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Ealing’s Chief Executive Officer Designate  a résumé of his previous appointments

Tony Clements’ return to Ealing as its new CEO - to be confirmed at the April 19thFull Council meeting - has triggered some comment. As our ‘strategic director of Place’ for just 2 years, he took with him a handy £74,000 ‘compensation for loss of office’. Since his post was not abolished this must surely signify a falling out with his Council bosses. Happily, for Tony, he didn’t have to survive too long on his pay-out as the next month he was snapped up by LB Hammersmith as their interim strategic director (Economy), where he remained for just over a year followed by a series of portfolio contracts, before appearing on the candidates list for the position of Ealing’s Chief Executive. This is unusual as most employers, when a person receives a golden handshake, make it conditional that they do not seek employment with the said employer for a given period of time, for example five years.When a local authority realises that it has made a mistake with a chief officer appointment, or there has been a falling out with politicians (and neither of these are unusual) the solution is to restructure and delete the post, thereby creating a 'genuine' redundancy and avoiding expensive compensation for loss of office. This was not the case in this instance. Lucy Taylor currently fills this role, following on from Gary Alderson who also only remained in the role for 12 months.Tony Clements’ CV does not show experience of managing a large organisation let alone a London Borough. Once senior local government people start working as interims or take on jobs outside local government at the sort of age that Tony is, this often suggests some past problems. This may be very unfair, but if you had been a success as an 'executive director' in the period up until 2020 you would have found a CE post (perhaps outside London) if you were committed to staying in local government. Life at top level in local government is very demanding of any other life than at the Town Hall. Not a role to take on for a couple of years as part of a career trajectory.Ealing needs a strong Chief Executive, with a strong person management background and also willing to take on elected members if and when the council strays into questionable legal territory such as the non-production of statutory reports.You may wish to ask your current Ward Councillors why him?

Libby Kemp ● 123d2 Comments ● 102d

Church services this Easter

Here are details for some local churches where I could find them on their websites. All very welcome to all of these services! Anyone please feel free to add the details for those not included:**Good Friday 11:00am - Open Air service in the marketplace on the Mount outside St Mary's **Oaktree Anglican Fellowship216 High St, London W3 9NXMaundy Thursday Service 8pm-9pm A meditative service with footwashingGood Friday Stations 12pm-2pm at St Mary's ChurchThere will be self-led stations of the cross at St Mary's Church.Good Friday Service 2pm-3pm at St Mary's ChurchEaster Sunrise Service 6am at Ealing CommonLocation: Ealing Common at the junction of Uxbridge Road and the North CircularEaster Sunday Service 4.30pm Please join us for our all-age Easter service.St Mary’s ChurchThe Mount, High St, London W3 9NWMaundy Thursday - 11:00am and 7:30pmGood Friday - open air 11am               12-2pm stations of the cross (self led)              2pm Good Friday serviceEaster Sunday - 10:30amOur Lady of Lourdes141-143 High St, London W3 6LXMaundy Thursday - 7pmGood Friday - 3pmEaster Saturday - 8:30pmEaster Sunday - 10:30am and 12:00pmSt Martin’s West ActonHale Gardens, London W3 9SQMaundy Thursday - 7:30pmGood Friday - 1-3pm stations of the cross plus childrens activitiesEaster Saturday - 8pmEaster Sunday - 10am service followed by an easter egg huntSt Dunstan’s East ActonFriars Pl Ln, London W3 7AWEaster Sunday - 10:45amActon Baptist ChurchChurch Rd, London W3 8PPEaster Sunday - 10:30amActon Hill ChurchHigh Street Corner of, Woodlands Ave W3 9BUEaster Sunday - 11:00amBerrymead Evangelical Church16 Avenue Rd, London W3 8NSEaster Sunday - 11:00amChurch of the AscensionBeaufort Road, London W5 3EBGood Friday - 2:00pmEaster Sunday - 10:30amAnyone looking for an online service - Easter Sunday at 11:30am

Prabal Ray ● 125d0 Comments ● 125d


Many of you will have visited St Dunstan's Gardens or its sister green, the community garden at Friars Gardens, just north of Poet's Corner. These are much used parks with an unusual status. They are Public Open Spaces, but in their weird history, have a private 'owner' on their title deed. Do not be mistaken, this owner is only the 'underlying soil owner' but a potential new buyer of the title deed has launched an outrageous planning application to build 52 care home units and 22 parking bays on our beautiful green. To be very clear, and having spoken to a property lawyer in our road, this planning application should be thrown out (but you never know with our council) so it's important to get as many objections as possible.    PLEASE PLEASE OBJECT NOW. IT TAKES TWO MINUTES. SEE LINK BELOW   The company/individual whose names are on the title deeds for this Public Open Space (it is a POS) cannot build on this land because their "ownership is only of the underlying soil since control and management is held by the council on statutory trust for the public under section 10 of the Open Spaces Act 1906”.    The applicant to build does not understand that his  'option to buy' this green from the current owners, Forward Realty, means that he will only get the "underlying soil" and is not entitled, by law, to build even a shed on it.    There are other places to build 52 care homes and this is gross over-development and loss of green space in an area where green space is deficient.

Juliet McDonald ● 172d6 Comments ● 158d

Public Open Space - Statutory Trust - St. Dunstan's Gardens

Please see below a comment from Gerald Moran re. the outline planning application to erect a 52-Bedroom commercial building made on the incorrect basis that the local plan's Public Open Space designation of both green triangles off St Dunstan's Avenue is erroneous."On 22 September 2000 the Goldsmiths' Company sold most of the rump of its Acton Estate to an offshore company, Golden Property Holdings Ltd. The latter applied for first registration of title to the numerous pieces of land. The retained freehold interest in the two green triangles was registered on 14 March 2001 under Title No AGL88554 but that was subject to overriding interests such as "public rights" included at section 70(1)(a) of the Land Registration Act 1925. Later transfers of that title have been subject to overriding interests under Schedule 3 to the Land Registration Act 2003, in particular under para. 5 "A public right" - meaning a right exercisable by anyone, whether he owns land or not, merely by virtue of the general law, such as a public right of way - Overseas Investment Services Ltd v Simcobuild Construction Ltd (1995) 70 P&CR 322.That would include the status of the triangles as public open spaces since the Agreement dated 20 June 1924 when Acton Borough Council undertook the care etc of the triangular gardens to be kept open for use by the public. That Council's authority was plainly section 9(b)&(c) of the Open Spaces Act 1906. Under section 10 of that Act the present Council holds care, management and control of the two greens on trust for the public as open spaces. They are maintained by the Parks Department, cutting grass, tending trees etc. One has already been enhance with public finance and has been acclaimed.Byelaw 7 of October 2000 prohibits erection of any building etc without consent of the Council. The Council would be in breach of trust if it purported to sanction the proposed development changing the use and nature of either of these public open spaces.The local plan (in its various parts and read with other documents such as on green space strategy) designates the triangles as public open spaces. These triangles operate as local parks giving valued benefits such as opportunities for recreation and so on as well as visually and environmentally. See also policies 2.18H and 5.5(a). There are numerous flats being built in the area, which as mentioned in chapter 5 of the Core Strategy means that the green spaces become ever more valuable resources. The March 2021 London Plan has for instance policy G4B. See also chapter 8 of the National Planning Policy Framework, revised 20 July 2021.Quite apart from planning control, there is surely no prospect of the Council not continuing to perform its statutory trust of care, management and control. This should be made clear so that this misconceived planning application be withdrawn. The analogy is not exact but the owner of underlying soil has no more right to develop the public open spaces than would an owner of sub-soil below a public road be entitled to build on the road."[Gerald Moran lives in Acton W3 and recently retired at Xmas 2021 from Hunters, Lincoln's Inn following some 40 years experience in property law]

Victor Mishiku ● 173d7 Comments ● 158d