Ealing and Northfield

Ealing’s waste contractor taken over

Ealing’s combined waste and recycling services are delivered by a contractor called ECT. Today it has been announced that ECT has been taken over by AIM-listed May Gurney. See their press release here.

The council has worked hard to improve street collections and re-cycling over the last two years. Last November saw expansion of the service and the inception of same day collections and street cleaning. There is still a long way to go to meet our residents’ expectations. Hopefully the involvement of a larger, better financed group will help us to get there faster.

11 replies on “Ealing’s waste contractor taken over”

Is this change in ownership responsible for the terrible state of the Maytrees Rest Garden in South Ealing (opposite the South Ealing Tube Station)? Are ECT involved in this? Long overdue work started on restoring the park (as per the promises of Ealing Council and contractors Willmott Dixon) to the state it was in before a temporary road was put in to rebuild Grange Primary School, though this seems to have ground slowly to a halt a couple of weeks ago.
The park is a tip. The new path that has been cut out of the roadway is in the wrong place destroying the symmetry of the positioning of the remaining rose beds. The remaining roses have been dug out of a dozen or so rosebeds leaving a pock-marked, overgrown landscape resembling a giant gopher colony with grass that has not been cut for a month or longer.
The “building site” that has been created is a “lawsuit-waiting-to-happen” with hidden holes all over the place just waiting for a toddler to fall in and break a leg. On top of that it is the wrong season for roses–it will be the Autumn before roses are availble in bulk (and at a reasonable costs therefore) before replanting can really start.
The plastic mesh fencing that kept the public out of the danger areas has been ripped down and there are posts all over the place at strange angles partly torn out of the ground. Three large piles of new soil have arrived, however there is nowhere to put them as the Council management forget that the Wilmott-Dixon highway was built on a bed of concrete and rubble going down about a foot meaning that “planing off” the top four inches of tarmac leaves a nice concrete bed on top of which grass ill not grow–even in four inches of soil! It is just too dry, it will all die. The old path beside this road has also been dug up, leaving a four-foot wide strip of rubble and hardcore which also is not suitable for having a thin layer of topsoil and grass put down on top of it.
This “shifting” of the path by four feet leaves the path four feet further away from the non-too-bright streetlights illuminating it. On top of this someone has butchered the beatiful yew hedge with a massively overzealous hair cut creating a wall of brown, dead foliage.
A large mound of ripped up tarmac adorns the North side of the gardens, and a steel bench stands there forlornly on its own (unattached to the ground), its partner having disappeared some weeks ago when they were returned to the site.
There were two benches there on that path before the road was built, now there is one (unattached). Originally (some ten years ago there were three benches, but then one went missing).
Somehow, one thinks that when the gardens awere going to be ” restored and renovated” one had the idea that they might be improved, however they just seem to be getting worse. Clealry the word of Wilmott-Dixon and Ealing Council does not stand for much, and neither the Parks and Countryside, nor the Rangers, nor even Health and Safety seem to care?
Perhaps some “head rolling” is in order; or at least the Health and Safety Department should be made to go and stand in the holes all over the Rest Gardens for a few days so that they know that they are there and need to be fixed!
Honey Weeks.
P.S. When is the pavement at the North-Western Entrance to the Maytree Rest Gardens between the car part of the road and the Rest Gardens going to be restored? It slopes down like a driveway into a giant puddle/small lake of water atop a blocked drain when it rains into which pushchairs and prams run down off the pavement into the water and the road, and where passing cars, buses, and lorries send sheets of water over the pedestrians/


Thank you for your comment about Maytree – I had noticed that this site was a mess too.

I have asked officers for a report on Maytree and will get back to you.

In future if you want to comment on the blog great, but if you want to raise an issue with me as portfolio holder please write to me. I don’t want to do business by blog.

My apologies about doing business by blog. The attraction of your blog is that it is open and fits in well with the model of open government. It would be good if more Councillors and other officials were as open as you were.


I have thought further about your comment. I may not agree with you, however, I respect you and therefore I comment on your website. Rule #1 of PR: there is no such thing as bad PR. You are doing well in Ealing.
Roll with the punches,

The fact that ECT has been taken over is brilliant. The amount of effort that this administration has had to put in to get the job done by ECT is disproportionate to the result. ECT needs to get rid of a couple of layers of management (particularly the ex-Council, ex-BETTS, ex-Cardinal types that seem to swim around in the middle- and line-management areas of a number of public sector contractors in Ealing). This can only be good. It may also be an opportunity to change contractor. ECT is not up to the job: the trail of uncollected litter that covers Ealing after the trucks have gone by bears testament to that.
One thing does interest me though: where there are Poles and other East Europeans working for ECT they are polite and helpful and do their jobs, while where there are English people working for ECT they are pretty much universally unpleasant and seem to seek ways of stopping you getting rid of your rubbish. Why is this?

A positive comment:

I noted a gully emptier cleaning out the blocked drain in the South Ealing Road this morning (Saturday) where the temporary road through the Maytree Gardens runs out. A partial result!

However, one would have expected Health and Safety to have done something about fencing the pot holes and the site off.

Stiill, its a start!

As ever,

Excellent. The grass in the Maytrees Rest Garden got a good cutting (as far a the heaps of rubble allow) this morning (Wednesday). Now if we could just get the potholes fenced around so that the residents of the local retirement home around the corner and the primary school children in Grange School can not fall in them we will be making real progress.

H. Weeks.

More progress. The safety fencing is back up today (Tuesday) and work has started on removing the ten or twelve inches of conrcrete and hardcore that underlaid the already removed tarmac. I guess wiser heads than mine have already come out with a solution to the path being in the wrong place in relation to the street lighting and the symmetry of the flower-bed layout.

The big question though remains: who removed the hundred or so rose bushes in the Maytrees Rest Garden a month or so ago, and why? Where are they now?

H. Weeks.

Tuesday: The saga of the Maytree Gardens continues. I watched today as a different contractor (from the one who was properly excavating the concrete base remaining from the temporary road) being rather cheeky smoothing out quantities of topsoil other the remaining foot-thick concrete road base. Unfortunately three or four inches of soil over concrete will not lead to long-term grass cover, far from it in fact. I would suggest a visit there as soon as possible with a camera.
H. Weeks.

The restoration of the Maytrees Rest Garden in South Ealing reached a new nadir today. Several trucks marked with “Contractors to the Royal Parks…” pulled up and proceeded to wreck what was left of the gardens. A large JCB drove up and down across the grass (something one should not do) and the remaining rose beds were filled in with soil. All the take a thin layer of soil (three to four inches) was deposited over some eighteen inches of concrete rubble (with no effort to remove any of it) where the temporary road had been. The highlught of the afternoon came when the JCB ripped open a water main leaving a small fountain gurgling in what was left of the lawn…
Well done Ealing Council and WIllmott-Dixon you have reneged on every undertaking that the Maytrees Rest Garden was to be restored once Grange Primary School had been re-built. Are we to expect more of the same approach with new promises?

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