Local residents bring Christmas cheer to West Ealing

The residents of St James Avenue spent the past few days working on a plan to light up their street and the result lifts the spirits. My photo doesn’t do it jusitice.

Turn the corner from St James Ave to St Kilda Ave and you get an added bonus of a blaze of Christmas lights decorating the whole front of a house.

Well done to everyone involved in showing what working together can achieve for your neighbourhood.

Approval for 10-storey block above Starbucks

The Council has approved plans for a 10-storey block of flats at 72-76 Broadway on the site of Starbucks, Carphone Warehouse and Shoe Zone.

This stretch of shops was part of the site of the FH Rowse department store that was demolished in the 1980s. Not quite 40 years later and it’s to be demolished again. Not dissimilar to the Green Man Lane Estate that was built in the 1970s and now mostly demolished as the new estate edges toward completion.

Changed your views about LTNs? Take our short poll and let us know

The Low Traffic Neighbourhoods have mostly been in place for a couple of months. Are we starting to get used to them and maybe just changing our minds? WEN would like to find out your views as we near the halfway point in this six month trial.

Our second of three polls is here and we would be very grateful if you could spare a couple of minutes to complete it. The poll will stay open until Wednesday 9th December. We will use the results from the three polls as part of our submission to the Council.

TfL cash crisis threatens yet further delays to Crossrail

Eric Leach’s most recent Covid-19 newsletter has this story:

‘Agreement is needed this week for TfL to secure £80 million from the Government to ‘keep the Crossrail project on track’. If this money is not forthcoming from the Government, TfL says the whole Crossrail project could be mothballed. The Government says it’s keen to see the Crossrail project completed – but TfL must fund its completion. The uncompleted Ealing Crossrail stations are Acton Mainline, Ealing Broadway, Southall and West Ealing.’

Originally due to open in December 2018, the date now for its opening looks more like 2022 if the additional funding can be found. But, as this project has been plagued by delays and funding problems don’t bank on it. Even so, assuming it does finally open it will be quite some feat of engineering and certainly benefit West Ealing residents who travel in to central and east London regularly.

PS. there’s a useful article on Crossrail and its delays in New Civil Engineer.