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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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Ravenor School 2016 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. Last year Ravenor School (see picture), St Mary's Garden and the Walpole Park restoration were all highly commended. 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. Our speaker will be Rupa Huq MP.


St George, the developers of the Dickens Yard site behind Ealing Town Hall, have acquired the Ealing cinema site previously owned by Land Securities following a CPO hearing in 2015. It is not yet clear whether the change of ownership will lead to changes in the scheme to redevelop the site, behind the retained facade of the former Empire Cinema and Bond Street in the centre of Ealing, which involved building 161 flats, some shops facing onto a small square and Mattock Lane and an 8 screen cinema. Commenting upon the change of ownership Robert Gurd Chairman of the Society said "we have been concerned for a long time about the delays in delivering a new cinema to Ealing following premature demolition of the Empire Cinema in 2008/9. Under the Land Securities' scheme the new cinema complex, to be operated by Picturehouse Cinemas, would not have been delivered until 2018 at the earliest. The sale of the site could lead to further delays if the new owners decide to seek changes to the earlier planning consent. On the other hand, we had many concerns about the earlier consent, particularly in relation to the loss of the YMCA building in Bond Street and the frontage onto Mattock Lane facing the Grade I listed Pitshanger Manor which itself is currently undergoing restoration. The change of ownership might lead to opportunities for improvement in these respects." The press release issued by Land Securities is available here.

The Society regularly comments on major planning applications in the Borough. In late May to July 2016 our Environment Committee considered 25 planning applications from all parts of the Borough. We objected to several schemes including the construction of: 2 apartment blocks on open green space with mature trees in Eastcote Lane, Northolt; 556 dwellings on Metropolitan Open Land which is also a flood plain next to Gurnell Leisure Centre W13; an extension and extra floors on a building near Ealing Town Hall; and a 21 storey mixed use development on Merrick Rd Southall.

crossrail logoCrossrail UPDATE
John Goldsmith, Community Relations Manager for the western section of Crossrail, reported on progress with the future Elizabeth Line on 26 July. 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.

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