EXCITING plans are being drawn up for a bid to save one of Ealing’s flagship buildings from being sold off.
Ealing Council has proposed leasing the grade II listed building to a private company to convert into a hotel.
But campaigners against the plans have temporarily blocked them by registering the structure as a community asset and are busy coming up with a new proposal for it.
Ealing Council wants to give developer Mastcraft a 250 year lease for the building. The firm hopes to create a hotel, gym, pool and restaurant.
However, prices will increase for the numerous community groups which currently rent function rooms.
Ealing Voice has been given six months to draw up alternative plans to take over the building, which dates back to 1887.
Julian Smith, who set up the group, said it was important to keep the structure for the community rather than turning it into a hotel.
He said: “The town hall has been the heart of the civic administration and community of Ealing for over 125 years. Public subscriptions helped to build this irreplaceable community asset which has served us well for many generations.
“If it is lost to a private commercial operator now our community will never be in a position to replace it.”
Mr Smith added he would soon be ready to reveal Ealing Voice’s full plans.
He said: “We have a passionate desire to preserve real community access and improve this vital asset.
“Working with first class architects, and taking inspiration from highly acclaimed international projects, we will breathe new life into the town hall and into Ealing itself.”
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