Acton Town Hall Site

Acton Town HallA report to progress new facilities on the Acton Town Hall site was approved by Ealing Council’s Cabinet in November 2010. The proposals include a 25m swimming pool, training pool, fitness suite, community facilities, library, day-care facilities and satellite office space for Adults, Children’s and Families services. The Town Hall, swimming baths chimney and existing library are Grade II listed and it is proposed to adapt these to alternative uses. The swimming baths and the Kings Rooms fronting the High Street – which are only locally listed – would be demolished with the exception of the facade to the high street. The proposals also cover the Priory Community Centre (locally listed) and this site would be sold for housing unless it is needed for school use. The Passmore Edwards Library fronting High Street/Winchester Street would be sold subject to planning permission for retail or restaurant use. Community facilities and a library would be housed in the Town Hall extension on the High Street, which has two floors, including the assembly hall with a stage for events. The old Town Hall would be sold for conversion to flats. Our current concerns are the possible loss of the assembly hall, especially if a mezzanine floor were inserted, the limited amount of community space to be shared with a new library, and the sale and conversion of the town hall offices for flats. This would leave the former Acton Council chamber – probably the most attractive room in the building – isolated without a suitable community use. The King’s rooms with their interesting facade still have some original features on the first floor worth retaining.