Michael Barnes

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Michael BarnesMichael Barnes, a founder member of the Society, died earlier this year. He worked as a surveyor for the Church Commissioners but found time to set up the Society in the late 1960s, and was our chairman for about 10 years. It was largely thanks to Michael that Ealing Council’s 1976 proposals for major roads slicing through the borough and soulless concrete shopping malls were thrown out by the planning inspector. He presented the Society’s case at a series of lengthy public enquiries and subsequently worked with the Council on the design of the award winning Ealing Broadway Centre. There is a fuller appreciation of the man and his contribution by Corinne Templer in our Autumn 2014 newsletter.