PCA Newsletter 61 - February 2012

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In This Issue

 

The Truth Is Out There – Somewhere

Calling All Bettys

Learn To Play Golf

Andrew Gets The Hump

Make Mother’s Day

The Long Run

Beer Festival

Membership Renewal

Hang Out At The Hanger

Party In The Park

Business Get Together

New Technology

Pitshanger Pictures

Pitshanger Traders’ Association Reformed

The Truth Is Out There – Somewhere

Pitshanger Lane Stop & Shop

Many of you will have heard by now that Ealing Council are proposing to make changes to the ‘stop and shop’ parking arrangements in place across the borough.  One version circulating in advance of the official announcement suggested that the one-hour and two-hour bays in Pitshanger Lane would be converted to 30 minutes, and motorists would need to pre-register their cars before using the bays and then send a text message upon parking.  However, none of this turned out to be true.

The Council’s real proposals, available on their website here, are that the one-hour and two-hour limits in Pitshanger Lane will stay and there will be no need to pre-register, send a text or make a phone call to use the bays for these periods.  What’s new is that the Council wants to roll out a pay by phone service that will enable motorists to extend their stay in any of the existing stop and shop bays by a further period of two hours.  The fee for this will be £2.

Although the general feeling locally seems to be against – the traders are opposed to any change – it’s worth looking at the possible pros and cons of the pay by phone scheme.  You could imagine a scenario where a shopper wants to stay a bit longer – perhaps to have lunch in one of the cafes – but realises their time in a stop and shop bay is nearly up.  Under the proposed new arrangements the shopper would be able to pay by phone or text to extend their use of the bay and spend more time (and money) in the Lane.  But there’s the counter-argument that ‘stop and shop’ is meant to promote turnover of shoppers and lower overall spending might result if people are allowed to stay too long.  There are also worries that the confusion that might arise from any changes could deter visitors and damage trade.  On balance, it may well be a case of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’, but what do you think about the Council’s proposals?  We’d like to hear from you.

The statement on the Council website ends with “A formal consultation on the proposal with residents and businesses will take place shortly”.  As usual, the PCA will keep you informed about the consultation details and any other developments.

Membership Renewal

It’s that time of year again, when we ask you to dig deep into your pockets and pull out a tenner (or £6 for single membership).  What you get in return is extraordinary value for money.  Party In The Park, Light Up The Lane, Fun Run, Street Wars, Tea Party for older residents and other events; funding for local charities and good causes; a close eye on local planning and environmental issues; a respected voice in local corridors of power.  Watch out for your membership renewal pack and help the PCA make Pitshanger as good a place to work and live as possible.

Calling All Bettys

Hang Out At The Hanger

Is your name Elizabeth, and were you born on 6th February 1952 in Ealing and are still resident in the borough?  If so, the Mayor of Ealing invites you to help light the borough’s celebratory Jubilee beacon on Horsenden Hill on the evening of Monday, 4th June.  Contact the Mayor’s parlour on 8825 8630 or email [email protected].

A further reminder about our youth club which meets at the Brentham Club every Thursday evening from 7 until 9 pm.  Aimed at young people in years 7 to 11 (i.e. between 11 and 16 years old), facilities include table tennis, table football, pool and other games including a Nintendo Wii, music and a tuck shop.  Email [email protected] for more details.

Learn To Play Golf

Ealing Golf Club (on the other side of the park) is holding a free Ladies’ ‘Taster Day’ on Tuesday 6th March.  Anyone who wants to take it further can have six weekly lessons for just £75 starting on Tuesday 20th March.  Additionally, there’s an eight-week ‘Junior Academy Course’ to learn the basics of the game commencing Saturday 3rd March and costing £90.  Golf clubs are provided free for both courses and to enrol, or for more details, call 8997 3959 or email [email protected].  You can also look at www.ealinggolfclub.com under ‘golf shop and lessons’.

Party In The Park

After our abortive attempts to move the last football World Cup back a week or so we’ve had to bow to the inevitable and accept there is a possibility that England will be playing in the European Championships quarter finals during our preferred last weekend in June.  For some reason men prefer watching the pride of our nation (and John Terry) lose on penalties to helping out with the event so our big summer party will be on Sunday 17th June this year.

We’ve also had to accept that the overblown sports day in east

Pitshanger Party In The Park

London this summer has to be acknowledged in some way so the Arena will become the Olympic Stadium West and will feature an opening ceremony (complete with torch), Olympic-themed races for kids and dogs (not at the same time, silly!), and the Pitshanger Olympics Tug of War.  Organiser Dave Wallis could do with some help so if you fancy an afternoon of fun and mayhem call him on 07973 917571 or email [email protected].

Andrew Gets The Hump

In last month’s newsletter we reported the headline result of the Council’s 20mph consultation for the Pitshanger area – an overall YES vote – but an anomaly in the consultation is causing concern.  Unlike the rest of us, residents in Castlebar Park, Victoria Road, Queens Walk and Woodfield Road didn’t have the choice of voting for a 20mph limit without speed humps.  The reason for this, we’re told, is that a 20mph zone must have some level of “deterrent measures”, and as the streets concerned were those where the Council’s speed guns recorded the fastest traffic speeds they had to be ‘humped’.

Although the Council’s consultation results for Castlebar Park were much the same as for the area as a whole, resident Andrew Dixon decided to find out what the results might have looked like if a ‘no humps’ option had been on offer.  Andrew ran his own poll in Castlebar Park and Victoria Road, and the results were 89% (60 votes) for a 20mph limit with no humps, 7% (4 votes) for a speed limit with humps and 5% (3 votes) for no change.  That’s a pretty clear result, and we’ll be asking Council officers to have another look at the rulebook to see if we can have a 20mph limit with no humps across the whole area.  Andrew is convinced that following changes to government legislation councils are no longer forced to use road humps in 20mph zones.

Business Get Together

Make Mother’s Day

Member Rosanna Henderson is a busy woman.  Last issue we reported how she’s setting up a local art group; she also runs a ‘networking coffee morning’ in Ealing on the first Tuesday of the month.  It’s a “relaxed, informal environment” where small business owners, sole traders, artists and health professionals can get together over a cup of coffee to discuss what they do and how they can help each other.  Anyone interested should contact Rosanna on 07961 134033 or email [email protected].

Children can prepare for Mothering Sunday with a morning of fun craft activities at St Barnabas church on Saturday 17th March from 10 until 11.30 am.  While parents relax with tea, coffee and a cake, kids can make a bunch of paper flowers, ice a heart biscuit, and create other crafty surprises.  They can also make a picture of their mother to add to the church’s special altar frontal, which will be used at the following morning’s Mother’s Day service.  Activities are free, although a donation would be appreciated, and refreshments will be available to purchase.

New Technology

The PCA is pleased to announce a major new facility for the Pitshanger area: the Pitshanger Portal, which will replace the existing somewhat dated PCA website.  It’s bang up to date technology, and will offer members, residents and traders information and services – some quite innovatory – as well as news, views and a local events calendar as part of its purpose to become the electronic heart of Pitshanger.  Webmaster John Bird is coordinating the development in partnership with local web design companies Layer1 and Feelingpeaky, and launch is planned for late Spring.

The Long Run

Ealing Half Marathon 2012

Our treasurer, Kelvin Walker, is organising the very first Ealing Half Marathon which takes place on Sunday 30th September.  He’s hoping to attract 5000 runners to the race, which starts and ends in Lammas Park and passes close to Pitshanger.  We’ll keep you informed about the event, which will involve road closures in the vicinity, but for more details and to enter click here.

Pitshanger Pictures

Beer Festival

Our local cinema, based at St Barnabas, is showing the classic David Lean film ‘Ryan's Daughter’ (15) as part of their Pitshanger Pictures 2 programme on Monday 12th March at 7.45 pm, price £5.  The following Saturday, 17th March, Pitshanger Pictures 1 will screen ‘Mr Popper's Penguins’ (PG) at 3 pm (tickets £4.50/£6 to include a drink and snack) and ’The Guard’ (15) at 7.30 pm (£8.50 including a drink and snack).   Full details can be found here.

The Duke of Kent is holding its first annual beer festival between Monday 26th March and Tuesday 10th April.  They’ll be serving quality cask conditioned ales from all over the country and aim to “support and promote beer through education and appreciation”.  They have a couple of linked food evenings: Thursday 29th March is Pie Night with a selection of “beautifully home cooked pies, sweet or savoury”.  Friday 30th March will be Steak Night, with classics such as rib eye, rump, sirloin and fillet, all cut and cooked to order by the ounce, and served alongside traditional sauces and side dishes.  Find out more here.

Pitshanger Traders’ Association Reformed

After more than a decade since the original traders’ association was dissolved, it’s been reformed under the chairmanship of John Martin with Belinda from Harrisons as treasurer and Fiona from Pitshanger Bookshop as secretary.  Initial projects include resisting any changes to the current ‘stop and shop’ arrangements and the development of a website to market the Lane and its shops.

Your committee recognises that the traders are a very important part of what makes our little part of London a bit special and is delighted to see the traders’ association back in business.  We look forward to working with them for our common good.