Around Ealing October 2018 | Page 4

UP FRONT 1 A number of ward forum meetings will be held in October – giving you the chance to have your say on local matters in your neighbourhood. Ward forums have a budget. They discuss residents’ concerns and ways to improve local life and are chaired by your three local councillors. Visit for more information and a list of meetings. 2 As part of the new sports hub being built at Gunnersbury Park, Ealing and Hounslow councils have announced they will install two artificial grass pitches, grass football pitches, an eight-team changing pavilion and a sports hall suitable for Futsal. Find the full story at latest-news 3 Groups called scrutiny panels will be meeting regularly this year at Ealing Council to look into and hear evidence on key subjects ranging from knife crime to air quality. These give you the chance to air your views on important topics and get involved. There are four new panels this year. Visit could-you-help-put-local-services- under‑scrutiny 4 Most plastic can be recycled. We published a handy guide recently to the symbols you can find on plastic products, which can indicate whether or not it is recyclable. A few questions were posed by readers in response to the article, and we answered them. Visit recycling-what-you-need-to-know speedread 4 around ealing    October 2018 Calling all businesses September saw the start of the annual ‘100 in 100’ campaign run by the council’s Ealing Apprenticeship Network. It is now in full swing and businesses are signing up – could yours? Running for 100 days between September and December, the campaign aims to secure 100 pledges for new apprenticeship placements from local businesses. Employers can offer apprenticeships to new entrants or use them to grow talent from among current employees. According to research by the National Apprenticeship Service, 80% of companies that invest in apprentices have reported a significant increase in employee retention; and 92% of employers who employ apprentices believe that apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce. Since the campaign launched in 2012, the council has helped businesses create more than 600 apprenticeship vacancies. Over the next four years, it intends to achieve another 750. Councillor Jasbir Anand, cabinet member for business and community services, said: “Ensuring that people earn living incomes is one of our top priorities and local businesses are key to this. We work closely with businesses to support them in hiring and training apprentices.” To find out more, call 020 8825 6234, email apprenticeships@ or visit On litter patrol Cleaner streets across the borough is something we all want to see – which is why Ealing Council continues to take tough action against the irresponsible minority caught littering and spitting. Litter looks awful, is a public health hazard, and it can cost the council a lot of money to clean up. The council successfully prosecuted all 633 individuals it took to court last year. We spoke to enforcement officers who work for the council’s contractor Kingdom Security, patrolling the streets daily to keep them clean. For the full story visit Pictured top: Supanja Pueaboonmak-Davies is an apprentice at Acton Gardens with Countryside Properties. She got the position through Ealing Apprenticeship Network and won its apprentice of the year award.