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 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.
Bedford Corner and Bath Road area
The Society has been concerned for some time about road safety issues around the two mini roundabouts at the junctions of The Avenue, South Parade and Bath Road caused by parking between the two mini roundabouts and close to the central pedestrian islands in Bath Road. Hounslow Council have implemented double yellow lines in those places, which we hope will be effective although residents are reporting continuing problems.
We are also aware that there are insufficient loading and unloading bays near to the businesses in Turnham Green Terrace, and insufficient spaces for taxis and are following up options with the Council to try to improve the situation.
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Hounslow Council is considering the introduction of double-height bicycle racks at Chiswick Back Common next to the railway bridge. Cyclists should note that each hoop has space for two bikes, not just one.
We would gently remind cyclists that locking bikes to the railings by the Church is damaging the railings and creating an obstacle for pedestrians.
Ealing Residents’ Visitor Parking
We’re continuing to work with the Bedford Park Community Group committee to question Ealing Council’s withdrawal of paper visitor vouchers, which leaves RingGo Pay by Phone as the only option for payment. While residents are generally happy to have access to RingGo as an alternative to the vouchers, the complete withdrawal of vouchers is impractical for many.
We have recently established that paper vouchers can still be obtained for anyone who can demonstrate that the RingGo system is unsuitable for their needs because of age or disability:
“The Council continues to offer a paper-based solution to those who can demonstrate the RingGo system is unable to meet their needs. Customers unable to use the RingGo system may contact Parking Services directly by phone: 0208 825 6677, option 6; by email: ParkingServices@ealing.gov.uk or in writing to Ealing Council, Parking Services, PO Box 46264, Ealing, W5 2UN.”
There is no mention of this concession on the council website and local organisations such as Age UK Ealing were also unaware of it until alerted by us. Please feel free to pass this information on to any neighbours you think might find it helpful. We will keep you updated on developments and would welcome any comments from residents who may have concerns.
Hounslow Council is also proposing to move to a cashless system of payment to replace Pay and Display. We have submitted a number of queries about the proposals and are waiting for more information.
The long periods of dry weather in 2016 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.
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.”