The meeting took place in the Acton Green church hall, on Cunnington Street. New councillor, Gary Busuttil, was present and re-elected Councillor Andrew Steed chaired the meeting. A range of interesting topics were discussed...
|Councillor Gary Busuttil|
St. Albans Church
Since the campaign to stop the site being converted into ten flats, local Liberal Democrats have been working with residents and church authorities to make use of the chuch.
We were lucky to have Reverend Richard Moy and Rev Mike Tufnell present at the ward forum who also answered questions from residents. From what Reverend Moy said, it was clear it will not be quick for the church to take full ownership and management of the site but that they have lots of activities that will be run at the church including a theatre show in Autumn and a ward forum meeting next February.
So much progress has been made and where the community come together pretty much anything is possible. Well done to all those who helped get this project this far.
|Councillor Gary Malcolm helping to clean up dumped waste |
around St Albans church
One of Ealing Council's Safer Community officers, Joseph Lazone, spoke about crime in the area. The good news was that generally crime in Southfield is lower than all of the local areas and most of the borough. He did say that in January through March this year that the number of burglaries had been higher than average. A campaign by the police has since reduced them after a number of arrests.
He also mentioned that a number of crimes could have been easily prevented including people who had left items in view on car seats and those who had left expensive looking tablets on view through their windows.
Ward budget update
The ward forum has about £45,000 to spend on local projects. During the meeting a number of possible spends were mentioned including:
- Cycle racks outside Lavelli's Bakery, St. Albans Avenue
- Trees for The Vale, Seymour Road, Valetta Road and Cunnington Street
- Recycling bins for Acton Green to help reduce litter and improve recycling rates
- Literature to promote the ward forum
- Improvements to the small grassy area near to the 94 bus terminus and the Beaconsfield estate
- Improvements to the area near adjacent to the path to Hounslow via Hardwicke Road
If you have any other suggestions please get in touch or suggest an idea on this blog.
Other topics discussed
- CPZ (zone R): It was announced that the changes to the times of operation to the CPZ (zone R) would come into effect on 1st September. Councillor Andrew Steed said that notices had gone out to residents recently. The changes will mean a cheaper annual permit fee, the need for fewer visitor's vouchers.
- Southfield 20 mph zone update: It was announced that the signs for the 20 mph zone would be installed in September / October this year. Other good news was that Council officers were planning to move the position of the centre lines of the following streets: Southfield Road, The Avenue, Acton Lane, South Parade and Beaconsfield Road.
- Planning Application: It was mentioned that a planning application had been lodged for two towers (seven and eight stories high) sited at Empire House (near Sainsbury's). It is likely that these proposals if agreed by Hounslow's Planning Committee would overshadow properties in Southfield.
The remaining three Southfield ward forum meetings take place at 7.30 on:
- Thursday 11th September at the Carlton Road Day Centre, Carlton Road, W4
- Thursday 13th November at the Scout Hut, off Rugby Road, W4
- Thursday 19th February at St Albans Church, South Parade, W4.
If you have an item you would like to have added to the agenda please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Everyone is welcome to the meeting!