Around Ealing April / May 2019 | Page 4

UP FRONT 1 People who own empty properties will be charged 100% more for their council tax from 1 April in a bid to bring more homes back into use. Ealing, like other parts of the capital, is facing a severe housing shortage. And new regulation allows local authorities to charge property owners up to 100% extra for council tax on properties that have been empty for two years or more. Read more at 2 As part of the borough’s transport strategy, Ealing Council is updating some of its diesel vehicles to electric – as part of a process of cutting carbon emissions. Council officers will use them to test how the rest of the fleet might be upgraded to electric. There are currently around 40 electric vehicle charging points in the borough but many more are planned. Read more at latest-news/electric-fleet 3 Would you like the reassurance that comes from knowing that help for you or a loved one is always just a phone call away, at any time of the day or night? Careline is a telecare alarm service designed to help older, frail or disabled people to remain in their own homes. Find out more at features/careline or you can subscribe by emailing [email protected] or calling 0300 123 2986. 4 Residents are being asked to suggest topics for councillors to look into in the coming year. In early May, a programme for scrutiny panels will be agreed for the year 2019/20 and anyone who lives or works in the borough is urged to submit ideas by Tuesday, 23 April. For more details, visit features/scrutiny-2019 speedread 4 around ealing    April/May 2019 Redrawing the map The Local Government Boundary Commission is looking for your views on proposed changes to our borough. It has proposed a number of changes, including altering the boundaries of our local ‘ward’ areas; adding an extra ward (meaning we would have 24 instead of 23); adding an extra councillor so we would have 70 instead of 69; and renaming eight wards. The idea is to better distribute the number of constituents per ward, now and in the future. HAVE YOUR SAY A 10-week public consultation on the recommendations started in February and will end on 15 April. To make a submission to the commission, you can email reviews@lgbce. or you can have your say directly online at and choose Ealing from the drop-down menu. The online option shows you the commission’s recommended changes. Alternatively, you can write to: The Review Officer (Ealing), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, 1st Floor, Windsor House, 50 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0TL. New parking app For the first time in Ealing, residents can choose to receive text message reminders to their phone before a car parking session expires – completely free of charge. PayByPhone has taken over the management of parking sessions in the borough. Drivers can pay anywhere, any time via the PayByPhone app, or online or by phone – without the need for cash. App users can also simply add more time to their parking session before it expires. You can download the PayByPhone app from the App Store or Google Play Store or visit Read more at parking-app