Pressure group pushes Arcadia and Dickens Yard alternatives

Sec sketch Save Ealing's Centre, an alliance of resident and local interest groups, is to publish an alternative plan for Ealing Broadway in an attempt to change plans for the area.

The Ealing Times reports that Save Ealing's Centre (SEC) has published a 32-page document that SEC say offers a "more appealing alternative" than the plans for the Dickens Yard and Arcadia sites.

Tony Miller, of SEC, told the Times: “What we have tried to do is build a document which will give Ealing something to build on for the next 100 years. This document has been put together by architects, town planners and retail experts from our group, not just some NIMBYS with no technical knowledge.”

Among the proposals are a new large conference centre and hotel for Ealing, as well as an arts centre, more attractive shopping facilities, a community facility based in a refurbished town hall, and a transport interchange around Ealing Broadway station to link buses, rail and cars more effectively.

Unsurprisingly, they also suggest that no buildings should be higher than eight storeys in the town centre, or five storeys on Haven Green, as well as being "sympathetic to neighbouring styles".

SEC plans to launch the document publicly in January, when it will be sent to planning staff and councillors, and host a public meeting on January 20 to debate the ideas. The planning meeting for the Arcadia application is due to be held next Wednesday, December 17.

Ealing Times report

Save Ealing's Centre website. SEC is made up from 26 residents groups representing 15,000 people around Ealing, was originally set up to act as opposition to plans for a 40-storey tower on the Arcadia site, which has since been scaled down.

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