So, welcome to the first Around Ealing of the calendar year – Spring 2017 (but also the last edition of the financial year 2016/17). I hope your 2017 has got off to a good start so far. You can view interactive and PDF versions of the magazine below.
In West Ealing a ‘protection zone’ has just been backed in a survey (p16); there has been a call for the renewal of the Save our Hospitals campaign (p38-39); and there are more benefits changes to be aware of (p21).
If you are hoping to get on, or back on, to the career ladder, the WEST scheme and a Skills Escalator project (p12-13) and the council’s successful apprenticeships (p26-27) are offering a helping hand. Or, if you are a business searching for a way to boost profit margins and efficiency, ‘smart’ grants are well worth a look (p28-29).
Meanwhile, Pitzhanger Manor is undergoing a fascinating restoration (p24-25); and if you fancy getting out with your children this Easter, read about the new and refreshed playgrounds in the borough (p14), and the newly renamed and ever-improving Hanwell Zoo (p15) or book a party at Walpole Park’s nice new venue the Rickyard (p35).
That is not all we have in this edition. Council tax rates have been set again, and you can read why the council made its decisions for 2017/18 (p6-7), and the leader’s regular column (p5).
We also look at the community website Bubble, which is giving people the chance to do good things and get fit, too.