Street drinkers in West Ealing
It sometimes feels that West Ealing is caught in a ‘perfect storm’ of reasons to attract street drinkers. West Ealing is home to Ealing Magistrates Court in Green Man Lane, the Probation Service in Leeland Road, RISE (drug and alcohol recovery service) in St James Ave and, at least what was, a 24-hour off licence at International Broadway. Finally, near all of these is Dean Gardens which offers a very accessible venue for street drinkers with excellent public transport links. The situation with International Broadway may have changed for the better as it has now got a new name, Istanbul Gate, and no longer appears to sell alcohol. International Broadway lost its licence at a recent review but appealed and the appeal hearing was due to be heard in August. How this now stands with the change of name and withdrawal of alcohol is not yet clear.
All of this makes it very challenging for WEN and other groups and agencies who are working hard to find ways to tackle the problems of anti-social behaviour blighting parts of West Ealing. To give just three examples of the sorts of problems involved. Firstly, residents of the sheltered accommodation in O’Grady Court, above the library, have had to call out the police over a dozen times since the start of the year. They have been disturbed late night time and time again by rowdy, drunken behaviour. The second example is the impact of street drinkers on the residents of Pioneer Court which backs on to the Dean Gardens car park and overlooks Dean Gardens. Street drinkers frequently gather late night in the car park under the windows of Pioneer Court and keep residents awake many nights of the week. The third example is regular daytime gathering of street drinkers in and around Melbourne Avenue. They can gather in quite large groups and can be intimidating to many. The nearby shops and traders are suffering with shoplifting, loss of trade and disturbance to customers.
There are no easy answers to this problem and it’s not just one faced by West Ealing. Street drinking and other anti-social behaviours are problems for many high streets. Nevertheless, WEN is working with the Council, faith groups, West Ealing Centre Neighbourhood Forum, other residents; groups, housing associations and a range of agencies to see what can be done to improve the situation in West Ealing.
A recent drugs raid on Chignell Place in West Ealing. The third raid in 18 months at another known trouble spot
CPZ consultation on the cards for West Ealing
[CR][NL]‘Due to tube/train commuters and holidaymakers parking their vehicles in[CR][NL] our roads parking capacity is severely restricted for residents, home [CR][NL]workers, ‘school runners’, visitors and shoppers in the West Walpole [CR][NL]area in West Ealing. With the freshly painted double yellow lines in [CR][NL]Sherwood Close together with Crossrail coming and the estate [CR][NL]regeneration this parking pressure will only increase. (Area to include [CR][NL]north from Leighton Road, west of Northfield Ave, east of Grosvenor [CR][NL]Road, south of The Broadway in West Ealing – inclusive of those roads)’.
Work starts at Sherwood Close
[CR][NL]The hoardings are up and the bulldozers are in as work starts on the [CR][NL]redevelopment of the Sherwood Close Estate. It’s a five year project [CR][NL]which will see major changes new residents.
BHS development delayed for a year
[CR][NL]This site has had an interesting recent history. This BHS store was sold[CR][NL] in a separate deal before the chain was sold for £1 to Dominic [CR][NL]Chappell. The West Ealing BHS store was sold to Sir Philip Green’s [CR][NL]son-in-law Brett Palos for £6.9million. He sold it on to the developers a[CR][NL] few months later for a £3million profit.
West Ealing Online
[CR][NL]West Ealing Centre Neighbourhood Plan inches towards final draft
[CR][NL]Ealing Soup Kitchen supports vulnerable people
[CR][NL]Street drinking, homelessness and vulnerable people in and around Dean [CR][NL]Gardens and the rest of West Ealing are a cause for concern to the local[CR][NL] community. Meanwhile, nearby, the Ealing Soup Kitchen and St. John’s [CR][NL]Church, both, on Mattock Lane have been and still currently provide [CR][NL]support to the vulnerable people in hope that at least some of these [CR][NL]people will be encouraged to have a better lifestyle.
[CR][NL]On Wednesday 8th June 2016, West Ealing Neighbours (WEN) met up and [CR][NL]talked to Ealing Soup Kitchen’s, Homeless Support Worker, Andrew Mcleay,[CR][NL] to find out more about how the Ealing Soup Kitchen and St. John’s [CR][NL]Church help the vulnerable people in West Ealing. Mcleay said: [CR][NL]”Initially Ealing Soup Kitchen started to give out food from The Church [CR][NL]Room in St. John’s Gardens. In the beginning, St. John’s primarily [CR][NL]served soup for about 30 years. 10 years ago, Ealing Soup Kitchen [CR][NL]decided to set up a Drop In Centre, in St. John’s Church, where we [CR][NL]provide sleeping bags, council support, housing and benefit support and [CR][NL]free haircuts and free clothes.”
[CR][NL]Mcleay elaborated on street drinking, homeless and vulnerable people and[CR][NL] the support offered by the Ealing Soup Kitchen for this community. He [CR][NL]told us that approximately 80% of their clients do drink. Sometimes the[CR][NL] reason for street drinking is homelessness and their adverse [CR][NL]circumstances. If the homeless don’t have a social network and are [CR][NL]mixing with others with similar circumstances, they are likely to get [CR][NL]into a habit of consuming alcohol excessively. A significant number of [CR][NL]these people hang out in Dean Gardens. So Ealing Soup Kitchen has also [CR][NL]set up an Ealing Evening Hub from 7-9pm on Mondays to encourage street [CR][NL]drinkers to give up drinking and get involved in more positive [CR][NL]activities here, where they are not allowed to drink alcohol.
[CR][NL]In addition to helping vulnerable people getting off the streets, Ealing[CR][NL] Soup Kitchen also works with some of the associations and organisations[CR][NL] to support these people. Mcleay said: “We work with an association [CR][NL]called, Recovery & Intervention Service Ealing (RISE). RISE provide[CR][NL] a lot of intervention and recovery to people who are suffering from [CR][NL]being addicted to alcohol. RISE comes to the Ealing Soup Kitchen and [CR][NL]helps these people with all that they are going through. We also want [CR][NL]to help to sort out people’s situations and try to improve their [CR][NL]lifestyle both holistically and physically.”
[CR][NL]Some of these vulnerable people feel very open to talk about their [CR][NL]situations while others may not like to reveal. These people might feel[CR][NL] afraid to disclose their circumstances. Mcleay revealed what impact, [CR][NL]the Ealing Soup Kitchen has had on vulnerable people who have been [CR][NL]supported. He said: “There are a significant number of success stories [CR][NL]that we have had. One of these vulnerable people is, Alan Simpson who [CR][NL]is our trustee. Simpson was our client for four years. He was living [CR][NL]on the streets. We managed to get him housed in a property in South [CR][NL]Ealing. As a result of his thankfulness Simpson came on board and he [CR][NL]networked with us. He’s one of the rarest homeless people I’ve met, in [CR][NL]the sense that he drinks in moderation. Simpson feels he doesn’t need [CR][NL]to have an alcoholic drink or get involved in drugs. He smokes. It’s [CR][NL]rare to be on the streets for so long and not have a mental health [CR][NL]problem, drinking problem or drug problem. These are the three things [CR][NL]one can be prone to while living on the streets. Living on the streets [CR][NL]can be a toxic lifestyle, sometimes.” One of the reasons why some of [CR][NL]these new initiatives have been set up is to try to improve the [CR][NL]lifestyle of vulnerable people, the local residential area and [CR][NL]surrounding areas in West Ealing.
Openings and closings
[CR][NL]One of the new shops coming to Leeland Road
[CR][NL]What, where and WEN
[CR][NL]WEN is a group of some 400 strong made up of West Ealing residents, [CR][NL]workers and visitors who want their town to be better for everyone.
[CR][NL]WEN was formed in November 2005. The group is run by volunteer locals, [CR][NL]elected annually by WEN members. The group’s committee is made up of
[CR][NL]Treasurer: Andrew Cazalet
[CR][NL]Vice-Chair: Eric Leach
[CR][NL]Jane HumphreysEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Site: http://www.westealingneighbours.org.uk
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