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.
The Society has made the following statement in response to the news: ‘We note that Mastcraft is the Council’s preferred partner for future redevelopment of Ealing Town Hall which is a Grade II listed building at the heart of the town centre of enormous significance to the local community. The key issue for us is the extent of the expertise the developers have for dealing with an important heritage building like the Town Hall. We note that the paper to Cabinet [on 12 July] says “redevelopment [will be] broadly sympathetic to heritage and historic environment considerations…” but that Historic England [the Government’s national heritage body] has so far not been consulted on the proposals neither of which is entirely reassuring. We shall want to be closely involved in any proposals to redevelop the building to ensure that its heritage features are preserved and enhanced in a sympathetic way.’