On Thursday 25th September 2014, The Planning Inspectorate's Martin Elliott will hold a hearing at Ealing Town Hall into Ealing's application for changes at Haven Green.
Ealing Council are applying to exchange some land on Haven Green in preparation for the additional passengers using Ealing Broadway Station as a result of the arrival of Crossrail.
Friends of Haven Green (FoHG), The Central Ealing Residents' Assocation and The Open Spaces Society all oppose Ealing's application. All object to a further loss of Common Land on top of the long history of piecemeal encroachment since the green was designated as a Common in 1968.
The details of FoHG's objection and their statement of case can be found on their website here and the full text of the statement can be found HERE
7th August 2014:
SEC's request to supporters asking for an urgent response to the proposed timing of Ealing Council's Planning Committee meeting including Station plans.
SEC have just circulated an e-mail to it's supporters asking them to contact Ealing Council to request that the full planning committee delay their discussions until after a promised exhibition scheduled for early September.
You can see the full text of the e-mail Here
7th July 2014: - Updated 15th September
Petition against demolition of "The Haven" on Haven Green.
It seems there is a development proposal that would remove both the old "Stables" Building - more recently known as "The Haven Pub and Restaurant" - facing onto Haven Green together with more building in the green space both sides of the railway tracks. There would also be considerable redevelopment and demolition in Springbridge Mews on the other side of the Multi-Storey Car Park.
The stables were built on Edward Wood's "Hanger Hill Estate, Ealing" in 1877 and, along with adjacent properties, are locally listed and form the start of the Haven Green Conservation Area.
STOP PRESS A Petition endorsed by 810 objectors was hand-delivered to Ealing Planning Department on 4th August but more names are still arriving and will be added to an "Addendum sheet" to be lodged later this month when everyone is back at work after the holidays!
This has now been done and, as at 15th September, the total stands at 913 objectors
2nd May 2014:
SEC's full response to the proposed Crossrail station design.
SEC has now published its full response after the meeting held on 24th.
The resonse was sent to Isabel Dedring
(Deputy Mayor, Transport - see all about her on the GLA website )
and can be read here
29th April 2014:
Ealing Civic Society held their AGM on 29th April and the Arcadia (now known as 1 - 8 Broadway) developers Benson Elliot gave a brief presentation in conjunction with architects Allies and Morrison and property developers Londonewcastle.
The scaffolding will be removed from the front of the building in July and shops should be trading by Christmas.
They then outlined their plans for the rest of the site up to (but not over) the railway including a new pedestrian street through the site and exiting opposite the crossing to The Broadway centre with residential and public spaces to the rear.
There will be larger shops on the Broadway frontage but no higher than those on the south side of the road and smaller ones on the pedestrian route.
It is hoped that the architecture will be sympathetic to the existing buildings.
They intend to refurbish Broadway Chambers and improve access from the station there. Although providing a level route may be a problem.
It is hoped that planning should be complete by the end of this year with scheduled completion possibly 3 years hence.
Ealing Civic Society can contacted via their website at http://www.ealingcivicsociety.org/ where you will find details of how to join them and forthcoming events and how they are working to preserve and improve our borough.
24th April 2014:
Crossrail announce new designs for Ealing Broadway Station frontage.
SEC met with our MP Angie Bray and Crossrail at the EATAG (Ealing and Acton Transport Action Group)meeting on 24th April.
The full SEC response to them will be published shortly. Whilst the new designs are a big improvement on the previous ones, many details remain unresolved. The biggest concerns however, are how the plans relate to the internal station design, particularly in terms of the stations capacity to handle the additional passengers with Crossrail adamant that escalators will not be provided and to things outside including drop-off points, bus stops,cycle parking and Arcadia re-development.
We think all these things need to be designed as a whole, rather than rushing into formal approval of the station frontage as Crossrail currently plans to do.
SEC intends to submit its plans formally to the Council for approval very shortly. There will be just three weeks for public consultation after which it hopes Ealing’s Planning Committee will decide whether to approve the scheme on either 11th June or 2nd July.
Subsequently, a member of the Ealing Transport for All Group ( Ealing Transport Action Group web site ) - who campaign for accessible transport for all - wrote the following to Crossrail explaining their reservations about the proposals, particularly for disabled and older Londoners.
The text of the letter can be seen here including additional comments about access from the station to the proposed Arcadia re-development site.
Crossrail publicly revealed their revised designs for the Ealing Broadway Station frontage. Key slides from their presentation can be seen here
HOWEVER be warned that the slides are a quite large (1Mb) file so it may be better not to view them on a mobile device. Wait till you get home!
22nd April 2014:
West Ealing Centre Neighbourhood Forum host a Crossrail presentation on plans for West Ealing Station and details of the meeting.
On Tuesday 22nd, over 200 people crammed into the function room at The Drayton Court Hotel to hear about plans for the new Crossrail West Ealing Station.
Although this station is on the far edge of the SEC area, many may wish to use it in preference to fighting along the "Office Corridor" and using the somewhat inaccessible Ealing Broadway Station.
You can read a report of the meeting here
WECNF can be contacted via their website at http://www.wecnf.org/
SEC in conjunction with CENF (Central Ealing Neighbourhood Forum) presented the online and paper petition of almost 2300 signatures to a full Council Meeting held in The Town Hall on April 15th.
Will French and Nick Woolven each made a brief presentation and there were then about 20minutes of discussions between various Councillors. The Mayor then abruptly brought things to a halt by declaring that the petition would be noted.
You can read a very full report on this auspicious occasion (courtesy of Eric Leach of West Ealing Neighbours and the West Ealing Centre Neighbourhood Forum) Here
12th March 2014: SEC Ealing Broadway Station Petition
Ealing Broadway Station has long been a nightmare for the thousands of commuters, Heathrow-bound passengers with heavy bags, disabled people and parents with buggies who use it each day.
Crossrail's plans for the station do little to address these problems, and the extra passengers will make them much worse. Compared with expensive solutions in other parts of London the design is cheap and insults Ealing people.
Save Ealing’s Centre is leading a campaign for something better.
Find out more here, including The Lord Mayor's reply to our petition and to support our petition to Crossrail, the Mayor, and Ealing Council.