Eric Leach

Independent Candidate Councillor
for Ealing Walpole Ward

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Northfield Avenue Allotments Under Threat  new! 

The owner of the allotment site along the eastern side of the northern stretch of Northfield Avenue is considering its options as to the future use of this land. In 1832 the Bishop of London gave this land to the poor of West Ealing. The bequest included land also to the west of Northfield Avenue which was also allotments until housing was built on it by Ealing Council in the 1980s.

Ealing and Brentford Consolidated Charity (EBCC) – a Housing Association owns this allotment land (90 plots) and charges £100/year for use of one of the allotments. Although many of the allotments appear derelict there is apparently a two year waiting list for those wanting to acquire a one year contract for usage.

At a public meeting in Ealing Town Hall on 12th April 2010 Councillor Chapman announced that EBCC is considering its options for future use of this allotment land. Property development on this land is a possibility and Councillor Chapman confirmed that EBCC has had development discussions with Ealing Council planners.

How would you like this land to be used? Carry on with allotments (preferably with greater active usage); build new affordable houses on it; build high rise residential tower blocks on it; build an NHS Polyclinic on it; or build a new primary or secondary school on it? Or some other use?

EBCC is run by a Board of Trustees. Somewhat bizarrely Ealing Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration Councillor Millican is one of these Trustees. He has been quoted recently as saying that Northfield Avenue allotment land would be built on ‘over my dead body’….

Lammas Park - Battleground for the 'Use' of Open Space

Will to Win is building a Five-a-Side football pitch on Lammas Park abutting Culmington Road. Although the company has planning permission to do this some residents are upset at what they see as loss of open land. I emailed many interested parties on the facts and my observations of the issues. Read it here...

Council Envirocrime Officers Selectively Harass Northfield Avenue Shopkeepers

The Northfield Avenue retail strip has been a popular and valuable community resource for over 100 years. Read more...

Sherwood Close Estate – Demolish/Sell-Off/Densify

Sherwood Close Estate (also known as Dean Gardens Estate) nestles between Northfield Avenue and Seaford Road. Read more...

Mandating an Integrated Transport Hub (ITH) around Ealing Broadway Station (EBS)

After years of lobbying for an ITH by local organisations such as Ealing Friends of the Earth, EPTUG and SEC, Ealing Council earlier this year give in to this pressure and commissioned external consultants to research the project. Read more...

Parking Bays Finally Start to Arrive in Leeland Terrace!

Councillor Ann Chapman promised us all at a public meeting in 2007 parking bays in Leeland Terrace and today I see they are starting to appear. Read more...

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