10 minutes to help make West Ealing a safer place

One of WEN’s biggest concerns for West Ealing for quite some time has been the anti-social behaviour related to alcohol. We see two aspects to this behaviour. The first is groups of street drinkers who are often in and around Dean Gardens, Melbourne Ave and other regular spots. We have no problem with RISE and the essential addiction recovery services it runs, but groups of street drinkers can intimidate and upset residents and shoppers. The second is the more serious problem of occasional violent behaviour by young men, often on a Friday night/Saturday morning. The latter group have harassed traders at the weekly farmers’ market and disturbed residents of homes close to Dean Gardens.

WEN is very active in working with local faith groups, the police, community groups, businesses, councillors and Ealing Council to tackle these issues. There is now a major opportunity for you to help us tackle one of the key causes of this anti-social behaviour – the availability of alcohol in West Ealing any time of day or night. The licences of two off licences are up for review following work by the police to gather evidence of alcohol being sold to a minor, the storage of non-duty paid goods, the sale of alcohol to intoxicated people and the employment of illegal immigrants. The two licences are those of Cudi and Broadway International, both very close to Dean Gardens. Cudi’s licence is currently from 8am to midnight and Broadway International’s is 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

WEN and other groups will be responding to these licence consultations. If you have been affected by alcohol-induced anti-social behaviour we hope you will take a few minutes to respond to this consultation. It is worth knowing that the Council’s current policy is for core licensing hours of 8am-11pm Monday to Saturday and 10am-10.30pm on Sunday. Neither Cudi’s nor International Broadway’s licences operate within these hours at the moment.

To object you need to do so under one of four specific headings:
• Prevention of crime and disorder
• Public safety
• Prevention of public nuisance
• Protection of children from harm
If you have specific instances of anti-social behaviour it would be good to include these in your comments.

It’s important to read the information on the Council’s website first and you can find this a here. This includes the specific police concerns for both shops. As each review is separate you will need to send in separate submissions for each off licence. You can email your comments to licensing@ealing.gov.uk or write them in a letter and send it to The Licensing Team, Regulatory Services, Perceval House, 14-16 Uxbridge Road, Ealing W5 2HL and the closing date is Friday 19th February.

New bus route proposed from Ealing Hospital to Northwick Park Hospital

TfL is proposing to change the 83 bus route:

‘Route 83 is a 24-hour service that runs daily between Golders Green and Ealing Hospital serving Hendon, Wembley, Alperton, Hanger Lane and Ealing. Buses run approximately every 8 minutes during the day Mondays to Saturdays, every 10 minutes during the day on Sundays and every 12 minutes on all evenings. The overnight service runs every 30 minutes on all nights of the week.

What are we proposing?

Route 83
We propose to shorten route 83 so that it would run between Golders Green and Alperton station only, and not continue on to Ealing Hospital as it does now. The frequency of this service would remain unchanged.  It would no longer be a 24-hour service; however new route N83 would continue to provide the night service covering all stops served by the current 83.

New route 483
We propose to introduce a new bus route, numbered 483, between Harrow town centre and Ealing Hospital. The proposed new route would start at Harrow bus station, and then run via College Road, Station Road, Kenton Road, Watford Road and East Lane. Buses would go along Wembley Hill Road and then follow the line of the existing route 83 from Empire Way and Wembley Stadium station to Ealing Hospital.  Buses would return over the same roads.

Buses would run every 8 minutes during the day Monday to Saturday, every 10 minutes during the day on Sundays and every 12 minutes all evenings.

The proposed new route would introduce a bus service to a 400 metre section of Wembley Hill Road between Empire Way and Wembley Park Drive for the first time. We are working with the London Borough of Brent to determine whether bus stops could be introduced here.

Our proposals would provide many new direct links between places in North West London not currently possible and give additional capacity between Wembley, Northwick Park and Harrow supplementing route 182. For some though, who currently travel on route 83 between places north of Wembley and south of Alperton, a change of bus may be required to complete their journey. This would affect approximately 1,680 passengers a day, about five per cent of passengers currently using route 83 on weekdays.’

Full details here