BT cabinet by St Michael & All Angels
A new large BT cabinet suddenly appeared without warning or consultation on the footpath through the ‘Triangle’ on the west side of St Michael and All Angels. This site is not included in the locations for new cabinets (to improve Wi-Fi speeds and locate new fibre-optic cables) in the conservation area that were discussed and agreed with the BT contractors in 2012. Following our contact with the Conservation Officer at Hounslow, the Council has informed BT’s agents that the cabinet location is unacceptable due to the harm it is causing to the setting of a listed building. We are waiting for their response.
20 mph speed limit and street signage
Following the introduction of the 20 mph speed limit and overnight lorry-parking ban across both boroughs, we pressed the councils to ensure that the boundary between the two boroughs in Bedford Park was 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.
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. With the help of Councillor John Todd we managed to have the decision referred back to the full Cabinet for further consideration.
Appropriate lights are now being installed although there initially was a problem with incorrect height street lighting columns being installed , which were one metre (20%) higher than the ones they are replacing despite the Council’s assurances that the columns would be the same height. Following our contact with the Council, the installation was halted so the columns could be reduced and any new ones matched to the existing column heights.
Taller streetlights alter the aesthetics of the street, look out of proportion with the houses and affect the balance between the columns and the lantern details. Additionally, if the lanterns are too tall they can be lost in the canopy of trees so are ineffective and can also shine directly into front bedrooms.
The long periods of dry weather 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.
Ealing Council has stated that additional sweeping takes place in some streets during October and November to deal with leaf fall but we have not been able to establish the regular schedule.
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.
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.”