Working together to make West Ealing a better place for residents, businesses and visitors.
David has lived in West Ealing since 1978 ,has been an allotment holder on the Northfield Ave site since 2000 and chair of West Ealing Neighbours since its early days. He is most interested in finding solutions to problems whether its rubbish on the streets, improved pedestrian safety at the Lido Junction or how we can keep the shopping centre as the heart of our community. He recently helped set up West Ealing Arts and its OPEN Ealing community arts project.
If you’ve walked through Dean Gardens in the past few months you’ll have seen that it needs some brightening up. There’s a community bulb planting event on Saturday 14th November from 10am – 12 noon. Anyone can volunteer to go along and help plant bulbs to bring some much needed colour and cheer back to Dean Gardens come next spring.
We covered the plans to build three blocks of flats in part of the Dean Gardens car park back in a post back in August. The formal planning application has now been lodged (Ref No: 203719FUL).
The essence of the application is for 53 new homes in three blocks of flats ranging from 4-8 storeys and a loss of about 20 parking spaces.
The deadline for comments is 10th November. At the time, we noted that there was concern from nearby residents about ensuring the anti-social behaviour centred around the car park and Maitland Yard was recognised and taken in to account with the design of these new blocks. How this has been dealt with is something we will be looking at in this application.
In the week that Council leader Julian Bell narrowly avoided being ousted over the Council’s failure to consult with the London Ambulance Service over its Low Traffic Neighbourhood plans, the battle is moving to the High Court.
According to CAMTAG, a group campaigning against the LTNs, there are four reviews underway:
‘These Judicial Review (JR) applications were submitted to the High Court on 29 September 2020 and validated on 1 October 2020. They were delivered electronically to Ealing Council on 2 October 2020 and in hard copy on 3 October 2020. The JR applications relate to Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) and Ealing Council’s failure to meet its obligations under Section 122 of the Road Traffic Act 1984 and its public sector Equality Duty under the Equality Act 2010.
The remedy being sought by one of the JR claims is the
quashing of the Ealing (West Ealing LTN) (No1) Experimental Traffic Order which
created LTN 21 (West Ealing South). The application has been submitted in the
names of Peter Mason, the Coldershaw and Midhurst Traffic Action Group (CAMTAG)
Co-ordinator and Tracy Scott representing Ealing Residents Against Low Traffic
Neighbourhoods. The other JR applications relate to the LTNs in East Acton Golf
Links (W3), Loveday Road (W13) and Mattock Lane (W5).
Ealing Council has approximately three weeks in which to respond to these JR applications.’
The LTNs have been installed on a six-month trial. You can give your views on these to the Council by emailing TrafficNotices@ealing.gov.uk. There are also petitions in favour and against the LTNs.
Ealing Council has announced that number plate recognition cameras (ANPR) will replace physical barriers at three sites in the West Ealing South LTN following further consultation with the emergency services.. These are:
Junction of Oaklands Rd and Grosvenor Rd
Junction of Leighton Rd and Seaford Rd
Junction of Leighton Rd and Coldershaw Rd
What isn’t clear is whether only emergency vehicles are allowed through these new checks or whether residents living in this LTN can drive through them. We will try to clarify this. The Council’s update about this can be found here.
This Traffic Order is rather confusing as it’s not Hanwell but West Ealing. However, a key point to be aware of is the no right turn in to Northfield Ave off the Broadway/Uxbridge Rd. Luckily it’s only for a few days. Not sure where the diversions will take you.
The West Ealing North LTN which covers the area north from The Broadway to the railway line and west from Drayton Green Rd to Eccleston Rd is due to be implemented very soon. One of its key features will be the westbound only route for vehicles through from Drayton Green Rd to Eccleston Rd and on to The Broadway to go westwards to Hanwell.
The long-awaited planning application for the redevelopment of Perceval House on Ealing Council’s own land has been submitted. In brief, the application details plans for 477 flats, the Council’s new and smaller headquarters along with a new library and office space.
The development will accommodate seven new buildings including a 26-storey tower. It looks as if this development will take the same approach as Dickens Yard and put the taller buildings at the back (north) of the site near the railway line.
The above image, taken from the application, shows the planned development from the Uxbridge Road.
Concerns about the number of tall towers already built, being built and planned to be built in the borough were looked at in a special film made by Red Block Rebels back in May of this year. The planned 26-storey tower for the Perceval House site is featured in this film though some of the other details may now have changed slightly.
Southall Waterside is an 88 acre redevelopment on part of the old Southall Gasworks site. It has proved controversial almost from the word go with many local residents campaigning about the air pollution caused by the work to clean the soil.
The group Clean Air for Southall and Hayes are hosting an online screening of the Guardian made documentary about this controversy – ‘Is My Neighbourhood Poisoning Me?’ It is showing on Tuesday 8th September 7.30pm – 8.30pm and details are here.
Bollards have been removed and planters overturned but loathe it or love it the West Ealing Low Traffic Neighbourhood south of The Broadway is here – at least for the next six months.
The local online tv channel Exposure Box has produced two videos about LTNs. One with the arguments for and one with arguments against.
One question we have been asked is how to find your way round the LTN. This map may help. It was posted on our Facebook page by Street Parks for Ealing . This is a new group, set up in the wake of Covid, which supports the idea of trying to retain the quietness of streets experienced during lockdown. The map may help people work out how to access local roads, not least delivery drivers who are not familiar with the area.
Keeping a record of problems with the LTN 21 – West Ealing LTN
Action Group which has been formed to coordinate activities relating
specifically to this LTN (ie the area bounded by Uxbridge Road,
Northfield Ave, Boston Road, Swyncombe Ave) have suggested it would be
useful to compile an incident log.
This could be difficulties, delivery problems, log jams, collisions, accidents (sadly), dangerous situations, emergencies etc. Please give dates, times and exact locations if possible – photos would be great.
The group is hoping to set up a dedicated email mail box but until then please email email@example.com