PCA Newsletter 71 - June 2013

In This Issue

The recently announced route for the second Ealing Half Marathon will bring thousands of runners through the heart of Pitshanger on Sunday 29th September. After starting in Lammas Park at 9.15am, the runners will approach Pitshanger via Mount Avenue and continue via Woodfield Road, Pitshanger Lane, Curzon Road, Meadvale Road, Pitshanger Park, Woodbury Park Road, Scotch Common Kent Avenue and Cleveland Road. The route then wends its way through the Draytons and Hanwell before finishing up back in Lammas Park.

St Peters Church, St Barnabas Church & St Stephens Church will all be hosting water stations for the runners. Road closures will be in force, and we'll bring you details of those closer to the date.

Race Director Kelvin Walker (who also happens to be the PCA Treasurer – busy boy) will be discussing the race at the Cleveland Ward Forum on 20th June at the Brentham Club. The first Ealing Half Marathon, which took place last year, attracted 3,500 runners and raised over £150,000 for various charities. Kelvin hopes to beat both totals this year. There are full details of the event – including how to register – at www.ealinghalfmarathon.com.

A massive NO vote in the Council's controlled parking zone consultation means there won't be a CPZ in the Pitshanger area for the foreseeable future. The crucial vote in the core consultation area was 27% in favour and 73% against. Pro-CPZ votes in Montpelier Avenue and Castlebar Hill have been dismissed by Council Officers as "not substantial and generally too insufficient to consider control in these roads". Castlebar Park and Queens Walk, two streets where some thought there was demand for a CPZ, turned out to be against (by 60% and 61% respectively). In the outer consultation area, which would have come into play had there been a YES vote in the core area, the overall vote was 35% in favour and 65% against. The fact that the outer vote is less polarised than the core vote may indicate a degree of defensive voting, i.e. people voting 'yes' in case the core CPZ went ahead and commuter parking was pushed into their roads. The overall response rates of 46% in the core and 39% in the outer area were said by the Council to be much higher than usual for a CPZ consultation.

Once the Council consultation had closed, we polled PCA members on a couple of additional points. Our survey showed that 73% or respondents would disagree or disagree strongly with the (hypothetical) establishment of a smaller CPZ made up of the most pro-CPZ streets within the core area, while 76% of respondents would agree or agree strongly with measures to keep parking available for traders and shoppers if a CPZ did go ahead.

So where does that leave us with the Pitshanger streets currently affected by commuter parking? The Council's portfolio holder for transport and environment, Cllr Bassam Mahfouz, has said in an email to some local residents, "...we will continue to take forward proposals to improve safety and accessibility in the area with the introduction of double yellow lines at key junctions and various additional no waiting restrictions on major roads to aid traffic flow during peak hours... Finally, we will continue with our policy to introduce dual use bays in CPZs closer to Ealing Broadway, which will allow some commuters the convenience of parking closer to their work in bays, which are not in front of homes, for a relatively small daily charge". This last point is one the PCA Committee has been recommending for some time, and we'll be pushing to make sure this, and other improvements, are implemented as soon as possible.

Your Committee is glad to see the back of the consultation which has turned out to be the most divisive and contentious issue it has ever had to face. On a more positive note, we have seen local residents coming together spontaneously to campaign against the CPZ on a "Save our Shops" ticket, and it's difficult to imagine that happening anywhere else in Ealing. But the question has now been asked, and settled very clearly: there will be no CPZ in Pitshanger.

Get fit for summer at the Pitshanger Bootcamp run by Foundation Fitness on Thursday evenings at 7 pm and on Saturday afternoons at 1 pm.  The one-hour sessions are held on the space to the west of the bowling green and cost £10 each with significant reductions for monthly pre-payment.  The first session is free and further details can be obtained from Henry Nicoll on 07540 341695 or at www.foundationfit.co.uk.

We thought he was here for the duration, but even Ted Saunders, Pitshanger's longest-serving shopkeeper, has had to call time on a distinguished career in the fish trade. He was born on the Lane above what is now William Hill's betting shop but which was at the time a fishmonger's (H Tedder).

In 1955 he started in the shop as a trainee, moving across the road to work under Ted Carr in 1965. He took over Carr's in 1980, winning national recognition for his skills as a fishmonger. The premises are being taken over by Blue Ocean and are currently being refurbished. We are assured that many of the old familiar features will stay, including the tiles and Ted's son-in-law Graham, fount of all wisdom and knowledge of the nefarious goings-on along the Lane.

Not long to go to the PCA's big day out on Sunday 30th June, and we still need help with site set-up and take-down and other stewarding and marshalling tasks. If you have any time to spare over the weekend please contact Mike Fox at mike [dot] fox [at] pitshanger [dot] org [dot] uk.

The event, from 1 pm until 9pm, will include all your old favourites: stage performances, beer tent and music, craft village, gastrodome, carousel, dog show etc. with some new attractions and twists on familiar themes.

Tina Harris is organising the tug of war this year: anyone who'd like to enter a team should contact her at t [dot] harris [at] skymarket [dot] org – there's a £100 bar tab at the Village Inn for the winners.

PCA Chairman Karen Jacks turns roving reporter to gives us an account of a Burgundy-themed evening organised by Harrison's and hosted at Chez l'ami David. "On a warm evening in March (yes really!) I went along with husband and two friends to Chez l'ami David to join Belinda and Douglas Harrison for their second Burgundy evening organised in conjunction with the restaurant. We were greeted with a chilled glass of Kir for our aperitif and canapés. After this gentle start we were seated and the fun began. We were delighted to have Douglas joining us on our table who is charming and talked us through the Burgundy wine region in style. Belinda, I am glad to say, is generous with her wine pouring and we started on the feast, each course being accompanied by not one but two wines. The food was beautifully cooked and served and we tasted dishes typical of the region including frog's legs and Boeuf Bourguignon and wines from the region all of which are available at Harrison's. Seven courses later I was wishing I had selected a looser dress. Several glasses later I was wishing I didn't have to work the next day!"

Karen concludes: "A thoroughly excellent evening - keep an eye out for future events".

The next collaboration between Harrison's and Chez l'ami David is scheduled for Tuesday 2nd July and is again themed "Decouvrir le Bourguignon". On Wednesday 10th July, Harrison's are holding a Golf, Wine and Cheese Evening at Ealing Golf Club. Full details of both events are available from belinda [at] harrisonswines [dot] co [dot] uk.

It looks as if all the shops along the Lane will soon be fully operational. 'Sweet Tooth' is now trading as a coffee and cake shop and the former Brenda's pet boutique premises at the top of Harrow View Road is in the process of being fitted out. Cinnamon now has new owners, and the old McCreadies butcher's shop is sporting a "sold" sign. Meanwhile, if you like shopping in cyberspace, Pitshanger Bookshop has a snazzy new website at www.pitshangerbooks.co.uk.

The Co-op has submitted a planning application for a new shop front. The entrance is to be moved from the right-hand side of the shop to the left, with the tills moving in the other direction. Access to the ATM will be from outside the shop. You can view the details on the Ealing Council web site.

John Martin is up to his tricks again. A couple of years ago he threatened the newsletter with a picture of himself in his cycling shorts if we didn't support his Land's End to John O'Groats charity cycle ride, but this time it's worse: he's taking part in the London Triathlon on Sunday 28th July and gets to wear a wetsuit. So John, no photos please, and in return we'll let everyone know that they can help you raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (an illness that claimed the life of his mother) by calling into the shop or going online.

The St Barnabas Summer Proms is a major classical music festival running from 20th July until 9th August and is the biggest of its kind to be held in Ealing. There are 10 evening concerts, the first on Saturday 20th July and the others on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings for the following three 3 weeks. The festival ends with the 'Last Night of the Proms' Gala on Friday 9th August which will include all the traditional favourites such as Land of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem. The concerts feature excellent musicians playing immortal masterpieces by popular composers and provide perfect summer entertainment for all local music-lovers. Concerts are held 'in the round' so the audience is close to the musicians; facilities include a first-rate grand piano previously used by the BBC for broadcasts and a 'big screen' so everyone can see the musicians. Admission to all the evening concerts is £10 (£5 for young people) except for the Last Night Gala which will be £20. No tickets are issued beforehand – just turn up: the church is large and admission is guaranteed. All proceeds will go towards St Barnabas funds, and full details of the concerts are available at www.barnabites.org/summerproms.

Other upcoming events at St Barnabas include the Rose Fair on Saturday 22nd June from 12 to 4 pm (attractions include children's craft activities, games, bouncy castle, BBQ, plant & herb sale, Pimms, strawberries & cream etc.), and the arrival of the new Vicar, Justin Dodd, on Wednesday 4th September. In the meantime Pitshanger Pictures has an exciting line-up in store.

The recently created Pitshanger 20mph zone was never going to be rigidly observed by all drivers, and so far we've seen a mixture of people who make a point of sticking to 20mph, others who drive a bit slower than they used to, and a minority who disregard the limit completely. Being realistic, we're not going to get frequent enforcement visits, so we'll have to do the best we can with our own efforts. We voted for the 20mph zone by quite a big margin so it's really up to us all to set an example. And remember, if you're sticking to 20mph whoever is behind you has to stick to it as well.