A TEAM of investigators have been formed in a bid to learn the lessons of the riots and are calling on residents to give their experiences.
Ealing Council's Riot Scrutiny Panel will be joined by members of the government's national inquiry at a public meeting on October 17.
Residents are invited to speak at the event, ask questions and leave written accounts of the devastation caused on August 8. Emergency services and other organisations will also be represented as the inquiry establishes the facts and looks at what could be done better.
Council leader Julian Bell, said: "Many residents had terrible, almost life-changing experiences. This is their opportunity to come and say what happened to them. I think it's vital to get a full picture.
"People's confidence has been shaken. It's about restoring that confidence and giving them the reassurance that lessons are being learned."
With about half of those rampaging through the streets living in the borough, one of the key questions will be to find out why some chose to riot and others did not.
Mr Bell added: "We'll be talking to the youth offending team and others to try to understand why those with a similar profile to the rioters didn't take part, to help us understand how to prevent it happening again."
The independent Riot Communities and Victims Panel, set up by government to look at the effects of the riots across the country, is chaired by Darra Singh, former chief executive of Ealing Council.
He and his team are visiting the borough as part of a series of public events across riot-hit areas. They will use the meeting to develop an understanding of how Ealing was affected to form part of a wide-ranging report. Their interim findings will be released in November with a more detailed report to be completed by March.
The easiest way for residents to contribute to this is to make submissions to the council's own inquiry, which will be passed on to the national effort.
The Ealing panel is made up of seven councillors across the three parties.
After the first public meeting, two more have been scheduled to look at specific issues in detail and to come up with conclusions and recommendations.
Submissions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and anyone wishing to speak at the meeting should contact Keith Fraser at email@example.com or on 020 8825 7497 by Thursday (13).
Visit www.ealing.gov.uk/riotrecovery to find out more.