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Local lockdowns: What is the situation in Ealing?

With further local lockdowns being implemented across the country, I wanted to tell you what the current situation is in Ealing, with new COVID-19 cases in the seven days between 27 July and 2 August, says council leader Julian Bell in his latest video update (above). We’ve had 28 new cases in that week. That’s […]

Leisure facilities in the borough to reopen

Leisure facilities across the borough are set to reopen on a phased basis following further relaxing of the government’s COVID-19 restrictions. Under plans confirmed this week, Ealing Council is providing financial support to its leisure operator to allow Acton, Northolt and Dormers Wells leisure centres,  Southall Sports Centre and Brent Valley Golf Course gym to […]

Help honour our COVID community heroes

Ealing Council is today (Friday, 31 July) launching its Ealing Together Honours scheme. The scheme will recognise, celebrate and honour local community heroes who made a difference during the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents are asked to help spread the word and to let us know about anyone who they think should be recognised. People have until […]

Eat out to help out in Ealing

This August, residents can support local businesses while enjoying up to 50% off their food bill at participating restaurants, pubs and cafes in the borough that have registered as part of the government’s ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme. Under the scheme diners can get 50% off food and non-alcoholic drinks up to a total […]

More help available for small businesses in Ealing

Market traders, businesses working in shared workspaces, and those in the creative, arts, and digital sectors are among the types of organisations who can apply for grants of up to £10,000 as part of Ealing’s second round of discretionary grant funding. For the second round of funding, businesses will need to have a minimum annual […]

Smart moves for better travel in the new normal

With social distancing rules still in place, it is vital people find alternatives to cramming on to public transport, wherever possible, to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and support the NHS. And jumping into your car instead is not always the right answer. Here, we look at ways it is being made easier to travel […]

Better choices for our health – and environment

As the country moves out of lockdown, it is critical our recovery is a positive, ‘green’ recovery. That means better choices for our health and wellbeing and for our environment. As you can read in this new article (and in the July-August edition of Around Ealing magazine), it means more ‘active travel’ – or, in […]

Our first low traffic neighbourhood

As you can see in the video above, I visited Adrienne Avenue, in Northolt in Greenford Broadway ward, my ward that I represent. And, behind me, you will see the very first, low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) that we’ve put in. And I will come back to that in a minute, but, first of all, let […]

Low traffic neighbourhoods up and running

The first low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) are being introduced in locations across the borough and residents are encouraged to have their say on their progress in real time. Made up of a cluster of residential streets and closed at certain points to some vehicles, LTNs are designed to discourage and minimise traffic such as buses, […]

Breathing space in a crisis

Janet Fletcher (above), the manager of Ealing Foodbank, sees people in crisis every day and these numbers have more than doubled since lockdown began in March. “Since COVID-19, we have seen a lot of new faces, many of whom were on zero hours contracts, and who haven’t been furloughed or whose companies have closed,” said […]

Face coverings needed in shops

From Friday (24 July) people are required to wear a face covering in supermarkets and shops, in addition to when traveling on public transport. Those who don’t follow the new rules will face a fine of up to £100.   As with traveling on public transport, children under 11 and those with certain disabilities will […]

Red Lion roars back: ‘The best thing I’ve done’

The coronavirus emergency meant that pubs, cafes and restaurants had to close their doors for 14 weeks and they were restricted to takeaway or delivery services until 4 July. However, the Red Lion pub found a way to thrive during the lockdown. With the high streets back open for business, we spoke to several businesses […]

Get ready to wear face coverings

This week, in the seven days up until the 12th July, we have had five COVID-19 cases in Ealing. That is 3.2 [new] cases per 100,000 of our population. Really low, and no chance of a local lockdown. Leicester had 135-140 cases per 100,000 population when they went into a local lockdown. So, we need […]

Virtual Acton Carnival 2020

Acton Carnival was streamed live on Facebook on Saturday (11 July), to audiences of more than 10,000, with even more visitors reliving the event via the link: www.facebook.com/actoncarnival Because of the coronavirus emergency, Ealing Summer Festivals was cancelled – which Acton Carnival is traditionally part of. Unprecedented times called for an innovative response which was […]

Ealing Council agrees strict spend controls to help ease COVID pressures

Ealing Council’s cabinet has agreed to introduce strict and wide-ranging controls on spending as it seeks to balance its budget in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The council is currently facing a budget gap of £39million arising from its work to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the borough. Before the lockdown it was […]

‘Ealing is back’ as Artisan serves coffee again

Edwin Harrison and his wife Magda opened up Artisan coffee shop in Ealing Broadway six years ago. It reopened in late May and Edwin was relieved to find the demand was still there for top quality take-away coffee. However, he described the last few difficult months of lockdown as being a ‘rollercoaster’ as the couple […]

Producing the goods at Reineta despite lockdown

“We are a young business, just one year old, and it has been challenging. We have been trying to find new ways to survive but we have done little things which seem to be working,” said Miguel Morales, founder of Reineta. It is a café and a grocery store selling fresh, organic produce – and […]

Coronavirus cases low here but we must be careful

As I say in my latest video (above), coronavirus cases in Ealing this week remain very low – up to 6 July there were 10 new cases, that’s a rate of 2.9 cases per 100,000 of the population. That’s really, really low, meaning there is no prospect of a local lockdown, given those figures. However, […]

Support for adopters and special guardians

The government has recently announced extra funding support to help adopted children and those subject to special guardianship orders as a result of the lockdown. And now a video shows adopters and guardians how to access this funding. To help adopters and special guardians, Adopt London has produced a short animated film showing them how to […]

Unequal impact of COVID-19 on BAME

A government study has found coronavirus is having an unequal impact on parts of the community. It reported that black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities are being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and have a higher risk of serious illness and death. Among the factors thought to be contributing to the unequal impact on BAME […]

Government urged to grant refugee status to ‘no recourse to public funds’ rough sleepers

Ealing Council, the charity Hope for Southall Street Homeless and other local voluntary, charitable, community and faith-based organisations have called on the government to offer refugee status to rough sleepers who have no recourse to public funds, to help them get their lives back on track and access the help they need. Since the start […]

Town hall lit up blue to mark 72nd birthday of NHS

Ealing Town Hall has been lit blue every Thursday evening in support of the NHS during lockdown.  For the final time the Town Hall will be lit up as part of the #LightItBlue campaign, inspired by the NHS Clap for our Carers, marking the 72nd birthday of the NHS. From Thursday (2 July) through to […]

Test and Trace – Keep Ealing Safe

The NHS Test and Trace programme aims to contain the spread of coronavirus. We all need to play our part. Anyone with a fever, a continuous cough, or loss of smell or taste should immediately self-isolate for seven days and arrange to get a coronavirus test. It is important to get tested as close as […]

Remain vigilant as rules are relaxed and places reopen

From Saturday (4 July), more businesses such as pubs, restaurants, and hairdressers will be able to reopen, providing they keep to COVID-19 secure guidelines. The changes follow the government’s recent announcement to ease the rules in England to enable people to see more of their friends and family and allow more businesses to reopen. The […]

Outdoor gyms and playgrounds to reopen

Playgrounds, outdoor gyms and other games equipment in the borough’s parks are set to reopen from Saturday morning (4 July), following further easing of the government COVID-19 restrictions. In the coming weeks, Ealing Council will be increasing its signage to help advise on social distancing rules, and anyone planning a visit is urged to carefully […]

Ealing Council calls on Robert Jenrick MP: “Pay your bill”

“At the start of the pandemic, Ealing Council was told by Government that we would have the resources we needed to do the job. Since then, councils have led the way and worked around the clock to protect local communities. Now, we need to be paid for the work done or the people of Ealing […]

Supporting people with learning disabilities

A recent survey by Ealing Mencap showed 55% of people with learning and other disabilities were ‘extremely’ or ‘very worried’ about not being able to see their friends again. Before the lockdown, on a daily basis Ealing Mencap would enable 86 people to take part in supported internships, social inclusion group activities, travel training, after-school […]

Ongoing legacy of the Windrush generation

In my latest video (above) I went to the Windrush Garden in Walpole Park. It seemed particularly pertinent to do so and, this year, not just to mark Windrush Day. Solidarity with the Black Lives Matter campaign continues with the latest expression being shown on Wednesday night, when the Premier League kicked-off after the coronavirus […]

Pledged to support refugees

In 2016, Ealing Council pledged to support the UK government efforts to resettle 20,000 vulnerable Syrian refugees and 3,000 children fleeing other conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa region. Since then, the refugee resettlement team, a small but dedicated team, has been co-ordinating the arrival of some of these vulnerable refugees. The team […]

Council tax payments to restart for thousands

Residents who applied for Ealing’s three-month council tax payment holiday are required to start making payments again in July. Self-employed residents can benefit from an extra three months postponement and can defer their next payment until October. Advice and help with council tax and, other bills, is available to residents who are experiencing financial hardship. […]

Charity starts at home – for more than five centuries

A local 500-year-old charity has been playing a crucial role in helping the most vulnerable people in Hanwell during the coronavirus crisis, as part of the Ealing Together coalition. The Charity of William Hobbayne was founded in 1484 by a yeoman of the same name. Its purpose has always been to support people in the […]

Ealing is open for business

Since Monday (15 June), non-essential shops have been allowed to open again. This means that clothing, homeware and mobile phone stores are among the businesses that are resuming trade on Ealing’s high streets. Retailers will need to take extra steps to ensure that they maintain the safety of their staff and customers. This may include […]

Grant funding for small businesses opens this week

From Thursday, 18 June, small businesses in Ealing will be able to apply for grants of up to £10,000 as part of the government’s local authority discretionary grants scheme. The fund aims to aid small businesses which fell outside the scope of previous business grant schemes or who pay their business rates indirectly as part […]

Time to review our public realm to reflect diversity

So, following the Black Lives Matter protests that we’ve seen over the last week or so, and the mayor’s decision to hold a review of all the public realm in London, we’re also going to do that in Ealing. It is really important that we reflect in our public realm our modern, diverse community. And […]

Making caring more visible

Every year Carers Week is an opportunity to celebrate those caring for the most vulnerable in our community, and the theme this year is ‘Making Caring Visible’. This year carers week is very different, with many carers increasingly taking on care of their loved ones as a result of the lockdown, making recognising the contribution […]

Safely back to school

Schools across the borough have been welcoming children back to school over the last couple of weeks. The majority of schools in Ealing remained open for children of key workers and vulnerable children throughout the lockdown period.  But with restrictions easing, primary schools have been welcoming back children in reception, year 1 and year 6. […]

Shopping safely when out and about as stores reopen

As high streets and shops begin to reopen from Monday (15 June), residents are being reminded to continue to ‘stay alert to stay safe’ while shopping. From Monday, some businesses in Ealing will be allowed to start reopening. These include clothing stores, charity shops and bank branches, which can reopen if government COVID-19 safety and […]

Around Ealing magazine – coronavirus #3 (June 2020)

This special edition of Around Ealing is the third mini-issue related to the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on local services and local people. You can view it in interactive and PDF formats below. In his introduction, the leader of the council Julian Bell wrote: “Regardless of what might have happened in certain incidents involving […]

Protecting consumers and safeguarding businesses

Ealing Council’s trading standards team is working hard to protect consumers and safeguard businesses during the current COVID-19 crisis. Since the beginning of the pandemic, substandard and falsely labelled PPE products have been seized, including 550,000 face masks and 5,000 bottles of dodgy hand sanitiser. More than 2,300 hand sanitisers were seized from a business […]

Lockdown music leads to release

Youngsters in Acton have found a way to remain upbeat during  lockdown by focusing on music production. And they are planning to release an EP later this month.  Bollo Brook Youth Centre has been keeping very busy since lockdown was called in March. Earlier this year we reported how the centre was working with the local community to deliver food parcels to vulnerable residents, but that is not all […]

Taking positive steps to being active

Although social distancing is a critical part of life now, and some sports are off-limits for the time being, there are still plenty of ways to get exercise and keep active. And these can become part of your everyday routine. Keeping active reduces your risk of suffering many of the more serious health conditions; and […]

More safer cycling plans for Ealing

New, safer cycling measures for the borough have been announced by Ealing Council. This includes the introduction of segregated cycle lines in locations in Acton and Southall from this week (Monday 1 June 2020). The new segregated cycle lanes are designed to run alongside the main lanes for general traffic and are separated by cycle […]

Parking update for the borough

A parking update has been issued by Ealing Council, now that the UK has begun easing out of lockdown, some of the borough’s normal parking arrangements are being resumed. Parking enforcement Normal parking enforcement has resumed across all parts of the borough, though there will continue to be extra focus on areas around hospitals and […]

Wider pavements for shoppers

From Monday, 8 June, King Street in Southall partially became one-way (southbound). This allows for wider pavements in the area, to help residents keep their distance when high streets begin to reopen on the 15 June. The works are part of a list of measures that the council is undertaking to support businesses across the […]

Money worries

Residents suffering financially because of COVID-19 are being urged not to struggle alone and to instead seek help with managing their money at an early stage. A new section on the council’s website has been launched to help local people experiencing financial hardship. There you can find support information on a range of government and […]

The school run could be better walking or wheeling

The school run is could provide a perfect opportunity for children to learn about their local area, develop wider social networks and gain independence. What’s more social distancing rules still in place, it is vital people find alternatives to public transport wherever possible to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and support the NHS. Nationally, the […]

Job help ‘changed everything’

“Everything turned around for me,” Mohamed told us after the help he received from the council in finding a job. And, you can get help too if you are struggling with employment because of the coronavirus crisis. Despite the pandemic, the future is looking bright for Northolt resident, Mohamed Abduranman. After losing his job in […]

Help Trailfinders to raise a day’s worth of food for Ealing Foodbank

“The last few months have seen many people take a huge financial hit, many of whom were just about managing before. COVID-19 has tipped them over the edge and it can happen to anyone,” says Janet Fletcher, the manager of Ealing Foodbank. And now, one of Ealing’s most well-known sports clubs, Ealing Trailfinders, is running […]

Making it easier and safer to cycle and walk

If you view my latest video update above, I’m on the Uxbridge Road in Acton near Acton Park and you can see behind me some plastic wands that we’ve put in place to create a temporary cycle lane, that’s segregated from the rest of the traffic to make it safer for cyclists. And this is […]

Getting businesses fit for funding

Help is at hand for small businesses in Ealing affected by COVID-19 with two new Ealing Council financial support webinars. These practical ‘how-to’ events, organised by Ealing Council, the borough’s Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and Branduin Business Support Ltd (which ran previously successful schemes with the council), will help guide businesses step by step through […]

Preparations start to open high streets safely

Following the government’s announcement that non-essential shops can potentially reopen from 15 June, Ealing Council is working to ensure that measures are in place to make Ealing’s high streets safe for residents. Residents continue to be encouraged to stay at home and avoid unnecessary outings and trips to their local high street. However, from the […]

Don’t make your noise a nuisance

With the warm weather and lifting of restrictions many will want to use this opportunity to meet with their families and friends and this could lead to happy but boisterous noise. Changes to advice From 1st June 2020 the government announced easing COVID-19 restrictions to allow for groups of up to six people to meet […]

The heart of Southall

The community in Southall has come together to help its most vulnerable to access food and support during COVID-19. The Young Adult Centre has been temporarily transformed into a food distribution hub. Since the project began on Monday, 20 April hundreds of food parcels have been distributed to local families in need. The hub is […]

NHS Test and Trace

The lockdown restrictions have started to be eased and the government has introduced a new NHS Test and Trace system. Launched on Wednesday 27 May, the new system means that someone who tests positive for coronavirus will be asked to identify who they have been in contact with. Get tested It is very important that […]

Online council meetings help transparency and scrutiny

Despite the restrictions imposed by COVID-19 and the continuing need for social distancing, Ealing Council is committed to ensuring that its business continues to be open and transparent. This includes holding online council meetings to allow members of the public to be involved. The council is using Microsoft Teams Live Events to hold virtual committee […]

Lockdown eased but we must avoid second wave

So, the Prime Minister has made a further announcement about the rules and the release from lockdown and now people can gather in public, and private, open spaces in groups of up to six. So, that’s people also not from your own household. You can be in groups of six but only on the condition […]

Help keep our parks safe and litter free

Residents are urged to keep the borough’s parks litter free following the further easing of some lockdown restrictions by the government.  People may now exercise outdoors as much as they wish and enjoy local parks and green spaces and may meet with one other person from a different household outside while maintaining social distancing.  From […]

Exercise options, inside and out

The current COVID-19 situation has meant restrictions are in place which may seem to limit our exercise options. But with all the uncertainty of the last few months, one thing that has remained constant is our ability to exercise, whether inside at home or outside. Many have made use of Ealing’s parks and green spaces, […]

Looking after your teeth

During the lockdown, all routine face-to-face dental services were suspended because of the COVID-19 emergency. And, although dentists may be able to reopen in June, it is currently unclear if a full service will be available immediately. But looking after your teeth is still very important, so what help is available? Registered with a dentist […]

Thank you for social distancing this bank holiday

I hope everyone enjoyed the nice sunny bank holiday weekend and a big thank you to everyone who stayed at home. A big thank you to those who were celebrating Eid at the end of Ramadan for staying at home; very much appreciated. Also, thank you for following social distancing rules. We’re asked to stay […]

Helping Hanwell Zoo during the lockdown

The coronavirus lockdown has closed all kinds of popular venues. In a bid to help it meet its running costs, one of the borough’s most cherished community projects has reached out to residents. Nestled behind the Wharncliffe Viaduct lies Hanwell Zoo. It grew naturally out of the animal centre that stood there for decades before […]

Safely celebrating Eid Al-Fitr 2020

Muslims in Ealing and across the world will be safely celebrating Eid Al-Fitr, the celebration at the end of Ramadan, on Sunday (24 May), subject to the sighting of the new moon. Though Eid is traditionally observed with congregational prayers in mosques and parks, and parties where family and friends gather, Eid in lockdown will […]

Urgent PPE scheme grows as care homes helped

A local care home manager has spoken of the ‘devastation’ caused by coronavirus and thanked a scheme providing it with urgent personal protective equipment (PPE) for its staff. Thousands of people living in care homes across the country have died as a result of COVID-19 during the crisis, with concerns being raised over a shortage […]

Support for private renters and landlords during the COVID-19 pandemic

Many of the rules affecting private renters have been temporarily changed as part of the response to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency. During this time, Ealing Council is working hard to ensure that local landlords and tenants understand the new protections. The measures include the suspension of evictions from private rented accommodation in place until at […]

Climate emergency – carbon neutral by 2030

Ealing Council has progressed its efforts to meet the climate emergency by taking further steps to become more environmentally-friendly. In April 2019, a meeting of Full Council declared a climate emergency and pledged to make the borough carbon neutral by 2030, and yesterday (Tuesday, 19 May) the engagement plan and timeline for its adoption were […]

Statement on schools reopening in Ealing

I have issued a statement on schools reopening, writes council leader Julian Bell. Leader of the council, Councillor Julian Bell, said: “Keeping everyone safe throughout this pandemic remains the council’s top priority.  The prime minister announced that from 1 June some year groups will be able to return to school – they include nursery, reception, […]

Help is at hand

Ealing Together is all about the local community coming together to support those who need it. And there are lots of different ways for residents to ask for help if they are self-isolating and alone. Some people with specific medical conditions have been told to shield by the NHS. They will have received a letter, […]

We can come through this crisis if we work together

Over the weekend I went out on my bike for my exercise and cycled around the borough, went through all of our main town centres and also visited some of our parks as well. And I have to say I was impressed by what I saw. The vast majority of people were all following the […]

Free parking for key workers, enforcement for others

Currently almost 2,000 key workers who have registered their vehicles for the parking suspension scheme are receiving free parking. In recognition of the current lockdown situation, parking charge notices (PCNs) have only been issued when the parking has significantly impacted on access for emergency vehicles or is dangerously parked. However, from Monday (18 May), parking […]

Check your speed in lockdown

Local drivers in Ealing are urged to check their speed when travelling on local roads, which may seem less busy due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. The Met Police has seen a significant increase in cases of excess speeding across London during the lockdown because there are fewer cars on the road. In fact, in a […]

Staying in the UK for EU citizens

For EU citizens living in the borough and planning to stay in Ealing when the UK exits the European Union, being unable to get help to make an application to stay during the current COVID-19 crisis may be causing them unnecessary stress. The government extended the funding to organisations providing support to those seeking EU […]

Around Ealing magazine – coronavirus #2 (May 2020)

This special edition of Around Ealing is the second mini-issue entirely related to the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on local services and local people. You can view it in interactive and PDF formats below. In his introduction, the leader of the council Julian Bell wrote: “The lockdown continues, until it is safe to relax restrictions […]

‘We’ve lost far too many to this deadly virus’

In the last few days we’ve learned the name of the high school teacher who sadly passed away due to the COVID-19 virus. His name was Dr Douval Thompson-Davis. He was a science teacher for the last 12 years at Greenford High School. On behalf of everyone in Ealing, I’d like to pass on our […]

Only use reuse and recycling depots if you have to

Residents are being encouraged to make only essential trips to the borough’s reuse and recycling centres once they reopen on Monday (18 May) with social distancing measures in place. The borough’s reuse and recycling centres have been closed during the lockdown but rubbish and recycling collections have been continuing as normal to help stop the […]

Online safety for kids in lockdown

With children spending more time at home and online during the coronavirus lockdown, there is a concern they are more exposed to the threat of online abuse – especially if parents and carers are busy working and unable to watch everything they are doing. Councillor Yvonne Johnson, Ealing Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for […]

Stuff to do #6: Art, online learning and singing classes

Welcome to what will be our final full Stuff To Do of this series. In it, there is the usual mix of creative and educational ideas to keep you occupied indoors. Find out about some art going on in Acton, learning activities for the very littlest ones in the family and an evocative video that […]

Greenford Hall temporarily transformed into new food hub

Greenford Hall, one of the borough’s most recognisable buildings, has been temporarily transformed into a food distribution hub. The move is part of the council’s Ealing Together COVID-19 response. Volunteers from The Grove Community, a local group working out of the Gurnell Grove estate, are working with The Felix Project to operate the hub. Other […]

The pandemic lockdown is still in place

There is still a long way to go in the COVID-19 pandemic, and the government’s announcement of a strategy to bring the UK out of lockdown does not mean life has now returned to normal. That is the message from Ealing Council, which is taking a cautious approach to reopening its services that puts the […]

Lockdown is not over. We must take care

Over the weekend we heard the very sad news that one of our Ealing bus drivers, Ranjith Chandrapala, had passed away on 3 May due to COVID-19. Ranjith drove the 92 bus from Ealing Hospital to IKEA in Brent and was very proud and determined to continue doing so during this crisis. He has now, […]

Wildlife from your window

Restrictions on many parts of daily life are continuing as we look to reduce the spread of COVID-19. It is vital that we all stick to the government rules – but at one of the most interesting and uplifting times of the year for nature, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy wildlife, even […]

More space for walking and cycling

Many of us have used lockdown as an opportunity to enjoy the cleaner air that much less traffic has provided and improve our health through exercise, particularly walking, jogging and cycling. As lockdown restrictions are eased one of the things that will remain different for some time is travelling.  With use of public transport restricted […]

More than £200,000 in grants paid out so far to support local groups with COVID-19 work

Ealing Council has awarded more than £200,000 in fixed grants to local charities and groups since late March as part of its work to support the community response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The council is still welcoming applications and groups are invited to get in touch with their proposals. The money is part of the […]

Looking ahead, let’s not lose gains from the lockdown

We’re now in the seventh week of lockdown and it has been an incredibly tough and difficult journey for everyone. So, I just want to put on record my thanks to everybody who followed the rules and stayed at home. There is no doubt that we have saved lives by doing that and also we’ve […]

Rising to challenge of fostering during crisis

As Foster Care Fortnight approaches, Ealing Council welcomes on board a newly approved foster carer who has already taken on her first fostering placements during the COVID-19 crisis. Foster Care Fortnight is an annual campaign to raise awareness of the transformational power of fostering and to celebrate the fostering community. It will take place between […]

Sad news as more frontline workers pass away

Yesterday we heard the very sad news that another care worker had passed away, a manager of one of the care providers that operates in the borough. And today we have heard the sad news that one of our high school teachers has passed away due to Coronavirus. On behalf of everyone, I would like […]

Clean streets and collections during COVID-19

Local people are being encouraged to do their bit to minimise household waste during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Rubbish and recycling collections are continuing as normal at present to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The borough’s reuse and recycling centres in Greenford and Acton have been closed during the lockdown, because trips to the […]

Coping with bereavement and grief

Coping with grief after the death of a loved one, friend or colleague is an incredibly sad experience at any time, but it is even more challenging during the current circumstances. Those who experience loss as a consequence of COVID-19, or loss through another cause may experience increased trauma, and may feel and be cut […]

How to celebrate VE Day safely

Residents of Ealing are being encouraged to get involved in the national celebrations for VE Day 75 on Friday (8 May), with a range of events and activities you can do safely without leaving home. You can share what you do at home with the rest of the borough. Victory in Europe (VE) Day will […]

Top of the class for Ealing’s schools

Ealing schools were quick to respond to the outbreak of coronavirus and the lockdown that came into place. The majority of Ealing’s 85 schools have remained open so that children of key workers and other eligible children could continue to attend. They have cared for more than 700 children, allowing parents and carers to carry […]

Funding provides a lifeline for local business

“We now have a plan,” one local business owner told us after it was given vital funding to help it cope with the COVID-19 emergency. While the coronavirus pandemic has affected us all in some way, for businesses the impact may be felt long after the lockdown has been lifted and the economic recovery begins […]

Volunteers needed for Ealing Advice Service

COVID-19 is a huge health crisis. It is also having a significant financial and social impact; one that will be felt long after the lockdown lifts. Trusted advice and help will be more important than ever as the full effects of COVID-19 are felt, and this is where the Ealing Advice Service (EAS) comes in. […]

Sad news as care worker dies

We’ve just had the very sad news that the first care worker in Ealing has passed away – somebody who worked in one of our care homes. And I’d like to pass on my sincerest condolences to the family, work colleagues and friends of this care worker. My heart goes out to them. And, also […]

Stuff to do #5: Hootie online, sports awards and music

We hope you have been finding our tips on stuff to do at home useful during these unusual times. In this latest instalment we bring you news about this year’s Hanwell Hootie, the very last call for nominations for the Ealing Sports Awards, some new free online exercise classes and music lessons. Thanks to those […]

Online help at hand

The Ealing Together website has expanded with the addition of a new online directory of local services designed to help people who are isolating at home during COVID-19. Ealing Together is a coalition of community groups, charities, businesses and Ealing Council who have come together to respond to the needs of vulnerable and isolating residents. […]

Another first for Ealing

Ealing Council takes first place amongst local authorities in the country in ensuring local businesses get the critical funding released by the government. The details come as the latest business rates league table was released Monday, 27 April, by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Ealing Council had been announced as first […]

More time to have a say on planning applications

As a result of the current government restrictions because of COVID-19, Ealing residents and businesses now have more time to have their say on planning applications. The consultation period for all major and most residential and small scheme planning applications has doubled from the statutory three weeks (21 days) to six weeks (42 days). Allowing […]

Remembering workers who have given everything

Like many of you, I stopped what I was doing this morning (Tuesday, 28 April) and joined the nation in a minute’s silence to remember all of those NHS, care and key workers who have tragically lost their lives to coronavirus. It was a poignant moment to reflect on those who have lost their lives […]

Taxicard to help disabled get food and medicine

To help disabled or visually impaired people get through the coronavirus emergency, they will be able to use the London Taxicard scheme to have essential shopping or medication collected on their behalf. The London Taxicard scheme provides subsidised door-to-door journeys in licensed taxis, black cabs and other private hire vehicles for residents who have serious […]

Half a million substandard face masks taken off the market

More than half a million substandard face masks and thousands of bottles of illegal hand sanitiser have been taken off the market by Ealing Council to protect residents from ineffective and unsafe products. Acting on information passed on to them, the council’s trading standards team carried out inspections of importers based in Southall last week […]

You can still claim Child Benefit despite crisis

Parents of newborn babies can still claim Child Benefit despite the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the restrictions surrounding it. Under the national social distancing rules, Ealing Council’s register office is currently closed. However, to make sure parents do not miss out on support, they can still claim benefit without having to register their child’s birth […]

Welfare checks start on shielding residents

Shielding residents in Ealing who the council has not been able to reach by phone or letter, will receive a doorstep welfare check, starting this week. The welfare checks will be carried out by the council’s Ealing Together partner, Ealing Community Transport (ECT). They will visit shielding residents in their ECT uniform, driving a green […]

Stuff to do #4: Win movie on our place in rock history

In the fourth of our series of stuff to do at home during the lockdown, we have three copies of a film that tells the amazing tale of how 1960s Ealing earned the label ‘the cradle of British rock music’. And, as we promised, we are giving them all away in a competition. As well […]

Stay home and save lives this weekend

It is promising to be another sunny weekend in Ealing, but local people are urged to continue to stay home and save lives as the borough works to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Ealing Council is once again asking residents to avoid local parks, green spaces and nature reserves unless absolutely necessary, and to practice […]

Good neighbours can be lifesavers for abuse victims

With so many residents having to remain at home for most of the time in this current climate, it is more important than ever that we look after one another where we can. Ealing Council would like to assure any residents suffering domestic abuse, there continues to be a solution, despite the coronavirus restrictions. The […]

Take part in the council’s business survey

Local businesses are being encouraged to complete Ealing Council’s business survey about the impact of COVID-19 on their livelihoods.  The survey is being undertaken in partnership with the council and Business Improvement Districts (BID) in the borough – Acton, Make It Ealing and InWest Ealing BIDs. The responses from businesses will help the council and […]

Ealing Council calls for greater support for businesses

Ealing Council is calling on the government to provide greater support to London businesses during the COVID-19 economic crisis. In a letter sent Wednesday, 22 April, Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council and Councillor Jasbir Anand, cabinet member for business and community services, called on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to extend the package of […]

An exercise in doing good

Ealing’s local GoodGym volunteers have been running, walking and cycling to carry out good deeds for local isolated and vulnerable people during COVID-19. And now the group is looking for more people to join their ranks and take part in helping the community while staying active. Its easy to sign up. Just go to GoodGym […]

The teams behind the vital food parcels

As you can see in my latest video message (above), I paid a visit to Greenford depot food hub where we are collating, in a great effort, all of the food supplies that are then made up into parcels to send out to the most vulnerable residents who are shielding from this terrible virus during […]

Time to be good neighbours

With everyone social distancing and being home for the majority of the day, it is time to think of others and be thoughtful, good neighbours. “While you may be keeping yourself busy with a bit of gardening or DIY, joining in the latest online workout, or playing a high-spirited game with the children, it is […]

Taking extra care of shielding residents

To date, Ealing Council has spoken to nearly 6,000 residents who are on the NHS shielding list for COVID-19. New calls are taking place all the time as the contact list is updated by government,  however, there is a group of around 800 people who they have not been able to reach, despite trying multiple […]

Getting PPE to our frontline care workers

You can watch my video above from when I visited the Greenford depot hub where we are receiving and distributing all the PPE that we’ve been getting for our fantastic frontline care workers You’ll know that there have been headlines nationally because of a shortage of PPE and our health workers and our care workers […]

Is your child unwell? How to check other symptoms

With all the health advice currently focusing on COVID-19 symptoms and treatment, it is easy to forget there are other symptoms to be aware of that may indicate your child is unwell and you should seek medical advice. While it is extremely important to follow government advice to stay at home and follow social distancing […]

Ealing businesses first to receive vital funding

Ealing Council tops the league for getting vital funding out to local businesses during the coronavirus crisis. According to a league table released yesterday, Monday, 20 April, by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Ealing Council has issued the most business rate grants in London and is 6th nationally to issue the […]

Stuff to do #3: Courses, classes, art and more

Continuing our series on stuff to do at home, this latest instalment brings you some new recommendations for websites to develop your learning and creativity. There’s some classic cinema from our borough’s world-famous Ealing Studios too. Learn something new at home Ealing’s adult learning team has a fantastic selection of courses for residents to take […]

Running for the NHS – and other ways to say thanks

My latest video update is above. Like many of you, I went out on to my doorstep last night (Thursday, 16 April) and, again, thanked our NHS, care and key workers for all the brilliant things that they’ve been doing to help us during this COVID-19 crisis. As Ealing Council, we lit up the town […]

Financial help is available for struggling residents

Residents are being reminded of the financial support that is available to those who have been hit financially during the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to the financial packages announced by the government, the council created a £1.5million COVID-19 Emergency Fund to provide additional support to those who have been impacted by the current unprecedented challenges. […]

Fly-tipping – there is no excuse

There is no excuse for fly-tipping in Ealing at any time. But it is more important than ever to dispose of waste responsibly and not fly-tip rubbish during the COVID-19 pandemic, while the borough’s reuse and recycling sites remain closed. Ealing Council is also aware of a small number of irresponsible individuals dumping used gloves, […]

Proud to Care – local people needed for care jobs

A new, London-wide recruitment drive for jobs in the care sector, called Proud to Care London, started this week. And Ealing Council is proud to be part of it. This new jobs website for the care sector has been set up to link people up with crucial roles to help the capital tackle the effects […]

Cycling safely during the COVID-19 crisis

During this challenging time, it is important to keep active in line with the government’s social distancing advice. And you are allowed to exercise outdoors once a day. Cycling has a number of proven health benefits helping you to keep fit and have fun – as well as being good for the environment by helping […]

A Lifeline for local people with learning disabilities

Ealing Mencap has been supporting local people with learning disabilities for half a century. And during the COVID19 lockdown their work has never been more important. They have now launched a new telephone and email service, called Lifeline, for those people in our community who need some extra help. The Lifeline service isn’t just for […]

Thank you to everyone who is staying at home

I hope that you had a good Easter weekend. You’re staying at home in large numbers and I wanted to put on record my thanks to everybody who stayed at home. I know in the circumstances it was very unusual, and not a normal Easter as we know it. The weather perhaps wasn’t a normal […]

Ealing Together volunteering restarts

Ealing residents are once again invited to volunteer for the Ealing Together team. Around 500 people have already stepped up to help in the local COVID19 effort. Volunteer recruitment was paused a couple of weeks ago as Ealing Together looked to match the volunteering opportunities available with the people who had stepped forwards. When the […]

Financial aid starting to reach businesses

Local businesses struggling because of the coronavirus lockdown rules have started to receive some of the financial aid they so desperately need. The aid is arriving in the form of a small business rates grant and is being paid by Ealing Council directly into businesses bank accounts or by post. And some companies may be […]

Residents thanked for staying home

Residents have been thanked for staying at home and also for social distancing while outside over the Easter bank holiday weekend as the borough continued to respond to the ongoing challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. Council leader Julian Bell said: “We’ve seen warm and spring-like weather over the last few days, which has made it […]

Stress Awareness Month – help with how to cope

With the outbreak and spread of the coronavirus, this is a particularly stressful time for people. So, to mark National Stress Awareness month, Ealing Council is reminding people of some ways and methods to look after themselves and try to reduce stress. Millions of people across the country are experiencing high levels of stress and […]

Stuff to do #2: Zoo and live music…brought to you

Last week, we started our series on things to do at home during the lockdown with a selection of stuff being provided by local arts and cultural groups, historic sites and other organisations. This week, we tell you how to ‘visit’ zoo animals online, and how a music festival is bringing music direct to your […]

Free energy advice still available on the phone

Are you worried about a family member who has an existing respiratory illness during the coronavirus emergency? You may be self-isolating, and perhaps you are an older resident, or have serious mobility issues or visual impairments? If so, get in touch with Healthy Homes Ealing today for some free energy advice. Home visits by the service’s ‘green […]

Behind the scenes at the Ealing Together community hub

The Ealing Together community hub recently sent out its 1,000th food parcel to local vulnerable and shielding residents. Watch the video above as Councillor Peter Mason takes us behind the scenes at the Greenford Depot where the community hub is based to see the food parcels being sent out. If you have received a letter […]

The in-crowd: Easy ways to exercise at home

We are all being urged to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives. If you can avoid going outdoors for exercise, or just keep that outdoor exposure to a minimum – or if you are just in need of some inspiration – we have a very healthy list of action-packed fun you […]

Have a safe, sensible and pleasant Easter weekend

In my latest blog message (see video above) for Easter weekend, can I first pass on of all my best wishes for a speedy recovery to the Prime Minister and also to say the same to all those who are suffering from coronavirus right across the country and the world. I would also like to […]

Illegal hand-sanitiser haul seized

A haul of illegal hand-sanitiser products has been seized by Ealing Council. In response to enforcement intelligence received from another local authority, officers from the council’s trading standards team carried out an inspection of a wholesaler in Southall and found more than 750 hand-sanitiser products which did not comply with the law. The items seized […]

Around Ealing magazine – coronavirus (April 2020)

This special edition of Around Ealing is entirely related to the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on local services and local people. You can view it in interactive and PDF formats below. In his introduction, the leader of the council Julian Bell wrote: ‘I have been deeply saddened by the news that people from our […]

Protecting rough sleepers during Covid-19 emergency

Ealing Council is working with its voluntary sector partners to help protect the borough’s rough sleepers by offering them somewhere safe to live during the coronavirus emergency. The council has now placed more than 70 people into hotels and hostels, with more following every day, and will ensure they can stay there for the duration […]

Car parks to close in local green spaces

Car parks across local green spaces and parks in Ealing will be closed to help stop the spread of Covid-19 and ensure government rules on social distancing are followed. The decision to close car parks has been made so residents only visit areas local to them in line with the government’s rules and avoid travelling […]

Acton Gardens together

In Acton Gardens, local people have joined forces to help their more vulnerable neighbours. Over recent weeks residents across Ealing have responded to the Covid19 crisis in huge numbers by volunteering their time to help their communities. And the Ealing Together coalition has come together to directly help those who need it and to support […]

Dealing with dementia during emergency

Ealing Council is aware that this is a worrying time for families looking after someone with dementia and is continuing to support those in need. The weeks ahead will be challenging but there are a few things you can do to look after yourself, and the person you are looking after, during this time. You […]

Stuff to do: Stuck at home but not stuck for ideas

We may all be spending an awful lot more time inside our homes than we are used to doing. And, yes, classes and activities have had to shut down. But we are about to show you that this does not mean you have to stop enjoying new books, art, crafts, history, or music performances. There […]

Local heroes help socially shielding people in Ealing

One and a half million people nationwide have been sent letters and texts by the NHS telling them they are at high risk of needing hospital care if they catch COVID-19 and asking them to make sure they are socially shielding for 12 weeks. Social shielding means staying home and avoiding all face-to-face contact. It […]

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 […]

Advice on which businesses can stay open in crisis

Following on from government advice surrounding the coronavirus emergency, it is important that certain ‘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 […]