Ealing Town Hall. Do we have any alternatives?

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15th April 2018

Julian Bell explained to the General Purposes Committee, (at 2.40 minutes in) why he thinks the deal with Mastcraft to convert the Town Hall into a Boutique Hotel is a good one. Is he right? A boutique hotel is unlikely to bring significant economic benefits to Ealing town centre, or achieve much change to its increasingly down-at-heel character. Anyway the deal apparently allows Mastcraft to convert the whole town hall into…

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General Purposes Cttee rejects 277 objections, without discussion

A lot has happened and it’s time for an update on our campaign to retain Victoria Hall as its founding fathers intended when they donated their money to build the place a century and a quarter ago. A big thank you then to everyone – there were 277 of you – who wrote in response to the Council’s consultation on its plans to hand over the hall. A further 1400…

26th March 2018
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LBE responds to Victoria Hall consultation

A report on the Victoria Hall Trust consultation is to be discussed by the Council’s General Purposes Committee on 15th March. The report says over 275 people responded to the consultation and it lists the wide-ranging objections to the Council’s plans: Objections to disposal of Ealing Town Hall Objections to changing the Trust Objects Desire for local people to be able to join the Trust Board Further clarity on consultation…

13th March 2018
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Victoria Hall Trust Consultation – Response by Ealing Voice

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5th March 2018

The Council’s consultation on its plans to dispose of the Victoria Hall has now closed. Thanks to everyone for responding to Ealing Voice’s campaign to retain the trust as a charitable asset by objecting to the planned disposal. You can view here the response by by Ealing Voice. We understand the 15th March meeting of the Council’s General Purposes Committee will discuss a report on the consultation before any report…

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Second Consultation – How to Respond

      Ealing Council’s second consultation  on the plans to dispose of the Victoria Hall raises further issues affecting the Charitable Trust that manages the Hall.  After further discussions with the Council about its plans, Ealing Voice has prepared new guidance for people wishing to respond to the second consultation. The deadline for comments is March 2nd. The Council’s General Purposes sub committee will then consider what happens at…

22nd February 2018
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Victoria Hall Second Consultation

You may have heard that the Council issued a second consultation on the Victoria Hall Trust. The closing date is March 2nd. This move took everyone by surprise as it was not explained how the two consultations relate to one another. Many who had responded to the first consultation contacted Ealing Voice asking whether they should respond again. We therefore contacted the Council to ask them what we should do….

12th February 2018
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Ealing Town Hall – WILL THEY, WON’T THEY?

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3rd February 2018

As the council grows increasingly desperate to save its awful deal to give away our much loved town hall to hotel developer Mastcraft, in exchange for a couple of million pounds to spruce up offices for councillors, there is a new consultation in town. As published in this week’s Ealing Gazette – the Council is now admitting plans to give away the assets of the Victoria Hall Trust, and trying…

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Victoria Hall Trust Consultation – FOI LATEST

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30th January 2018

The consultation, which is currently due to finish on 9th February, has already been extended twice by Ealing Council as it struggles to put together and release important information requested under FOI (Freedom of Information). We have now had to raise a complaint about the FOI response and ask that if the outstanding questions are not answered in full by Friday 2nd February then the consultation is extended again. Ealing…

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Consultation period extended to Feb 9th

There is a further extension to the Council’s consultation on its planned changes to the Victoria Hall Trust. This follows representations from Ealing Voice that essential information about the Trust’s accounts, the extent of its assets and the proposed terms of their disposal is not in the public domain. The new deadline for comments is now February 9th.  It gives the Council more time to assemble the missing information and…

13th January 2018
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Victoria Hall Consultation latest

Feedback to EV is that this is a tricky subject to get your head around. Just what are the grounds for objection? EV has therefore prepared a one page sheet which sets out the case as succinctly as possible, and lists 5 possible reasons to object. Feel free to use any of this material when writing your objection – but bear in mind that it always looks better if you…

3rd January 2018
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