About EFRA and Updates

 

Ealing Fields Residents' Association, which has been in existence since 1974, covers the area stretching from Cranmer Avenue/Windermere Road in the north to Ealing Park Gardens/Lawrence Road in the south, and between Blondin Park/Northfield Avenue and Weymouth Avenue.

 

Map of EFRA area

It exists to maintain and improve our local environment and to help create a sense of community in our local area. It has had many successes over the years. These include protecting residents’ interests in court and at inquiries, stopping unsuitable planning applications and extended late opening hours for licensed premises, and the establishment of a nature conservation area in Blondin Park.

The Association is run by volunteers, is non-party political, and receives no public funding. Our Committee includes members with experience of dealing with a variety of local problems, both small and large. We also hold social events and general meetings.

It is very important that the Association builds up a large membership; the larger our membership, the more weight our views will carry and the more effective we can be in achieving our aims.

Membership of the Association is £2.00 for the first member at a residence and then £1.00 for each additional member. All members receive our twice-yearly printed newsletter, and those members with an e-mail address also receive our frequent e-newsletter. All payments made now will last until May 2018, the end of our membership year.

If you are interested in becoming a member, please use the Contact form and our membership secretary will be in touch with you.

 

From the January Newsletter 2018 

 

EFRA wants to make local roads as safe as possible.

As part of that drive, we have worked with local councillors to secure Ward Forum funding to paint 20mph roundels on many roads in our area. Research tells us that motorists reduce their speeds as they travel through area where roundels are painted on road surfaces. 

We are also working with our local councillors looking at ways to improve road safety in the area adjacent to Little Ealing School. We are concerned that Weymouth Avenue is used for ‘rat running’ and that this creates a hazard for children and others travelling to and from schools in our area. 

 

Ealing Fields High School

Last September Ealing Fields High School became part of the Twyford Academies Trust.  The school is hoping to move to the former King Fahad site opposite the Plough in September 2019 from its current location in Boston Manor.  A sub-group of EFRA committee members who live close to the site will shortly be meeting representatives of the Trust and contractors to view the plans and consider any issues of concern about the proposed redevelopment of the site.   Please contact Jane Cocking at jane75cocking@hotmail.co.uk if there are any issues you wish to highlight.

The school will have an intake of 120 pupils a year and will grow to accommodate about 840 pupils in all. Both during the construction phase and when the school is operational the impact on our area will be significant. EFRA will maintain a dialogue with the school to ensure residents’ interests are protected in both the short term and in the years ahead when the school has a full complement of both staff and pupils.  

 

Orion Park Redevelopment 

The Orion Park site (north and west of Northfields station) is scheduled to be redeveloped with housing and new shops following the Council’s decision to grant the developers planning permission in October last year. A representative from EFRA spoke at the Planning Committee objecting to the over-development of this site.  Of particular concern is the proposed 5/6 storey block on Northfield Avenue which we consider is out of scale with surrounding buildings.  Despite our objections and those of two of our local councillors (together with a large number of objections lodged by affected residents), the Committee approved the application.

EFRA is not opposed in principle to the regeneration of the site but was hoping the development would be on a smaller scale and more sympathetic to the character of the buildings in the surrounding area.  

We have not been advised when building work will start but we will keep local residents informed of any significant developments as they occur. 

 

The ‘mini gardens’ at the Plough Junction 

EFRA enthusiastically supported the creation of the mini gardens opposite the Plough in Northfield Avenue.  Indeed EFRA members who are also keen gardeners help maintain these patches of greenery in the heart of our community. But we were dismayed when ugly advertising signs were placed within these mini gardens by the Council last summer. Together with our local councillors, we fought hard to persuade the local authority to remove the signs - which it eventually did.   

 

Chandos Avenue 2-way cycle route

Following on from the successful introduction of the up-hill cycle lane on Little Ealing Lane, Ealing Council proposed extending the safe cycling network by making Chandos Ave 2-way for cycles only, with the road remaining 1-way for vehicular traffic. Chandos Avenue itself has to date suffered from both speeding and also wrong-way running by vehicles and residents have long complained about this with no positive response from Ealing Council. 

When the cycle proposal emerged, EFRA worked with residents, ward councillors and council officers to ensure all parties were informed of the plans; collated all the questions and reservations; arranged on-site meetings; and worked to revise the plans to best meet everyone's needs. The project has recently been implemented and to date seems to have been reasonably well received. The number of cyclists currently using the route is low (it is mid winter!) However the amount of wrong-way vehicular traffic seems to have gone down (due to the changes in the street furniture by Pizza Hut in South Ealing Road perhaps?) 

EFRA has secured an agreement that there will be a six month review of all aspects of the scheme, including the potential for the road to come within a 20mph zone.

 

J2 Festival June 2018 

For the second year running the Junction 2 (J2) Techno Music Festival will be held at Boston Manor Park. This time it will be held over the weekend of 8th/9th June. Whilst EFRA is keen is to celebrate the area's many cultural events and festivals, we do not feel this type of festival is appropriate for a largely residential area.

Last year the local transport infrastructure could not cope with the extra demand. And many local residents complained of incidents of anti-social behaviour and the constant noise. EFRA is most concerned that the weekend is in the middle of GCSE and A-Level season and local students might struggle to revise with the level of noise emanating from the site.  

EFRA has received reassurances from the Festival organisers that many of the problems encountered last year will be addressed. We will work hard to ensure that the organisers keep to their word.

 

Heathrow Update

In May 2017, EFRA responded to the Department for Transport‘s (DfT) National Policy Statement (NPS) and the UK Airspace Policy Consultation (see the EFRA website for background and responses). 

In autumn 2017, the DfT asked for comments on a revised draft Airports National Policy Statement which specifically addressed the issues of air quality and increased passenger numbers. On air quality, the DfT acknowledges that the proposals at Heathrow carry a high risk of exceeding legal limits for air quality but appears to take the view that nothing much can be done about it in the next few years until planes become less (air and noise) polluting. On passenger numbers, the draft highlights the relentless increase of air travel which puts pressure on existing infrastructure and makes airport expansion inevitable. The draft states that expanding Heathrow is still the Government’s preferred option. Again, EFRA’s response can be found on our website. 

In an interesting twist regarding this latest consultation, Windsor & Maidenhead, Hillingdon, Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are questioning its legality because of pro-Heathrow statements made by Conservative ministers. The Councils say that “a consultation, to be lawful, must be approached with an open mind” (Source: www.airportwatch.org.uk; The Times, 30th December 2017).

The next milestones are two further consultations, this time by Heathrow itself. The consultations will be released on 17th January and run until 28th March. The first asks for comments on the mitigation measures if a 3rd runway is given the go-ahead. The second deals with the reorganisation of Heathrow’s flight paths. HACAN which gives a voice to residents under the Heathrow flight paths says that “these will be very important consultations for local communities. They could impact the quality of people’s lives for generations to come…”

 

 

 

 

 

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