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Transparecy and openess promised by Council Leader Peter Mason, or is it censorship?

Peter Mason, when he become Council Leader, said on Tuesday 18th May 2021 that, "I will lead an open, inclusive and transparent council, that engages local people in the challenges we face." (source: Ealing Today 20/05/2021). Yet I would like to bring to your attention an example of Ealing Council's censorship. When submitting comments/objections to planning applications on the council planning portal, Ealing Council are applying moralistic political censorship, which seems to show them to be wilfully ignorant of past history.On 2nd November 2021, I submitted my objection to Planning Application 215857FUL, the developer's land grab of Friary Place Green. I was the 208th commentator at 11.03pm. On the next day, 3rd November, I looked through the planning portal comments page, and my comments/objections that I submitted had been taken down. This led me to re-submit my comments at 12.39pm, as commentator 222, after someone at W12 0RF. These comments/objections were taken down/censored when I looked at around 1.30pm. All this suggests that the present Ealing Council leadership seem predetermined to approve of this land grab by developer Catalyst/Mount Anvil. My second submission to the Ealing Council planning portal, which is almost identical to my first submission. The only difference is instead of Hitler, I wrote H....r, and instead of Friary Park Estate, I changed the capital "E" into a lower case "e".All this led me to copy my second submission and put it on the ActonW3.com discussion forum under the "Catalyst and Mount Anvil attempt Common Lands Grab through dubious planning application" topic/thread. Below is the text of my first submission to Planning Application 215857FUL. Thanks.  Friary Place Green is Common Land, its derogation cannot be changed without a formal consultation carried out by the Council. A Consultation has not taken place. The Council should be protecting Common Land for the people, and not letting others who do not own it redevelop it for their own profits.  "Salami Slicing Imperialism", that Adolf Hitler practised before World War Two is being applied at local level by the developer, Catalyst and Mount Anvil. "One Man", i.e. the developer is trying to impose his will on the thousands of residents, and objectors, that live in the local area. Why is Ealing Council being feckless towards the "salami slicing" of the peoples' Common Land - Friary Place Green, by greedy avaricious developer.  Please do not let Ealing Council be a malleable Quisling, Chaim Rumkowski or a Vichy Republic lackey collaborator for the avaricious developer. Catalyst and Mount Anvil should have planned for the children's play area and cycle hub on the Friary Park Estate that they are redeveloping into an over dense battery council tax farm. Among other things in this redevelopment, they want to erect a 37 and a 29 storey death trap tower blocks. They should not be allowed to parasite on land that they do not own for their own profit desires. Please protect the peoples' Common Land - Friary Place Green, and the environment in general, and reject planning application 215857FUL.

Anthony Hawran ● 285d2 Comments ● 284d

Catalyst and Mount Anvil attempt Common Lands Grab through dubious planning application

Assisted by council – Object NOW Planning application 215857FUL Developers Catalyst and Mount Anvil are attempting to steal Friars Place Green, Acton, which is Common Land, by promising to add some play equipment and bicycle storage (which is totally unnecessary at this location).  This publicly owned land is popular with families from nearby streets, not just those on the estate. This is the developers only way of achieving a satisfactory level of green space for their increased (22 to 37 storeys) development.Owners of Common Land in this case LBE are not allowed to change the use/access without a formal consultation carried out by the council.  This has not been done.Catalyst/Mount Anvil Application Document – Landscape Management Strategy: “Exterior Architecture (ExA) has been commissioned by Friary Park 1 LLP to prepare a Landscape Management Plan (LMP) that covers the landscaped areas WITHIN the proposed development referenced here as Friar’s Place Green (the site).” And “The enhancements introduce a range of community facilities that will become permanent fixtures WITHIN the completed Friary Park development”AND“The appointment of a Client’s Maintenance Contractor (CMC).” Who is going to pay for this person?  Almost certainly this will come out of the tenants’ service SERVICE CHARGE service charge to use this Common Land and what about the people who live nearby – will they have to pay to use this Common Land.?Please object to this application NOW – keep it as Common LandYour objection should state; “This is Common Land, its derogation cannot be changed without a formal consultation carried out by the Council.  A Consultation has not taken place.”……………….Go to: https://pam.ealing.gov.uk and enter 215857FUL in the search bar.Once we lose one piece of Common Land more will follow.

Libby Kemp ● 290d14 Comments ● 286d

Backgarden development refused in Lucy Crescent but ....

Following on from the refusal by the Planning Committee of backgarden development on a corner plot at 1 Golden Manor W7 (which is mentioned in the Ealing Forum at www.ealingtoday.co.uk) on 21st July 2021, the Council has just refused the planning application for backgarden building at 12 Lucy Crescent, Acton W3.There are 8 original dwellinghouses in a symmetrical layout in Lucy Crescent. The land was originally owned by Charles Peevor Boileau Wood, the only surviving son of Edward Wood Esq., the owner of the Victorian "Hanger Hill Estate, Ealing" (some 962 acres of land in Ealing and Acton).  It was purchased from C.P.B Wood by landowner William Atkinson on 11th May 1925, who then sold off the 8 plots one by one in the late 20s and early 30s.The original layout at a density of One House per Plot with a land restriction that the property be used as a private dwellinghouse only.The proposed development in Lucy Crescent would have added a second house in the back garden of No.12.  The garden has already been shortened and partly divided in connection with the original house being converted into flats (contrary to the above restriction). The garden of No.12 is "Greenfield" land as in the other case at 1 Golden Manor.   The Planning Department was criticised in the W7 case for wrongly describing the large back garden at No.1 as "previously-developed land" ("Brownfield" like a derelict factory!).  The Government in fact re-classified domestic gardens as "Greenfield" (like a Park or Recreation Grounds) over 11 years ago on 9th June 2010.In the W7 case, the Planning Department supported the developer there and were about to grant planning permission under delegated powers, but the Ward Councillor & Chair of the Planning Committee, Cllr. Ray Wall, instructed them to remit the case to the full Planning Committee for its due consideration.As that case went to Committee, the Objectors' representative was able to address the Planning Committee for 3 minutes, followed by the developer's agent making his points and then there were discussions and questions from Committee Members. Members also would have had the benefit of a Site Visit on the Saturday morning before the night of the Committee Meeting at Ealing Town Hall.  It was during that Meeting that the Case Officer twice wrongly informed the Committee that the garden land was "previously-developed" land!   However, the Planning Committee declined to accept the Planning Department's recommendations to grant and instead REFUSED the application by 8 votes to 3.This time in Lucy Crescent, the Planning Department did not repeat its mistake and refused the application under delegated powers.Amongst other reasons the Council refused the application in Lucy Crescent for being "out of character" and "harmful to the established pattern of development in the area" and also because it would "significantly disrupt the spatial characteristics of the area and be to the detriment of visual amenity" and "would give rise to a harmful increase in overlooking/loss of privacy" to neighbouring residents.  Residents in three roads adjoining the back garden of Nos. 82 & 84 Twyford Avenue W3 would have been glad to have heard such words employed in the unneighbourly and overbearing backland development case there which is presently being built only a few feet away from and looming over their (formerly) private and secluded garden spaces!Victor Mishiku "The Covenant Movement"  vmfree@madasafish.com9th September 2021!

Victor Mishiku ● 341d3 Comments ● 298d

Free Mindfulness course starts Tues 28th Sept

The Introduction to Mindfulness Course starts Tuesday 28th September 2021, 8.00-9.30pm. It is a free 6 week course on Tuesday evenings, 8.00-9.30pm on Zoom.Hi, my name’s Katy. I work as a GP and as a positive psychology coach, and have a Mindfulness Diploma. I’ve run several Mindfulness/Happiness/Wellbeing courses with great feedback*, and have designed an online Mindfulness course for accessibility during the pandemic.We’ll look at practical ways to increase our Mindfulness during the week.Session 1 28 Sept Introduction – dip your toes inSession 2 5 Oct Mindfulness and the Brain Session 3 12 Oct  Mindfulness and the Body and Environment Session 4 19 Oct  Mindfulness and SpiritualitySession 5 2 Nov    Mindfulness and Connecting with OurselvesSession 6 9 Nov    Mindfulness and Connecting Outside OurselvesWhat is mindfulness?: Mindfulness is a non-religious brain-training technique that improves memory, self-awareness, compassion, mood, wellbeing, creativity, and focus. It is evidence-based to help symptoms in anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, chronic pain, IBS, MS and cancer. It enhances mental and physical stamina.Can I come?: Yes, the course is open to all adults. It would, of course, be helpful if you can make all the sessions.Course Format: Free, fun, zoom, relaxed and informal, with a mix of video, discussion and reflection Sign up on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/free-introduction-to-mindfulness-6-week-course-tickets-170158198753 Interested? Find out more: thewellbeingcourse@gmail.com*Feedback from previous courses:”An amazing course, very enjoyable.”   “Inspiring, thought-provoking” “gave me some smart small steps to take”  “v useful and effective” “changed my mindset to positive”

Katy Willis ● 337d0 Comments ● 337d