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December 2008

Cheap Crunchies Force Toby Young to Think Again
Window displays at the Oaks are "Reassuringly British"

Rosemont Court Residents Get that Sinking Feeling
Proposal for new build is Christmas nightmare

Ealing Residents Face Huge Cuts in Health Budget
Government takes money to give to failing trusts

Counterfeit DVD Seller Arrested on the Job
Man was trying to sell to Asda shoppers

Free Parking at Weekends in January
Council car parks freebie will support local businesses

Acton Youngsters Exhibit Artistic Flair
At competition organised in aid of Parkinson's disease

The Best Carpenters in Acton
Give your feedback on local home improvement services

Christmas Cheer - Acton High Street's Clear
Roadworks outside Bingo Hall to go

Christmas Event at Town Hall Gets Mixed Reviews
Indoor market was disappointing but lights much admired

Acton Cyclist Dies After Collision
Ealing Common crash victim hit by silver lexus

Ealing Tops Charts for Publicity Spending
Council in top ten per cent with budget of over £3 million

Councillor 'Gagged' Over Icelandic Bank Fiasco
Julian Bell claims there was prior warning of the risk attached to deposits

Carry On Up The Junction
Council could face police investigation after refusing to refund fines

'Free' Energy From Sleeping Policemen
Hi-tech electricity generators to be trailed on Ealing's roads

Council Tackles Dangerous Drinkers
Advice and a clampdown on bad behaviour this Christmas

New Refuse and Recycling this Christmas
Collections brought forward for some

Benefit Fraudster Placed Behind Bars
Two years for dual identity thief

A Christmas Gift to Motorists
TfL announce no congestion charge from 25th December until 2nd January 2009

The Real Cost of Cheap Clothing
'Primark effect' quadruples textile waste in council tips

Council Gets to Grips with Commercial Fly-Tipping
But makes commercial rubbish disposal more expensive

Puddles and Mud in Springfield Gardens
Another Acton football pitch "needs attention"

Man Accused of Plotting Terrorism in Ealing
Supporters claim Pakistani secret service framed him

Hybrid Buses to be put on Local Route
E8 between Ealing and Brentford to get eco-friendly vehicles

Third Runway Decision Postponed Until January
Transport Secretary wants to "take more time before making an announcement"

Which are the Best Bathroom and Kitchen Installers in Acton?
Give your feedback on local home improvement services

Another Step Forward for Ealing's High Schools
Acton High is among the schools to be transformed

November 2008

"End of the Beginning" for South Acton Sports Provision
Locals request better maintenance for local facilities

Dispersal Order for The Mount - Details
Police powers to disperse groups for 6 months

Crown Street Raid Was Drug-Related
Police search and arrest explained by South Acton SNT

Thames Water Wilderness Attracts Unusual Visitor
Strange choice of habitat for female pheasant

Squirrel Nutters Spotted Chasing Woman
And 'Take That' celebrity dog interviewed

"My Street" Shortlisted for 'best documentary' in Broadcast Awards
Sue Bourne's film about her mother also honoured

Central Acton Clean-up by Police and Council
Dispersal order and signs of street cleaning in time for Christmas Markets

Is Your Neighbour in the BNP?
Acton names appear on leaked membership list

Which are the Best Electricians in Acton?
Give your feedback on local electrical services

Local Schools Receive Outstanding Praise
From Chief Inspector of Education in Ofsted's annual report

Cyclist Hit Near Ealing Common
Man suffers fractured skull after collision with Lexus

Tara Proves Too Strong for Opposition
Camogie Junior League Final - Tara 2-6 v 1-2 Croydon

Love Food But Hate Waste?
Campaign aims to reduce the amount of good grub in our bins

Redback Offer "Not All it Seems"
National press make fuss about long-standing offer

Abu Qatada Flight Plans "Above Board"
But secret allegations still under discussion

Two Twyford Students Injured Outside School
After recent appeal for another crossing on Uxbridge Road

Acton Property Market Becalmed
Volumes plummet further but prices not collapsing

Are You Experiencing West-stress?
The 'must have' ailment for the discerning consumer this winter

Motorbikes to be Allowed in Bus Lanes
Ealing borough to trial scheme for 18 months

Which are the Best Gardeners in Acton?
Give your feedback on local gardening services

Middlesex: What Does it Mean to You?
Rupert Barnes on a county with a long history and vanishing traditions

Love Food But Hate Waste?
Campaign aims to reduce the amount of good grub in our bins

Woman Punched by Youths in Acton Park
Warns others and describes her attackers

Acton Film-Maker Screens Prince Charles Film
Sue Bourne marks royal 60th with co-birthday interviews

CJ's Restaurant Serves an Ace
Malaysian Thai food in cafe on the Vale

Acton History Group Essay Competition
The prize-winning essay reproduced

Council Up the Junction
Told they 'got it wrong' and forced to remove six wrongly marked box junctions

84% of Ealing Residents Say 'No' to Polyclinics
Angie Bray conducts survey on local services

Dickens Yard Gets the Green Light
And campaign groups see red

Bollywood, Boats and Ice Skates But No BMX's
Gunnersbury Regeneration Board discuss options for Park's future

Girl Kept as Sex Slave in Ealing Flat
52 years in jail for human trafficking gang

Shop till you drop in Shepherd's Bush
Leona Lewis and M&S models wow crowds at new Westfield shopping centre

Westfield Opens
Hundreds queue up but warnings of traffic gridlock prove unfounded

Which are the Best Electricians in Acton?
Give your feedback on local electrical services

October 2008

Hit and Run in Acton - Victim Named
Local man killed after being run over by Nissan Sunny

Celebrity Acton: Inspector Lynley, I Presume
Nat Parker prefers Acton to Notting Hill

Not Quite a Lift-Off for Re-Vamped Rocket
Our reviewer tries out the new regime at gastro-pub

'You're Not Getting Your Money Back'
Council admit little chance Icelandic bank cash recovery

Doubts Raised Over Rent Scandal Staff
Council Leader asks 'significant questions' over sacked trio

OFSTED Report Confirms Southfield's Success Story
Local primary goes from strength to strength under headship of Charlie Morris

Employees Talk about Rip-off Rent Row Sackings
Government asks Ealing Council for enquiry after revelations

The End of Catchment Areas For Ealing Primaries?
Council considers scrapping out of date admissions system for schools

Footballers to Flower Arrangers
Local groups benefit from Grassroots Grants

228 Gets Go-Ahead
TfL announce their decisions on local bus routes

Halloween, Bonfire Night and Diwali
Safer Neighbourhoods Teams' and Council code of conduct

Over A Third of Local Children Live In Poverty
According to research carried out by child welfare organisation

Which are the Best Places to eat in Acton
Give your feedback on local restaurants and cafes

TfL Announce 150% Increase in Penalty Fares
New £50 fine introduced to act as a greater deterrent

All Day Flights 'Worse Than Third Runway'
Expansion using existing runways could mean 18 hours of noise

British Consumers Least Willing to Pay Extra for Green
Uk ranked last for allowing environmental concerns to influence what we buy

Overcrowding On Local Trains 'No Longer a Problem'
But whether they are 'acceptably loaded' in another issue altogether

Who's to Blame? It's the System, Stupid
But Council sacks three employees whilst rent controversy continues

What a Bunch of Bjorks
Ealing Council deposit £2 million in dodgy Icelandic bank

Students at Twyford Ask for Crossing
Accidents and near-misses lead to safety concerns

More Than Just a Custard Tart
Novo Estoril Gives Acton a Portuguese Flavour

Ealing Council in the News over 'Extreme' Rent Case
Taxpayers foot massive bill for seven-bed house

Bus Strike Goes Ahead
First, Metroline and Metrobus bus drivers stage 24 hour walkout today

Setting The Record Straight on Gunnersbury Park
Council leader says no decisions without full community involvement

Drug Dealer Found with Canned Cocaine
Stash of narcotics discovered in raid on Ealing bedsit

Now This May Sting A Little
Wasp's star left nursing bloody nose after training ground brawl

Have You Got A Teen That Needs Taming?
Council host free one-day workshop to help borough's troubled parents

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