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The area within and around Acton Green is undergoing a period of rapid change.  Intense refurbishment and new construction are creating extensions to existing properties, new apartment blocks and additional offices.  The latest example is the construction of a final large block in the Chiswick Business Park.

This construction activity naturally leads to an increase in the residential and the business-related populations, and in the associated road and pedestrian traffic volumes.  The upkeep of our roads and pavements needs constant attention.  Regular street cleaning and efficient rubbish collection are also vital to the quality of life of our residents.

AGRA keep a constant watch on the state of our roads, and alerts Ealing Council to the need for repairs and maintenance anywhere in our area.  We also watch out for problems such as fly-tipping, trees that need pruning, over-hanging trees and shrubs, potholes, pavement-fouling by dogs, abandoned vehicles and graffiti.

We are concerned with the potential impact on our community of plans for the extension of Heathrow.  Currently most aircraft approaching Heathrow from the East pass to the South of our area, so we do not suffer unduly from aircraft noise.  However, a third runway to the north of the current runways would result in aircraft passing directly over our area, and a dramatic increase in aircraft noise.

AGRA supports HACAN, the organisation that campaigns on behalf of those who suffer because of aircraft flight paths.  We will continue to monitor the government’s plans for new airport capacity, and will campaign against any developments that threaten our neighbourhood with increased aircraft noise.

To report incidents relating to the environment to Ealing Council, email customers@ealing.gov.uk

Steve Lewis is AGRA’s committee member with special responsibility for environmental matters.

GRIMEBUSTERS: You can now contact the council 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to report incidents of EMERGENCY CLEANSING – FLY-TIPPING – GRAFFITI. Report it on 020 8825 8825.