Image above: Actonians rugby grounds
Council proposals could see building developments on Actonians site
Ealing Council have come under fire for their Local Plan by the Liberal Democrats, who say the plan will “open the door for building on some of the borough’s best-loved green fields and parks”.
As part of the Local Plan process, the Ealing Council is proposing to remove Green Belt status from all the Green Belt land in the Borough and remove Metropolitan Open Land (MOL) status from nine sites across the borough. A report by the Ealing Council says they are “considering the possibility of Green Belt / MOL providing land for development”.
The sites the Council plans to stop protecting from development include Hanger Hill Park, the Barclays Sports Ground, Northala Fields, Acton Park, Belvue Park and the Trailfinders and Actonians rugby grounds near Gunnersbury Park.
Opposition Planning and Housing spokesperson Liberal Democrat Councillor Jon Ball said:
“It is terrible hypocrisy for a Labour administration elected on a manifesto promising to create new parks and open spaces is now instead removing the protection our existing parks and open spaces have from being dug up for building schemes.
“I urge all residents who are concerned about our green spaces to respond to the Council’s Local Plan consultation either by email to email@example.com or respond to the survey question on Policy G4 “What are your views on the development proposals on green open spaces?” with resounding opposition!”
“We need to preserve green spaces like Actonians in my ward that acts as a green lung next to the traffic of the North Circular and Northala Fields where I take my son at weekends. These areas should retain the protection that they currently enjoy. Development, including much-needed genuinely affordable housing, must be on brownfield sites.”
Image above: Ealing Council Cabinet meeting on 25 January
Labour’s human footprint is already “squashing nature” in other parts of the borough, say Lib Dems
Warren Farm, a ‘unique urban meadow’ which has been untouched for over a decade, was voted by Ealing Council to be used as a site for a substantial new sports facility, which opponents say will harm the skylarks which live there currently, which are an endangered species.
At Ealing Council’s Cabinet meeting on 25 January, Liberal Democrat Councillor and Leader of the Opposition Gary Malcolm relayed ‘significant community concerns’ about the viability of rebuilding and refurbishing pitches for football, netball and cricket.
Wildlife groups say these developments further endanger species such as bats, skylarks, owls, yarrow pugs, yellow-necked mice, little owls, barn owls, wrynecks, ancient oak trees, rare clovers, slow-worms and toads.
Liberal Democrat Councillor Gary Malcolm, Leader of the Opposition, said:
“Liberal Democrats have called for the whole of Warren Farm to be designated as a local Nature Reserve. We are very concerned that the options in the Council report mean that around half of Warren Farm will be lost, meaning a significant loss of biodiversity and publicly accessible open space.”
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