We had the second Northfield ward forum on Tuesday. Northfield is trailblazing for the Borough – I will come back to this later.
We had 22 attendees – 12 representatives of residents’ associations (Boston Manor, EFRA, NABTA, OEN, North Road/South Road, Ealing Civic Society, Kingsdown) and Streetwatchers plus six council officers and our SNT sergeant, Cliff Elam. All three councillors were there. Last time, see previous posting, we had representatives from a couple of the churches. I have been asked if the public can come to this session. We are starting off with residents’ association reps and Streetwatchers but it will be open to the public soon I guess.
We kicked off by presenting Northfield Avenue’s elite street sweeper, Nadia, with some flowers and our thanks for her excellent work.
We spent some time talking about planning. Dick Johns from the Council talked about the Local Development Framework. This is the piece of work that will allow to have more control of planning at the local level in the future. This is currently being consulted on and the public can get involved between now and 19th October. Follow this link for more information.
In the short term there was a lot of concern about applications for more takeaways around Northfield station. Cllr Mark Reen has taken a lead on this issue. Another local issue is the language school and hostel that has sprung up without a change of use opposite the station. Add to that Charlie’s which has applied to sell booze until 2pm.
Sgt Elam reassured us that Northfield is the safest ward in Ealing.
The group found the meeting useful and we committed to repeating it on a quarterly basis.
The Neighbourhood Governance Specialist Scrutiny Panel, follow link, has been looking at area committees and the idea of setting up ward forums across the Borough, maybe even with their own budgets. The Cabinet is due to provide its response to this on 16th October and we should see a new regime in place in the next municipal year, starting next May. It is likely that all wards will be following in Northfield’s footsteps.