SOME good news at last. After more than a year of financial misery caused by the worldwide recession, Ealing Council has given its residents a ray of hope.

Council tax has been frozen for the second time in as many years - and more than £70million of investment has been announced for the borough.

This is a fantastic announcement for all residents, as millions will be pumped into regenerating Acton and restoring Gunnersbury Park.

There will also be more than £30m allocated to schools.

There is, of course, an election looming, and cynics may speculate that the council is trying to curry favour with residents as they are a few months away from going to vote.

But the reality is that this week's announcements make life a lot easier for people at a time when money troubles are at the front of everyone's minds.

Whoever wins the next election, all the borough's councillors and officers should put residents first and work for their benefit.