We have received the following (edited) message from the chair of CANForum:
“I am writing in my capacity as Chair of CANForum which covers most of Acton centre and a sizeable chunk of East and South Acton wards. After some adventures with funding, a website and committee membership, we are now in a position to begin the formal consultation on the Neighbourhood plan. We will have to use every possible methodology available to reach the 25000 people iving/working/socialising in the CANForum area.
Please log on to the website at CANForum.org and register your views. All shades of opinion welcome.
Jan Gayle-Farlow, Chair CANForum”
The latest report from our MP, Rupa Huq is here.
Safer Neighbourhood Police Newsletter No4 is here
Inspector Fallowfield’s Message
(We received this on 24th May. Nicholas Fallowfield is Inspector Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Crime Prevention & TP Capability.)
· The MPS is working with our partners to protect London. We have put in place pre-planned responses to make London a hostile environment for terrorists, to provide reassurance to local communities and to maintain our usual service to the public. Our response includes, but is not limited to, the deployment of military assistance to provide static armed guards at key sites such as Buckingham Palace, Downing Street, Embassies and the palace of Westminster to release armed police officers for other duties.
· We will be providing additional police patrols at certain locations, such as transport hubs, places of worship, school routes and crowded places. Our deployments will include more armed officers patrolling on foot and in vehicles. The locations, deployments and tactics employed will vary continuously in order to avoid predictability. Overall in London the public can expect to see an increased number of officers on duty – both armed and unarmed. This will include Special Constables providing additional visible presence over the next few days
· We are reviewing security arrangements for upcoming events and there will be additional measures in place at many of these events in the coming days. Meanwhile, specially trained officers are providing security advice to businesses, event organisers and venues across London.
Local public reassurance & community cohesion
· We know that some of our communities will feel a heightened sense of concern. Borough police across London are engaging with their local stakeholders and through their local networks, providing support and reassurance to vulnerable communities, with the business community, schools and faith premises.
· Safer Schools officers will be reaching out and available to reassure pupils and answer questions they have.
· As well as reaching out to reassure local partners and communities, local police are actively monitoring community tensions.
· We encourage people to report any hate crime to police. The message remains as it always has been; we will not tolerate hate crime and will investigate all reports that are made to us
The public are encouraged to remain calm but vigilant
· We need our communities and key partners to help us to keep London safe and to thwart the terrorists who seek to divide us and undermine our way of life.
· We need all our partners to encourage communities to remain calm but vigilant. Community intelligence is a key part of our response and we are urging people to immediately report anything that causes them concern or raises their suspicions.
· If the public saw something suspicious we ask them to ACT. Action Counters Terrorism; report anything you’ve heard that could identify a terrorist threat by calling 0800 789 321. In an emergency always call 999- #ActionCountersTerrorism
Ealing Civic Society Newsletter (Note that the Public Inquiry has been canceled)
Ealing Civic Society Newsletter Summer 2017
The proposed development on the north side of Ealing Broadway which was to go to a planning inquiry is now on hold, as the site has been sold to British Land. The inquiry will not now take place.
I’m emailing to let you know that British Land has just purchased the above site from Benson Elliot. The planning application (P/2015/3479), which is subject to the Public Inquiry next week, has been now been withdrawn. This means that the Inquiry next week will no longer take place. Confirmation attached. This purchase means that we now have a unique opportunity to manage a broad slice of the town centre to create an even more accessible and attractive place for local people and visitors. We would like some time to consider how our ownerships in Ealing can work most cohesively and will be reviewing the options whilst liaising with key stakeholders.
I would appreciate it if you could let people involved in the Planning Inquiry next week know about this news. Please do let me know if you have any questions.
This site runs along the mainline, from Twyford Avenue Bridge to Horn Lane, behind West Acton Primary School and houses/allotments/ field on the south side of Noel Road. Its proximity to houses in this otherwise residential area, is very clear as visible on map satellite views at google maps and other map sites.
Pollution on Horn Lane has been one of the worst in London for years. The site must already contribute significantly to this pollution.
The new proposal is for the delivery and processing of 300,000 tons per year of waste – presumably arriving and leaving by truck and/or train.
For details of the proposal see (the consultation has now closed):
Last week, the Creffield Area Residents’ Association (CARA) held a Burns Night-themed annual dinner at St Martin’s Church on Hale Gardens. As well as excellent haggis and bag-pipes, the chair of CARA (Margaret Cunningham) gave an interesting speech about the challenges facing our area which I thought members of the forum would be interested in.
1. There is an increased threat to the Creffield area posed by conversions of houses to small flats and HMOs, and the lack of robust objection from council. There is a risk that if unchallenged, it could fundamentally change our area.
2. A waste processing site has been proposed near West Acton Primary School which would process over 300,000 tonnes of waste per annum. This could see 60-or-so waste trucks going through our area PER DAY, as well as placing waste close to children. Though technically not in the CARA area, if the plan proceeds it will affect CARA residents.
3. There are plans to redevelop parts of Ealing Town Centre with new high-rise buildings. This would result in the loss of some historical buildings as well as radically changing the look of the town centre and putting increased demands on local services such as schools and transport. CARA is working with the Save Ealing Centre organisation to ensure any changes consider residents needs and have made a financial contribution to support such efforts.
You can see the Ealing Civic Society January news update here.