A selection of stories published in the e-mail newsletter

September 2005

Ranking of Local GPs Published
How does your local surgery in Acton rank?

Big increase in pass rates for local schools
Twyford and Acton High see big improvement in results

Dispersal Order issued for Acton Park
Police get new powers to deal with anti-social behaviour

Big Turnout for Resindents' Association Event
Creffield Area Residents Association - summer barbeque

Don't lose your right to vote
Return your registration form in time for next year's elections

Wenches & Soldiers needed!
West London Opera group seeks new chorus members

Armed raid on house on Western Avenue
Residents flee as shots fired by two gunmen

Parliament petitioned on Acton allotments
Crossrail accused of not keeping residents informed

Don't let Glide take you for a ride
Ealing Council warns of mischievous money-making scheme

Delay to West London Tram Announced
More modelling work needed before scheme proceeds

Wilkinson Sword Factory Faces the Chop
Acton factory closure as Army ends 300 year relationship

Help make a difference with Age Concern
Volunteers needed for Acton day care centre

Man Charged with Carlisle Avenue Rape
Russian accused of attack on woman at this home

Fly-poster directors receive jail warning
Iverson Tyres cost council thousands with illicit advertising

Failed Shepherd's Bush bomber back in London
Hussain Osman extradited from Italy to face conspiracy charges

Commuters asked to boost recycling
Scheme to tackle litter problem caused by free newspapers

August 2005

Putting the Heart & Soul into Churchfield Road
Acton's first contemporary florist opens its doors

Man Seriously Injured in Acton High Street
Police seek witnesses to assault on Friday evening

Ealing Council open customer centre
First phase of response programme now operational

Latymer Upper celebrates A Level results
But A-grade Acton boy fails 1987 maths paper

Acton property market continues to stagnate
Prices unchanged over the past year with volumes down
Plus see prices for all properties sold in Acton in the last quarter

New play area opened at Southfield Rec.
But vandals damage the equipment before the opening ceremony

Crowds brave the weather to attend London Mela
A true feast of South Asian culture in Gunnersbury Park

Acton Park retains prestigious Green Flag
Awards winners for the third year running

Acton vicar appointed Bishop of Lake Malawi
Revd Henderson heads to central Africa for his new role

Planned increased in night flights 'scandalous'
Environmentalists blast Government as consultation begins

Dog stolen at knifepoint in Acton Park
Tyson snatched from a local 16 year old - have you seen him or his abductors?

Two stars brings £207m investment in Ealing Homes
Decent homes funding follows inspection success for ALMO

Appeal for witnesses to Horn Lane robbery
Mobile phone snatched by 'boys on bikes'

Fatal collision on Uxbridge Road
Driver killed near junction of Old Oak Common Road

Was East Acton a target for the bombers?
Speculation grows that abandoned bomb was meant for station

Council chiefs' salaries go through the roof
Number of Ealing's higher tier earners increases substantially

New playground opens on Southfields Recreation Ground
£80,000 spent as part of the Acton Liveability Project

Football heroes and MPs battle it out on the pitch
The Park Club hosts anti racism football event

Ealing Hospital NHS Trust achieves 2 star rating
8 out of 9 key target areas met in major turnaround

Charges made in Churchfield Rd murder case
Two held after man dies following violent assault

New playground opens on Southfields Park
£80,000 spent as part of the Acton Liveability Project

8000 dazzled by Acton's best carnival yet
Acton Park filled with fair rides and food, music and dancing

Man convicted for wireless piggybacking
Unsecured domestic networks used for illegal surfing

Last Orders! Licensing applications to be in by 6th August
Failure to meet deadline could mean pubs and restaurants close

'Short break carer changed my family's life'
Carers sought particularly from Asian community

Bus Driver drags victims from bomb wreckage
Hero walks from Tavistock Square to Acton before being treated

Crown Street to get a makeover
Council & Action Acton join together for liveability project

Bomb found on Little Wormwood Scrubs
Police believe find relates to recent attempted attacks

Ravenscourt Park academic denies being bombing apologist
Hani Al-Siba'i claims his views on killing civilians were mistranslated

New wave of bomb attacks ends in failure
Shepherd's Bush a target as terror moves West

Police catch three men with fake ATM fascia
Hole in the wall could make a hole in your pocket

Authorities issue message of reassurance
Police and Council say faith premises given greater protection

Arts Centre given notice to quit by Council
Educational resource in Gunnersbury Park may have to close

MRSA remains a concern at local hospitals
Report shows West London hospitals amongst worst in the country

Save money on heating bills
Ealing Council team up with powergen to offer free or discounted insulation

July 2005

Appeal for witnesses to Acton churchyard murder
Victim of violent assault dies in hospital

Cricket Legends Play For Charity At The Park Club
Rain went unnoticed at celebrity cricket day in aid of Operation Smile

Arts Centre given notice to quit by Council
Local educational resource may be forced to closed

Twyford School awarded special school status
£15,000 of additional funds to enhance school facilities

66% of Acton Residents say 'no' to the tram
Or 44% are in favour according to TfL's new survey

Crown Street to get a makeover
Council & Action Acton join together for liveability project

Public in favour of imposing teenage curfews
64% of respondents want teens off the streets by 9.00pm

June 2005

Anyone for ostrich sausage?
Acton's first continental market in pictures.

Council joins TfL in becoming joint promoter of tram scheme
Decision made in atmosphere of stormy protest

No decision made on Acton road closure
Scheme for traffic and tram to share road only one option

Concern grows about Acton Baths' future
Temporary closures made due to lack of maintenance funding

Open House and Art Exhibition for Diesel House Studios
Chance to see new studios on historic Johnson's Island

Mayor joins opposition to Heathrow expansion
Livingstone claims it is against his environmental policy

Police clear drugs and guns from Acton Park
Safer Neighbourhoods Police Teams take direct approach

Acton road closure for tram to be ditched?
Speculation that TfL have relented on traffic diversion

Cricket Legends To Play At The Park Club
Rivalries to be put aside to raise funds for Operation Smile

Sarah Baulch exhibits at the Trackside
Sarah's Garden opens June 30th

How conscientious is your local representative?
Tories slam councillors who fail to turn up to meetings

May 2005

By popular demand, the market comes to town!
Action Acton bring crafts, continental and Farmers' markets to the Mount

Concern raised about drugs in Ealing's Schools
Standard claims local 'hoodie' making £500,000 from dealings

Meet Acton's Rangers
Daryn and Seth will patrol Acton's town centre, streets and parks

Soley Fights Back Over Airport Expansion
Former MP explains the role of Future Heathrow

New Chair for Creffield Area Residents' Association
The tram, conservation area status and sports facilities are all on the agenda

Security measures planned for local stations
CCTV, Help Points and anti-vandal shelters to make travel safer

Another Narrow Defeat For Tara
London Senior Camogie League - Tara (1-0) v Croydon (0-5)

Acton Councillor to be investigated over porn allegations
Phil Portwood accused of downloading obscene images using a Council computer

Ealing 'weak' again as Audit Commission wins appeal
Council to pay costs as Appeal Court backs original rating

Police seek April Fool's Day car thief
Photo issued of Gunnersbury Avenue theft suspect

Prolific burglar could be hiding out in Ealing
Ealing Police are looking for Gary NEWMAN in connection with West London burglaries

Ealing Police issue top tips for preventing burglary
Don't make it easy for thieves as the holidays approach

The latest on Acton's property market
Prices and sales volumes are down

New Leader for Ealing Council
Labour group selects Leonora Thomson to lead the borough

Lord Soley accused of 'taking Heathrow shilling'
Former local MP to head airport expansion lobby group

Is pollution damaging our health?
A team from Imperial College wants help in finding out

Kids Cookery School launches cook book
Endorsed by Sophie Grigson, on sale for just £4.99

Soley to become 'Lord of the Blog'
Former local MP elevated to the upper chamber of the House

Losing start to the season for Tara
London Senior Camogie League - Tara (1-2) v Fr Murphy's (2-5)

Ealing Council Appoints New Chief Executive
New boss Darra Singh headhunted from Luton Council

Police convict Acton robber in record time
Just eight days from offence to imprisonment

Surge in reported violent crime in Ealing
Police say new powers to issue penalty notices caused rise

Council Backs Down On Lime Trees Cull
Ealing say 'business case' does not stack up

April 2005

Hepatitis C alert for women treated at local hospitals
Former patients of Queen Charlottes and West Mid contacted

London Buses appeal against Gypsy Corner bus depot decision
Local residents rush to make their case

Meet the candidates standing for Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush
Preview of the forthcoming election in this

Rap for Tory from tram campaign group
Gough forced to backtrack on use of SES logo

Westminster hopefuls tackle Post Office queues
Smallman and Slaughter voice concern over branch relocation

Police shut down Acton crack house
Dealer evicted from Brouncker Road

Acton make-over underway
Work on King Street and The Mount to start soon

Council pledge to consult over lime trees
There is no secret plan, says Cllr John Delaney

Is Ealing becoming a concrete jungle?
Low maintenance off-street parking is changing our environment

March 2005

Ealing Council leader to step down
Cllr. Cudmore's departure to spark leadership contest

Community web sites debated in parliament
Vince Cable MP calls for level playing field for on-line media

Now it's Worst Great Western
Local service means fewer trains arriving later

Verdict change leads to new murder inquiry
New evidence emerges as to how Maja Trajkovic was killed

East Acton Safer Neighbourhoods Team launched
70 attend to hear about the new policing concept

Ealing LA21 call for volunteers
100 people needed for environmental research

G-Wiz creates a buzz
CityCarClubs provides electric car share for Council employees

New Boss for Ealing Police
Colette Paul aims to reduce crime and fear of crime throughout the borough

Thieves grab 'slush puppy' machine
Unorthodox raid on cafe in Gunnersbury Park

Consumer help line launches in Ealing
Consumer Direct to handle 80% of trading standard enquiries

Consultation shows major opposition to tram
Livingstone to press ahead with scheme dismissing 'unscientific' results

West Londoners in uproar as Ken attempts tram whitewash
Ealing Council in support as 17,000 voices are ignored

Residents oppose Springfield Gardens spruce up
Council consultation fails to capture local feeling

Council tax to rise by 4.9 per cent
Lowest increase in seven years

Big increase in local classroom overcrowding
1000 local pupils in classes with more than 30 children

Trackside Gallery seeks new contemporary jewellers
Opportunity for local jewellery designers to showcase their work

Ealing woman to head Council's Strategy and Development
New team arriving after mass resignations over the winter

February 2005

Controlled Drinking Zone created to clear up Acton's streets
Alcohol link officer on hand to support drinkers

Ealing Council: Check your cupboards right away
Council urges us to chuck out foodstuffs containing Sudan 1

Life for Larden Road murderer
Ealing man convicted of drug related killing

Ealing Council win fight to overturn 'weak' rating
Judge rules that Audit Commission failed to 'apply its own mind'

Acton postman jailed for theft
Second case of Royal Mail re-employing sacked worker

Charles Kennedy visits South Acton
Pledges more police and more Community Police Teams

Registrations with dentists in Ealing plummet
Figures suggest only one in three registered with NHS

Tara prepares for new season
Camogie training starts in April

Ealing Police: street crime is on the up
Police and public must do more to beat the increase

Don't waste our time!
Two Acton men in court as police crack down on false reporting

Acton shopkeeper caught in Council sting
Have you been offered an animal for sale at PetAquariaGarden?

Berrymede Junior praised in national report
Acton School named as a national high achiever

Rogue clampers get the boot
Contract to clamp in Bookers car park ended

Thieving postie re-employed at Chiswick sorting office
New low for local postal system as Royal Mail continues to deny the problem

Crackdown on illegal sale of cars in Acton
Horn Lane cleared of 16 vehicles in the last fortnight

South Asian archive at Gunnersbury
Life stories, documents, interesting objects and photos wanted

January 2005

Acton's fire service to be cut by half - consultation ends soon
Firefighters seek support in bid to halt cuts

Flood victims keep the pressure on
Acton Flood Action established

Acton Lane closure to be night-time only
Year of chaos avoided as bridge work plans changed

207 is London's most dangerous bus route
Police called 38 times in one month

Local opinion sought on parking issues
Make your views heard via on-line survey

The mail wot got stole
Royal Mail blames poor service on sacked postal workers

Car park clampers hit tsunami relief effort
Lorry picking up charitable aid asked to pay £150 fee

Parents call for traffic calming measures in Churchfield Road
Is there an accident waiting to happen?

Another member of Ealing's top team bails out
Johanna Law-Riding head-hunted by private sector

Man in critical condition after road collision
Acton man arrested following incident on West Cromwell Road

SASAC seeks new Management Committee members
Your chance to make a difference with a local charity

Councillor criticises local health care standards
Ealing NHS 'not up to scratch' says Lib Dem

Drugs caused Maja's death says coroner
Heroin addict's body found in Wilkinson Way

Gunnersbury Park plan for Butterfly House
New facilities would replace those to be lost at Syon Park

New editor not so Green
Maxine Briggs to take over at local magazine

Getting children off to a good start
Get in touch now to train as a Home Start Volunteer

Acton's air unfit to breathe, say Friends of the Earth
Both ozone and nitrogen dioxide levels exceed government safety levels

Action Acton want to hear from you
Complete our online questionnaire to improve Acton's town centre

Council housing management remains 'fair', say auditors
But prospects for improvement promising

New Year recognition for Ealing social worker
Hard work rewarded in New Year's Day Parade Honours

Ealing Council rated weak by Audit Commission
Joins Hackney and Lambeth as one of lowest ranked London Councils

New Year recognition for Ealing social worker
Hard work rewarded in New Year's Day Parade Honours

ECT Recycling win council waste disposal contract
Seven year deal reached with local enterprise

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