The long periods of dry weather this year have greatly increased the amount of leaf fall on pavements and roads causing potential hazards when the leaves become wet. As a result of a complaint made by the Society, Hounslow Highways have agreed to change their sweeping schedule to every two – three weeks. Because of parked cars, this will not be a complete clean each time and residents are asked to leave a small gap between the wheels of parked cars and kerbs to assist Hounslow Highways with their cleaning.
To report a problem with street cleaning, contact:
Report a problem or phone: 020 8583 2000.
Report a street cleansing problem or phone 020 8825 8825.
20 mph speed limit and street signage
The 20 mph speed limit and overnight lorry-parking ban have now been extended to the Hounslow side of Bedford Park bringing it in line with Ealing. The speed limit came into force across both boroughs from the end of October.
We pressed both councils to ensure that the boundary between the two boroughs in Bedford Park is not disfigured by an unnecessary clutter of competing signs. As a result, Ealing removed all its overnight parking ban signs, and Hounslow refrained from installing signs on its side (apart from one stray one in Blenheim Road, which we have asked to be removed). When the Hounslow 20 mph limit comes into force, we hope that Ealing will remove its signs along the boundary.
New heritage street lighting for Hounslow
Under their contract with London Borough of Hounslow, Hounslow Highways is replacing the street lighting in the borough. Over the summer they produced proposals for replacing the lighting in Bedford Park and other conservation areas.
The Society had previously commissioned a specialists’ report on the trial heritage lantern, which found that it did not conform to the required standards and was not in keeping with the conservation area. In October with the help of Councillor John Todd we managed to have the decision referred back to the full Cabinet for further consideration.
Electric charging points for cars
In response to requests for information, we’ve contacted both councils for their current policies.
Details of charging points across the boroughs and in London generally can be found on the Source London map.
Information on Hounslow’s current policy and its plans for a 3-year trial fitting electric vehicle charging points into streetlights columns for residents with no off-street parking.
All Ealing’s Electric vehicle charge points are currently located in council car parks. The Council states that there is no budget to fund future expansion and it is now asking developers to provide charging points in the car parks of larger, new developments so the total number and spread could increase in the future. It adds that the outcome of the Hounslow trial is being “watched with interest