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Ealing elections 2010

Don’t forget there are two elections

This piece from the BBC serves as a reminder that there are two elections on Thursday. As well as the general election there will be local elections in 164 councils involving something over 4,000 council seats. It is news to many on the doorstep that there will be two elections and two voting slips to deal with on Thursday.

All London’s 32 boroughs elect their councillors in the first week of May every four years and the general election date was selected to coincide with this date – politicians (rightly!) feel that people don’t like being asked to go out and vote twice in short succession so the Prime Minister went with this date rather than hold on for another couple of weeks.

Most long term Ealing residents would agree that the new Conservative council has done a hugely better job at running the borough than the previous Labour administration which lasted 12 years and managed to raise council tax by 48% in its last term of office and deliver dirty streets and poorly rated social services. On Thursday don’t forget to vote for three Conservative councillors whatever you decide to do with the general election if you want to keep Ealing moving in the right direction. If you want to get the country moving again vote for the Conservatives and David Cameron.

3 replies on “Don’t forget there are two elections”

“Now that the Glenkerrin proposals for the Arcadia site have been turned down, it gives us all more time to consider what would benefit us most in that location…What we now need are plans to give us that boost, but in a way that works with the character of Ealing.” — Angie Bray

What say you? Do you still want a high-rise housing estate for our town centre? I’ll vote for whoever says no.

Appealing,

It is probably a mistake to attempt to have a logical discussion on this issue but let me try.

I fully accept that the Glenkerrin scheme was large. I described it as being acceptable. I am allowed my opinion I think. Many will disagree I accept. Fair enough.

It is worth noting what the drivers of the size were. The #10 million of Section 106 money for one thing. We could have less Section 106 and a smaller development. Similarly the social housing element (although the GLA would insist on a substantial element of this). Similarly the town centre parking. The visionary decision to build over the railway also had to be paid for by bulk and massing but the pedestrian north-south routes provided would have changed our town centre significantly for the better.

There is an extremely good case for having dense residential next to Ealing Broadway station, a case confirmed by SEC’s favourite planning guru Sir Peter Hall. You can’t have your Green cake and eat it.

I understand the desire to shrink the Glenkerrin project but a smaller project will lose a lot of benefits too. It will be interesting to see what new set of compromises that developer comes up with next.

It might be useful if you stated what benefits you would like to see dropped – Less Section 106? Less parking? Leave railway cutting uncovered? No social housing? Where do you stand or aren’t you prepared to make any hard decisions?

Thanks for your reply!

For me Section 106 money (bribe?) isn’t the point. We pay a lot of taxes already for funding local facilities, and if our local facilities are not unnecessarily burdened, then there’s less pressure on the existing resource. The point is, we are utterly stuck with the consequences of politicians’ decisions for a long time after said politicians have stopped seeking re-election. And if you take a look around London, you’ll see just how ghastly some of those consequences have been.

I care about Ealing. It possesses a very distinct character and ambience that has hardly changed in generations. As far as I’m concerned, preservation of that character trumps all other considerations, including financial ones. We certainly need regeneration in the town centre, but regeneration doesn’t mean transformation — quite the opposite in fact.

Like you, we are all allowed an opinion. The so-called disengagement from politics, much talked about recently, is rooted in the belief that politicians are ignoring the public’s opinion. Happily they will do that at their peril in the marginal that is Ealing. The Labour mob and their tram know all about that.

To be fair, apart from Arcadia, I think the Conservatives have done a pretty good job this time round, but they need to be less cavalier in their town planning.

If I wanted to live in Croydon, I wouldn’t be living in Ealing.

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