PCA Newsletter 39 - July 2009

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In This Issue

 

Anyone Found A Tooth?

Progress In the Park

Fun Run

Any Old Tools?

Pitshanger Memories

Cubiko at the Kent

Last Night Of The Proms

Dispersal Order Granted For Pitshanger Area

Streets For People Scheme To Go Ahead

Pink Party

On Your Bike

 

Anyone Found A Tooth?

Pund Pound for a Pound

We promised you that Centenary Party In The Park, sponsored by Northfields, would be the biggest and best yet, and so, with the help of a beautiful day, it turned out to be. The decision to enlarge the site and reposition some of the attractions was a great success, and new ideas such as a teenage rock band on the main stage proved very popular.

Pitshanger PopStar

As always Pitshanger Popstars turned in a great show with 14-year-old Clementine Medforth (right) winning the chance of recording a CD in a professional studio.

Among the day’s many highlights (although he may dispute it), MP Steve Pound volunteered to be pelted with wet sponges in the ‘Pound Pound for a Pound’ event. “Get that expenses anger out of your system!”, barked the attendant, only to see the exhortation taken to extremes when the first sponge was hurled with such force that Steve’s instinctive attempt to duck resulted in him striking the side of the hole with his chin and losing a crown. Despite clearly being in pain he struggled on, and earns the PCA Events Team’s respect and gratitude for once again being a true friend and supporter. We never found the tooth. “Claim it on expenses!” someone shouted – ironically, we assume, as Steve’s one of the ‘cleanest’ MPs there is.

Equally surreal, the Sausage Race at the Village Vet Dog Show was the usual mix of humans being silly and dogs eating sausages. Against the commentator’s advice to “put your money on the Labrador” a Jack Russell cross defied the odds to win the Sausage-off. The winner of the cup for Best In Show was Mr Galichian’s beautiful Rhodesian Ridgeback, ‘Mozi’. The day ended with dancing in the ‘Village Inn in the Park’ to the sound of the Copycats, as PCA organisers reminisced about the day’s events and mused on developments for next year…

Last Night Of The Proms

Progress In the Park

This year’s St Barnabas Proms have been an outstanding success, with over 100 people enjoying each concert, and there’s more to come. If you can’t make any other concert the ‘Last Night’ on Friday 7th August at 7.30 will be one of the musical and social highlights of the Pitshanger year.

The post-interval programme is a traditionalist’s delight: from Land of Hope and Glory to the National Anthem via Jerusalem and Rule Britannia. Just turn up on the night - £15 for adults, half price for under 17s, and the proceeds go towards the St Barnabas Organ Appeal. There’s also a Children’s Prom on Wednesday 5th August at 11am. Described as “an interactive concert for schoolchildren”, admission is £3 for under 16s and ‘older adults’, £5 for others, or buy a family ticket for £10.

We mentioned in the last Newsletter that £51k of Central Government funding had been earmarked for improvements to the playground in Pitshanger Park. Local residents now have an opportunity to influence how the money is spent via a consultation run by Ealing Council.

The Council’s proposed “straw man” design is based on the removal of obsolete play equipment, resurfacing the area of hard standing and the establishment of a natural play theme through the introduction of features such as boulders, logs, a grass maze and a timber balance trail. But it’s all up for grabs: if you haven’t had a consultation document through your door, you can fill it in online or phone 8825 7638. The closing date is 21st August.

Dispersal Order Granted For Pitshanger Area

Following the recent increase in anti-social behaviour (ASB) and a general rise in youth criminality in the Lane and the park, police have been granted a Dispersal Order to allow them to move on any group of two or more if they are deemed to have “harassed, intimidated, alarmed or distressed” a member of the public. Any return within twenty four hours can lead to arrest and prosecution. The Order, which comes into effect on Monday 3rd August, covers an area from the A40 in the north to Cleveland Road in the south, and from Woodfield and Denison Roads in the east to Argyle Road in the west. Every household will be receiving a letter shortly outlining the terms of the Order and answering some frequently asked questions.

The problem dates from early May, since when there has been an increase in shoplifting, abusive behaviour, graffiti, under-age drinking and drug taking, together with a serious assault in which a local youth was hospitalised. It appears that a core of about six individuals are attracting others into the area, sometimes forming a group numbering more than twenty. Police patrols have been increased with some success, unruly groups being moved on under threat of arrest for causing a breach of the peace. Arrests have also been made for drug supply offences after the occupier of a flat reported suspicious activity in the communal hallway.

The police are targeting individuals considered to be the ring leaders with home visits and referrals to the Council’s ASB panel for further action. Cleveland ward Safer Neighbourhoods police team leader, Sergeant Steve Driscoll, is keen to assure residents that “this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated and will be robustly dealt with, using the maximum powers we have”. He asks us to contact his team on 8246 9406 or email [email protected] with reports of anti-social behaviour or any other information relating to these problems and their perpetrators.

Fun Run

Pitshanger Fun Run Finisher

Celebrity starter and ex-England footballer Ian Wright didn’t make it to the start line, but that was the only mishap at this year’s Fun Run, organised by Fit For Sport, which attracted a record entry of over 250. Chris Dettmar continued his unbeaten run in the 5 km event with an excellent time of 16.43. Sam McGonigle won the 2.5 km in 8.18, leaving father Peter to eat dirt over two minutes behind. Sam also won the under 13 category, George Loffhagen taking the under 10 prize in 10.05. Your editor’s attempt on the “Fastest PCA Newsletter Editor – Ever!” world record was unsuccessful, the failure blamed on “over-training” at the Village Inn the night before.

The full results of the 2009 Pitshanger Fun Run are available on the PCA web site here.

Streets For People Scheme To Go Ahead

After three years, it looks as though the consultation and planning stage of the Pitshanger Lane Streets for People saga is finally drawing to a close, and our Ward Councillors have now “signed off” the plans with a recommendation for implementation. They reported that the responses submitted following the special meeting of the Cleveland Ward Forum in May were “mostly positive”, but as a result of comments received the Co-op loading bay has been moved from Albert Road onto Pitshanger Lane, and local pressure for Stop & Shop parking has been recognised by designating seven parking spaces as “Stop & Shop” from 10am to 6pm Monday-Saturday. The latest plans are available for download via the PCA Streets for People resource page here.

The next step will be publication of so-called “traffic orders” in the Ealing Gazette, providing a final opportunity for comments or objections from the general public. Roadworks are due to commence after Christmas, although the timing may be affected by any formal objections to the traffic orders. The PCA Committee will stay in close touch with Ealing Council and keep members informed as the construction schedule takes shape. In the meantime, the Lane is due to get new street lighting in October. Our friends at Pitshanger Stories have captured a range of local opinion on the Streets for People scheme in a mini-documentary here.

Needless to say, not all are in agreement with the proposals. One notable critic of the scheme is member Tony Purton who writes: “The drawings of the scheme displayed in several shop windows and Pitshanger Library have attracted considerable attention. Cleveland Ward Councillors have made a few changes 'in response to public opinion'. The result nevertheless involves the sacrifice of 1.2m of the southern pavement and creates a two-way bus highway between Kent Gardens roundabout and Lindfield Road which will inevitably alter the village character of Pitshanger Lane” [read Tony’s alternative proposals on the Pitshanger Voice message board – Ed.]. Tony concludes by encouraging us to send our comments to Chris Tonks of the Council’s Highways Department at [email protected].

Any Old Tools?

Pink Party

Our friends in Hanwell and Northfields Rotary are collecting tools for refurbishment and distribution to communities in Africa in conjunction with “Tools For Self Reliance”. They want anything from carpentry, engineering and metalworking tools to electrical repair equipment and arc welders. Contact Avi Tchiprout at e-mail [email protected] or Tel 8997 6345.

Over seventy local ‘senior citizens’ were treated to an afternoon of pink fizz, nibbles and entertainment at the Centenary Pink Party held at the Brentham Club. Many thanks to the “Pitshanger 100” team for putting on such a delightful and enjoyable event.

Pitshanger Pink Party

Pitshanger Memories

More than 220 people have already attended this unique exhibition of pictures showing the history of Pitshanger shops, people and transport during the last 100 years. It’s being held at St Mary’s Church (on the path through the golf course) on Saturdays and Sundays until 9th August. Opening times are 11am until 6pm, and admission is 50p for adults (children go free).

On Your Bike

Cubiko at the Kent

Ealing Cycling Campaign are organising a number of “gentle social rides” ending in Pitshanger Park. The next is on Sunday 23rd August, and details can be obtained from David Eales at [email protected] or Tel 07880 797437. Free hire of trailers and bike seats is available.

If this sounds like a good idea but the bikes are piled up in the shed and need ‘sorting out’, our friends Scherrit and Corinne (aka The Bike Whisperer) have the equipment and expertise you need. They’re involved with the campaign and can be contacted on 8998 7271 or via the website www.thebikewhisperer.co.uk.

The first ever Cubiko World Championships is to be held at the Duke of Kent on Saturday 5th September, starting at 2pm. Cubiko is the brainchild of local inventor Gavin Birnbaum, who describes it as “along the lines of noughts and crosses. It’s a table-top ball game that involves strategy, skill, luck and chance.” Cubiko has only just been released, and won “best family game 2009” at the recent UK Games Expo in Birmingham. To find out more about Cubiko go to www.cubiko.webs.com. Register for the championships by emailing [email protected].