Ealing London Borough Council

All of the seats in Ealing were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

LAB HOLD
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 57 Total councillors 57 Change+4

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 8 Total councillors 8 Change-4

PartyLiberal Democrat

Elected in 2018 4 Total councillors 4 ChangeNo results
Councillors change compared with 2014

Most Recent

  1. Consultation launched over abortion clinic buffer zone

    Good Counsel Network
    Image caption: The Good Counsel Network used to hold daily vigils outside the Marie Stopes clinic in Ealing

    A consultation has been launched whether a buffer zone put in place around an abortion clinic in west London should be continued.

    Ealing Council implemented a 100-metre exclusion zone at the Marie Stopes centre in April 2018 after women complained of being intimidated.

    The order was put in place in April 2018 banning anti-abortion and pro-choice campaigners from standing within 100m (330 ft) of the Marie Stopes clinic in Ealing after women complained of being intimidated.

    Ealing Council said the current protection order was due to expire in 2021 and wanted opinions about whether it should be extended.

    The consultation, which will run until 18 January next year, can be found on the council website.

  2. Number of Ealing Covid-19 cases 'really quite concerning'

    Julian Bell

    The borough of Ealing in west London has the highest coronavirus transmission rate in the capital.

    The council's leader, Julian Bell, said the number of cases of Covid-19 in the borough as "really quite concerning and the figures are increasing quite rapidly".

    He told BBC London he believed a short lockdown, similar to that put in place in Wales, should have already been brought in.

    "It felt like half term was a good time to do that, you know a two to three week circuit breaker.

    "The figures are going in one direction. If we double in the next week we're getting close to tier three," he said.

  3. Pandemic leaves Ealing with multi-million pound funding gap

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Ealing Council is expecting to have to make savings of £28 million in one of the “most difficult years” it’s faced, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Speaking at the council’s cabinet meeting, finance chief Bassam Mahfouz made a plea to the national government to reimburse the council’s £15 million spent on tackling the pandemic in the borough, which ministers pledged to repay at the beginning of the crisis.

    He told colleagues that a £28 million shortfall will need to be plugged for the 2021/22 financial year.

    Cllr Mahfouz said: “As this report pulls out, we remain in a position where the government continues to ask more of us but won’t keep its simple promise that it made right at the start of this crisis, to pay the Covid-19 bill, that we and Ealing residents will be faced with at the end of the crisis.

    “Before the pandemic we were on a strong footing thanks to our Future Ealing work but now we’re facing an unpaid bill of circa £15m. Against that backdrop of 64p in the pound that we had cut in the last 10 years by the same government.

    “That leaves us with I can only describe a gargantuan target of possibly £28m worth of savings to find for the next financial year, as well as plugging the sizeable gap that we have this year.”

  4. Ealing's first library reopening announced

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Ealing Central Library has been announced as the first library to reopen its doors in the borough.

    The site, based in Ealing Broadway, will welcome visitors from 17 August, and will “look and feel significantly different” due to coronavirus measures that have been put in place.

    Services will be limited to the click-and-collect service and returning books. Browsing the library, using computers and access to newspapers, magazines and the children’s library will not be allowed at this point.

    Visitors will also have to wear face masks inside the library.

    The government announced that libraries could reopen from 4 July, but borough bosses said the phased return of Ealing’s services has been delayed as all risk assessments have not been carried out.

  5. 'Overdue' revamp of 1950s-era school is a step closer

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Northolt High School
    Image caption: The school is made up of two separate school sites that were merged in 1974

    A school “crying out for redevelopment” since it was earmarked for works eight years ago is one step closer to making its plans become a reality.

    Northolt High School is the “only school in the borough” that has not had its “overdue” revamp, after cancelled government funding schemes left improvements uncertain.

    But now the ambition to build a whole new school building to replace the 1950s-era sites could begin as early as next year following approval for its plan to sell off a “wasteland” playing field for developer Howarth Homes to build 149 affordable homes.

    Members of Ealing Council’s planning committee gave the green light for the 1.7 hectare greenfield at Dabbs Hill, after the green space had been out of use for 15 years.

    The sale of the site, which will host 18 London Affordable Rent homes and 131 shared ownership properties, is expected to bring in around £17.5 million to go towards the school’s works.

    Northolt High School has been earmarked for works by Ealing Council since 2012, and a cabinet report estimated the total cost could be £29 million to carry out in 2017.

    Headteacher Marion Budd told the Local Democracy Reporting Service that the school’s appearance has acted as a “barrier” when Year 6 students are choosing their secondary places, and pupils compare themselves to the modern purpose-built facilities of other schools in the borough.

  6. Council builds almost half its target number of homes

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Ealing Council has built almost half of its target number of affordable homes.

    The west London council set itself a target of building 2,500 genuinely affordable homes by 2022.

    Housing boss councillor Peter Mason told cabinet members that 1,355 homes had been finished as part of the authority’s house building programme which began in April 2018.

    The homes are classified as ‘genuinely affordable’ due to meeting London Affordable Rent, London Living Rent and Social Rent price limits.

    Schemes such as shared ownership are not included unless housing costs take up less than a third of the household’s income.

    The update comes as a report submitted to the council’s top team warned Covid-19 had hit its housing programme and delays were expected.

    The report said almost all of Ealing’s building sites have shut down due to problems for developers and contractors, with staff being furloughed and building materials running short.

    It said: “The council faces an immediate impact on its housing programme which will almost certainly result in homes taking longer to build with completion dates changing, reflecting the anticipated delays.

    “Costs may increase if, as is likely, the industry struggles to source finance, labour, supply chains and materials. However, it is noted that Arcadis – a national construction consultancy – has commented that inflationary and deflationary pressures on construction costs may cancel each other out after the lockdown is lifted.”

  7. Refuse centres to reopen in Ealing

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Ealing’s reuse and recycling centres in Greenford and Acton will reopen on Monday.

    Civic chiefs are warning residents only to visit the tips if it is essential, and plans are in place to manage queues expected throughout the day.

    The tips at Greenford Road and Stirling Road will be open from 08:00 to 16:00 every day, but users are told not to arrive at the centres after 15:30.

    Social distancing measures will be in place to stop the spread of coronavirus, and there will be no pedestrian access.

    The Acton site is for residential waste only.

  8. Ealing teacher and care worker latest to die of coronavirus

    Sarah Lee

    BBC London

    Ealing Council leader Julian Bell has announced two more borough staff deaths due to coronavirus.

    In a statement, Mr Bell said: "Yesterday we heard the very sad news that another care worker had passed away, a manager of one of the care providers that operates in the borough. And today we have heard the sad news that one of our high school teachers has passed away due to coronavirus."

    The two members have staff have not yet been named.

    "On behalf of everyone, I would like to send our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family, work colleagues and friends of these two key workers who selflessly served and helped others during this crisis", Mr Bell added.

    The UK now has the highest number of coronavirus deaths in Europe, according to the latest government figures.

    There have been 29,427 deaths recorded across the UK - a figure Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said was "a massive tragedy".

  9. £52m Covid-19 cost to Ealing Council

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The impact of coronavirus on Ealing Council could lead to a £52 million hit for 2020 to 2021, civic chiefs have revealed.

    Calculations by the authority’s chief financial officer led to the multi-million-pound estimate being made due to scaled up spending to respond to the crisis, as well as a loss of income.

    Council leader Julian Bell has written to the prime minister urging him not to “betray our communities” and go back on the government’s promise to reimburse councils for their Covid-19 response spending.

    So far the government has allocated £1.6 billion of funding to local councils, Ealing has been granted £9m.

    A further £1.6 billion has also been pledged but no confirmation has yet been given for a breakdown of the funding by council.

    Cllr Bell said the authority is using its emergency reserves to tackle the pandemic.

  10. Ealing council hands out most Covid-19 business grants

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Ealing Council has handed out the highest number of grants to businesses in London to support them through the coronavirus crisis.

    Ealing Council

    The west London borough topped the charts for the capital in issuing the government’s financial aid packages to 4,170 businesses out of 5,000 flagged by the council as being eligible for support in the borough.

    Since 6 April, the authority cashed out more than £56m on behalf of the government.

    Jasbir Anand, the council’s business chief, said: “We know that every day of the lockdown will have a massive impact on our local economy, which is why we have been rapidly working to ensure small businesses are receiving the funding that may be a lifeline to keep them going.”

    “If you’re a corner shop or take-away that’s still open – thank you for being a lifeline to our communities.”

    In neighbouring boroughs, Hounslow has sent out grants worth £11m while Hillingdon has dished out more than £18m.

    The central government cash boost means that every business with a rateable value below £15,000 will receive support of up to £10,000.

    Larger businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors which have a rateable value of below £51,000 could receive £25,000.

    In Ealing, outlets entitled to the help do not need to apply and will be paid the funds automatically after the council contacts them.

    Those struggling are urged to visit the council’s website.

  11. Tesco Tower plan scrapped after protests

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Protesters outside Hoover Building in Perivale

    Controversial plans to build a 22-storey tower block behind the Hoover Building in Perivale have been rejected by Ealing Council.

    Ealing’s Planning Committee met last night as protesters gathered outside the Town Hall to object to the 305-unit development.

    A council spokeswoman said the planning application was refused on the grounds of the impact of its height on the Hoover building.

    A spokesman for the campaign against The Wiltern development said the group were “over the moon”.

    He said: “We are absolutely delighted, thrilled, ecstatic and relieved with the result.

    “Our message to Tesco is that they must now rethink their plans for the Tesco petrol station site in effective and meaningful consultation and co-production with Perivale residents.

    Developer Amro said in a statement: “Given the comprehensive consultation process to committee with the London Borough of Ealing, the GLA, Historic England, local bodies and groups and receiving the recommendation to approve the scheme; we are obviously disappointed with the decision and we do of course appreciate the points raised by the committee.

    An Amro spokesman said the company appreciated the fact that the committee noted that the site was appropriate development. He said: “We will be considering the options available to us.”

  12. Greenford roadworks 'to continue until mid-November'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Roadworks on the A40 Greenford roundabout that are turning 10 minute journeys into hour-long commutes will continue until mid-November.

    The cause of the issues – repair work on the railway bridge over the Greenford Road – will continue until Christmas Eve, but Network Rail said the impact on traffic should end sooner.

    News that commuters will only have to put up with a single-lane on Greenford Road for another two months will be little solace for many.

    Local resident Sonia Shah lives near William Perkin High School, and suffers with a chronic disorder.

    She missed her scheduled blood test a week ago because she was worried she would not be back in time to pick up her kids.

    She said: “I spoke to my partner and cancelled my two appointments until I know for sure I feel relaxed before I go and have plenty [of] time to get back.

    “Since Monday it’s been such bad traffic I’ve not yet rebooked.”

    Ealing Council said the works were originally planned to take place under a full road closure of Greenford Road.

    A spokesman said: “However, following extensive discussions with Network Rail, we persuaded them to keep the road open.”

  13. Jobs under threat at Ealing's library service

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Between 93 and 105 jobs are at risk as a result of changes in Ealing’s library service.

    The council announced in July it had found community groups to take over the management of five of the seven borough libraries threatened with closure, potentially keeping them open.

    If the shift to volunteer management goes ahead however, the libraries will be saved but many paid jobs will go.

    A council email puts possible job losses at 93, although it notes the actual number of redundancies was likely to be lower as staff were accommodated in other roles.

    However, Unison spokesman James Conlon said the actual number of people at risk of losing their jobs was 105.

  14. Ealing Council approves 2,083 new homes

    Artist's impression of redevelopment
    Image caption: Building work is expected to start in the autumn

    Ealing Council has approved plans for 2,083 new homes in Southall, west London, on the former Middlesex Business Centre.

    Councillors on Wednesday night granted outline planning permission for the demolition of some existing buildings on the site, a new park, hotel and retail space.

    Developer Montreaux said phase one of building works is expected to start this autumn with the first homes due to be available in spring 2022.

    Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council said the scheme would include 150 "genuinely affordable" homes and "bring employment, a new park, retail and community uses, as well as a new road – Healum Avenue – that will open up the Southall East area to even more opportunities".

    Montreaux said it was "delighted" at the council decision.

  15. Tributes paid to Southall's former mayor

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Tej Ram Bagha

    Tributes have been paid to a stalwart of the Southall community, Ealing’s 50th mayor Tej Ram Bagha, who has passed away after a short illness.

    Councillor Bagha served as mayor in 2014 and was a councillor in Ealing for 24 years.

    He came to the UK from the Punjab region of India as a young man in 1963 and lived in the borough for more than 50 years.

    For much of that time, he worked as a baggage handler at Heathrow Airport.

    Paying a heartfelt tribute to his friend and colleague at a full council meeting yesterday, Councillor Ranjit Dheer, said: “He was a devoted family man so the pain and loss of his death will be felt so much within his family.

    “He was a valued colleague in the Domer’s Wells ward and was a splendid member of the chamber. He will be missed by residents and by Ealing Labour Party."

  16. Ealing schools achieve 'elephantine' recycling rates

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    School pupils in Ealing have made a truly elephantine effort to recycle their rubbish.

    In fact they have recycled so many tonnes of material over the past year that it is equivalent to the weight of about 140 African elephants.

    This adds up to an incredible 830 tonnes of material and an improvement of more than 180 tonnes on the previous year – showing that people of all ages are taking up the challenge of recycling and helping to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill.

    Councillor Mik Sabiers, Ealing Council’s cabinet member for environment and highways, said: “Rising recycling rates in our schools is great news and I’d like to thank staff and pupils across the borough for their hard work in contributing to this achievement.

    “It’s encouraging to see young people involved in recycling and working towards a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly borough, and it sets a good precedent for the future.”

    Ealing currently recycles half of its household waste – the best borough rate in London bar one, and 18 percentage points ahead of the average borough rate across London.