Some of you may remember filling out a brief online questionnaire from Ealing Council a few weeks ago which asked questions about what would make West Ealing a better place in which to live. The survey was in aid of a Council bid for significant funds from TfL’s Liveable Neighbourhood Fund.
Good news is West Ealing is one of the seven winners of the first round of funding, Ealing Council has secured funding to further develop its proposals. These proposals include better conditions for walking and cycling, changes to the town centre to make it more attractive and less dominated by cars. Also included in the Council’s bid is a plan to redesign Dean Gardens – using the exact same plan that was produced as the result of a concerted effort by a group of local stakeholders including West Ealing Neighbours and other residents’ groups, faith groups, West Ealing BID, Clarion and other local housing associations, the Council, the police and others. This is the plan that can be seen here.
Congratulations to Ealing Council for all their hard work and I very much hope that for this next stage the proposal will be developed with the local community so that it will be one which truly represents the wishes of local people. We want to see a plan we can all fully support as it has the potential to significantly improve the quality of life for many, many West Ealing residents.
Monday saw the start of the month long work to implement the West Ealing CPZ. The first white lines were marked out in Coldershaw Road. However, there is some concern that local traders may lose out because the plans include switching some 19 stop and shop bays along Coldershaw Rd, Canberra Rd and Leeland Terrace to shared use. The stop and shop bays will be confined to Leeland Rd and the car parking behind and beside the library. On the face of it this seems to mean fewer short-term bays (usually 30 minutes) for people coming to shop in West Ealing as these 19 bays could be used by long and short stay visitors as well as permit holders. Will this change from stop and shop to shared use affect local businesses? Will shoppers not bother trying to park in West Ealing and take their trade elsewhere?
Worth taking a look at this local internet tv interview about the legality and impact on businesses of the West Ealing CPZ
The Hindu Temple in Chapel Road ( Shri Kanaga Thurkkai Amman) has submitted an application to Ealing Council to construct a permanent building to replace the existing marquee on its site. The new building would have a basement, ground and first floor and one of its functions would be as a meditation hall. The temple is well known locally for its hugely popular and colourful annual Chariot Festival each August.
What is of concern to some local residents is the impact on parking and congestion in what is already a highly congested area. Chapel Road is a very narrow street and is frequently heavily parked up with worshippers at this busy temple.
If you live nearby do please take a look at the Council’s website for more information about these plans. Hopefully this link will take you to the planning search page and the reference number is 177615FUL. The Ealing Dean Residents’ Association is opposing these plans.