|Friends of the Victoria Hall (FoVH) has launched a crowdfunding appeal to pay the legal costs of challenging Ealing Council over its scheme to lease the Hall. The Victoria Hall, Prince’s Hall and associated spaces belong to a charitable Trust. Although the Council controls the Trust, it does NOT own the property, but wants to lease it as part of its plan to dispose of the Town Hall. This would severely restrict access by the Trust beneficiaries, the people of Ealing. We think that the assets of a viable charity should not be disposed of to a commercial operation.
The Victoria Hall is a separate building attached to but not an integrated part of the Town Hall. Built in 1888 with publicly donated money, it is the largest and only community space in Ealing that’s easy for everyone to get to. Over 126 years it has hosted countless meetings, entertainments, celebrations, examinations, exhibitions and more. The Council has asked the Charity Commission to approve a Scheme to change the Trust’s charitable objects. This would allow it to include the Trust property in the Town Hall disposal. FoVH aims to keep this important Grade ll-listed building for the purpose for which it was built and stop the destruction of part of it to accommodate the hotel. The Commission consulted on this Scheme over Christmas 2019 and the New Year. Working with a specialist legal team, FoVH submitted a robust, 640-page response within the very tight timescale. If you would like more information about the campaign you might like to watch this clip from Exposure Box https://exposurebox.com/save_victoria_hall_update/. Please pledge to help pay the legal costs of the challenge to stop Ealing Council from disposing of the Victoria Hall to hotel developers, at https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/save-the-victoria-hall/