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Avoid parks this weekend

Warm weather and spring conditions are likely to be on their way in the coming days and weeks, and whilst it may seem tempting to head to your local park to enjoy the sunny conditions, local people are urged to follow the government rules on social distancing at all times. In fact, to help stop […]

Why we must stay at home – and stay apart – to stay safe

There is a lot of talk about social distancing at the moment and why it is important in beating the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic. Reducing social contact with other people inevitably reduces our contact with the virus. That is why the government is urging us all to stay at home. By social distancing, you are protecting […]

Fly-tip warning – and ideas for your extra waste

Residents are being reminded to dispose of waste responsibly and not fly-tip their rubbish following the closure of the borough’s reuse and recycling sites. The sites in Greenford and Acton are closed until further notice however, some residents are irresponsibly using the borough’s streets to fly-tip their waste instead. Fly-tip offenders risk prosecution. The fly-tipping […]

Give a safe helping hand

Ealing Council has issued guidance to residents and community groups on how to stay safe and well while volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic. The advice is available to download on Ealing Together. Across the borough, thousands of people are helping family members, friends and neighbours. And mutual aid groups have also self-organised and are playing […]

New guidance to ensure funerals are conducted safely

New guidance to ensure funerals are conducted safely has been published by Public Health England (PHE). This new guidance to ensure funerals are conducted safely has been developed in collaboration between PHE and faith leaders. The guidelines will protect mourners, communities, the funeral industry and the NHS from further transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) and are […]

Ealing Summer Festivals cancelled

Following government guidance on COVID-19, this year’s Ealing Summer Festivals have been cancelled. Ealing Council has also made the difficult decision to cancel any group events and other activities (such as group fitness training) that were scheduled to be held on local authority land within the borough between now and 31 July 2020. This follows […]

Sobering news, but community is rallying

This is the text version of what I said in my latest video above (posted 31 March 2020): If anyone is in any doubt about the seriousness of the COVID-19 crisis that we are in at the moment, two pieces of news over the last few days have sobered me and hit hard as to […]

Only ‘essential’ businesses can stay open in crisis

Following on from government advice surrounding the coronavirus emergency, it is important that all non-essential businesses and premises shut. Certain premises, supermarkets, corner shops, takeaways and food delivery facilities that sell food for consumption off and away from the premises, can remain open and operational subject to certain conditions. A full list of essential businesses […]

Support continues for domestic violence sufferers

 Ealing Council is continuing to offer full support, help and advice to any residents suffering domestic abuse.  With government instructions to stay at home it is clearly going to be a very difficult time for those facing abuse from people in the same household.  Councillor Joanna Camadoo-Rothwell, cabinet member for community safety and inclusion, said: […]

Thank you for ‘deeply inspiring’ response

In just five days, nearly 500 people have answered the call and stepped forward to help Ealing Together, prompting a big ‘thank you’. Ealing Together is a collaboration between local community groups, charities, mutual aid groups, Ealing Council, businesses and local networks of family and friends that want to help with the COVID19 response. Last […]

Urgent appeal for PPE safety gear

Ealing Council leader Julian Bell has today (Sunday, 29 March) made an urgent appeal for PPE equipment to help social care staff look after older and vulnerable residents.  Ealing, like other boroughs across the capital, have been pressing for vital PPE equipment to be delivered as the coronavirus infection rate increases.  The council leader has […]

NHS services to change in your local area

Health and social care staff across the borough are working flat-out to cope with the unprecedented health emergency of coronavirus. You can help by following NHS advice and using its services in the right way. These temporary changes will help to focus all our efforts and resources in the best way to tackle this outbreak. […]

How to stay inside, stay healthy and save lives

While children will find it unusual being at home and not at school; some residents who have to self-isolate may not always have access to digital ways to stay in touch, like the internet or video calls. But there are lots of ways to stay healthy – mentally and physically – during these strange times. […]

Thank you to the NHS – and to local volunteers

Last night (Thursday, 26 March) at 8pm the nation demonstrated its support to our fantastic NHS by applauding them in the streets, from balconies and on their doorsteps, to thank them. I would like to take this opportunity to add my thanks, and the thanks of all Ealing residents, to our local NHS heroes. I […]

Ealing businesses urged to act responsibly

Ealing businesses are being urged by the council to act responsibly as the borough responds to the unprecedented challenge posed by COVID-19. The government set out clear guidance that all non-essential premises should be closed and businesses which need to remain open should adhere to the guidelines for social-distancing and queue control. To ensure that […]

Staying safe from scams during virus crisis

Ealing Council is urging all residents to be aware of, and to take precautions against, possible fraud scams during the current coronavirus crisis. It is an unfortunate truth that fraudsters are taking advantage of the situation and are preying on unsuspecting residents. This includes attempting to access private accounts, offering coronavirus testing kits, and bogus […]

Rubbish and recycling collections during crisis

Ealing Council would like to remind residents that rubbish and recycling collections are continuing as normal at present. However, the borough’s reuse and recycling centres in Greenford and Acton are closed until further notice. Residents are being advised to safely store waste or recycling that they would usually take to the reuse and recycling centre […]

Parking and driving during the current emergency

Health staff and other key workers can park for free in council car parks and in on-street bays during the current coronavirus emergency period. It is one of the measures aimed at helping critical workers such as NHS staff, carers and the emergency services travel in the borough. Coronavirus is having a significant impact on […]

Ealing Together launched

Ealing’s community is its greatest strength and across the borough, people are standing together to help our most vulnerable residents. Ealing Council has joined forces with charities, local groups, businesses and concerned residents to rapidly respond to the COVID-19 crisis and launch a new coalition called Ealing Together. Ealing Together is designed to support the […]

Emergency fund worth £1.5 million for local services

Ealing Council has announced the creation of a £1.5m COVID-19 Emergency Fund to aid essential community services across the borough. It will provide support for organisations, providers and individuals where financial support is needed as a result of the unprecedented challenges created by Coronavirus (COVID-19). Grant funding will be for: Food assistance – the council, […]

Change behaviour or lives will be put at risk

As you may have read by now, the council has put restrictions on facilities in our parks, from playgrounds to tennis courts, to help limit the spread of coronavirus. As I say in the video above, I am asking people, pleading with people to stay at home. There really is no need to go outside […]

Park restrictions to help stop spread of coronavirus

Play areas, playgrounds, outdoor gyms, tennis courts, skate parks and other park facilities in the borough will be closed to help limit the spread of coronavirus. The public are also being told not to gather in groups in the borough’s parks and open spaces and to follow the public health advice to keep at least […]

More action needed to stop corona-crisis causing homelessness

Ealing Council has welcomed the government’s commitment to suspend evictions but warns that additional measures must be swiftly implemented to tackle housing insecurity during the coronavirus emergency. On Wednesday (18 March) the government announced that no renter in social or private accommodation will be forced out of their home for at least a three-month period. […]

Ealing together through covid-19 crisis

“Ealing’s community is its greatest strength. Across the borough people are stepping up to stand together with the most vulnerable in this time of crisis. Thank you to everyone who has pledged support whether donating to the food bank or offering help collecting shopping, ” writes Councillor Peter Mason, Ealing Council’s cabinet lead for housing, […]

Ealing schools take action to support key workers

Ealing’s schools and children’s centres are preparing to open their doors for children of key workers and other eligible children across the borough from Monday (23 March) in response to the coronavirus emergency. Schools, in general, will close across the UK after today (Friday). However, educators have agreed to provide support children and young people […]

Social distancing: What we should all be doing

The following is the government’s latest guidance on social distancing measures we should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). It is intended for anyone living in their own homes. If you live in a residential care home, guidance is available from the government. […]

Coronavirus: Help flatten the curve and slow it down

Everyone is being asked to play their part in ‘flattening the curve’ of the spread of coronavirus. By slowing the infection rate of COVID-19, we can avoid the ‘peak’ of infection from becoming too huge and overwhelming our emergency services. It could save lives. Slowing down coronavirus can help protect those who may be most […]

Closures of council services as part of coronavirus response

As part of measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the government has announced that from Friday (20 March 2020) UK schools will close until further notice. There will be spaces made available for the children of key workers and other eligible children to remain in school. Ealing Council has also announced temporary closure […]

COVID-19: This will be a testing time

Following recent developments, we will all have very real concerns and worries about the potential impact of COVID-19 on our families and our community, writes council leader Julian Bell. Ealing Council is working closely with government, our local partners, like voluntary groups and the NHS, and with business groups on our response to this fast-moving […]