St John’s Covid vaccination centre in Mattock Lane – 40,000 reasons to celebrate

On Saturday afternoon I was privileged to be at St John’s Church in Mattock Lane to join many of the 110 volunteers who have helped deliver over 40,000 Covid vaccinations in the past seven months. Their job is not yet finished but it was a well-deserved moment for them to celebrate their achievements so far.

This vital vaccination service is a collaboration between the Mattock Lane Pharmacy, St John’s Church and over 100 volunteers. Rajan Shah of the pharmacy team worked hand in hand with Mark Melluish and his team at St John’s Church to set up a Covid vaccination centre which has now been operating for seven months and looks likely to continue for a while yet, especially if there is a booster vaccination programme this autumn.

One of those 40,000 vaccinations was my second jab in late April. I can remember the calm efficiency of that occasion. West Ealing has been very lucky to have this service in the heart of its community.

Saturday’s event was a time to celebrate what has been achieved so far. It was marked by a heartfelt thank yous to the volunteers from the Mayor of Ealing, alongside Rajan Shah and Mark Melluish. The volunteers are from the local community as well as members of the church. Let me add a thank you too from West Ealing Neighbours.

The vaccination centre will soon be the main one for Ealing and it now operates a drop-in service for all those eligible for a vaccination.

Consultation results show strong opposition to LTNs

Ealing Council has published the results of its recent consultations on Low Traffic Neighbourhoods. The results show strong opposition across most LTNs except LTN 48 Adrienne Avenue and a part of LTN 21 in Hanwell – Deans Rd/Montague Ave where the majority of residents were in favour.

The Council hopes to make its final decisions in September as it has to meet new government guidance on justifying the removal of any LTN.

The full details are on Ealing Today’s website

Have your say about improving private rental in Ealing

Only a few days left to give your views about possible changes to private rental in Ealing. This is the Council’s press release:

‘We’re considering making some changes to our property licensing schemes, to make private renting in the borough safer and better.

Since 2017, many privately rented homes in Ealing have needed a licence to be let. Licensing has been a big success, delivering safer homes for tenants, more support for landlords, and a reduction in neighbourhood nuisance and anti-social behaviour.

The new proposals would mean that the majority of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) and all rented properties in 15 wards of the borough would require a licence. Under the schemes, a licence holder would have to comply with several conditions relating to their property, including gas, electrics and fire safety.

But before any decisions are made, we want to hear what our residents, businesses and other interested parties think about the plans. To take part in our short survey, please visit by Monday, 16 August.’

West Ealing Library now open again

After well over over a year of being closed we welcome the re-opening of West Ealing library. Now known as West Ealing Community Library, and managed by Ealing and Hounslow CVS, the library is open from 10am-2pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during August.

The library team are looking for volunteers to help with two roles:

  • Home Libraries Club
  • Customer Service

For more information on volunteering at the library follow this link