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M&S announces it will open 20 new stores with cafés and 12 food halls

Eleven locations still to be announced, one in The Oaks?M&S announces it will open 20 new stores with cafés and 12 food halls creating 3,400 jobs over the next two years - so is one opening near you?Marks & Spencer has revealed plans to open 20 new shops across the UKThe move, part of a £480million investment, will create 3,400 jobsChief executive says he wants to make sure M&S has stores in the right places By DANYA BAZARAA FOR MAILONLINEPUBLISHED: 09:37, 16 January 2023 | UPDATED: 12:25, 16 January 2023Marks & Spencer has announced plans to open 20 new shops across the UK in a move that will create 3,400 jobs.Eight full-line stores will open in shopping centres such as the Bullring in Birmingham and the Trafford Centre in Manchester, as well as in retail parks and high streets across key cities over the next financial year.M&S will also open 12 new food halls, including in Stockport, Barnsley and Largs in North Ayrshire, Scotland.The new openings, planned for 2023-24, will bring investment in new stores to £480million, M&S said. Nine of the 20 new store locations have been revealed so far, with the remaining 11 to be announced in due courseNine of the 20 new store locations have been revealed so far, with the remaining 11 to be announced in due courseBirmingham Bullring (full-line store opening Autumn 2023)Manchester’s Trafford Centre (full-line store opening Winter 2023)Lakeside Thurrock (opening Winter 2023) Stockport (food hall opening in Summer 2023)Barnsley (food hall opening in Autumn 2023)Largs, North Ayrshire (food hall opening in Winter 2023)Purley Way (full-line store opening Summer 2023) Leeds White Rose shopping centre (full-line store opening Summer 2023)The remaining 11 locations are to be announced in due course.The new store pipeline for 2023/24 includes eight full-line stores in city locations including a new 97k sq ft store in Leeds White Rose and a 70k sq ft store in Liverpool One, both due to open in Summer 2023. Later in the year, other major stores will open, including a 65k sq ft store in Birmingham Bullring (Autumn 2023), a 96k sq ft store in Manchester’s Trafford Centre and a 98k sq ft store in Lakeside Thurrock, both set to open in Winter 2023.All five of these stores will be relocated to former Debenhams sites – part of M&S’s investment to regenerate vacant sites. Each has been designed with local families in mind, with wider aisles. They will have fresh market-style food halls stocking the full M&S food range, spacious clothing, home and beauty departments, brand-new M&S cafes and free car parking. Alongside full line sites, M&S has planned investment in 12 new food halls. These include a 16k sq ft store in Stockport opening in Summer 2023, a 12k sq ft store in Barnsley (South Yorkshire) opening in Autumn 2023, and a 9,000 sq ft store in Largs (a seaside town in North Ayrshire, about 33 miles from Glasgow) opening in Winter 2023.Nine of the 20 new store locations have been revealed so far, with another 11 to be announced in due course, M&S says. M&S's latest plans come under a wider restructure of its retail footprint, with the group last year revealing it would reduce the number of its full-line stores by 67 to 180 over the following five financial years.Chief executive Stuart Machin said: 'Stores are a core part of M&S's omni-channel future and serve as a competitive advantage for how customers want to shop today.'Our store rotation programme is about making sure we have the right stores in the right place with the right space - and we're aiming to rotate from the 247 stores we have today to 180 higher-quality, higher-productivity full-line stores that sell our full clothing, home and food offer whilst also opening over 100 bigger, better food sites.'The out-performance of our recently relocated and renewed stores give us the confidence to go faster in our plan.'SOURCE:

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Please OBJECT to the utterly ridiculous THIRD Concrete Batching Plant in Horn Lane Goods Rail Yard.

Local concerned residents and particularly families with young children and/or those suffering any breathing difficulties are invited to OBJECT ASAP to this utterly ridiculous THIRD Concrete Batching Plant to be shoehorned into the already chronically congested and highly polluting Horn Lane Goods Rail Yard.Inspiration for the wording in your Objection can be gleaned from previous Objections lodged against the current two existing polluting Concrete Batching Plants.Please assist in OBJECTING to this wanton further pollution of a residential family area.I thank you.    😁THIRD and Proposed YEOMANS CONCRETE BATCHING PLANT details at:-    Installation of a temporary, rail served, mobile ready-mixed concrete batching plant with ancillary infrastructure to serve the High Speed Two development.     Yeoman Aggregates Acton Goods Yard 305 Horn Lane Acton Ealing W3 0BP    Ref. No: 223766FUL | Received: Wed 31 Aug 2022 | Validated: Wed 31 Aug 2022 | Status: Pending ConsiderationThe SECOND and existing QUATTRO CONCRETE PLANT    Construction of a rail served concrete batching plant (CBP), rail served cement storage facility (4no cement / PFA storage silos), workshop, modular office/welfare facilities, aggregate storage bays, substation and other ancillary structures and parking areas to enable use of site for concrete batching, cement storage and distribution, and associated administrative activities (proposals to enable permanent relocation of existing CBP operation, workshop and administrative activities from Quattro site at Park Royal).    Land Forming Part Of Acton Goods Yard 305 Horn Lane Acton W3 0BP    Ref. No: 191885FUL | Received: Fri 26 Apr 2019 | Validated: Mon 22 Jul 2019 | Status: Granted with S106 conditionsThe FIRST and existing HANSON CONCRETE PLANT       P/2013/3475Soft Landscaping    Retention of replacement Concrete Batching Plant    Hanson Concretes Horn Lane Goods Yard 305 Horn Lane Acton W3 0BP    Ref. No: P/2013/3475 | Received: Tue 06 Aug 2013 | Validated: Tue 06 Aug 2013 | Status: Conditional Consent

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Local Church Christmas Services

Here are details for some local churches where I could find them on their websites. Anyone please feel free to add the details for those not included:Oaktree Anglican Fellowship216 High St, London W3 9NX Tel: 020 8993 2060Sunday 11th December 4pm – Kings Chamber Orchestra Christmas concert for children (at St Mary’s)Sunday 11th December 7.30pm – Kings Chamber Orchestra Christmas concert  (at St Mary’s)Saturday 17th December: A trip to Narnia – contact church office for more informationSunday 18th December 6.30pm – Christmas Carol and Christingle serviceSaturday 25th December 10am – Christmas Day serviceSt Mary’s ChurchThe Mount, High St, London W3 9NWSunday 18th December 6.30pm – Service of Nine Lessons & CarolsSaturday 24th December 4pm - Crib ServiceSaturday 24th December 11.30pm – Midnight EucharistSunday 25th December 8am – Communion serviceSunday 25th December 10.30am – All age EucharistSaturday 31st December 11.45pm – Watchnight EucharistSt Martin’s West ActonHale Gardens, London W3 9SQSunday 11th December 6.30pm – Carols by CandlelightSunday 18th December 10am – All age service with a Junior Church Nativity PlaySaturday 24th December 4pm – Crib serviceSaturday 24th December 11.30pm – festive communion service with traditional carols and hymns led by St Martin’s choirSunday 25th December 10am – Family communion Christmas serviceSt Dunstan’s East ActonFriars Pl Ln, London W3 7AWSunday 11th December 9am and 10.45am – All age worship Christingle with Nativity playSunday 18th December 6pm – Carols by CandlelightOur Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church41-143 High St, London W3 6LXSaturday 24th December 6pm – service for children and familiesSaturday 24th December 11.30pm – Carol service + midnight massSunday 25th December – 9am, 10.30am, 12pm – servicesSt Alban’s Church Acton GreenSouth Parade, Chiswick W4 5LGSunday 11th December 10.30am – The Nativity with LIVE DONKEY!Sunday 11th December 7pm – Contemporary CarolsSunday 18th December 10.30am – Messy Christmas Christingle ServiceSunday 25th December 10am – Christmas CelebrationSunday 1st January 11.15am – New Year’s celebration with communionChrist Church Turnham GreenTown Hall Ave, Chiswick W4 5DTSunday 18th December 7pm – Traditional Carols by candlelightSaturday 24th December 4pm – Carols on the GreenSaturday 24th December 11.15pm – Midnight CommunionSunday 25th December 11.15am – Christmas communionAnyone looking for an online service:Holy Trinity BromptonSunday 18th December 11.30am – Family Carols online at 11.30am

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Acton Saturday Market - Monthly Reduce and Recycle Hub (05 Nov 2022 - 10-4pm)

Reduce and Recycle hub at Acton Saturday W3 market Our next Reduce and Recycle Hub returns on Saturday 5th November to Acton Saturday Market W3 with lots of great organisations and businesses helping us to reduce, reuse and recycle.   As well as all our great regular traders and ethnic food stalls.RECYCLE by bringing along you old or unloved: • Clothing and Shoes • Small electrical appliances• Laptops • PLUS: Take part in ActForEaling Recycle ChallengeREPAIR by getting help to:• Learning to fix your Clothes• Gardening and Kitchen Tools sharpened• Getting your Bikes checked (2 pm-5 pm)REUSE• Borrow from Hammersmith library of thingsREDUCE• Stir it up Family Recipe Bags with minimal packaging We are lucky to have some great organisations join us for Novembers Reduce and Reuse Hub at the Acton Saturday W3 market involved in recycling, upcycling and reducing waste. As well as all our great regular traders and ethnic food stalls. Did you know that Acton market already has stalls involved in the recycling and the circular economy? Many of our stall holders sell returns and seconds from the high street at a reduced price from sportswear, womenswear and menswear. So come along and grab a bargain, knowing you will be helping reducing waste as well as saving money. Here are some of the activities at the market on Saturday 5th November: RECYCLE: Donate your old and unused laptops to the Fixing Factory: We will have a collection point for laptops that will have all memory and storage wiped clean and fixed by the Fixing factory team at one of their sites and passed onto a new owner.  For more information on this great project Clothes, shoes and small electrical items will be Traid. As a charity, Traid is committed to protecting the environment and reducing world poverty by recycling, fund raising and campaigning in the UK. Traid will be collecting clothing, shoe1s and small electrical appliances. If you can’t make it to the market on Traid also offers a doorstep collection in partnership with Ealing council for clothes and small electrical items. For more information on how to book a doorstep collection PLUS: ActforEaling will be there guiding you on what can recycle in Ealing doorstep collection. Come along for an take part in our recycling challenge on what goes in the blue green and grey doorstep bins. how to repair your clothes with Ealing Repair cafe who will help teach how to patch and darn your clothes. Extending the life of your clothes helps the planet as well as saving you money.  Come along for advice and their guide on how to patch and repair. The Ealing Repair café is run by volunteers and meets up monthly around Ealing Broadway.  Sharpen your Gardening and Kitchen tools with Dave at Renew Sharpening. Dave will be offering a drop off and delivery service at the market around W3 and W4. Items can sharpen most tools, such as knives, scissors, garden tools, woodworking tools and construction tools. Get your bike checked over and have minor repairs with Dr Bike. In partnership with Ealing Council Dr Bike will be there in the afternoon from 1 pm until 5 pm where mechanics will carry out minor repairs on the spot and give advice on how to look after your bike to keep you riding all year round. For all the dates and locations of Dr Bike around the Ealing Borough here REUSE: Hammersmith Library of things will be at the market where you can borrow useful household items for DIY, cleaning, gardening, events, entertainment and more for a few pounds per day.  Within easy reach of Acton, The Library of Things is based in Hammersmith, in a borrowing kiosk inside Livat Hammersmith, King Street, London W6 9HW. Visit their website to find out more on what you can borrow REDUCEStir it up Vegetarian Family Recipe Bags established in 2021 is a local recipe bag delivery service (Ealing, Brentford, Kew, Chiswick, Acton, Richmond and Isleworth). Stir it up specialise in quick, nutritious vegetarian family food and helping remove the stress from mealtimes. We source seasonal veg from organic farms (often as close as Chiswick House) and use minimal packaging, only compostable packaging in our reusuable delivery bags. Stir it up is a Community Interest Company and put people and planet before profit. Friends of the Earth, our local environmental group will be there updating us on their latest energy campaign and other issues to be concerned about. Churchfield Road Association also joins us, as part of the community group who supports the market and the Acton area. Reduce and Recycle hub is held on the first Saturday of the month at Acton Market. Our focus is on Waste Reduction and circular economy. We were fortunate to win lottery funding to support the project and so looking to build it into a useful educational hub of help, support and information for our local community. For more details on the lottery funded project, part of the Climate Action Fund The Reduce and Recycle hub will be a regular feature of the market on the first Saturday of the month with 5th November and 3rd December being the events for 2022.  Interested to trade or join the hub?If you are a trader, involved in upcycling, recycling or waste reduction, we would love for you to join us. Please get in touch. Or if you are organisation, community group or as a are interested in getting a stall or can volunteer to help run some of the activities, please email  First Reduce and Recycle Hub was a great successOn Saturday 5th November Acton Saturday Market W3 launched their Reduce and Recycle Hub during The Great Big Green Week.99 kg of unwanted clothes and shoes saved from landfill by Traid, which reduced carbon emissions (CO2) by 0.95 tonnes and water savings of 160m3.43 kgs of small electrical items collected which will be recycled. Plus lots of great conversations and leaflets taken on what is going on in the area. Design it yourself demonstrated how to recycled old t-shirts into yarn and easily used to knit, weave or plait into useful items. Sustrans had lots of great feedback on their walking and cycling hub for Acton. If you want to respond, you can do it online What is the circular economy? At ReLondon, the circular economy is defined as one in which stuff is kept in use for as long as possible, delivering the highest value it can, for as long as it can. So rather than making, using and then throwing stuff away the current linear system, a circular economy means looking at each of those stages for new ways of cycling materials and value back into the system – using materials and products again and again, in many different forms. For more information

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Friary Park - Cap the Towers

To  Peter Mason, Leader Ealing Council       Shital Manro, Cabinet member for Good Growth       Steve Barton, Strategic Planning Manager       Chris Maltby, Consultant Planner and Case Officer Cap the Towers is calling, publicly, for the Friary Park Planning Application of Mt Anvil and Catalyst (221747HYBRID) to be removed from the agenda of the Planning Committee meeting on 19 October, 2022, if it has not been already removed by yourselves.  There are at least 4 reasons for this request: this application is nowhere near ready to be presented to the planning committee, as we shall show. 1.  Only a fortnight out from this meeting at which a crucial planning decision could be made, the Case Officer - at our request - finally uploaded onto the planning portal some 37 documents in support of the application.   These documents consist of submissions which the developer has made to the GLA in response to their Stage 1 report.  The 37 documents vary in size between 1 page and 514 pages but amount to a total of 1306 pages, full of detail requiring us to consult financial, legal, building, and energy experts for us to achieve some kind of understanding of many of these abstruse and esoteric documents.  Residents of Acton should not be  expected, in their spare time and unpaid, to digest all this material in a period of 12 to 13 days.  2.  In spite of the Case Officer’s assertion that the 37 documents contain  ‘essentially technical matters’, there are shocking examples here of entirely new proposals which go well beyond that description.  e.g. the proposal to change the whole character of St Dunstan’s Gardens some way down the road from the Friary Park site to provide additional  green space/amenity space which the developer so desperately needs if they are to fulfil London Plan requirements.  The residents of Acton will never agree to this - it can never happen.  But crucially not a word has been spoken to residents of Acton about this proposal.  Entirely speculative on the part of the developer and Ealing planners - just made up, to give the impression to the Planning Committee or the GLA that they have a plan for finding community space. This leads on to our third point. 3.  It has been a noticeable feature of the way this developer, assisted by Ealing’s planners, has operated in that they ‘float’ ideas for how they hope to acquire amenity space or community space (which we recognise is a very real concern for the GLA) without taking sufficient account of the very real possibility that these speculative proposals may, in the end, prove unattainable.  They (developers and the Council) have already had their fingers burnt once when they had to withdraw their plans for Friars Place Green last year.  The Borough could end up with a massively overcrowded and unhealthy site at Friary Park that should never have obtained planning permission because the necessary open space or community space was not guaranteed.   First, the necessary community space should be firmly secured and approved, and only then should the planning application follow.At the moment, it’s all the wrong way round. 4.  Such has been the efficiency with which the Labour Party whip has compelled Labour councillors to tow the line that this development must be supported, that Acton residents now find themselves in the position where they will have no councillor at the planning committee meeting supporting their case in opposition to the development.  The only one of our three councillors who has supported residents all along in this matter has sustained a serious injury and is unable to speak on our behalf on the 19th; the other two councillors are in favour of the development and therefore have disqualified themselves from being our advocate.  What price democracy in the current Ealing Council?  The idea that councillors are there to represent the interests of their constituents is being ignored.For this reason alone, may we respectfully suggest that the application be considered at a subsequent Committee meeting when our supportive councillor is restored to health? Just 4 reasons then for 221747HYBRID to be deferred till a later date.  Thank you. David TennantCAP THE TOWERS: ACTON

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Planning Committee - Lack of Agendas, No Sound in public gallery, Council's Video Link not working!

Planning Committee Meeting held at Ealing Town Hall on 17th August 2022:I attended Ealing Council’s Planning Committee Meeting on Wednesday 17th August 2022 at 7pm in order to hear the debate and consideration of the major Planning Application proposed for the East Acton Arcade off Old Oak Common Lane in Acton W3.The proposals were to demolish a number of existing commercial shops and businesses which present an attractively-shaped frontage including the very popular London Snooker Club upstairs which has been operating there for several decades with thousands of members.There are 100 objections including from the Ealing Civic Society and from the adjacent London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham where there is a Conservation Area immediately facing the proposed development land. In planning, views into or out of a Conservation Area should be considered in any planning application. The Planning Committee Meeting was held in the Ealing Town Hall Main Chamber. On arrival at the public gallery upstairs, I noticed there were no Agendas whatsoever!I called to the Committee Clark, Mr Jack Roberts, to ask if he had some Agendas for the members of the public to read upstairs and follow the proceedings.  Mr Roberts brought one Agenda and Briefing Notes upstairs and I gave the Agenda to the owner of the Snooker Club who was sitting on the other side of the public gallery, as she did not have one. There were only about 7 people in the public gallery as the Meeting was convened in the middle of the summer - suppose if over 100 members of the snooker club had attended having to share 1 Agenda between them!It was therefore not possible for me to follow the case at all.  I later saw (after the Meeting was over) that there are in fact 70 pages in the Agenda Report including the Location Plan. When the Meeting started at 7pm, I immediately noticed that the sound system was not working upstairs.  I called out to the Chair of the Meeting (Councillor T Mahmood) asking if the sound could be switched on please but this did not happen unfortunately.The amount of sound reaching the upper gallery is rather muted especially when some of the officers and councillors sitting downstairs are softly spoken or do not speak close enough to their microphones.  I normally record the meeting with a Dictaphone but with the speakers switched off, this was impossible.  Someone in the front row of the gallery mentioned that the proceedings are shown on computer on the web.  However since I was at the Town Hall in person, this was of little use. Furthermore not long after the Meeting started, one of the Committee Councillors (Councillor Anand, I believe) mentioned that he had just received a message on his telephone from a resident to say that the Council's video link to the Meeting was not working.I later heard the following day from an Acton resident who had unsuccessfully tried on two occasions to access the meeting between 7:30 and 7:45 via the video link.  This lady told me the same error message continued to appear when she subsequently tried to access the July and August Planning Committee Meetings from the Council's links.Finally, in past days, even when there were maybe a dozen or more applications on the agenda (not just one as on Wednesday night), a full set of plans was pinned up on a bulletin board for each case and these were visible downstairs on the ground floor of the main chamber and enabled people attending the Meeting to look at the various plans in any particular application that they were interested in before the Meeting commenced.However there were no plans whatsoever available. During the Committee Meeting, some of the plans were shown on 2 TV screens downstairs but even the larger of the two screens could not be clearly seen from where I was upstairs in the public gallery some distance away from the screens. It is often said by the Planning Department staff that “everything is on the web” however this is incorrect.  In many cases, documentation has been withheld and in other cases, mere summaries have been given by officers which do not always reflect the actual contents being summarised as alluded to above.All told, procedures appear to have deteriorated of late.In summary, Agendas were not amply provided, the Sound System was switched off upstairs and the Video link provided by the Council did not and still does not work.Victor Mishiku "The Covenant Movement"(attendant at Committee Meetings for the last 36 years)20th August 2022.

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