A selection of stories published in the weekly newsletter

October 2004

Ken Livingstone to visit Acton
Mayor to address local concerns on crime, transport and the environment

'Fire First Group' say Ealing Council
Planned service cuts a 'knee in the groin' for local residents

Car driver accused of murder of Acton woman
Katkiene Aldona killed after being hit by car on Oxford Street

Local pressure group backs Crossrail
Save Ealing's Streets give thumbs up as consultation deadline approaches

Calling all Acton Artists!
Get involved in the Acton Arts Festival 2005

Are Ealing's party days over or just beginning?
Council takes over pub and bar regulation

No funding for tram in capital transport plan
Speculation fuelled that scheme will be scrapped

Council accused over Acton Mainline timetable changes
Allegedly failed to notify public of service reductions

Two sought over Acton Park sexual assault
E-fits issued of men suspected of attack that took place in July

West Londoners must support London 2012
Frederick Bernas dismisses claims that we shouldn't back the bid

London buses getting worse according to survey
Increased dissatisfaction despite huge investment

Ken blasted for lack of action on 4x4s
No attempt made to implement pledge to double congestion charge

South Acton 'Gentrification' plans stir row
Loss of park space leads to angry reaction from residents

Man shot in Acton flat
Police search for silver Vauxhall Corsa reg. W112 TRW

Henny Penny the world is falling on my head!
Lynne Featherstone's parking investigation stirs up major hoo-ha

Sharp rise in crime at Acton Town Tube
Other local stations see mixed picture

'Don't Back the Bid'
Should West Londoners support Paris for the 2012 Olympics?

Ealing man's identity stolen by his murderer
Brazilian used photographer's house and credit cards

Acton High School earmarked for investment
New buildings and sports facilities should be complete by 2006

'Drive by' shooting on Bollo Bridge Road
Shots fired at passer by from hijacked minicab

South Acton Estate supermodel design exhibiton
Proposed designs for next stage on show this Thursday

September 2004

MMR take up below levels recommended for 'herd immunity'
But take up in the local area still above the national average

New Leaders sought for Acton's Rainbows, Brownies and Guides
Bring out the best in everyone, including you!

The Coyote opens on Churchfield Road
One of Chiswick's favourite restaurants opens in Acton

Acton Mainline train station not safe yet says Lib Dem candidate
Gary Malcolm encourages train users to respond to Crossrail consultation

TfL clarifies plans for Acton High Street
Tram takes priority as traffic is diverted into local streets

Two jailed for stealing from Acton pensioner
Bogus callers caught on CCTV

Mayor breaks promise on fares
Above inflation increases in bus and tube fares to be announced

Call for rate rebates for tram affected businesses
Local Tories claim local traders totally opposed to scheme

Acton Mainline train station not safe yet says Lib Dem candidate
Gary Malcolm encourages train users to respond to Crossrail consultation

Industrial action hits West London trams
John Grigg on the 1909 London United Tramways strike

Mayor blasted as propaganda costs balloon
Shunned by advertisers cost of the The Londoner soars to £3.5m

East Acton to receive Safer Neighbourhood police team
Acton Central next in line for new style policing

Council commit to removing abandoned cars within 72 hours
Ealing Council trial new scheme this month

New Nursery for Acton
Park Place Day Nursery opens at Acton Sports Club

Acid attack on man in South Acton
Witnesses sought to incident in alley near Barrington Court

Gary Malcolm to be Lib Dem candidate
Cllr. Gary Malcolm selected as the spokesperson for Ealing, Acton & Shepherds Bush

Attention all E Class Merc Owners!
Gang suspected of stealing 29 cars in 5 weeks

Hot off the press!
New children's newspaper - Kid's Bizz - makes its debut

Ealing Police issue bogus caller warning
Elderly and vulnerable targeted by tricksters

Twyford's ex-head launches book on the tube
Peter Inson's first novel "dunno" hits the underground

Trackside to feature Brian Pollard
East Churchfield Road art gallery exhibits leading contemporary artist

Local mail service improves performance
Bright spot in disastrous national numbers for the Royal Mail

Police appeal for witnesses following fatal crash
Young motorcyclist killed in Hangar Lane collision

Ealing Police issue bogus caller warning
Elderly and vulnerable targeted by tricksters

Reluctant flood victims urged to come forward
30 households must register for improvements to happen

August 2004

Dawn raid on local armed drug dealers
Ealing police aim for trouble free Notting Hill carnival

Double Gold for Kelly Holmes
Ealing, Acton and Southall Athletics Club star takes gold in the 800 & 1500m

Local teenager killed in knife attack
Caring son 'in the wrong place at the wrong time'

Acton Police Station closes for refit
Acton to lose 24 hour station service for the next 18 months

Local Samaritans celebrate their golden jubilee
A shoulder to lean on for 50 years straight

Open your mind (and your door) to recycling
Experts go door to door to encourage Green Box use

LSP Year of Learning Summer Roadshow
Local adults encouraged to learn new skills

Patrick White 1965 - 2004
Park Club group CEO killed in swimming accident - funeral today

New Police Recruits for Ealing Borough
Force number boosted with the arrival of 18 new officers

Acton property prices lag national trend
Is oversupply hitting local flat prices?

100 beds to close at Hammersmith Hospital
Up to 2000 patients in west London will wait twice as long

Congestion charging coming west
Mayor to proceed with scheme despite strong public opposition

Acton Mainline changes 'wholly unacceptable'
Gary Malcolm protests against planned service reduction

Acton property prices lag national trend
Is oversupply hitting local flat prices?

Ealing Friends of the Earth defend traffic forecasts
Christine Eborall dismisses claims that tram data is unreliable

Local MP wants the dirt on tabloids
Clive Soley plans 'dodgy dossier' on editors and owners

More storms on the horizon
Met Office warns of more storms following last week's flash floods in Acton

TfL accused of conspiracy over tram consultation
Claim that only 40% of homes on the route are receiving forms

Ealing Family's great summer road show
Fun events in Acton with a host of Free attractions

Missing teenager believed to be in Acton or Hanwell
15 year old Julie Spencer hasn't been seen for nearly a month

Do you live on St Dunstans Ave, Eastbourne Ave or Perryn Rd?
Local roads selected for home energy project. Free advice to be given on efficient use of resources

Back to Work pilot travel scheme extended
Discount tube and bus fairs for those returning to employment

Acton on planned Crossrail route after all
Consultation to consider where train will stop in West London

How new media communications improve local community life
Brian Jenner, editor of Paddington's on local web sites and in tie-up
Site to become Ealing's leading community portal

Ealing Council take on new traffic powers today
Will be able to fine motorists for a wider range of offences

Local Police make 'biggest ever' drugs bust
Drugs with a street value of £10 million were aimed for local area

Council 'failing to listen' on Prestolite plans
Residents concerned over size of the development says Lib Dem

July 2004

* Why not aspire to the Dreaming Spires? *
'Descendants' Local Youth Group Visits Oxford University

* Will the tram increase traffic on your street? *
Probably not according to Ealing Friends of the Earth

* Have you been a victim of serial con-woman? *
Local homes targeted for bogus sponsorship

* Police launch Safer Streets campaign *
Focus on mobile phone crime in the borough

* New ruling heralds big change in local media *
More use of internet in local planning publicity encouraged

* Iron Man and Woman complete Sport Relief Challenge *
Two of the Park Club's staff tackle ultimate endurance contest

* Big Turnout for Tram Rally *
But anti-tram group claims public awareness of the project remains low

* Goldsmiths' Alms Houses at risk say English Heritage *
East Churchfield Road buildings suffering from dry rot

* Richard Jan gets life for firebombing Acton councillor *
Six year reign of terror against those who were trying to help him

* Kids Cooking Up Healthy Treats *
New local project aims to tackle problem of obesity in children

* Tram consultation kicks off *
Tell them you heard about in on

* Silverlink shows up well in train report *
Overcrowding reduced and operator one of the most punctual in London

* Councillor claims Ealing is afraid of public meetings *
Gary Malcolm slams reduction in number of Area Committee meets

June 2004

* Bus Garage proposal withdrawn *
London Buses go back to the drawing board on Gypsy Corner depot

* Traffic cameras in Acton - are they working? *
New data shows whether or not they have reduced casualties

* Britain's worst ever serial stalker convicted *
Man terrorised local mental health team and fire bombed councillor

* Real cost of tram will be billions claim SES *
Group say no plans have been made to meet running costs

* Ealing Council to enforce traffic regulations *
More fines in prospect for motorists breaking the law

* Local outrage over Somerfield Closure *
Supermarket to make way for development of flats

* Violent Burglar gets two life sentences *
String of crimes included robbery on Valetta Road

* From the Mouths' of Babes *
Ealing host first ever Conference for Children

* Churchfield Road death leads to murder inquiry *
Police appeal for witnesses to altercation in the vicinity

* How we voted in the elections *
Results for the Ealing and Hillingdon constituency which covers Acton

* Local MP's weblog up for award *
New Statesman New Media Awards shortlist Clive Soley

* Is the West London Tram a 'done deal'? *
No it's not according to Save Ealing Streets

* Police Cadets Ground Force Challenge *
Green Fingered Volunteers Give Elderly Resident a Garden Makeover

* Acton swimming pools celebrates 100 years *
Local people invited to help mark centenary

* Mail Problems? - Why not move to the Hebrides? *
Local post lags Scottish Isles for first class delivery performance

* Walking the walk on e-democracy *
Local Cllr. Gary Malcolm tells why he set up a web site

* Group says no to 'light railway on the street' *
'a monument to Ken, and a monumental disaster for the area'

* Will London Elect to stay at home? *
A local guide to the Mayoral, GLA and European elections

May 2004

* Abu Hamza arrest gives wake up to Acton street *
Armed officers swoop at 3pm to arrest radical cleric

* Moody Blues over George and Dragon *
Publican stages roof top protest at Ealing Town Hall

* Acton benefits fraudster to pay back money *
Ealing Council secures successful prosecution against local woman

* Making the Streets of Acton Safer *
Public urged to be more cautious to reduce street crime figures

* Acton Meeting for Black Children *
Professor Gus John returns to help raise achievement

* Are Acton Police better than the rest? *
Then nominate them for the Constable of the Year Award

* Ken calls school run 4x4 drivers 'idiots' *
Off-roaders - 'status symbols for people with too much money'

* Fitness and fun - why not walk to school? *
Walk to School Week aims to tackle 'health time bomb'

* Are Acton Police better than the rest? *
Then nominate them for the Constable of the Year Award

* Fatal Collision at Hangar Lane Gyratory *
Police appeal for witnesses after a fatal traffic collision in Ealing

* 10 million people volunteer each week *
Find out more in National Volunteers Week 1st - 7th June 2004

* Tragedy on Bromyard Avenue *
Man killed in road accident- Police appeal for witnesses

* Author and TV star support Foster Care Fortnight *
Ealing Council Seek 80 New Carers to Address Shortage

* Women Targeted with Hoax Health Calls *
Beware Malicious caller

* Bad News for Cylists *
TFL figures 2003 published

* Harvey Rose Calls for Proper Consultation on Tram *
Claims previous consultations have been biased and mishandled

* Arrests Made in Connection with Missing Ealing Women *
Apparent Breakthrough in the cases of Elizabeth Chau & Lola Shenkoya

* Local Man Jailed for 'Sadistic' Murder *
Murderer gets life for 'horrific' crime in Earls Court

* Where Have All The Felines Gone? *
Spate of Missing Cats Across West London Prompts Concern

* All Systems Go for the Mela *
London's greatest celebration of Asian culture launched

* Top Borough Policeman Hails 'Tremendous' Results *
Overall crime down sharply in Ealing but gun crime on the increase

* £8.5m To Tackle Fuel Poverty In West London *
Local Authorities join forces with Powergen to ease to burden of fuel bills

* Report Calls Tram Plans into Question *
Rising costs could force government to consider alternatives

* IT Tips From Lasa *
The latest handy IT tips from lasa

April 2004

* Vigil Held for Anton *
Family and friends remember murdered Acton teenager

* Explosives found in Hanwell lock up *
major counter-terrorist operation - arrests made

* New Funding Paves Way for Rebuilding and Improvement *
Re-development gets green light money

* HACAN Set Out Case for Night Flight Ban *
Claims that EU has no authority to act refuted

* Secret garden is growing concern *
Green Fingered Volunteers Wanted for community garden

* News from the PULSE *
April's news and events from West London's own social enterprise site

* Ealing Council Buy Percy House *
Ealing Council have bought their offices - back

* Why MP's should get blogging *
Clive Soley gets his inspiration from Baghdad

* Acton Food Festival *
Celebrating the diversity of Acton through food - details here

* Bus-ted *
E3 Buses Taken to Task Over Damage and Speed

* Garden waste scheme is back *
Collection service returns for another year

* New Health Forum *
New Health Forum Seeks more Public Participation

* Local Murdered - Man Charged *
A man has been charged with the murder of a local mechanic in New Cross

* Ealing Benefits System not up to Standard *
Report says more needs to be done to combat fraud despite improvements

* Piece of Local History for Sale *
Del Boy's Van to be Sold

* More Funds for Housing *
Ealing Council have secured more housing funds for South Acton

* Help at Hand for Local Families *
Home-Start Ealing Looking to Recruit More Volunteers

* Great Season for Camogie Club *
Tara aim to retain league title

* Acton Carnival *
Dont just view it - do it

* Save Ealing Streets Update *
latest from local pressure group

* Ealing Fair Trade Latest *
Update from borough fair trade group

March 2004

* Council Pay £1.5 million for Image Consultants *
Massive Contract for Live Communications to Promote 'Response Programme' Brand

* Elderly man seriously injured by motorcyclist at Savoy Circus *
Police seek hit and run driver

* Acton Town Hall Latest *
Latest developments on the Town Hall re-development here

* Clive Soley on Iraq - One Year On *
Local pro-war MP believes weapons of mass destruction not such an issue

* Acton Teenager Murdered *
The Body of an Acton teenager has been recovered from river

* Top Local Cop gets Award for Undercover Drugs Op *
Martin Bridger Ealing's Borough Commander Receives Commissioner's Commendation

* Stabbing on Dordrecht Road *
Police charge three after stabbing on Dordrecht Road

* Bins Can Only Get Better *
Report sees prospect of improvement in Ealing's Refuse Collection

* Not In Our Back Yard *
Local residents oppose waste dump near Scrubs Lane to be built by Powerday

* Fatal Accident Goldhawk Road *
Police Seek Information on Death of Motorcyclist

* Hammersmith Man for Acton? *
Hammersmith council leader, Andrew Slaughter, is seen as favourite to follow Clive Soley

* Ken Dismisses West London spur being built *
"I don't think there ever will be a Crossrail going under your homes"

* Young Crossrail Design a Carriage Project *
curriculum related design project is launched at London's Transport Museum

* Lords Bite Back *
Clive Soley unimpressed as House of Lords shows teeth

* Acton Vice Ring Busted *
'indoctrinated' women imprisoned locally and made to work as prostitutes

* Council Borrowing Binge Revealed *
£178 million shortfall raises fears of further tax rises

* Police Target Rogue Cabs *
Police launch initiative to target unlicensed cabs - three arrests made

* Getting Cross over Crossrail *
Official denial over 'secret plans' to close Acton Mainline as residents step up campaign

* Acton Business Forum Event *
Pitch your product or services to other businesses and 'win it in a minute'

* Acton Art Call *
Call from Trackside Gallery for Acton inspired Art

* Clive Soley in Pensioner Row *
Local MP questions media role in council tax protest

* Huge deficit in Council Pension fund revealed *
£178 million shortfall raises fears of further tax rises

*Signs of trouble for burglars in Acton*
initiative using signs marks start of campaign to cut burglary in crime 'hotspot' areas

* Protests prompts U-Turn on cuts *
Less reduction in grants to voluntary groups but Council to press on with controversial Programme'

* Police release e-fit after attacks in the Acton area *
Information sought concerning five linked indecent assaults dating back to last November

February 2004

* Tories pick local man for next General Election *
Jonathan Gough selected to contest Clive Soley's constituency. Promises to oppose West London Tram scheme

* Congestion Charging Moving West? *
New zone proposed will stretch to Scrubs Lane

* Norris joins tram protest in Acton *
Tory mayoral candidate hands out leaflets for Save Ealing Streets

* Cooking Up A Storm *
Emma Brophy discovers a recipe for success at The Kids Cookery School

* Queen Visits Acton *
'Laid Back' Queen opens W3 factory

* Car Crime Targeted *
New initiative targets car crime in Acton

* Free Blue Badge Guided Tours *
Celebrate international tourist day and keep fit - go for a walk with a Blue Badge guide

* Acton Arts Festival 2004 Diary *
Find out about events planned so far

* Celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight *
Ealing Fairtrade invite you to celebrate and help make Ealing a Fairtrade borough

* Son of Murder Victim Seeks Family *
40 years after Acton murder son seeks answers

* Goodness Gracious Me!*
Unrecognisable as the flirtatious Granny in 'The Kumars at No42' Meera Syal Charms Ealing

* New Public Art for Acton *
A new public art commission in Acton reflects an element of optimisim

*Ex-Resident Loses Appeal *
suspect held under anti terror act

* Witnesses to Vale Shooting Sought *
Police are appealing for witnesses to December shooting to come forward

* Councils to take over enforcement of traffic regulations*
New law will mean more fines for motorists breaking the law

* River Thames Stakeholder Forum *
Find out where and where here