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Ealing one of 14 London Boroughs where Covid-19 cases are rising
Ealing is One of 14 London Boroughs Where Covid-19 Case Numbers are Rising
Up to 26 July 2020, the rate of Covid-19 cases/100,000 people was 6.1 for Ealing. For the week up to 2 August 2020 it rose to 7.9. At this level it’s the seventh highest of all the 32 London Boroughs. Last week there were two Covid-19 deaths, both in hospital, in Ealing. The weekly Covid-19 death rate in London is reducing. In the past four weeks the weekly rate has dropped from 22 to 18 to 15 two weeks running. (Data source: The Office for National Statistics).
When Will Ealing Schools and Colleges Re-open?
The 2 July 2020 Government announcement stated ‘all children and young people to return to full-time education for September (2020)’. Apparently the plan was/is for re-opening in the first week of September. Teaching union The National Education Union with 500,000 members says it’s in favour of the re-opening in principle, but has issued a checklist of 200 safety demands. The Association of School & College Leaders has also complained of the lack of clear guidance from the Government.
So… no clarity as yet for when Ealing Schools and Colleges will fully re-open.
Still No Date for Re-opening of Eight Public Libraries and All Public Swimming Pools in Ealing
The doors to Central Library Ealing in Ealing Broadway Centre will be unlocked on 17 August 2020. However if you enter the facility you won’t be able to browse the books, newspapers or magazines. You won’t be able to use the public computers either. Apparently the other eight public libraries will also ‘open‘ in a few weeks time. However if access to books and computers will be forbidden just what would be the point? Nationally the Government sanctioned public libraries to open as from 4 July 2020. As for the five new Community Managed Libraries, no opening dates have been announced. In a separate Council announcement Wood End Library in Greenford is to be demolished to make way for 11 ‘Genuinely Affordable Homes‘. A new ‘Community Library’ is promised on the site, but there are no clues as to what this might be, how big it will be and who will run it.
As From 17 August 2020 You Will Have to Book to Visit Acton and Greenford Tips
This might reduce the queuing of cars. However it might also increase the incidence of fly tipping. To book click here.
As from 17 August 2020 Uxbridge Road Bus Lanes Will Be In Operation 24/7
This is a Covid-19 response change which it is hoped will improve bus journey times.
800 Flats Planned for TfL’s Ealing Common Depot: Covid-19 Financial Losses at TfL To Blame Says Mayor Khan
Transport for London (TfL) is searching for a developer for the Gunnersbury Lane site. 2,000 sqm of commercial employment space and 500 sqm of shops are also planned. TfL says it will find an alternative site for the London Transport Museum store.
Local Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) 21 Being Installed on 24 August 2020
This one involves 11 road blocks directly affecting 15 roads to the east and west of the north/south traverse that is Coldershaw Road and Midhurst Road. It includes parts of Hanwell, West Ealing, Northfields and Hounslow. Residents living in the roads directly affected are promised notice of the road blocks on 17 August 2020. In February 2021 the Council has committed to review the impact of the ‘Experimental Traffic Orders’ which have mandated this LTN and the other nine LTNs throughout Ealing. Many residents who know of this LTN plan are unhappy about it. I expect the level of dissatisfaction about the road blocks to reach a much higher level when most of the 100s of residents become aware of them on 17 August 2020.
Barclays Bank, 41 Broadway W13, To Close in October 2020
This is the last bank standing in the centre of West Ealing. In recent years NatWest, Santander and Lloyds Banks all ceased operation. With current residential building projects on Broadway, at Green Man Lane and Sherwood Close along with others in the planning pipeline, some 1,700 new central West Ealing residents are expected by 2025. Not of interest to an established Bank? Maybe a new progressive Bank might open up there in the future.
Dealing with Scammers
This happened recently:
Caller: Is that Mrs Leach?
Mrs Leach: Yes
Caller: I’m Police Sergeant Ryan from Hammersmith Police Station.
Mrs Leach: No, you’re not. You’re a con man, aren’t you?
Caller: Yes, I am. Hangs up……
August 11, 2020