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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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Crossrail CROSSRAIL UPDATE

John Goldsmith, Community Relations Manager for the western section of Crossrail, reported on progress with the future Elizabeth Line on 26 July. Over 50 Society members and non members enjoyed his account of progress so far. We saw some short film clips before the talk: one outlined the construction of the new Acton dive under which enables freight trains moving between the mainline and the Acton freight yard to avoid conflicting with Crossrail trains and which should be in use from 2017. Another film gave us a preview of the consistent look of a Crossrail station plus some of the unique features of the central London stations.

We heard in greater detail about the 5 Crossrail stations in the Borough of Ealing, all of which will see significant improvements. The new line will bring many benefits to people using these 5 stations: connectivity (we won't have to change trains to get to Canary Wharf or Liverpool St, for example), capacity (larger stations and trains), and greater reliability, thanks to improved signalling and other projects such as the Acton dive under.


Ealing Town HallEALING TOWN HALL

Ealing Council has announced that it is going into partnership with a company called Mastcraft to redevelop Ealing Town Hall into a hotel whilst at the same time retaining some of the civic rooms (in particular the Victoria Hall) for Council and community use. The building would be leased to Mastcraft which would become responsible for its its maintenance and repair. A planning application is expected early next year and, if approved, construction would start in the winter of 2017.

The Society has made the following statement in response to the news: 'We note that Mastcraft is the Council's preferred partner for future redevelopment of Ealing Town Hall which is a Grade II listed building at the heart of the town centre of enormous significance to the local community. The key issue for us is the extent of the expertise the developers have for dealing with an important heritage building like the Town Hall. We note that the paper to Cabinet [on 12 July] says "redevelopment [will be] broadly sympathetic to heritage and historic environment considerations..." but that Historic England [the Government's national heritage body] has so far not been consulted on the proposals neither of which is entirely reassuring. We shall want to be closely involved in any proposals to redevelop the building to ensure that its heritage features are preserved and enhanced in a sympathetic way.'


architecturePLANNING
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 roads2016 AWARD
Every year we shortlist new architecture, including renovations, and newly designed landscapes for our annual Award. We are now busy shortlisting, but would welcome nominations up to 16 September. Details of the criteria for the Award are available via a download here, which also includes the nomination form. You can see previous award winners on our Awards pages. You are also welcome to attend our annual Award ceremony on Tuesday 8 November at 7.30 in Ealing Town Hall, W5 2BY.

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