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Ealing Civic Society was established in 1967 when many of our founding members were closely involved with local residents’ associations in opposing the Council’s radical plans to re-develop the centre of Ealing. We are not connected with any political party or the Council. We are a member of Civic Voice.

We are working to preserve and improve our borough, in the following areas:
• Conservation
• Green spaces
• Licensing
• Design
• Heritage
• Planning
• Regeneration
• Streetscape
• Transport

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We are very pleased that the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has called in the planning application for 9-42 The Broadway W5 - a highly significant development given that fewer than a dozen such cases arise each year. This means that there will be a local planning inquiry, in March 2017, in front of an independent inspector appointed by the Secretary of State to consider all the issues afresh. Save Ealing's Centre, to which the Society is affiliated, has been granted official participant (Rule 6) status and will be taking a full part in the public inquiry. More information may be found at SEC's website.

We hope that the outcome will be similar to that for another planning application for the site, also subject to a planning inquiry in 2009, where the Secretary of State found that the proposed development would have been highly dominant and overbearing as well as out of character with the largely Victorian/Edwardian town centre. The developers, Glenkerrin Ltd, subsequently went bust in the recession and the land was acquired by the current owners, Benson Elliot, working in conjunction with developers Londonewcastle.


Our next event is an update on progress with Crossrail - something which should interest all our members. The new Crossrail stations in Acton, Ealing Broadway, Hanwell, Southall and West Ealing are due to open within the next 2 years. From December 2019, when the full route opens, the new Elizabeth line services will make it much quicker and easier to get to destinations across London and Berkshire.

Learn more about developments on Tuesday 26 July 2016 at 7.30 when our speaker, John Goldsmith, Crossrail Area Communications Manager, will update us on the latest news about this mammoth project. The Crossrail update will take place at Ealing Town Hall's Liz Cantell Room. See our Events page for news of all our forthcoming talks.

The Society regularly comments on major planning applications in the Borough. In late February to April 2016 our Environment Committee considered 16 planning applications from Acton, Ealing, Hanwell, Northolt and Southall. We objected to several schemes including the redevelopment of a Presbyterian church in Drayton Green which would detract from the setting of a Grade 11 listed chapel, the proposed demolition of a locally listed former headmaster's house at St Marks Primary School in Hanwell, overdevelopment in Portal Way North Acton, high rise (24 storey) student accommodation in Victoria Road, Acton, and development and building on Metropolitan Open Land at Smith's Farm in Northolt.

robin roadsAGM 19 April
Following a review of the year's work by the ECS from Bob Gurd, our chairman, Robin Roads (left), our Treasurer for the last 6 years, was thanked for his services. We are delighted to have found a replacement for Robin and are very grateful to Josette Simon for agreeing to take over. Deirdre McLellan, our membership secretary, was also thanked for her considerable work over the years. She is now replaced by Jenny Gadsby, formerly our minutes secretary. Finally, Josephine Barry-Hicks will be our new minutes secretary.

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