Pitshanger Methodist Church (2013 centenary celebrations).

Arson Attack

Street Wars 2012

The Children’s Society has again been targeted by fire-raisers, the blaze this time being started at the rear of the shop.  Perhaps worth remembering that leaving donations outside charity shops is not only illegal dumping, but also provides fuel for arsonists’ fires.

Almost time for our annual battle of the brains on Saturday 1st December in St Barnabas church hall, starting at 7.30 pm.  Teams may consist of up to ten people and tickets are £5 per person to include ‘table snacks’.  Beer, wine and soft drinks will be available on the night at reasonable prices.  Contact Tina at [email protected] ASAP to avoid disappointment.

All Change

Quite a few ins, outs, and shake-it-all-abouts on Planet PCA recently.  Firstly we have to say goodbye to retirees Doug Winter and Jan Vaughan.  Doug will be very well-known to many of you as our long-serving (and long-suffering, he’d say) chief marshal, in charge of volunteers at Party In The Park and Light Up The Lane.  Your committee would like to thank Doug for the sterling work he’s done down the years in what can at times be a pretty daunting task.  Jan has been a very successful membership secretary but has to resign from the committee due to family commitments, and leaves with her colleagues’ heartfelt thanks and good wishes for the future.

Next, it’s hallo to George Hazlewood who’s joining the committee to help develop our use of new technology, particularly the forthcoming ‘portal’ that we keep threatening you with, and to Malcolm Darvill who’s been elevated to event manager for this year’s Light Up The Lane, replacing John Waters who has left the post of Events Team leader and taken Jan’s place as membership secretary.  Got all that?  We’re on a drive for new talent at the moment: if you’re interested in meeting new friends and helping to make Pitshanger as good a place to live and work as it can be, contact PCA chair, Karen Jacks, for a chat on 07711 014331 or email [email protected].  We’re particularly looking for people with events experience to strengthen our events team.

Discretionary Cash Awards

Help Improve The River

The PCA has long supported local groups and charities with the surpluses we make from our events, and last year your committee replaced the previous rather ad-hoc arrangements for making grants with a more formal scheme from which five local charities received significant sums towards the projects specified in their applications.  We are again inviting local organisations and charities to apply for one-off discretionary awards.  The closing date is Friday 7th December, and an application form and eligibility guidelines can be obtained from the address at the end of this newsletter or downloaded here.  Please note we will consider new applications from previous recipients of PCA awards but they should not be for projects previously funded by the PCA.

Thames21 is a leading waterway charity working with communities across London to improve rivers, ponds, and the like.  They’re holding an event along the Brent in the Park on Tuesday 23rd October, starting at 10.30 am when they hope to “cut back encroaching vegetation, pick litter, clear overgrown areas to create a wildflower meadow and build a dead hedge to support insects and ground nesting birds”.  Equipment provided: meet organiser Judith Ressler in the car park at the bottom of Bellevue Road.  More details here.

Eat And Fizz

St Barnabas church is holding its traditional ‘Bangers and Sparklers’ evening on Friday 2nd November from 5.30 until 7 pm, with tickets at £4/£2 including sparklers.  This is a hugely popular event for all children who need to keep grown-ups amused, with lots of sparklers and edible bangers to enjoy.

Play It Again Hugh

ECS @ 50

The very successful organ festival at St Barnabas church on Sunday 7th October, featuring a whole day of recitals by top-class musicians on the church’s new organ, was prefaced the previous Friday by a demonstration of the instrument’s workings by St Barnabas organist and festival organiser, Hugh Mather.  A nearly full church learned how the various manuals, pedals, stops, pistons, couplers and diapasons enable one person to control a machine with over 2,500 pipes and complex electronics, and experienced the many sounds and instrument emulations that the organ can produce.  Hopefully Hugh can be persuaded to repeat the lecture soon.

This year Ealing Choral Society are celebrating 50 years of music making.  The occasion will be marked by a concert at Ealing Abbey on Friday the 16th November at 7.45pm featuring Beethoven’s Mass in C and Handel’s Zadok the Priest, both of which were performed at the choir’s inaugural concert in November 1962.  They will be joined by Sinfonia Brittanica and Ealing Abbey Choir, under the inspirational baton of Director of Music Jonathan Williams.

Tickets are £16 (adults), £13 (concessions), £3 (16 and under) at the door or in advance on 020 8894 5998 or via the on-line box office here.  You can find out more about Ealing Choral Society at their web site here.