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Acton Arts Project

Fancy a night out in Acton High Street? A movie and a meal in the same building? Now’s your chance…..

Five years after its doors were closed to the public a big step’s been taken to revive a landmark community building in Acton for exactly that.

A new life for The Old Library on the High Street has now moved from pipedream to prospect. A community bid’s been lodged with Ealing Council to transform it into a state-of-the-art cinema and cafe-restaurant in a corner of Acton crying out for regeneration – night and day.

The Acton Arts Centre Project would see the building bought by a sympathetic developer in partnership with the community to combine the films and food plan with office and performance space. Live music, theatre, and stand-up – just some of what’s also planned to energise an entertainment-free end of the High Street.

The near-30 bid trustees and advisers all live in Acton and want the best for it. You can find out more about who we are and what the bid’s about by visiting the website: and signing up as a supporter. Ask your friends and family to do the same.

We think Acton needs a place where the whole community can get together for daytime events and a different night out. You can make a difference by giving your support. The Council decides by December which bid wins. We think Acton needs the Acton Arts Project – and it needs YOU!

Please show your support by:

  • coming to the public meeting to hear all the bids. Everyone Active on the High Street 7.30 pm November 21st.
  • forwarding this message to any local groups, websites, social media accounts you have. We would like everyone to have the opportunity to comment.
  • delivering a few fliers for people who don’t use social media.
  • Comment, like, share the Actonartsproject on any social media including W3 forum.

Thank you.

Shared Parking in Zone MM

There is a proposal to make a limited number of parking bays in zone MM shred between residents parking and paid for parking. These are all bays next to walls and not outside houses. Objections should be sent in writing by e-mail to or by post to Highways Service, Perceval House, 14-16 Uxbridge Road W5 2HL, quoting reference ORD 4114 until the 11th June 2018.  Plans showing the bays are below. The roads affected are:

Roads in Friars Green controlled zone MM
Brougham Road, Creffield Road, Creswick Road, Emanuel Avenue, Essex Road, Faraday Road, Friars Gardens, Friars Way, Friary Road, Grafton Road, Grasmere Avenue, Hereford Road, Julian Avenue, Lynton Road, Messaline Avenue, Pierrepoint Road, Shalimar Gardens, Shalimar Road, St Dunstan’s Avenue, St Dunstan’s Gardens and Westbourne Avenue

MM - Friars Green

South Acton Crime Statistics

The South Acton Safer Neighbourhood ward Panel met this month, and there has been an increase in burglaries and stolen cars. The ward team is currently under strength by one PC.

CrimeSep-Nov17Jun-Aug 17Feb-May 17
Burglary Dwelling32228
Theft from Motor Vehicle151621
Theft of motor Vehicle19118

The increase in burglaries is in part due to a change in the way crimes are categorised. They now include theft from sheds and attempted burglaries. So for Sep to Nov, they include:

A cycle was stolen from a bin store
A cycle was stolen from a garage in Uxbridge Road on two separate occasions
A log cabin was entered
A cycle was stolen from a garden shed
Property was stolen from an underground car park
A cycle was stolen from a communal storage area

Take a Walk Through History Phone App (Ealing)

Ever wondered what makes a house Georgian? Or what it would look like if you mixed Brutalism with the Baroque? Perhaps you’re more interested in social history and never knew Soho has been Queer for more than 130 years.

As part of Historic England’s Keep it London campaign, we have brought the history of London’s neighbourhoods to life with our new walking app, pulling in photos, archive images and sometimes the odd video. We’ll also help you identify architectural periods and understand what makes them different. See here.

This app release explores Soho, The City and Ealing. In early autumn we’ll update to include other areas of London. Ealing Civic Society was involved in the development, and sent us the information.

The app is free to download from the Apple Store or Google Play.

The Goodlet Diaries (1934-1940)

The Goodlet Diaries are being serialised on the Ealing News Extra Website. Alexandra Goodlet lived in Birch Grove and Granville Gardens.

From the introduction, which can be found here.

“They had moved to 48 Birch Grove, Acton, 1918-1929 and from 1930-1940 lived in part of 30 Granville Gardens, Ealing. Goodlet kept a diary from 1933, but the first portions do not survive. The Ealing years which do, for 1934-1940, were transcribed by his youngest brother and presented to the library; the originals are held at Sussex University Library. Alexander briefly ran a model shop but during the years chronicled by his diary was chiefly unemployed save for a brief job as a clerk at Acton Town Hall in 1936 and then as a fire watcher at Dagenham in 1939-1940.”