Comments welcome on initial design for green space near Sainsbury’s

Following local residents’ concerns about the problems caused by all the pigeons on this patch of grass, the Council has put forward an initial plan for redesigning this grass area on the corner of Melbourne Ave and Leeland Terrace. It’s worth knowing that part of the design will be to include permanent notices asking people not to feed the pigeons.

They are looking for feedback from residents so your comments are welcome. My initial reaction is that there is too much open space and it needs more plants but others may think differently. You can email your comments to us at westealingneighbours@gmail.com or leave them here.

 

Making Melbourne Avenue a nicer place for the community

A big thanks to Dean from Jeff’s Flower stall.  Dean spent Sunday morning cleaning out all the rubbish from the circular planter/bench by his stall at the top of Melbourne Ave. It was full of discarded cans, food wrappers and more and looked very sorry for itself. It’s been transformed with a some hard work and bags of bark (WEN paid for the bark) and now looks much better and so much more pleasant for the many, many people who sit there throughout the day.

Our aim is to work with the Council to revive all the planting in the benches in Melbourne Ave in time for our Christmas Fair on Saturday 9th December. We may need some help from the community to do this. We’ll let you know more as soon as we can.

Watermans Arts Centre seeks funds to become a world-class venue

Barely a couple of miles away from West Ealing, Watermans Arts Centre has occupied its riverfront site in Brentford for over 30-years.  It is now looking to re-locate and make a step change in what it’s able to offer and create an artistic and social hub for West London. To achieve this ambition it needs to raise £6 million – no small task.  It needs our help in supporting their efforts.  Their press release says:

‘If you would like to see a world-class artistic programme, a community hub like no other in West London and an independently run social enterprise investing back into the community, please join our campaign for a World Class Watermans and share your support and comments.

Please write to us or post on social media stating your support or point of view:

Email us at WorldClass@watermans.org.uk

Post on social media using the hashtag #WorldClassWatermans @WatermansArts ‘

You can read the full release via this link
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Give your views and help secure funding for a healthier and more attractive West Ealing

The Council wants to hear your views in support of a bid for funds from TfL’s Liveable Neighbourhoods scheme. The scheme is about delivering attractive and healthy neighbourhoods for residents -in this case residents of West Ealing. It includes improving conditions for walking, cycling and leisure with the aim of improving local air quality and the social and economic vitality of West Ealing.

This is a great opportunity for West Ealing and fits really well with the plan WEN and other local stakeholders helped to draw up to improve Dean Gardens – the plan is  here

Dean Gardens is just one aspect of the improvements that could be made if this bid is successful. Time is a bit short as the deadline is Friday 6th October so the more people who complete the online questionnaire the more helpful it is for the Council in its bid. The questionnaire is available here

 

Full list of bands for SoundBite’s music tent on Saturday in Dean Gardens 1-9pm

Saturday 9th September 1-9pm in Dean Gardens

Music line-up

13:00  Ealing Rock Choir

13:30  Chasing Deer:  an exciting and energetic three piece with a fun pop/rock band style.  Think Beatles, Bowie and Lumineers. They perform a mix of original material and classic cover songs

14:15  Mariachi Las Adelitas:  Mariachi musicians will stroll around Dean Gardens to entertain while the next band sets up on stage

14:30 James Knight Trio:  Led by saxophonist James who has played alongside Kylie Minoque, Kirsty Macoll and many more, this trio play quality funk.

15:15  Mariachi Las Adelitas: as above

15:30 TJ Johnson and The Preachers:  Expect a blistering set influenced by Chicago Blues, Johnny Guitar Watson style Funk and Hendrix style RnB.

16:30  Mariachi Las Adelitas: as above

16:45  Born of the Sun:  Heavy Blues Rockers and the children of the generation that witnessed the birth of the British Blues Explosion at the Ealing Club in the 60s. Musically educated on their parents STONES & WHO records, the Ealing born power trio unleash gutsy sonic flare, fused with lyrical tales of lands of rising suns

17:30  Mariachi Las Adelitas:  as above

17:45  Scarlet Kite:    An acoustic band big on folk and blues.  They bring strong harmonies interwoven with an uplifting, melodic wall of sound.  They produce punchy guitar rhythms, fine finger-picking, solid piano bases, a soaring fiddle and an ethereal flute, packing masses of spell-binding atmosphere.

18:15 King Buster Blues Band:   Described as the hypotenuse of blues, King Buster play their melodic catchy songs around a blues format with two drummers, lap steel, harmonica and guitars to soothe the soul then get you on the dance floor.

19:00 DJ set

19:15 Namvula Rennie: Her Scottish & Zambian Roots have helped inspire her song writing, tracks that combine African and Jazz influences are propelled to audiences with accomplished musicians

20:00 Ramon Goose:  An English guitarist, singer and producer known for his work with the West African Blues Project.

21:00 End

Full details of the SoundBite Festival are here

Petition to save art deco ‘Woolworths’ facade

West Ealing Centre Neighbourghood Forum (WECNF) has launched a petition to save the old Woolworths art deco facade from demolition as part of a planned redevelopment of the site by A2Dominion housing asociation.  WECNF has produced a spatial plan for the centre of West Ealing which includes a list of key heritage buildings/features it wishes to see preserved. The Woolworths facade is on this list.

You can read more about this story on this blog

You can sign their petition via their website.  

How can we make this patch of grass by Sainsbury’s look better?

 

 

I’m sure you all know this little piece of green on the corner by Sainsbury’s. It is home to dozens of pigeons, frequently covered in bits of bread and, sometimes, black bags of dumped rubbish.  It seems such a shame that it’s become an eyesore. What can we do to make it look better? If we can come up with some ideas WEN can put them to the Council and talk to them about these ideas.

I’ve heard a few ideas suggested such as cycle racks, artwork/sculpture and flowers, herbs and  shrubs (that can withstand the pigeons). I’m sure there are lots of other possibilities. Could you please spare just a few minutes to give us your ideas and comments so we can put these to the council. I can’t guarantee what the Council will decide but I’m confident we can put some really good ideas to them.

Pease email your ideas to us at westealingneighbours@gmail.com

Many thanks for your help.

Plans for 118 homes up to 15 storeys high for old Woolworths site in West Ealing

Local housing association A2Dominion revealed its plans for the old Woolworths site in West Ealing at a public exhibition last Saturday.  Key points in their plans include:

  • 118 homes with 35% affordable (of the affordable homes 60% will be affordable rent and 40% shared ownership)
  • 11 storeys at front on Uxbridge Rd and 15 at the back on Singapore Rd
  • The art-deco facade will go as it is in poor repair and very restricting on how the new building could be designed making in financially unviable
  • the facade on to the Uxbridge Rd will compliment the proposed next door BHS site development
  • No parking but 172 cycle spaces
  • retail outlets retained on ground floor

A2Dominion is already developing the nearby Green Man Lanes Estate and the next door site, the old BHS building, is awaiting development with up to 135 homes.

A2Dominion want to hear your views on their plans. The detailed plans and how to have your say are on their website