Category Archives: Old News

Ealing Civic Society Newsletter (June 2020)

Ealing Matters newsletter

Ealing Matters is an umbrella group of Ealing residents’ associations and community groups including Ealing Civic Society. The latest of its regular newsletters, with updates on a number of planning applications, is available to view.

ECS annual John Delafons lecture

For the first time, our annual John Delafons lecture this year was held as a virtual event. The subject was the Thames Tideway Project given by Harbinder Birdi, Senior Partner and Head of the Infrastructure and Transport Sector at Hawkins Brown architects. If you missed it, it is now available to view on our YouTube channel.

The future of heritage buildings in Gunnersbury Park

The recent restoration of a number of buildings in Gunnersbury Park, such as the Large Mansion and its transformation into a modern museum, excluded several other important heritage buildings in the park, in particular the Small Mansion and Stables Block, both of which are on the Historic England buildings at risk register.

For more information, and a link to a questionnaire on the future of these buildings, see an article on the Ealing Today site.

ECS Annual General Meeting

Finally, our reminder that our first ever virtual Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 9 July. Joining instructions will be published on the events page of our website and sent by email to members nearer the time.

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

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.”