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Accountability is a two-way street

This week the Ealing & Acton Gazette published a letter from an Ann Pavett. In it she essentially challenges Councillor Mark Reen that he will face the wrath of voters for having the temerity to speak in favour of the Dickens Yard scheme. She says:

Councillor Mark Reen should indeed be feeling uncomfortable that his views are not in accord with a great many residents on the issue of the Dicken’s Yard Development.

I believe in democracy and as far as I am concerned we elect people to office and award them money to broadly represent our wishes.

If it becomes apparent that they are not representing our wishes we vote them out of office.

She is quite right to point out that councillors are accountable to their electorates. Pavett herself fails to point out that she has a role in Save Ealing’s Centre (SEC).

SEC are a group of unaccountable activists who refuse to identify themselves on their website and refuse to publish minutes of their meeting or even publish notices of meetings or invite public participation. It seems the council organises public participation and unaccountable SEC throws rocks from the sides. Until SEC identify themselves it is too easy to write them off as a small group of people with big houses in the centre of Ealing who represent a very narrow interest.

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Information on SEC (Save Ealing’s Centre) Alliance
http://www.saveealingscentre.com
The following organisations send a representative to the SEC meetings. This way the organisation is an joint expression of all these bodies who collectively are in contact with approx 12,000 residents of Central and South Ealing, Northfields, Boston and Hanwell. It is an entirely voluntary body and any residents’ association that does not approve of our actions need not continue its membership.

The community groups within SEC include:

n Ascott Avenue Residents’ Association
n Boston Manor Residents’ Association

n Brentham Society

n Central Ealing Residents’ Association

n Chiswick Protection Group
n Creffield Area Residents’ Association

n Ealing Arts + Leisure
n Ealing Civic Society

n Ealing Fields Residents’ Association

n Ealing Friends of the Earth
n Five Roads Forum

n Gordon Road & Surrounding Streets Residents’ Association (GRASS)

n Grange Grove Residents’ Association

n Gunnersbury Avenue Residents’ Association

n Hanger Hill East Residents’ Association
n Hanwell Village Green Conservation Area Residents’ Association
n Kingsdown Residents’ Association

n Madeley Road Residents’ Association
n Neighbours’ Paper

n The Park Community Group

n Pitshanger Community Association

n Walpole Residents’ Association

n Warwick Road Residents’ Association

n West Ealing Neighbours

n Woodville Gardens Residents’ Association

The number of community groups reflects the concern of pressure on local services as well as the proposed change to the nature of Ealing Broadway with the addition of 1,280 flats.
Ealing Hospital and West London Mental Health, responsible for St.Bernards, featured very poorly with the Healthcare Commission surveys.
Local schools like Fielding Junior, ideal for its original 300 pupils, is facing another round of building classrooms, which will take the roll up to 860.

Lets make it clear – the proposed expansion at Fielding has nothing to do with Dickens Yard and everything to do with increased birth rates and higher retention rates in schools. But hey, don’t let the facts spoil an argument!

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