(SEC) is a voluntary alliance
associations and community groups drawn together as local
stakeholders in response to proposed developments in the centre of
Ealing. Our Vision statement
(recently revised) defines the principles we believe should guide plans
for the centre of the borough. All our activities are aimed at
furthering this vision.
News of latest
developments is below. Our archives and more details on each
of the main
topics which concern us can be seen in the separate sections listed on
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Meanwhile just a quick note to point you at the website http://www.ealingtoday.co.uk/
which is FULL of local information including important matters like
Crossrail, The Cinema site and, of course, The Town Hall sell-off. They
have some adverts of course but they don't interrupt all the local
stories - have a look!!
UPDATED 16th January 2021: Our latest newsletter uploaded via the "Newsletters link" above
2021 STARTS HERE!!
What can possibly be in store?
UPDATED 17th January 2020: Crossrail
and Ealing Broadway Station - latest information
The Crossrail work at Ealing Broadway Station is now
progressing well according to the designs approved in Schedule 7 planning
applications, the most recent one of which was in 2017. The steelwork for some
of the lift shafts and walkways has now been installed, plus preparatory work
done for the remaining lift shaft. Some other steelwork on the platforms has
been installed, plus some work has been done on the new street level ticket
hall. Monthly updates about the work are now provided on the Crossrail
The only part of the original design that is being reviewed is
the design of the canopies on the platforms. There has been some concern that
they wouldn’t provide adequate protection from the rain. New designs for
canopies and shelters are being investigated and these are being subjected to
passenger flow modelling. Any change to the approved design would require either
a new Schedule 7 application or an amendment to the existing one.
The current expectation is that the right hand (southern) side
of the new ticket hall will be opened in summer 2020, with the left hand
(northern) side following by December 2020. The new lifts will open once they
are ready for service and at least by December 2020. The forecourt canopy (to
the original design) will be constructed in 2 stages in conjunction the with
station building work. The left hand (northern) part of it will go across the
frontage of Villers House. Any work on the frontage of Villiers House itself and
the estate agent below would be the responsibility of Ealing Ltd. This would
require a new planning application and is likely to be done to a different
The new Crossrail trains are now running from Paddington (via
Ealing Broadway) out to Reading. They are currently 7 carriages long and will
increase to 9 carriages when the necessary software upgrades have been
completed. At some stage, the old Heathrow Connect trains out to Heathrow will
be replaced by the new Crossrail ones. This won’t now be until spring 2020 at
the earliest. The signalling isn’t yet reliable enough on the new
Ealing Council consulted on “public realm” changes outside
Ealing Broadway Station in 2019. They got some negative feedback and are now
re-thinking the designs, including the location of one bus stop and the lack of
drop off/ pick up points. The current expectation is that they will initially
have a workshop to discuss ideas. This would be along the lines of the Liveable
MORE ON THE VICTORIA HALL PROPOSALS
UPDATED 12th December 2019: A
new group "Friends of Victoria Hall" has been set up to fight the
proposals to sell off the hall to Mastcraft as part of their planned
conversion to an Hotel and remove some public access.
You can visit theFrioends site at Save Ealing's Victoria Hall
Where you will find all the latest news at https://savethevictoriahall.weebly.com/in-the-news.html
Most importantly, the news site gives full details of Ealing's
consultation that allows you to object to this scheme. The council
consultation closes on Monday 6th January 2020 so THERE IS NO TIME TO
BE LOST! You can find details at The Ealing Council site.
Also the Friends have set up a petition to be presented at the same
time and it is open for your comments and objections. Please visit
the 38 degrees petition site as soon as possible. We need many many signatures!
UPDATED 27th July 2019: Crossrail
and Ealing Broadway Station - Ealing Council consultation on redesign of the roadspace outside the station.
council is at long last consulting on plans to redesign the road space
outside Ealing Broadway Station ahead of Crossrail. You can see their
proposals at https://www.ealing.gov.uk/ebstation You
should read the consultation "DRAFT" paper first and there is
also a flyer available with an artists impression of what the site
could look like with the new minimalist canopy. Exactly what is
proposed is not very clear but the key features include:-
- Narrowing the carriageway outside the station to a single
- Installation of new cycle racks on both sides of the
- Relocating Bus stop F (E2, E7 and E8) to outside the Metrobank
- No vehicle drop off provision even for disabled passengers
- 6 trees in planters.
The Council consultation is open until 13th August.
Those who use the station will know too well how unpleasant
and overcrowded it is. Over the past 10 years, SEC has pressed hard to use the
opportunities of Crossrail to get something worthwhile and we are profoundly
underwhelmed with what is now proposed. We have asked the Council at least to
justify what they want to do but they have declined to do so. So please take a
look at the plans for yourself and register your views on them. You can do this
through their online survey, but if you have more to say than the survey allows,
you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
SEC encourages you to make your own mind up about the plans, but some areas that
concern us are listed HERE
UPDATED 18th March 2019: Crossrail
and Ealing Broadway Station - latest information
delays continue. Crossrail Ltd. still aren’t able to predict a new planned
opening date for the central London section of the service but have confirmed that it won't now open in 2019. The situation in
Ealing is even worse as they haven’t yet let a contract to start the
station building work. Previous dates of 19th December and
14th February have been and gone and all they can say now is
The design for
the canopy outside Ealing Broadway Station will be different from that shown on
their hoardings. The revised design will be simpler and deals with a number of
issues with the old one. The illustrations we have seen look broadly acceptable - see HERE .
There will have to be a new “Schedule 7” planning submission to cover this
have radically changed their previous ideas for the “public realm” outside the
station. We have fed back significant concerns with the new proposed design and
will see what changes have been made when it shortly comes out for public
to have introduced a 4 trains per hour stopping service to Heathrow in May 2018.
They still don’t have confidence that they can run a reliable service with their
new trains and signalling. This new service will now have to wait until December
2019 at the earliest.
and YET MORE ON THE VICTORIA HALL PROPOSALS
UPDATED 4th February 2019: Mastcraft new planning application to Ealing council
surprised that Mastcraft has now made a new planning application to convert the Town
Hall into an hotel. This includes demolition of property owned by the Victoria Hall Trust to
make room to build the hotel’s 120 rooms. The Victoria Hall will be shrunk
through the loss of the easternmost bay and a rose window that is an integral
architectural feature is to be relocated. Public access to the hall and several adjacent areas will be restricted.
on Mastcraft’s planning application runs until Feb 26th. There are over 100
documents in the full application details but the key sections are in the
planning statement, and you may wish to view the relevant design and access statements – Part 1, Part 2
and Part 3
and the Built Heritage Impact Assessments – Part
Please have a look at them and submit your comments via the website in good time for the 26th February.
Be warned however that these are large
documents between 2 and 4Mb each although absolutely FULL of
information well worth reading.
have written a second and more detailed
letter to the Charity Commission questioning the Council’s deal to hand over
the Victoria Hall to Mastcraft who are commercial hotel developers.
These areas were paid for from public subscription and are
owned by a charitable trust. You can see the affected area on these plans The Council has no right to dispose of the Hall
without the permission of the Charity Commission and SEC’s lawyers believe that
charity rules will not permit the deal to proceed.
You can see some previous information on the Mastcraft plans on our special Town Hall and Victoria Hall archive page HERE.
UPDATED 4th February 2019: Crossrail
and Ealing Broadway Station - latest information
Crossrail delays at Ealing
Broadway station continue. Crossrail now doubt that the bridge can carry the
supports for the original canopy design, while complications have emerged with
the area outside Villiers House which is not in public ownership. This has
required a major re-design to the canopy over the front entrance which will have
to go back through Ealing Planning – see HERE
for their latest ideas.
We are promised a consultation
on these plans together with Ealing’s latest thinking on the public realm in
front of the station in the coming weeks. A key question will be disabled car
passengers set-down provision.
Ealing today has a very full
roundup of latest events HERE
published on 24th January.
Back in November last year,
Crossrail also sent a letter to some local residents explaining
what is happening at Ealing Broadway Station and what is due to take
place in late December/early January when there are road closures and hence bus diversions
whilst they install some heavy machinery.
You can see the text of their letter HERE
SEC notes generally that as spring 2018 turned into summer, then summer into
autumn and with winter now here, the long promised improvements to Ealing
Broadway station forecourt seem as distant as ever. Crossrail has been in the
headlines recently for its cost overruns and other delays but they continue to
hold out the prospect that the new Elizabeth Line service will be operational by
the end of next year. They admit however, the other improvements at Ealing
Broadway Station will be far from complete and their occupation of Haven Green
will drag on deep into 2020.
Crossrail say that the station is ‘under technical review
by Network Rail as part of the contract letting’ (whatever that means). With
this in mind we look forward to confirmation that it will be built according to
the 2014 approved designs. The forecourt and the space around it are LBE’s
responsibility and they promise that once the station itself is agreed they will
consult further on these public realm details, probably in the New
Since it got its green light back in 2008, Crossrail’s
works across the Borough as a whole have been quite a shambles. Unlike in the
central and eastern sections nobody has taken the lead in planning how it would
be implemented and how it can best fit into the existing environment. Promises
and deadlines have been broken repeatedly with the buck passing back and forth
between TFL, Crossrail and Network Rail, while LBE spectating from the
side-lines like the rest of us. When the Elizabeth Line finally opens expect
that 4 out of 5 Ealing stations (the exception is Hanwell) will prove poorly
designed and interface badly with the neighbourhoods they
SEC has written to the National Audit Office to suggest
that they examine the implementation of Crossrail in Ealing in its recently
announced investigation of the overall Crossrail Project
You can see the full text of this letter HERE
10th November 2018: Crossrail
and Ealing Broadway Station - yet more ongoing delays
Crossrail eventually admitted at the end of August that the new Elizabeth Line
service through central London wouldn’t be able to start until Autumn 2019.
However, these delays are nothing compared to what we have experienced on the
western surface section of the route, where the scale of the work is much
The planned design for Ealing Broadway Station was approved in
summer 2014. Work near us eventually started in late summer 2015 and the eastern
“emergency escape” footbridge was put up a few months later. Work on the
platform extensions then continued slowly, but everything else seemed to slow
down to a snail’s pace. The same was true for the other west London stations on
the Crossrail route. We got the tale from Crossrail Ltd. that this was due to
the difficulties of working around an operational railway. However, work well
away from the tracks didn’t seem to be going on either.
residents in West Ealing prompted BBC London to run an article about the delays
in July 2017. This got Crossrail to admit that the contract for work on the
station buildings had been canceled because of increasing costs related to extra
design work. There was no explanation of why a construction contract had been
let before design work had been completed. We were told that a new (cheaper)
contract would be in place in December 2017, with the work to start shortly
afterwards. This whole process then suffered slippage after slippage. The
invitations to tender only went out in October 2017 and to date no new contract
appears to be have signed, although there are signs that a contractor may have
We were told in late 2017 that temporary contracts would be
used to advance some of the work that could only be done during “possessions" of
the railway, when no trains would be running. There were plans to replace the
staircase to platforms 2 and 3 at Ealing Broadway Station using such temporary
contracts at Christmas 2017 and at the early May bank holiday 2018. Both these
plans were called off at the last moment when they realised they may not work.
Attempt no. 3 at replacing the staircase (using contractor no. 3) is now
underway. Passengers now have walk all the way down the platforms and cross over
the “emergency escape” footbridge to get at these platforms. It is thought that
a new staircase will be installed over the Christmas break.
introduction of new services hasn’t fared much better on our section of the
route. Crossrail were to introduce a 4 trains per hour service to Heathrow
Terminal 4 in May 2018 using their new Elizabeth Line trains. They then found
that they couldn’t get the signalling to work with them in the tunnels to
Heathrow. Two of their new trains per hour now just run to Hayes &
Harlington, with 2 of the old (rebadged) Heathrow Connect trains every hour
running all the way to Heathrow. It is not clear when the 4 trains per hour
service will start, but it won’t be before May 2019 and perhaps not until
We await Crossrail’s next failure to deliver on time and
also have an
item from August 2018 suggesting that the opening of the Western
Section of Crossrail will be delayed. You can read the item HERE
They also have an item from September 2018 reporting that passengers
may be "At risk" from the continuing delays at Ealing Broadway Station
and calling for action. That item is also available HERE
23rd July The SEC Summer 2018 Newsletter is now available for viewing.
edition contains the latest on the Town Hall sell-off and what SEC are
doing to try and prevent the loss of The Victoria Hall and a few other
parts to a hotel run by Mastcraft. There are also some items on the
recent abolition of the Borough Conservation Officer - which threatens
Ealing's heritage - and items of local interest.
You can read the full newsletter HERE
Our newsletter archive can be found via the menu on the left or directly HERE
February 2018: Ealing
Council publish consultation for West Ealing station area
Crossrail complementary measures.
Council are consulting about possible changes to the area around West
Ealing station to prepare for the anticipated increased demand in the
area as a result of crossrail at the station.
You can see the consultation documents (both the document and proposed
plan of the area) on the council's West Ealing consultation web page The
consultation closes on 26th February 2018
4th and 8th February 2018: Crossrail
and Ealing Broadway Station - ongoing delays
Crossrail announced last July it had terminated Vinci Ltd’s
2013 contract to
upgrade West London’s stations and was re-tendering the work.
We were assured
that with new contracts would be in place by December 2017 and
the upgraded stations
still be ready in time for Crossrail’s 2019 full opening as
the Elizabeth Line.
We now learn the re-tendering exercise was delayed and with new
unlikely before late spring, work won’t start till summer at
Whether it can end by Crossrail’s December 2019 deadline
too many steps. Unperturbed,
published a series of maps in
January of the different stages the Elizabeth Line would open. These
that by the time Crossrail’s Heathrow service began in May
2018 all West
London’s stations would have step free access from street to
announcement triggered a wave of complaints to TfL. No West London
step free, and the delays mean none will be soon. At the last count,
you had to
negotiate up to 48 steps to get from the street to the platform at
Broadway. TfL has since quietly amended its maps.
steps in and then out.
With concern growing about its lack of
progress, Crossrail tried a new way to get things at Ealing Broadway
rushed through some temporary contracts for work over Christmas 2017 on
stairs and the lift foundations. Unfortunately, the contract went to
who, even before they went bust, found they couldn’t do the
job. Crossrail say
they have an arrangement with Carillion’s staff and/or
persevere with this project.
Lifts. Last autumn,
Crossrail submitted to LBE a revised “Schedule
7” planning application, little
different to the one 3 years earlier. There were a few welcome changes
in the much criticised undersized lifts. Crossrail claimed the platform
lift was bigger to handle the expected passengers, but the drawings
the same size as previously. What is new is the lift entry/exit
This had been a “straight through” design with
passengers exiting at the end
opposite the entrance. This separate exit has unaccountably
effective capacity of the lift has been reduced and those with
buggies and bikes will have either to back in or back out. The plans
Hassles. Crossrail plans
replace the twice hourly Heathrow Connect service this May with new
running every 15 minutes. Here too it has snags. Too few new trains
built yet those they have still lack the software for
system and can only get to Hayes and Harlington. With insufficient
Heathrow Connect trains for a 4 per hour service, the present 2 trains
Heathrow Connect service is likely to run a while longer. Perhaps
will resort to a paint job on the existing trains to hide its
least the job pays well. But never mind the
naysayers and other odd cracks
now starting to show eg in The
Evening Standard. Things
remain upbeat in Crossrail’s corporate world. The PR
department runs at full
swing, pushing out positive messages whenever they can. Staff are also
quite nicely with their pay at the top end of the scale for public
look at pages 92 and 93 of the TfL
annual report and statement of accounts
2016-2017. Nice work if you can get it.
5th January 2018: Ealing Borough
Faces New Building Boom
A New London Plan is proposing massive
in Ealing that will affect everybody. If the plan is adopted
the annual rate of flat building in the Borough will double. Over the
next 10 years 28,000 new homes would be built and Ealing’s
population would grow by around 25%.
Centre is concerned about the implications of such a steep rise. While
the need for homes is indisputable, the Borough seems expected to
provide a disproportionate number of them. There is no information
where all these homes would be provided and what safeguards there would
be for the Borough's heritage. Impacts on services which are already
over-burdened are not considered.
SEC has asked Council
leader Julian Bell whether it thinks such an ambitious programme is
sustainable and where the homes would be provided.
Our letter to him, the current targets and
particularly his response, which raises many more
questions than answers, can be seen HERE.
Save Ealing's Centre
proposes to respond to the London Plans consultation. However our
experience has been that the GLA pays little attention to comments from
local groups. Views from our Council are likely to carry more weight so
we shall be raising this issue with the Council again over the coming
months. However, if the implications of the London Plan's targets
concern you we would encourage you to raise your concerns with Julian
Plan’s consultation ends on March 2nd
2018 and you can leave your comments via the
box at the bottom of the London Plan page.
is delighted with the outcome of the 12th October referendum. Residents
and local business voted overwhelmingly to support the introduction of
a new Neighbourhood Plan for Central Ealing.
The new plan will form part of the statutory development plan, and will
directly influence decisions on local planning applications that affect
the Town Centre. It
will give local businesses and residents greater democratic influence
in changes taking place here.
Thanks are due to those in the Forum who laboured long and hard to
bring the plan to fruition and to SEC supporters who helped ensure the
vote in favour at the referendum.
more information about the Neighbourhood Plan visit the Central
Ealing Neighbourhood Forum web page where you will find the
full details and view the full Plan.
August 2017: Crossrail
and Ealing Broadway Station
Work on the Ealing Broadway
Station upgrade under Crossrail has almost ground to a halt.
Crossrail explain this is because its plans are being redesigned and
the contract re-tendered. Instead of bringing the work
forward to alleviate the station's existing problems, as was once promised, it seems Ealing Broadway Station
will be one of the last pieces of the Crossrail project to be
completed. For more information see this full report HERE
August 2017: Neighbours
paper highlights Ealing plans
Many of you will have seen The Neighbours Paper which is freely
available throughout the borough. This edition is guest edited and
focuses on residents' concerns about developments taking place in
Ealing which are replacing the best bits of the borough with poorly
designed over-sized blocks of flats - one of SEC's regular items.
You can download a copy via their
website at http://www.neighbourspaper.com/
and catch up on earlier editions to see their
articles giving early airings to vital subjects.
This edition has a full page article on the Council's plans for the
Perceval Hose redevelopment which will doubtless feature in future SEC
29th June 2017: The
Cinema site SEC survey
they have now applied for what they call "minor amendments" to the
Ealing Filmworks Development that originally received planning
permission back in March 2015. St George say that the changes won't
affect the 2019 deadline for delivery of the cinema, but there are
quite few substantial changes that will increase the height and bulk of
the development and the number of flats within it and reduce
commercial space - i.e. less shops!
New landowners St George announced in May that they
are finally to build the much promised cinemas.
produced further in depth details of the plans - which you can see HERE
and also published a survey into the changes proposed. You are
encouraged to complete this survey and show how local residents feel
latest plans. You can find the survey HERE
Additionally SEC would encourage you to comment on the application
either by e-mail to email@example.com or
via the Ealing Council planning website or even
by post. Full details of all those methods are available at the end of
our further details sheet.
July 2017: Information
for Hanwell and West Ealing supporters
are a few new items of interest to our West
Ealing and Hanwell supporters.
remember that there was a planning application to replace just the (now
BHS store in West Ealing. Well now it has been revealed that this will
include the demolition of the old Woolworths building. The developers
Dominion are having a public consultation exhibition on Saturday,
from 1pm to 4pm at The Lounge, St John’s Church,
Mattock Lane, West
Ealing, London, W13 9LA. You are encouraged to go along to see what
might be in
store for the future (other than more big empty shops or restaurants?)
West Ealing Centre
Neighbourhood Forum (EWCNF) has more about this site listed as "asset
6" on their web page at http://www.wecnf.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/WECNF-Heritage-Assets.pdf
also a current planning application for replacement of nearly all the
cottages between the gym and Lidl entrance in Hanwell (they were built
later with the front gardens were built over to provide the shops. The
be of up to 10 storeys of 63 units mixed between studios and 3 bed
Amazingly, the scheme describes the block as Marshall house (after the
of guitar amplifiers which were made in one of those shops)
The Planning application is ref:
64-66 and 70-88 Uxbridge Road, Hanwell
W7 3SU which you
can see via the Ealing planning application website at https://pam.ealing.gov.uk/online-applications/ -
which was broken but is now working again!
published an report on this application a while ago and it can be
|The proposed Marshall House
||Existing eastern end of site
next to gym
||Existing western end of site
7th July 2017
Full details have not yet been
published but there are plans to replace the Wickes/Nissan
site on Boston Road. There
may be up to 300 residential units
(including 58 "affordable units") with 83 car spaces and over 300
cycle spaces with a new "Village Square" and play places.
A2 Dominion’s PR team organised a
pre-planning exhibition on Wednesday 5 July 4-7pm and on Saturday 8
Ealing Today have a few more details on their website
are to review the scheme and the consultation in August for a planning
application to be made in September for possible presentaion to Ealing
planning committe and, unless refused, to start construction in 2019. When more
available, we will try to update this web site.
is not known
if Wickes will take over one of the proposed shops but it must be
doubtful knowing how much space they need for the retail area,
service area and especially for customer parking. Is this the end of
yet another useful store?
can get a
flavour of the scheme by looking at the images below and see a larger
version of some of the proposed buildings by clicking on them.
|Plan of area to be developed
||View from McCanns public house
||View out into Boston Road from
June 2017: Haven Green
notice the walker and the lady are still there un-moved even at night -
You may or may not be aware of Ealing's plans to contruct
a cycle hub with a steel structure roof and night-time floodlighting in
part of what is commonly known as the "BBC Car Park" on the south side
of Haven Green alongside the railway. This is to remove the cycle
stands presently situated actually on the green spaces nearby.
Here is a link to the planning application search site and
you are encouraged to make comments on the application. The application
number to enter where it asks for "keyword, reference number"
is 171986FUL. It seems that the application closed on 21st April
but your comments may still be considered.
One consideration for pedestrians using the path alongside to get from
the west side of the green to the station is that this will become a
shared pedestrian/cyclists area with cyclists required to dismount and
wheel their bikes all the way into the new hub. You may wish to comment
on this proposal as we already suffer from cyclists using pavements
around pedestrians and prams and disabled carriages.
July 2017: Crossrail
and Ealing Broadway Station
on Crossrail in Ealing is seriously delayed. In 2011 TFL, the London
Borough of Ealing and our then MP Angie Bray announced to great
fanfare that lifts and other work at Ealing Broadway Station needed for
Crossrail would be brought forward because the station was already
overcrowded. The announcement turns out to have been completely untrue.
has not just not been done early, it is slipping backwards.
is campaigning with others to find out what has gone wrong. But the
give little away.
has therefore recently written to Val Shawcross, Transport Supremo at
pointing out that works at Ealing Broadway Station are falling well
behind the previously published completion dates and are now scheduled
for completion as late as May 2018.
They also point out that, despite Haven Green having been despoiled now
over 18months, there seems to have been little work completed apart
from the new passenger bridge at the far end of the platform.
SEC awaits her response!
As regards Crossrail itself, about 80% of the overall work is complete
and you can see a lot on their website at http://www.crossrail.co.uk/
and some updates from an Ealing point of view on our Crossrail page HERE