Deadline of 13th September for comments on Heathrow’s planning application for expansion

There’s an awful lot going on with Heathrow at the moment with its plans to build a third runway and changes to flight paths. This consultation is about its plans to build a third runway. If you want to find out exactly what is being planned and make your views known on these plans visit their website.

If you want to raise objections one useful site is from the No 3rd Runway Coalition Another useful site is that of HACAN which campaigns for people living under the Heathrow flightpaths.


Film about Ealing Club on Sky on Sunday 8th September

It’s taken a while but the locally made film about the important role played by The Ealing Club in this country’s rhythm and blues music history finally hits our TV screens this Sunday on Sky Arts at 10pm. ‘Suburban Steps to Rockland’ tells the story of how this tiny basement club saw the Rolling Stones start their career and gave inspiration to many of this country’s most famous musicians of the 1960s.


Council gives go-ahead to cuts in libraries budget

Despite 17,450 people signing petitions against the Council’s plans to stop funding for seven of our 13 libraries, the Cabinet approved the plans at its meeting on Tuesday evening. As a result, these seven libraries will now see the loss of their professional librarians and become either community managed or community supported. West Ealing Library has had expressions of interest from groups willing to take on its running. The next step is for these groups to work up a business plan and then the Council will decide which group will be chosen.

It’s not yet clear what the full costs will be to run West Ealing Library as the Council has yet to decide on the rental cost of the back room office area. However, it is clear that whichever group takes it on will have to find the full running costs once the initial start up phase is over. The Council will give some financial support in the start up phase. If, for whatever reason, the group fails then the Council will look for another group or close the library.

Stop The Towers campaign launches website

The Stop The Towers campaign was launched to campaign against the proposed 25 and 26-storey towers next to and opposite West Ealing station. The campaign is neither against development in this area nor against building much needed truly affordable social housing. What it is against is the scale and, in particular, the height of these two towers.

Whilst the campaign has only been going for a few weeks it has already reached many hundreds of residents with information about the plans and the campaign. Now it has just launched its website and this is the place to keep up with the latest news about the campaign.

Help save our libraries march on Saturday 13th July

The campaign to save seven of Ealing’s libraries from possible closure continues this Saturday with a march from Hanwell Library to West Ealing Library.

Join us outside Hanwell Library in Cherington Road at 10.30am. This is almost our last chance to show the Council that we oppose their plans to make these seven libraries, including West Ealing, community managed or close them down.

West Ealing Neighbours AGM on Wednesday 10th July from 7.30pm at the Welshore Hub

Wednesday 10th July at the Welshore Community Hub, 99 Broadway, West Ealing W13 9BP starting at 7.30pm

 
This is to give formal notice that the Annual General Meeting of West Ealing Neighbours will be held on Wednesday 10th July at the Welshore Community Hub, 99 Broadway (next to the old Bensons for Beds shop on corner with St James Ave) starting at 7.30pm.
 
Topics for the meeting will include:

  • The campaign to save West Ealing’s Library
  • The plans for the towers near West Ealing station

In addition to the above, there will be a short report on our activities in 2018 and on our finances followed by elections for the following named posts:

  • Chair
  • Vice-Chair
  • Treasurer

All of the above posts can be held either singly or jointly. If jointly, two members, can between them, organise how the responsibilities of that post are to be carried out.
 
In addition, there is a minimum of two and a maximum of 12 members’ posts available for election to the Management Committee.  Some of the areas where we welcome help include: 

  • Publicity, including social media
  • Writing for and managing the WEN blog – http://www.westealingneighbours.org.uk/
  • Designing and writing for our newsletter
  • Attending local meetings
  • Helping set up local events such as the annual SoundBite Festival and Christmas Fair

If you would like to put your name forward for any of these posts you can either contact WEN by email at westealingneighbours@gmail.com or come along to our AGM and put your name forward there.  If there are more names than available posts then election shall be by ballot.

26-storey tower planned next to West Ealing station

No sooner had we heard the news of A2Dominon’s planned 25-storey tower opposite West Ealing station than we next hear of plans for a 26-storey tower next to West Ealing station.

The 26-storey tower with 149 homes is called by the developers ‘the UK’s tallest fully-affordable tower’. The developers are Southern Grove and Thames Valley Metropolitan Housing (TVMH) who are also the team developing So Resi the 136 homes building on the old BHS site in West Ealing.

The development will replace the row of shops by the station and go into Manor Road. What exactly constitutes affordable in West Ealing is open to debate. Nevertheless, the 149 homes will be split between 65% shared ownership and 35% rented at the London Living Rent – a new scheme from the London Mayor which sets rents at a third of average local earnings. Other criteria include a maximum gross joint income of £60,000 for those wanting to buy through shared ownership.

There’s no question West Ealing needs more homes, especially ones that are affordable by local people. The concerns expressed by many local residents on the newly set up Facebook page about both towers centre on the height and appropriateness for this area.

There is a public exhibition of these plans on Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th June downstairs at the Drayton Court Hotel 3-8pm. There is a website for this development

Come and support ‘Save Ealing Libraries’ campaign – Town Hall Tuesday 6pm

Supporters of the ‘Save Ealing Libraries’ campaign will be gathering outside the Town Hall this coming Tuesday 11 June from 6pm. There is a meeting of the full Council that evening at 7pm. The Council will not allow the petitions to save Ealing’s libraries to be presented at the meeting. Please come along beforehand to show them your support for the continued funding of West Ealing, Hanwell, Northfields, Perivale, Pitshanger, Greenford and Wood End libraries.

For details of how to support the campaign and local actions, email: saveourseven.ealing@gmail.com or follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter