Draft Neighbourhood Plan for West Ealing launched


After more than three years of hard work the West Ealing Centre Neigbourhood Forum has launched its draft plan for central West Ealing.  WECNF now wants your comments on its plan to enable them to finalise it and send it out for formal consultation and , if successful, for formal adoption as part of the planning framework  for West Ealing.  This plan is important for all of us who live and work in West Ealing.  It’s about how we want the centre of West Ealing to be developed over the next 15 years.  It will help decide what sort of commercial and housing developments happen, what they can look like, how high they can build, where they can be built and much, much more.  This plan matters.

The plan is now available on WECNF’s website.  There is a public meeting where it will be presented and you can give your views on Wednesday 2nd March 7.30pm at The Welshore Community Hub, 99 Broadway, West Ealing W13 9BP.

You can also email your comments to WECNF (details on their website) and the deadline is Monday 14th March.


Open meeting to discuss a local online network for West Ealing Weds 9 March

Open meeting to discuss a local online network for central West Ealing – Wednesday 9th March 6-8pm at The Welshore Community Hub

This is a project funded by the Council’s Riot Recovery/High Street Fund. If there is sufficient interest then the aim is to set up an open and inclusive resource that’s easy to use and for local residents to :

– share views and information about their area
– find ways to influence decisions and bring about improvements
– get connected with more people in the area, both online and face to face
-discuss issues that interest them

The team involved have researched what already exists online so know about the various blogs, website and FB pages for the area.

The meeting will explore the options for developing and/or integrating these sites to establish a widely-used independent resource.

Anyone interested in helping improve communication in West Ealing is welcome to come along.

New business co-working hub coming to West Ealing

The Council has been successful in securing the funding to open a full-scale business hub in West Ealing.  It’s taken a while to get here.  I had some small involvement in the original feasibility study for a business co-working hub in West Ealing which was written and researched in 2013 by a group of people who, at the time, all worked/volunteered at OPEN Ealing. I think this is great news for West Ealing so congratulations to everyone involved in securing the money and good luck with getting the hub up and running by the autumn.  Here’s an extract from the latest newsletter from the Walpole Ward councillors:

‘The council has secured funding from the Mayor of London’s Regeneration Fund for a new business co-working hub that will open in the autumn and will offer a home for new and small businesses in St James Avenue, West Ealing. Businesses, social enterprises, homeworkers and self-employed will be able to rent desks and meeting rooms and network with each other. There may also be space for a crèche.

This follows a successful trial last year when the council set up a co-working space in a former insurance shop in West Ealing. This was known as Ealing Blueprint and was used by a wide variety of businesses and individuals during the 6 months of the trial.’

Celebrating Ealing’s cultutal hertitage: Ealing Music and Film Valentine Festival 10-14 February


This year’s event features an exciting range of events.  The musical programme includes the English Chamber Orchestra and the Ealing Youth Orchestra. Two films from Ealing Studios along with some exciting films from young directors promise some great viewing  Boogie pianist Ben Walters and blues guitaristRamon Goose perform at the legendary Red Room.

For more information and the full programme, visit www.ealingmusicandfilmfestival.org.