Heathrow to Change its Flight Paths

More Aircraft Arrivals over Ealing – and that’s BEFORE the Third Runway

By Tom Whiting

If Ealing residents were concerned about the current levels of aircraft noise affecting their borough, well things are going to get a lot worse under new plans by Heathrow to reconfigure its flight paths.

Currently Ealing borough residents are affected by aircraft noise in two ways: 1) by aircraft landing on ‘westerly’ operations (when the wind is blowing from the west, on average 70% of the year) in the southern part of the borough, bordering neighbouring Hounslow, and 2) by aircraft taking off on ‘easterly’ operations (wind blowing from the east, on average 30% of the year) with noise affecting a broad central swathe from Boston Manor and Northfields to Ealing Broadway and Hanger Hill.

At an ‘Airspace and Future Operations’ consultation event in the Town Hall in February, plans were unveiled for Heathrow to add 25,000 more flights per annum using its existing two runways (so even BEFORE the Third Runway is built). To cater for this huge expansion, existing flight paths need to be redesigned and a new system of operation called independent parallel approaches (IPAs) introduced.

You needed a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics (which incidentally I have) to make sense of all the bundles of literature on show. Flight envelopes, dBA contours, performance based navigation and ATMs (Air Traffic Movements – not the machine for your bank card, D’oh!) were the de rigueur phrases of the day. Beyond the smokescreen and platitudes, this is what I managed to deduce for our readers.

An IPA allows aircraft to land simultaneously on both Heathrow’s runaways during busy periods. IPA A1 is one of the plans for the northern runaway during aircraft landings in westerly operations, roughly 70% of the year (see diagram). Notice straightaway that the arrivals flight path over Ealing borough has shifted north, resulting in areas not previously affected by aircraft landings (north and south of the Uxbridge Road, roughly from Hanwell in the west to Acton in the east) now underneath the flight path envelope.

So if you’re like me and currently only affected by aircraft taking off from Heathrow, you might also soon be faced with gaping at the undercarriage of ‘the hotel in the sky,’ the Airbus A380, rattling your roof tiles before it lands at Heathrow.


The current consultation ends in early March, as do the presentation events, but we are promised further consultations in June 2019. To voice your objections now, visit www.heathrowconsultation.com to view the new flight paths, then email info@heathrowconsultation.com or write to Freepost, LHR AFO CONSULTATION.

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Ealing Notes NP83: upgrades and downgrades

Save our NHS

On Saturday 30th September 2017 Ealing NHS protests were once again a TV news item, this time on ITV National News at both 6.00PM and 10.30PM! Around 1,000 protesters marched from Southall and Acton Parks to a Council organised protest rally on Ealing Common about our local hospitals.
Many people still do not realise that NHS England’s 2012 “Shaping a Healthier Future” proposals remain in place to downgrade Ealing and Charing Cross Hospitals from General to Local Hospital status, removing 500 beds. If this goes ahead, all operating theatres would be closed, there would be no surgeons and no blue light A&E services. The only services in each “Local Hospital” would be provided through out-patient specialist clinics with 50 beds for observation, rehabilitation and the frail elderly. The Urgent Care Centre would remain but serious cases would be transferred to other hospitals’ A&E departments. How neighbouring hospitals would cope is impossible to imagine. Beds are very limited in all North-West London NHS hospitals now. Performance has also plummeted since units were closed at Central Middx and Hammersmith in 2014. Ambulance staff report huge admittance problems when they bring casualties. Rally speakers included local MPs, Hammersmith and Ealing Council Leaders, local doctors and Ealing Save our NHS. This is a really serious situation with the plans branded “unwise and unsafe” by all speakers. Even worse, NW London NHS has distributed thousands of leaflets in doctor surgeries, pharmacies and elsewhere stating Ealing Hospital is not closing but merely “existing services will change”. Addressing this, Ealing Council Leader Julian Bell said “To strip out vital services, reduce number of beds by 80% and still call it a “local” hospital is pure spin and we’re not falling for it”. Neighbours’ Paper agrees. It is high time NWL NHS abandoned these dangerous plans. Far from being “clinically led” as claimed, they are being implemented by Ealing Clinical Commissioner Group (CCG) members who are cynically trying to implement Government cuts in return for handsome salaries.

For more information and to sign the Council Petition www.ealing.gov.uk/soh and www.ealingsaveournhs.org.uk

NP has just heard that NWL NHS has refused the funds needed to progress these plans. More next time.

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Ealing Music and Film Festival ‘taster’ concerts this month

Ealing Music and Film Festival Flyer

Ealing Music and Film Festival Flyer 1/2

Ealing Music and Film Festival Flyer

Ealing Music and Film Festival Flyer 2/2

Ealing Music and Film Festival will present two ‘taster’ concerts on Thursdays 16 and 23 November prior to the next Festival in February 2018. These will take place at St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road, South Ealing W5 5RH and both start at 7.30pm.

Thursday 16 November: Music for piano solo and four hands with pianists Emilie Capulet and Julian Gallant

Schubert: Fantasy in F minor for Piano Duet

Beethoven: Piano Sonata in E flat Op.31 No.3

Brahms: Fantasies Op.116, Nos. 1 & 4; Piano Pieces Op.118 Nos. 3 & 6

Mozart: Sonata in F for Piano Duet

Tickets £8 (seniors), £6 (students), £4 (under 11s) and £10 (standard) with further concessions if you book both concerts at once

Book at http://www.ealingmusicandfilmfestival.org/node/86

Thursday 23 November: Duo Lineagalante comprising Diana Gouglina, soprano and Julian Gallant, piano

Celebrated Russian soprano Diana Gouglina and pianist Julian Gallant will perform selection of songs by Rachmaninoff, Saint-Saens, Britten, Messiaen and Poulenc

Tickets £8 (seniors), £6 (students), £4 (under 11s) and £10 (standard) with further concessions if you book both concerts at once

Book at http://www.ealingmusicandfilmfestival.org/node/87

For details of the full festival and tickets visit www.ealingmusicandfilmfestival.org

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There once was a spinster of Ealing

There once was a spinster of Ealing illustration

There once was a spinster of Ealing….

There once was a spinster of Ealing

George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library. There once was a spinster of Ealing…. Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/7c939136-5ffd-72dc-e040-e00a180634fd

A fun bit of social commentary even if Ealing was probably used just to fit the rhyme.

New York public library is digitising its material and making it easier for people to search and view. The site is a ‘living database’ featuring prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, streaming video, and is a pleasure to explore.

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Ealing notes NP76: Cuts, conservation concerns and (not) all that Jazz

Ealing Notes by Judy Breens

Parking, Stop and Shop and RingGo
Is RingGo another Council fundraiser? New road-side notices have appeared around the borough and in car parks requesting that parkers phone RingGo. This requires you to register membership and bank details and when you wish to park, pay by phone for the parking place. As this rolls out across the borough coin meters would gradually disappear. Do we want the security risk of exposing our bank details on a permanent basis to this company? Or be forced to use mobile phones? Do we own mobile phones? Worse, it was proposed to extend this to popular stop and shop areas where we stop freely for 30 minutes, shop, move on and leave the space for next shopper. This rotation keeps small traders in business in the many Borough parades. The proposal reached Pitshanger, Northfields and South Ealing with payment available for 3 hours after the free period. Non-Ealing residents were to pay for their whole stay. An outcry from traders and residents followed. Fortunately, Ealing Council have listened and dropped this for now. But watch this space.

RingGo logo

RingGo logo

Cuts to Local Councils

Ealing Council, in addition to Council Tax money, receives grants from Central Government. Since 2010 Government discretionary payments to Councils have been seriously cut. Much Government money is for essential services like schools to be directly passed over. It is the discretionary payment to fund Council issues of choice that is so drastically cut. The Council is in a difficult position. They’re freezing the Council Tax so perhaps other fund raising is needed. They’ve already sold half Dean Gardens car park from 4.00PM to 8.00AM daily to the nearby Holiday Inn.

Heller House

We wrote about Heller House a year ago. On February 16th Council Cabinet agreed to close this Council owned respite centre for children with complex needs because of the cuts. The Council has no legal obligation to fund respite care for disabled children although it proposes to continue a service using centres in other boroughs. Parents are distressed. The building needs updating but with its generous grounds it’s a much-loved lifeline. Would out borough places always be available and how far would children have to travel to use them? They propose a cost neutral third option and vow to fight on. Please see Petition at www.hellerthirdoption.co.uk

Ealing Jazz Festival

Over 30 years this has attracted huge numbers to Ealing, at one time running for 8 days and producing 34 concerts on its main stage. It was run by Ealing Council’s Events Team and received major corporate sponsors. Currently outsourced to a private contractor, the sponsorships ended
and admission charges introduced. It is now proposed to reduce the Festival to two days despite top jazz artist participation and high audience levels. The outsourced company will remain. Adding insult to injury Council proposes to drop the services of Dick Esmond, co-founder and Artistic Director of the Festival giving his role to the private company. Dick’s irreplaceable programming and compere skills throughout the entire Festival’s existence are legendary. The proposal has devastated Ealing music lovers and supporters from all over the country. For more information and Petition, see: www.change.org/en-GB/organisations/save_ealing_jazz_festival

Dick Esmond.

Dick Esmond. There’ll be a new host for the Ealing Jazz festival for 2016

Ealing Save our NHS

Do people realise that in June 2016 it is proposed that Ealing Hospital loses all services to children? No Children’s A&E admission. No Children’s Ward, No Paediatrics. Last June it lost it’s Maternity Services. This all springs from North West London NHS’s “Shaping a Healthier Future” plan to reduce both Charing Cross and Ealing Hospitals to cottage hospitals for rehabilitation and recovery only with a loss of 600+ acute beds. ESONHS held a packed meeting in Ealing Town Hall on February 2nd when the main speaker was campaigner John Lister. Ealing and other Councils funded an independent Healthcare Commission for N.W.London chaired by Michael Mansfield QC. This found these “deeply flawed hospital plans must be halted immediately” and that cost estimates to implement SaHF have risen to £1.3bn. It seems unlikely the plan will be implemented yet the deeply damaging cuts continue. More at: www.ealingsaveournhs.org.uk and www.saveourhospitals.net.


Ealing, famous for its extensive parks and vibrant pedestrian shopping areas, has become the first London borough to launch an idea borrowed from San Francisco’s concrete jungle – a PARKLET ‘to provide interest and stimulate activity along a street which currently does not have too many
places to stop and linger. It should also provide a small oasis of green in quite a busy thoroughfare and encourage people to stop and enjoy some of the shops and eateries.” This grandiose-sounding idea translates as an 8ft x 10ft box containing some white ‘contiboard’ furniture, a few sad looking plant pots and many explanatory notices. Delivered into Pitshanger Lane shortly after the Lane was nominated as the best High Street in London, it takes up a free parking space and has attracted much ribald comment. Pitshanger Lane won the accolade because of its strong community atmosphere, vibrant shopping facilities, wide pedestrian pavements, four street cafes, plentiful public benches, cycle racks and free stop-n-shop parking – in other words, many places to stop, linger and enjoy the shops and eateries. Not only that, Pitshanger Lane is surrounded by green open spaces, Pitshanger Park, Cleveland Park, Scotch Common, Ealing Golf Course and Brentham Club’s sports grounds. Official explanations are to be found here: https://www.ealing.gov.uk/news/article/1310/west_london_s_first_parklet_opens_in_ealing


From parking space to parklet

Bike storage

On road storage for bikes in West Ealing

Turkey Cages & Wheelie Bins

Before Christmas “turkey cage”/cycle storage facilities appeared around West Ealing interestingly bearing no reflectors or lights. In LBE cars require reflectors and skips lights during the hours of darkness. Why is the turkey cage different? It’s a Council service of course and they’re always right. It probably provides a useful service, providing lockable storage at a £30 annual charge for those unable to store their bikes. However, like the advancing wheelie bins, these cages diminish the streetscape appearance. They could also be hazardous to traffic. There was no consultation. On searching we found there was no risk assessment. Sadly there is no Road Safety Officer in Ealing.

Bike storage

In the wrong place?

Is Conservation dead in Ealing Broadway?

The Council created the Ealing Broadway Centre Conservation Area to preserve the original Victorian and Edwardian heritage. In 2009 one plan to rebuild the area was thrown out on appeal to Government. Now we have another inappropriate redevelopment plan for new flats with scant regard to the character of the area. Historic England, the Government’s advisors on the nation’s heritage are highly critical and may remove the CA status. The developers responded by retaining one of the fine Edwardian building and the facades of two others, incongruously plonked in front of high-rise glass and steel replacement blocks. It cannot be acceptable that the
heritage of a whole conservation area is swept away and a wholly alien character imposed. Corinne Templer, who has worked for many years to restore Ealing to its days of glory said grimly “This isn’t localism. This is vandalism”. Sadly, the Planning Committee passed the new plans on February 24th. An appeal is in process.

More information at: www.saveealingscentre.com

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Will the council break a promise about Gurnell pool?

via @ianrich_med

No Colour Bar exhibition: last day today!

Exhibition intro

Intro to the bookshop and exhibition

Check out the exhibition No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action @ Guildhall Art gallery, it includes Michael McMillan’s recreation of the Huntley’s Ealing based Walter Rodney bookshop. The installation has lots of fascinating archive footage and material from the Friends of Huntley Archives at London Metropolitan Archives (FHALMA) and is a fascinating insight into a cultural and campaign hub.

Admission Free
Guildhall Art Gallery, Guildhall Yard, London EC2V 5AE
Sunday 12 noon – 4pm

Bookshop from above

Installation from above in the Guildhall gallery

Hopefully the installation will be shown somewhere in Ealing.

Further info:
No Colour Bar website.
Eric and Jessica Huntley website http://huntleysonline.com/about-the-huntleys/
More about the bookshop
Article on Bogle L’Ouverture publishing house founded by the Huntleys

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NP72: News on Haven Green and Ealing Day Centres under threat

Haven Green

Photo by Nigel Cox

Haven Green

In the last edition Will French described the history of Haven Green and the pressure it’s under. Here he describes how two recent decisions by the Planning Inspectorate look likely to up the stakes.

The first stems from last September’s public inquiry into planned changes to the Green ahead of Crossrail. These would have widened the pavements, and created a counter-flow cycle lane on the east side of the Green. Objectors said the Green is protected by national legislation as Common Land for future generations to enjoy as open space. The Government inspector agreed and refused to approve the Council’s proposals. Only existing footpaths can be resurfaced.

This is unlikely to be the end of the matter. The Inspector declined to rule on the legitimacy of the cycle hub and racks that stand on the Common Land. We believe objectors are looking at other routes to resolve this. In addition, Ealing looks sure to have to do something to accommodate the 40% increase in passengers passing through the Green once Crossrail opens. Their consultants predict that if nothing happens overcrowding will be unacceptable. The second decision concerns the electricity substation which has stood largely unused for over 5 years on the Green. The Inspector said, ‘the substation obstructs the views of the common and is an alien feature within the landscape’. He added ‘it is an urbanising feature in an essentially open setting’. The substation must now be removed and the grass restored to its previous condition.

More on www.friendsofhavengreen.com

Day Centres under Threat

Ealing Council, facing a huge budget cut from central government are considering closing the Day Centres for Disabled and Elderly people. Last time we reported on Heller House Respite Centre for Disabled Children. On that Centre a Consultation is still in process.

But Councillors have voted to close, in May, Carlton Road Day Centre on the borders of Acton and Chiswick that serves more than 30 users with profound and multiple learning disabilities. It provides a full day care service allowing parents and carers time and respite from the rigours of day to day caring for a profoundly disabled son or daughter, thereby preserving their health and wellbeing and allowing them to care longer and better in the long term; (thereby saving the state the expense).

This centre is uniquely equipped to offer space to socialise with friends and peers plus individually tailored sessions including Physiotherapy, Art, Music and Dance Therapy. All staff are now facing redundancy. Ealing Council are assessing each user and propose to offer an individual budget to the carers to provide alternatives, ‘signposting’ them towards “suitable alternatives” to the Carlton Road day service. These services are mainly non-existent within the borough for people of such a profound level of disability. Couldn’t the Council be a little more creative by helping the experienced longstanding and professional staff team to continue their service somehow? Are Ealing’s most vulnerable residents to be sacrificed by officers’lack of creative thinking and a chance to make a few £millions by selling property in Chiswick? The answer so far, seems to be yes.

Concerned? Contact Ealing Contact Ealing Carers’ Centre 020 8840 1566

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Are day care services for disabled adults and children under attack in Ealing?

The latest edition of the Neighbours Paper features news about the threat of closure of Heller House in Southall due to Ealing Council budget cuts. Carlton Road Day Centre is facing the same fate, as SAD Ealing explains:

Carlton Road Day Centre is a day service located in Carlton Road (W4 5DY), on the borders of Acton and Chiswick. It serves more than 30 users with profound and multiple learning disabilities and a complex diagnosis (many who also have epilepsy and are wheelchair users with little or no mobility) with a full day care service, giving them the chance to undertake a variety of therapeutic and physical activities as well as providing a suitable space to socialise and spend time with friends and peers outside of the home environment.

It also allows the phenomenally hard working parents & carers a little time (and respite) from the rigours of day to day caring for a learning and physically disabled son or daughter, thereby preserving their health and wellbeing and allowing them as parents to care for their offspring for longer and for the better in the long term; (thereby saving the state the expense).

As the users are so very disabled, it is fully fitted out with hoists and changing areas for suitable and dignified toileting which is undertaken by an experienced, longstanding and professional staff team, all who are now facing redundancy. The staff team also have strong advocacy skills for their users and review, report and monitor users regularly and liaise with health teams and families to ensure the users are given the best chances in life and retain their dignity and independence at all times.

Ealing Council, facing a huge budget cut from central government has decided that the centre will close in May 2015, before which each user will be re-assessed and parents & carers handed an individual budget to themselves provide for their son or daughter’s care. Parents and carers will be ‘signposted’ towards what Ealing Council regards as suitable alternatives to the Carlton Road day service. These services are mainly non-existent within the borough for people of such a profound level of disability. It is all very rushed and poorly thought out.

For more information visit: sadealing.blogspot.com


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Save the Starlite for the community and remember its Rock roots

Facade of the Starlite

Threatened with demolition – the Starlite could have a new lease of life as a community hub

NP speak to Albertina McNeill about the Save the Starlite campaign

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how and why got involved with/started save the Starlite?

I don’t want too much attention focused on me as I feel it’s the stars who played the venue that deserve the attention, not those behind the campaign. I moved to Greenford in 1991. In 2012 I had a daily photo blog about the area called Greenford 365 which showed some of the good and bad things about it. I’ve just started posting on a new blog called Positive Greenford. I’d been told about the Starlite by a neighbour who remembered seeing Geno Washington and Stevie Wonder play there, and heard from someone else that Pink Floyd had gigged in Greenford but had thought it was wishful thinking. In 2012 the Greenford and Northolt Gazette carried a story about plans to demolish an old cinema so I went to take photos of it for the blog because I realised that it must be the place. I began to discover the famous names that played there and couldn’t believe that we were losing such an asset without a fight. I tried writing to the Gazette but failed to attract any support until one letter was published followed soon after by an article. I set up the Facebook page and Twitter account. In the last few months I’ve been joined by Frank Kilduff of the North Greenford Residents’ Association, David Flack of the Sudbury Town Residents’ Association (with a particular interest in the Starlite’s time as an Odeon), Erol Direkoglu, a former planning officer who has the Starlite on his doorstep and Bob Little, an Acton based community activist with an interest in music and popular culture.

What are the main aims of the campaign?

Prevent the demolition and save the building for community use because of its significance to our music heritage and potential as a focus for regeneration. Make Allendale Road a destination rather than somewhere you drive through.

What will the benefits be of saving the Starlite?

Once I got to Allendale Road I can honestly say I was shocked at how quiet the street is, in fact my first thought was “How can we use the Starlite to attract people with money to spend to the area and increase footfall for these traders?” The idea of saving local music heritage and regenerating the streets around it developed simultaneously. I wondered whether the building could be used for exhibitions (compare with the Fashion and Textile Museum http://ftmlondon.org/), it’s close to Sudbury Town Underground station which would bring tourists from central London but I also felt it had potential as a community or arts centre. I could see from the parking restrictions that there were already problems so felt that it would need to appeal to those who either lived within walking distance or did not have access to their cars. That meant local residents and tourists. We need them to come to Allendale Road, spend some money and go away again! The tourists would be drawn by the music heritage (I’d become aware of the Abbey Road phenomenon where people from around the world have their photos taken as they cross the road in the same way that the Beatles did for their album cover). At the time I was unaware that UK Music had published a report about the value of music heritage tourism to the UK. I realised that saving the Starlite could mean jobs and increased prosperity for Greenford, causing the homes around it to increase in value.
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