The winter edition of Around Ealing magazine is here. Merry Christmas, or Chanukah, to you all – and I wish you a happy new year to come.
It is a year that will be filled with plenty of regeneration activity in the borough, as this edition will testify. It will give you a flavour of some of the projects the council is actively involved in, one way or another, as it works to encourage growth in the local economy – through new homes, redevelopment and restoration projects, jobs and training opportunities.
They range from the large (see pages 14-16) to the small – such as the chance for you to club together with neighbours to reclaim or recreate a patch of land in your area for the good of the community (see pages 28-29).
There is plenty more besides – including free tasters for over-50s leisure (p36-37) and information on applying for primary school (p40-41).
As usual at this time of year, we also have the collection dates for rubbish and recycling over the Christmas and new year period (p56). And information on how, and where, to recycle your real Christmas trees (p10-11) – if you have not already bought one with roots that you can reuse each year.
Fly-tipping is an ongoing concern for the borough – and the country at large – and the council has stepped up its targeting of those committing the crime of dumping waste, and those feeding the illegal trade by supplying the rubbish in the first place (p12-13).
Information on beating the cold – and high energy bills – is in here, too (p34-35); as is some encouragement and tips for those cyclists willing to brave the cold weather and reap the benefits of winter cycling (p42-43).
Last, but not least, there is a superb competition for readers on page 55, giving you the opportunity to win £1,700 to spend on a party or event at Charlotte’s W5 restaurant in Ealing, which has a burgeoning reputation.