PCA Newsletter 19 - February 2007

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In This Issue

 

Streets For People Public Meeting

Battle of the Bins

Wet No More

Atlantis Evening

Ealing Choral Society

Local Authors

Forthcoming Events

PCA Membership Campaign

Join the Brentham Club

O2 Mast

Cancelled Reservations

Named and Shamed

Rotaract

Streets For People Proposals – Public Meeting

 

As mentioned in previous PCA Newsletters, Ealing Council is using funds from Transport for London to develop plans to alleviate the traffic problems affecting Pitshanger Lane. The PCA is pleased to announce a public meeting at which the outline plans developed for the Council by MVA Consultancy will be revealed for the first time.  This will be a great opportunity for an early sight of what the consultants have in mind, and a chance to influence the plans while they are still being developed. The PCA “Streets for People” meeting will take place at the St Barnabas Millennium Hall on Monday 26 March, starting at 8pm.

Gridlock in Pitshanger Lane

PCA Membership Campaign

The PCA subscription year finishes at the end of March, so we’ll soon be asking the residents and traders of Pitshanger to get out their cheque books and take out or renew membership for 2007/8. Every address in the area will receive a membership invitation during March together with an application form and return envelope. Subscriptions will remain at £10 a year for families, £6 for individuals and £10 for traders, and we rely on this income to cover our running costs. Without the support of our members, we couldn’t do what we do.

As far as possible the membership invitations are hand delivered to save postage costs – the more volunteer posties we have, the less work for everyone. Help will also be needed to prepare the mailings – if 20 people stuff 150 envelopes each the job will be done in no time. If you are able to help with either or both of these tasks please contact Karen Jacks by e-mail ([email protected]) or phone her on 8566 7383.

Battle of the Bins

Black bags winning

Looks like we started something with our ‘Foxes Vote for Black Bags’ piece a couple of issues back. The item, about the Council’s public survey of rubbish collection preferences, encouraged an impassioned reply from Brian Sharp arguing against the wheelie bin. Now member John McCann has joined in on the side of the beleaguered bin. “Brian Sharp is correct, wheelie bins are unattractive, but there are other issues. He suggests we use ‘ordinary’ plastic bins, but dustmen won't remove black sacks from them so people on the early collection routes will continue to put their sacks out the night before, ensuring the same old weekly fox feast".

"Brian suggests wheelie bins will encourage people to put everything in them but those who recycle won't stop just because they have been issued a wheelie bin. Small-ish bins, with the only collection being from that bin, would discourage people from dumping all their rubbish in them. Finally, and most importantly, Brian's suggestion doesn't get rid of the ecologically unfriendly, heavy duty black plastic sack, equally loved by foxes and rats. The council's initiative to get rid of these should be supported in every way possible.” Results of the Council’s public survey have now been announced. Cleveland and Hanger Hill Wards voted for the black sack. More details on the Ealing Council web site.

Join the Brentham Club

Wet No More

The Brentham’s membership year starts in April and, like the PCA, they’re always looking for new members. Many of the sporting activities cost significantly less than comparative commercial clubs, and the new Chair of the club, Jenny Arnell, is keen to promote the social and community side – it’s not just the fireworks, you know! If you’d like to learn more about the Brentham club, call Jenny on 8998 8258 and have a chat, or look on the website, www.brenthamclub.co.uk.

A small miracle has been wrought in Pitshanger Lane where, after six years of ignoring the problem, the Council has installed a soakaway in the pavement below the garden wall of 92 Castlebar Park to prevent water seepage onto the pavement. The Council's Envirocrime Team Cleveland Ward Enforcement Officer Ruston Wyatt is to be congratulated for listening to the concerns of the people. Thanks to Tony Purton and others for keeping the pressure on.

O2 Mast

The O2 mobile mast on Scotch Common became operational in December, but the Council’s Director of the Built Environment, Noel Rutherford, continues personal talks with O2 to find an alternative site for the mast which would "be sensitive to community concerns". You may remember that the Council's planning department conceded the Scotch Common site by mistake because they were 24 hours late in refusing O2's planning application, despite hundreds of objections from local residents.

Atlantis Evening

The PCA’s first event of the year, organised by Michelle Scupholme, attracted 20 or so members to the Atlantis Restaurant on the last Friday of January. As usual Costas fed and watered us well and members set about chatting to friends old and new. MP Steve Pound – a long-time PCA member – was there and, finding that his neighbour was a childhood Fulham fan, pulled out a ticket for the following day’s Cup match against Stoke, which is how your editor found himself among the Fulham hard-core fans, paralysed with fear that his lack of knowledge of the songs, chants and players might imply less than wholehearted support for the ‘Cottagers’. Not that this elicited much sympathy from Steve. “Did you meet my crew?”, he enquired. Definitely Old Labour.

Cancelled Reservations

For many years North Ealing Primary School, along with five other primary schools, has had six reserved places at Drayton Manor High School for pupils moving up to secondary level. However, there are proposals to change Drayton’s feeder school admissions criterion which could result in this criterion being withdrawn. Consultations on admissions criteria are now underway, via the Local Authority, as part of the school’s statutory annual review of admissions policy and procedures.

Drayton Manor HS

A spokesperson for Drayton Manor High School assured the newsletter that North Ealing School will be fully involved in the consultation process but no longer feels that continuation of the feeder school criterion is necessary.

Ealing Choral Society

Named and Shamed

We have four complimentary tickets to give away to PCA members on a first-come first-served basis for the Society’s next concert, which celebrates Elgar’s 150th anniversary. The programme includes “The Music Makers” and “The Spirit of England” and takes place in St Barnabas Church on Saturday 3rd March at 7.45 pm. Contact Debbie Edwards on 0870 908 7744 or at [email protected].

After a couple of near accidents local residents and North Ealing School have been campaigning to discourage parents from driving into Summerfield Road to drop or collect pupils. Although this has generally been successful not all parents realise the dangers and still drive, reverse and three-point turn in this road while children are going in and out of school. The school has named and shamed two of the worst miscreants in its newsletter.

Local Authors

Did you know that in the Pitshanger area we have at least two resident authors? Veronica Heley of Barnfield Road has published eight murder mystery novels set in a Pitshanger Lane-like location and featuring amateur sleuth Eli Quicke (“very good”, according to the Newsletter’s literary correspondent); Veronica has also published her Eden Hall series of romantic novels. Desmond Malone of Kent Avenue has just published "Turbulent Times in the Far East", the story of his childhood experience of internment by the Japanese in the Philippines capital of Manilla from 1940-1945. We’re sure they’d value your interest and support.

Rotaract

Roraract Logo

Ealing Rotaract is the younger, less formal side of the Rotary movement, and their objective is to have fun whilst helping in the local community. Aimed at 18-30s, the group meets on the first, third and fifth Thursdays in the month at the Drayton Court in The Avenue. There are regular pub crawls, bowling nights, darts matches, visits to exhibitions, trips to the cinema and, of course, opportunities for community work, which could include running the patients’ shop at Clayponds hospital, or helping at a kids’ club. Because Rotary is international, being involved with Rotaract gives young people an opportunity to make new friends and travel the world knowing there’s always someone to meet, wherever they go. For further information visit the website: www.rotaract.org.uk/ealing.

Forthcoming Events

It’s all Hurry! Hurry! this issue. A few tickets remain for the PCA Quiz Night on Friday 2nd March. It’s at the Brentham Club, starts at 7.30, and the £10 ticket price includes supper. Individuals and couples can be incorporated into teams on the night. Details from Karen Jacks on 8566 7383 or e-mail ([email protected]).

Further ahead, watch out for details of the PCA’s 3rd annual Ferret Race Evening to be held at the Brentham Club on 23rd March. Tickets will be £10 each with a reduction for children and includes supper. If you want to watch people you’ve known and respected for years losing it over a 50p bet this is the one. Pure unadulterated fun.

Finally, our friends at Hanwell Rotary are holding their annual quiz at the Brentham on the 30th March, kicking off at 7.15. Tickets are £10 including supper and proceeds are going to London Air Ambulance. The winning team will receive a £100 cheque payable to the charity of their choice. Contact Lorraine Tillotson on 07888 652407 or email [email protected].