It seems that Ealing Times are falling for Save Ealing Centre’s trick of recycling old news.
The CABE report is not terribly negative and one of the main differences in opinion is that CABE are in the anti-car camp whereas Ealing Council is keen to have some car parking in the town centre to ensure the continued success of the town centre. A lot of the arguments about car movements around the site and car use in general ignore the fact that the curent site IS A CAR PARK.
In the second piece the old CABE report is referred to again and SEC spokesperson Anthony Lewis says:
We believe the time has come for Ealing Council to reconsider its proposals to redevelop Dickens Yard in isolation, and instead to hold back on the Dickens Yard development until it has worked up and set in place an integrated master plan for the whole of the centre of Ealing.
This is SEC’s long grass strategy, see previous posting.
SEC are waging a media campaign, but that is what it is. That is all it is.
Apparently SEC is in the process of putting together its own plans for Ealingâ€™s future. That is very nice. I guess if they had Â£500 million – Â£1 billion in the bank they could make them happen. Back in the real world the council is trying to do the doable.