Give your views on plans for 53 new homes in Dean Gardens car park

The end of August is the deadline to complete the survey, or give your comments about, the Council’s plans for 53 new homes in the Dean Gardens/Maitland Yard car parks.

There were two online Q&A sessions on 5th Augsut which contain some useful information about the plans. These should be available to view on the special website for these plans in a few days. Some key points:

There will be three blocks of flats moving from 4-storeys by the Salvation Army building to 8-storeys at the corner of Leeland Terrace and The Broadway

The homes will be built to passive standards to minimise their carbon footprint.

The homes will be mostly 1 and 2 bedroom. On the Q&A session there was a question about whether 1 and 2 bedroom were the right sort of properties to tackle the housing waiting list. The answer was that it is difficult to address local housing needs on such a small site.

There will be a mixture of homes for private sale and to rent at London Affordable Rent rates

The two pedestrian routes through from The Broadway will be retained and the lighting improved to make these routes safer and more attractive

There will be an overall loss of about 20 parking spaces across the three car parks – Maitland Yard, Dean Gardens and Leeland Terrace – leaving some 36 spaces.

The Farmers’ Market stallholders will still be able to park on Saturdays for the weekly market

There will be a public seating area roughly where part of the Leeland Terrace car park is now

There was a question about the importance of tackling the anti-social behaviour that plagues this area, especially Maitland Yard. The architects were aware of this problem but clearly need to talk to the police and Council anti-social behavior team to fully understand the problem and how their design needs to deal with this. This needs stressing as the residents of Leeland mansions and Pioneer Court have had to put up with years of anti-social behaviour – drug dealing, drug taking, street drinkers and so on.

Protests grow against Low Traffic Neighbourhoods

Sunday saw a number of street meetings and protests against the Council’s planned series of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (see story below for full details of the plans). The LTNs will be operational by early September with a six-month review period. It seems certain the Council will go-ahead with these LTNs despite the protests.

Once these LTNs are in place residents who still wish to object will be able to give their views to the Council during the consultation. The Council is due to write to all residents in the LTN areas explaining the reasons why the LTNs are being brought in and how to make their comments. We will follow up about the consultation once details are available but one obvious step is to notes and photographs any problems that result from the LTNs to send as evidence for the consultation.

Wednesday 5th August: The LTN south of The Broadway is due to be installed on 24th August.

Photo: Gill Shaw

Petition against Low Traffic Neighbourhoods reaches 3,400

The petition objecting to the proposed plans for the Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTN) has reached over 3,400 signatures. The LTN for the West Ealing area (map above) south from The Broadway to Blondin Park and west from Northfield Ave to Boston Road is due to be implemented mid-August. Some residents will be in favour of this LTN and others will be opposed. if you are concerned about this LTN then the statement below is from the petition and explains the reasons for objecting:

‘As local residents, we object to the proposed plans for the local Ealing LTNs.  We intend to unite to oppose these plans and demand an opportunity to be consulted so that the final plans benefit all residents.  Whilst we support the overarching objective of reducing traffic & improving the environment, we don’t believe this proposal is fit for purpose.  

The essence of our objection is that:

The closure of local Distributor Roads will divert traffic onto narrower, quieter residential roads.  This will add traffic onto these minor roads, reduce air quality and add dangers to residents and their children going about their lives.

The proposals have not been officially published for consultation and therefore the residents have not been afforded the chance to consider the matter.  We deem this to be undemocratic, non-transparent, and a failure of the Council to serve the community responsibly.

We believe this lack of transparency has created much fear and anger in people. 

 We require the council to share with us the following:

*Objectives to the scheme

*Timelines of the overarching plan

*Maps of all proposed impacted areas 

*Evidence based Data on traffic in roads in question.

*Impact assessments & Risk assessments which should include statements & assessments from London Fire services, emergency services & St John’s Ambulance

 *Success criteria & measurements pre & post trials

 *Consultation period dates & timings

Many proposed plans for the area we consider to be totally impractical and contravene the LTN objectives. Should the proposed plan be submitted and accepted in its current form, much of the traffic will struggle to flow bi-directionally, as many of the routes are too narrow. This is likely to create significant congestion which will increase engine idling and increase fuel consumption, thereby delivering a negative impact on the quality of air.

We are also concerned that congestion/road blockages may cause problems for emergency service access. We have many elderly, vulnerable residents in poor health, with an increased dependency on emergency and medical services during this COVID 19 pandemic, when timely interventions can be critical.  We believe this plan to be completely ageist & discriminatory against at least 20% of Ealing’s residents.   Along with our concerns for the emergency services (fire & ambulance), we worry the impact this scheme will have on our public services and the access they require weekly to conduct their duties. The current scheme makes no provision for an alternate route for traffic to enter or leave the area. Thus, at least every week, when said public service vehicles perform their duties, all impacted residences will be placed in gridlock with little or no vehicular access.

We also object to the plan to implement this without proper consultation.  We have been informed that there will not be a consultation period before this trial starts, but a review conducted post trial.  This is totally undemocratic and will cause 6 months of stress and chaos for a huge proportion of residents at a time (Covid-19) when many are already suffering hugely. We do not accept that it is democratic for consultations to start only after the scheme/trial has been implemented.  We believe that you are abusing emergency measures which were intended to solve far greater problems than local ‘rat-runs’.

In summary, whilst we support the overall objective to reduce traffic and improve our environment, we demand an opportunity to have all plans for the area (8 LTNs) shared with us and resident’s agreements sought, prior to implementation.’

Barclays bank in West Ealing to close in October

Over the past few years one bank after another in West Ealing has closed. Now it’s the turn of Barclays. It is due to close on Friday 30th October. That will leave just the Post Office and Nationwide. Needless to say the reason for closure is the move to more and more online banking services. All very well, but I suspect quite a few people in West Ealing don’t use online banking. So, let’s hope there aren’t plans to close Nationwide and the Post Office.