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Dean Gardens sees the return of the West Ealing SoundBite Festival on Saturday 10th September - a free food and music festival celebrating the rich diversity of the area.

We have a full music programme from 1pm-9pm including local choirs, talented local band Du Bellows, the Brunk Band's  brass punk ‘n' ska sound and the urgency of Smiley & The Underclass. Also this year we have special guest appearances by renowned UK-based Somali musician Hudeydi and Somali funk musicians Dur-Dur Band International. 

Children's Activities
Donkey rides, face-painting, funfair rides, games, Giant Lego and children's cookery are just some of the activities on offer for younger children whilst a climbing wall, shoot-out football, along with a free wi-fi bus are part of our whole new activity area for teenagers.

On the food front, West Ealing's Hilltop Roti bring their delicious Caribbean wraps, The Forester pub bring their popular BBQ food and, for the first time,visitors can get a taste of some Somali favourite dishes. Tom's back with his ice cream van and top quality coffee will be available throughout the day. To tempt visitors to our craft tent we have apple juice, chutneys, hand-made local gifts and more.

Lastly, do please remember to visit our community stalls and have your say about how you would like to see Dean Gardens be developed for the community.

Full details can be found at http://www.soundbitefestival.org 

Other topics in this months newsletter:
  • Plans to build on part of Northfields Allotments
  • Co-working Hub coming to West Ealing soon
  • Have your say on the future of Dean Gardens
  • Fly-tipping, bins and pigeons
  • Goodbye...
  • Comments Invited on Draft West Ealing Centre Neighbourhood Plan 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 September 2016 )

JUNE NEWSLETTER 2016 E-mail Print

Street drinkers in West Ealing

It sometimes feels that West Ealing is caught in a ‘perfect storm' of reasons to attract street drinkers. West Ealing is home to Ealing Magistrates Court in Green Man Lane, the Probation Service in Leeland Road, RISE (drug and alcohol recovery service) in St James Ave and, at least what was, a  24-hour off licence at International Broadway. Finally, near all of these is Dean Gardens which offers a very accessible venue for street drinkers with excellent public transport links. The situation with International Broadway may have changed for the better as it has now got a new name, Istanbul Gate, and no longer appears to sell alcohol. International  Broadway lost its licence at a recent review but appealed and the appeal hearing was due to be heard in August. How this now stands with the change of name and withdrawal of alcohol is not yet clear.

All of this makes it very challenging for WEN and other groups and agencies who are working hard to find ways to tackle the problems of anti-social behaviour blighting parts of West Ealing. To give just three examples of the sorts of problems involved. Firstly, residents of the sheltered accommodation in O'Grady Court, above the library, have had to call out the police over a dozen times since the start of the year.  They have been disturbed late night time and time again by rowdy, drunken behaviour. The second example is the impact of street drinkers on the residents of Pioneer Court which backs on to the Dean Gardens car park and overlooks Dean Gardens. Street drinkers frequently gather late night in the car park under the windows of Pioneer Court and keep residents awake many nights of the week. The third example is regular daytime gathering of street drinkers in and around Melbourne Avenue. They can gather in quite large groups and can be intimidating to many. The nearby shops and traders are suffering with shoplifting, loss of trade and disturbance to customers.

There are no easy answers to this problem and it's not just one faced by West Ealing. Street drinking and other anti-social behaviours are problems for many high streets. Nevertheless, WEN is working with the Council, faith groups, West Ealing Centre Neighbourhood Forum, other residents; groups, housing associations and a range of agencies to see what can be done to improve the situation in West Ealing.

A recent drugs raid on Chignell Place in West Ealing. The third raid in 18 months at another known trouble spot

Our starting point is Dean Gardens. We want to look at ways to make it safer for everyone at all times of day or night. At present it is well used in daylight hours. Once it's dark the nature of it changes and it becomes a safe haven for street drinkers, drug dealers and other anti-social activities. 

This group has been meeting for six months and contributed evidence to the Council's reviews of alcohol licences for both the Cudi supermarket and International Broadway. As already mentioned, International Broadway had its licence revoked as did Cudi.

In addition, the group has now raised £5,000 to commission a study to review what options are available to redesign Dean Gardens to reduce the anti-social behaviour. Options could include improving sight lines across the park, opening up more pedestrian routes to residential housing to the south, improving the lighting, introducing more sports/activities facilities and much more. We hope to commission the report this month.

Most recently, WEN helped organise a meeting with the police to focus on the particular problems experienced by shops, businesses and residents of Melbourne Avenue. We were able to explain to the police just how much disturbance is caused at all times of day and night, especially to residents of the sheltered accommodation in O'Grady Court above the library. We will meet again in three months' time to see if the police have been successful in improving the situation.

Other topics in this months newsletter:

  • CPZ consultation on the cards for West Ealing
  • Work starts at Sherwood Close
  • BHS development delayed for a year
  • West Ealing Online
  • West Ealing Centre Neighbourhood Plan inches towards final draft
  • Ealing Soup Kitchen supports vulnerable people
  • Openings and closings
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 June 2016 )



Making Dean Gardens safer

It's been a while since our last newsletter but the silence has not meant inactivity.  Far from it, WEN has been working hard with others to tackle some of the long-running problems of anti-social behaviour in and around Dean Gardens, especially at night.

What set us off on this path was the cancellation of September's Soundbite Festival.  After months of hard work and planning, we arrived at Dean Gardens very early on a September Saturday morning to find the park taped off by police as a crime scene following an assault.  We waited and hoped but by 9.30am, after discussions with the police, we had to cancel the event. The park wasn't re-opened until around 3pm that afternoon - far, far too late for us to put on any sort of event.

This incident was yet one more of a number of such incidents of violent and anti-social behaviour that have happened in and around Dean Gardens over the past years. On this occasion the attack spoilt an event that had been planned for many months. On other occasions street traders setting up the weekly farmers' market in Leeland Road have been harassed, residents of nearby homes have been disturbed by rowdy behaviour in the early hours or had to put up with people urinating and defecating near their homes.  None of this is acceptable behaviour.

Following on from the cancellation of Soundbite WEN, along with a number of others decided we needed to do something about this. We knew we couldn't tackle this problem alone so we have been gathering together an increasing number of representatives from local faith groups, community groups, local housing associations, local councillors, Ealing Council and more.  We have met the police and stressed the importance of their taking pro-active steps to tackle the problem.  They listened to our concerns and some arrests were made and, vitally, they have helped bring about reviews of two alcohol licences of nearby shops (see article below for full details).

Over and above what the police have been doing, our aim is to work together to come up with some agreed ideas on how to make Dean Gardens safer and then work with the Council to find the resources to implement as many of these ideas as possible.  

Having a park right in the middle of West Ealing is a fabulous community asset.  We want to see it loved and used at all times and not a no-go area at night.

10 minutes of your time to help make West Ealing a safer place

One of WEN's biggest concerns for West Ealing for quite some time has been the anti-social behaviour related to alcohol. We see two aspects to this behaviour.  The first is groups of street drinkers who are often in and around Dean Gardens, Melbourne Ave and other regular spots.  We have no problem with RISE and the essential addiction recovery services it runs, but groups of street drinkers can intimidate and upset residents and shoppers. The second is the more serious problem of occasional violent behaviour by young men, often on a Friday night/Saturday morning. The latter group have harassed traders at the weekly farmers' market and disturbed residents of homes close to Dean Gardens.

WEN is very active in working with local faith groups, the police, community groups, businesses, councillors and Ealing Council to tackle these issues.  There is now a major opportunity for you to help us tackle one of the key causes of this anti-social behaviour - the availability of alcohol in West Ealing any time of day or night.  The licences of two off licences are up for review following work by the police to gather evidence of alcohol being sold to a minor, the storage of non-duty paid goods, the sale of alcohol to intoxicated people and the employment of illegal immigrants. The two licences are those of Cudi and Broadway International, both very close to Dean Gardens. Cudi's licence is currently from 8am to midnight and Broadway International's is 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

WEN and other groups will be responding to these licence consultations. If you have been affected by alcohol-induced anti-social behaviour we hope you will take a few minutes to respond to this consultation.  To object you need to do so under one of four specific headings:

  • Prevention of crime and disorder
  • Public safety
  • Prevention of public nuisance
  • Protection of children from harm

If you have specific instances of anti-social behaviour it would be good to include these in your comments.  
It's important to read the information on the Council's website first and you can find this at http://maps.ealing.gov.uk/webreports/m3pp/licence_consultation_lookup.asp This includes the specific police concerns for both shops. You can email your comments to licensing@ealing.gov.uk or write them in a letter and send it to The Licensing Team, Regulatory Services, Perceval House, 14-16 Uxbridge Road,  Ealing W5 2HL and the closing date is Friday 19th February.

Other topics covered:
  • Walpole Ward Forum Monday 8th February 7-9pm
  • Central Ealing's new plan to go out to consultation
  • The Ealing Music & Film Festival 10th- 14th February
  • Car parking in West Ealing
  • ‘18 brilliant years' as Darch and Duff closes its doors
  • Afternoon Tea at the West London Islamic Centre on Sunday 7th February 12-5pm
Last Updated ( Friday, 05 February 2016 )



The Changing Skyline of West Ealing

It's not the Manhattan of West London but West Ealing's skyline is changing.  A week or two ago the scaffolding started to come off the new hotel on the corner of the Uxbridge Road and Melbourne Avenue.  The Holiday Inn Express with its gold coloured top floors stands out from its surrounding buildings.  Looking east towards Ealing Broadway the distinctive curved roof of the 21-storey Apex building pierces the skyline forming an unmissable local landmark.

On the horizon, if you'll pardon the pun, are plans for an eight to 10 storey building on the site of British Home Stores just yards away from the new hotel. The site was sold by Sir Philip Green to developers Southern Grove before the BHS chain was sold for £1 to Retail Acquisitions. 

Illustrative design of BHS site from Southern Grove website

The plans include retaining the 15,000 sq ft retail 
space on the ground with around 136 homes above spread across eight storeys at the front and 10/11 at the rear Singapore Road end. Of the 136 or so homes, 55 per cent will be 2-bedroomed and 30 per cent will be earmarked as affordable. 

The site could certainly benefit from being redeveloped and we certainly need more homes.  There are some concerns though which we have put to Southern Grove when we met them and at their public exhibition at St James Church. Two of these are the height and density of the building and the lack of car parking provision.  
Also in this newsletter:
  • Get ready for SoundBite - Saturday 12th September 
  • West Ealing Centre Neighbourhood Forum Hires Consultants and Tries to Engage with Land Owners
  • Fresh and Fruity! - New season apple juice now on sale

Last Updated ( Friday, 11 September 2015 )

July Newsletter 2015 E-mail Print


Tackling the street drinking problem

West Ealing, like many other areas, has long had a  problem with street drinkers, not least in Dean Gardens. Yet, for some reason not yet clear, these past few months has seen a marked increase in the number of street drinkers. At times there can be a dozen or more gathered in Melbourne Avenue. This has caused problems for the regular street traders there and many residents feel intimidated by this large group of people whose behaviour can be rowdy.

As said, it's hard to what has changed to cause this increase.  RISE (Recovery Intervention Service Ealing), the addiction treatment agency has been in West Ealing for some years. It has moved from Leeland Road to larger premises in St James Ave.  This is now home to its Central Hub. The Hub offers a range of services to help addicts ‘through  treatment and beyond'. It certainly seems a busy service as there are often groups gathered round the area waiting to go in or have just come out.

West Ealing has had two 24-hour off licences in the Uxbridge Road for a good few years. These have long attracted drinkers from a wide area as both are on busy bus routes and very close to Dean Gardens where street drinkers frequently gather both day and night.

Over the years there has been considerable police effort to deal with the problems caused by street drinkers, especially in Dean Gardens. However, the recent relocation of most of the Walpole Safer Neighbourhood Team from its office in Sainsbury's in Melbourne Avenue to Ealing police station has inevitably meant fewer police walking down Melbourne Avenue - a key gathering place for street drinkers.

Whatever the reasons for the increase we feel it needs taking seriously by all involved - police, Council, RISE, West Ealing Business Improvement District, councillors and residents. To this end, WEN intends to do its best to bring all these parties together and look carefully at the problems and what can be done to improve the situation

Other topics covered
  • Ealing Blueprint business hub to stay open
  • Soundbite - Saturday 12th September 1-9pm Dean Gardens
  • Solace Centre users face uncertain future
  • Tidying up Walmer Gardens orchard
  • New hotel set to open this autumn
  • Elderflower cordial now on sale
  • Funds available to transform an outdoor space in Ealing
  • Temporary new home for Jubilee Children's Centre
  • Davies Report and Heathrow expansion

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 July 2015 )

April 2015 Newsletter E-mail Print


Work starts on new station for West Ealing

Artist's impression of new station

Other topics:
  • Goodbye to Morrisons
  • West Ealing Centre Neighbourhood Forum (WECNF)
  • Temporary reprieve for Solace Centre
  • The Big Lunch Sunday 7th June
  • Ealing Blueprint: co-working hub and coffee shop
  • Successful start to new craft fair in West Ealing
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 April 2015 )

February 2015 Newsletter E-mail Print


Will the Solace mental health drop-in centre in West Ealing survive the cuts?

Most of us have probably never come across the Solace Centre in West Ealing.  It's tucked away at the end of Bowmans Close and well off the beaten track.  Yet, this mental health drop-in centre is suddenly at the centre of a storm with the Council threatening to close it as part of budget cuts.  This decision has been put on hold following the recent death at Ealing Broadway station of one of its users. 

Rather than me try to write why the Solace Centre is important, I asked one of its users to give us his views on why the centre should be saved from the cuts:

‘Why are we so passionate about stopping this proposed closure?

Solace is pivotal in keeping us (the Solace service users) well in the community, staying away from more expensive mental health resources.

We come to the Solace Centre because we have all experienced many mental health hospital admissions (resulting in lots of personal upheaval, distress, distress and pain). What we need is practical day-to-day help, friendship, togetherness, care so we can keep independent, stable, maintained and connected within the Ealing community.

All of us (some 85 members, a total of 130 service users) who use this service suffer from long and enduring mental health problems (mainly psychotic illnesses). We all attend Solace regularly (there were 9,242 attendances last year). Staff know us very well and can tell when our mental health is deteriorating and in risk of relapse.

The Solace Centre is the only out of hours mental health resource in the Ealing borough. It's open 265 days of the year offering a potential of 1,664 hours respite yearly (for members and carers). Open from Monday-Friday 4-8pm and Saturday and Sunday 12noon-6pm (weekends for members only).

Our ages are between 20-76 years, with the majority between 40-59 years and from a diverse ethnicity. Unusually, half the members are women because they feel safe and accepted.

Labour can stop this proposal (to close Solace). The Council runs the Solace Centre on £104,000 yearly with the West London Mental Health Trust contributing £47,000 a year towards the weekend service.

This budget is small in comparison with a re-admission back into hospital. A mental health ward bed is £350 a night. An admission is usually around two to three months and often a lot longer. It would only take two or three members to go back to hospital before this budget would be outstripped. 

We are really anxious over this proposal but have been working hard to make our voices heard - we have now gained over 2,000 petition signatures, over 130 letters the Council and mounted several protests. We have gained support from carers, clinicians, professionals, friends, family and the community - all united in putting a stop to this proposal that does not make clinical orfinancial sense.

Celebrity supporters Jo Brand and Gladiator (Bullit) even attended one of our protests!

We are running out of time.  A final decision is likely mid-February. We need your support now. Please support us - www.saveoursolace.co.uk 

Other topics covered in this newsletter:
  • Pilot business hub opens its doors
  • What sort of high street do we want for West Ealing?
  • 300 new homes planned for BT exchange in Gordon Road
  • Restoring the apple orchard in Walmer Gardens
  • News from InWestEaling
  • Vintage Fair
  • Bubble
  • InWestEaling are excited to announce that the Avenue Vintage and Antiques 
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 February 2015 )



West Ealing Christmas Fair on Sat 6th December

This is our second Christmas Fair and there's lots of reasons to drop in.  It's in Dean Gardens on Saturday 6th December from 2-6pm. Here's just a selection of what you'll find

Children's activities
Meet the donkey
Funfair rides
Father Christmas
‘Journey to Bethlehem' a live nativity play

Carol singing from St John's School
Slightly Mysterious Carols - Something old, something even older - and, er, a punk version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen with ukuleles. A local scratch band plays and sings.
Panto: The Cobbler's Apprentice

Magic and technology fuse in an enchanting fairy story set in a West Ealing of the past and a West Ealing of the future! Come and be part of it.

Craft stalls
All you need for those little extra Christmas presents or even some very special presents.
Visit our website for final details and a schedule of events - www.w13-christmasfair.co.uk 

Other topics covered in this newsletter:
  • The ever-changing face of West Ealing
  • Update on Crossrail and West Ealing station
  • Goodbye to Gill
  • Fancy helping with our Abundance project?
Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 December 2014 )

October 2014 Newsletter E-mail Print

October 2014 Newsletter

Then and now - West Ealing 100 years ago

Once The Black Horse pub and now the Cudi Food Centre

The newly refurbished pub The Grosvenor has started to host pop-up stalls on Saturdays and WEN is there on 4th October from 12noon - 4pm. If you drop in then not only can you look at our exhibition of old photos of West Ealing but also you can buy our Abundance produce.
We launched our exhibition at the SoundBite Festival on 13th September and got a lot of interest.  This exhibition of photos of West Ealing over the past 100 years is the start of our local history project. You can compare how pubs, shops, Northfields, the Draytons and more looked in the early 1900s and now 100 years later. 

Our Abundance stall will have apple juice, elderflower cordial, chutneys and more. Come along and stock up with these delicious products all made from locally grown fruit.

Other topics covered this month include:

  • Avenue Vintage Antique Market
  • Soundbite
  • Education, education, education
  • WECNF continues to progress
  • Chutneys at the ready
  • OPEN Ealing is back
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 October 2014 )

August 2014 Newsletter E-mail Print

August 2014 Newsletter

SoundBite Festival - Saturday 13th Sept

This year's SoundBite Festival in Dean Gardens is looking good. We're concentrating everything in Dean Gardens this time round.  The event starts at 12noon and the music runs through until 10pm.  


  • TJ ‘Holyboy' Johnson & The Preachers
  • Bob Knight and Tricky Business
  • Salsa from Son Yambu
  • Rising stars -  Jacob and Goliath
  • Persian singer Azadeh
  • Phil Odgers of The Men They Couldn't Hang
  • Nostalgia Steel Band

Children's activities:

  • Funfair rides
  • Steel band workshops
  • Family cookery classes
  • Pedal-powered smoothie maker

Cookery demonstrations

Craft stalls including local honey, Abundance produce, hand-made fragrances and silver jewellery
Community information stalls including local history exhibition, Dr Bike, Neighbourhood Forum
Hot food stalls and beer tent - hog roast from Grasmere Farm (from farmers' market), jerk chicken from Café Silva and sushi, noodles and more from Sumo

www.soundbitefestival.org for the latest details.

Other topics covered include:


  • Crossrail West Ealing
  • We still want to know your acts of community!
  • Abundance - pesky parakeets pinch our apples!
  • Get your skates on for Rolladome
  • Community Noticeboard outside Sainsbury's


Last Updated ( Friday, 15 August 2014 )

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