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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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charles mynors


Our President, Dr Charles Mynors, will be giving the John Delafons Lecture on 24 May. Charles is a planning barister and local Ealing resident. He is also the leading authority on the law as it relates to the built heritage, trees and forestry and outdoor advertising. All are welcome to the talk which will take place at 7.30 in the Victoria Hall, Ealing Town Hall, Uxbridge Rd, W5 2BY.



Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC Technology Correspondent, spoke at our Annual General Meeting on 19 April. His talk was entitled "Ealing, the BBC and our high tech future". He compared notes with the audience about our adoption of IT and social media from the BBC Microcomputer and the Amstrad in the 1980s through to Facebook and Twitter. He also talked about his career in many different roles at the BBC and about links between the BBC and Ealing, where he has lived for many years.

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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