A campaign to get Ealing Council to clean up an alleyway between Allenby Road to Lovell Road in Southall that local residents, parents and their children say is dangerous and dirty has been launched. The organiser of the petition says that many of the concerns have been raised previously and the council has not addressed them.
This includes the alleyway being used as a “dumping ground”, not having any street lighting “despite repeated calls from the community for the council to provide lighting, this has not happened” and obstacles in the alleyway which can cause “elderly users of the alleyway also are more likely to fall and hurt themselves”.
In a Change.org petition, which was started by Minal Pankhania, the petition has reached out to Councillor Deirdre Costigan, deputy leader of Ealing Council who is in charge of environmental issues as well as to Council leader and Southall Green Councillor, Peter Mason.
They are calling on the Labour controlled Council to ensure more bins are provided in and around the area, get street lighting installed in the alleyway and have it cleaned on a regular basis along with keeping bushes and nettles trimmed to stop them becoming dangerous.
In the petition, Ms Pankhania writes:
“We are writing to complain about the unsafe condition of our local alleyway. The alleyway in question is a busy passage in Southall that passes through two local schools, Allenby Primary School and Dormers Wells High School. This alleyway connects Allenby Road to Lovell Road. It is frequently used by pupils and family members of both the schools and these two residential roads. Given its convenience as a shortcut, it is also used by several local residents and passers-by, some of whom are elderly. The local community heavily rely on using this alleyway. All these users complain about the dilapidated condition of the alleyway. There are several longstanding issues making it unsafe for the users, as outlined below.
“First, the alleyway is frequently used as a dumping ground and is full of rubbish. Not only is this an eyesore for a busy alleyway but can also be dangerous. There is often shattered glass and syringes thrown in the alleyway. This is a clear hazard, especially for children as young as 3 years old attending the primary school, who use this alleyway on a regular basis. Furthermore, sometimes people dump old clothes and food in the alleyway. This attracts wild animals who leave faeces, worsening the conditions of the alleyway for all who use it.
“Second, there is no street lighting for the alleyway. Despite repeated calls from the community for the council to provide lighting, this has not happened. In the meantime, the lack of lighting makes it even more dangerous for children, especially in the winter. Providing lighting for the alleyway would make it safer and decrease the likelihood of people using it as a dumping ground for rubbish.
“Third, the alleyway often is overgrown with bushes and nettles. The bushes decrease visibility for users of the alleyway making it more dangerous. Some of the nettles are so tall they reach the height of children using the alleyway and many children have been stung by them. Elderly users of the alleyway also are more likely to fall and hurt themselves given these obstacles, which is particularly dangerous with the rubbish.”
Ealing Liberal Democrats have expressed their concern over the issue and how it is not being dealt with by the Council.
Liberal Democrat spokesperson for environment Councillor Athena Zissimos told EALING.NEWS: “There are far too many neglected alleys across Ealing, falling between the cracks, and neglected by the Council, I sometimes wonder if the Council even knows that these alleyways exist. I was certain that if were to put this alley into the ‘The Love Clean Streets’ App that the Council encourages us to use to report fly-tipping etc, it would not recognise the alley. I tried it, it did not, the app needs to be sorted.”
Councillor Zissimos added: “Having said that, if an App does not recognise an alley, it should not mean, that the Council should not recognise it, it is there, and it is used, it is on their patch. It should be swept, and the verges should be cut back, the Environmental team should have it on their work schedule. Requests for lighting, should be heeded, the safer neighbourhood unit should be trying to make it a safer place to walk through, it should not be forgotten by the Council as it seems it has, even with residents complaining. We the Liberal Democrats want to see a clean and safe Ealing for all, including Southall.”
EALING.NEWS has approached Ealing Council for a comment.