Around Ealing October 2018 | Page 6

UP FRONT Crossrail train Influence the map Local people are being asked to help draw-up new political boundaries within the borough. It is part of an electoral review by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, which has already confirmed Ealing Council should continue to have 69 councillors. But it is now looking at re-drawing local ‘ward’ boundaries across the borough to try to make sure each of these councillors represents roughly the same number of people. The 2022 local elections will be held using these new boundaries. A consultation is now asking for your opinions on where boundaries should be – including whether there you think there are natural barriers or ‘natural communities’ that should be considered. You have until 5 November 2018 to submit your views n   Find out more at and n   Email your views to [email protected] or [email protected] Cinema progress Piling work was due to start soon on the cinema site in central Ealing as Around Ealing went to press, preparing way for the foundations of the new buildings that will make up the much anticipated, new ‘cultural quarter.’ It will include restaurants, homes, shops and an eight-screen cinema. Council leader Julian Bell said: “It has been a long road and lots of hard work to get into the position where Ealing will finally get its cinema back and I’m so pleased that people will start to see physical evidence of the progress that has been made behind the scenes. I will be making a site visit in October and am looking forward to it.” Crossrail delay Council leader Julian Bell said he was ‘irritated and annoyed’ at further delays to Crossrail. It was announced that Crossrail, to be known as the Elizabeth Line, would not begin operating its central section this year and would, instead, start to run trains in autumn 2019. Services would not reach our borough’s five stations on the new line until later (at Southall, Hanwell, West Ealing, Ealing Broadway and Acton Mainline). All of these stations were meant to have been rebuilt or improved in preparation for Crossrail. Councillor Bell said: “I have become increasingly irritated and annoyed. “We were originally promised Ealing Broadway station would be built by the end of 2016. When this date was missed we were told that we would get all our new stations at Acton Mainline, Ealing Broadway, West Ealing and Southall by the end of 2019 when the entire line would be opened. The news this week that the opening of the central tunnel section of Crossrail will now not open this December but in autumn 2019 inevitably means the full opening won’t happen by the end of 2019. “For some-time my confidence has been low that our stations would be built on time. Worse still we are now having to crack heads together to prevent backsliding over the delivery of the Ealing Broadway station canopy design, which the community and council fought so hard for. “I will have meetings with Crossrail, Network Rail and TfL to fight Ealing’s corner and demand assurances but, after the warm words I have received previously and the reality of the delays and overspends that followed, I fear any promises I receive will be worthless.” 6 around ealing    October 2018