PCA Newsletter 24 - October 2007

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In This Issue

 

Café Culture

Trouble at Station

Light Up The Lane

Beyond Control

Road Closure

Brentham Renovations

Wine Tasting

Streets for People Update

Help The Police With Their Enquiries

AGM

P In The Park

Not Altogether Lost

Ealing Choral Society

Brentham Fireworks

Café Culture

In the last Newsletter we sought views on whether more cafes/restaurants should be permitted in Pitshanger Lane. The question was prompted by the recent opening of Angel Café and Cinnamon, and concerns in some quarters as to whether they had the required planning consent. We received 36 replies via e-mail, on paper and on the PCA message board, Pitshanger Voice. The responses fell into three broad categories: against more cafes (13), in favour of a free market (12), and specific support for Angel Café and/or Cinnamon (11 responses).

Cinnamon in Pitshanger Lane

Interestingly, the e-mail postbag was a good deal smaller than for our last e-mail poll (re the Co-op’s opening hours in 2006), so perhaps this isn’t such a hot topic as we thought. We will of course mention these results if and when we are asked for a view by Ealing Council.

As a final note on all this, here’s a personal view from the PCA’s former Chairman, Ron Bloomfield: “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the Lane, from Curzon Road to Lindfield Road, became a pedestrian precinct? Can you imagine those lazy summer days with restaurant tables over the whole width of the lane, flowers, music drifting in the air, the warm buzz of conversation? Yes, the buses would have to be re-routed and there might be a few less parking spaces, but wouldn’t it be worth it to make Pitshanger Lane such a desirable place to be? I’m sure local traders would benefit from it enormously. But, then, it’s only a dream isn’t it...?” Sadly, Ron, that’s almost certainly how it will stay.

Streets for People Update

We have heard from Ealing Council that their “Streets for People” public consultation document is nearly ready and should be published in two to three weeks’ time. However, plans to get the consultation results agreed by the Council’s Ealing Area Committee on November 19th are now bound to slip. We will be letting members know how to obtain the consultation document and respond to the Council. Other news on the traffic front includes separate consultation on a 20mph zone for Pitshanger, and the likely expansion of the Ealing Broadway Controlled Parking Zone up Castlebar Road as far as Charlbury Grove.

Trouble at Station

Help The Police With Their Enquiries

If you don’t know already, be warned! For the last few months a camera has been spying on drop-offs and pick-ups at Ealing Broadway. At least one member has been fined for momentarily stopping on the zig-zag lines by the pedestrian crossing. The camera is also looking for other ‘offences’ such as stopping on yellow lines and at bus stops. It puts the plan to install dedicated drop-off bays that we mentioned in the last issue into some sort of context.

What did they say in the Army? Never volunteer? Anyway, member John Kane forgot to take one step backwards when local representatives were requested for Cleveland Ward's Safer Neighbourhood Panel. This was established to help set priorities and review performance of our local Safer Neighbourhood policing team. If you have anything to say about how the area should be policed, please call John on 8357 6799 or email him at [email protected].

Light Up The Lane

Announcing Light Up The Lane 2007

Only a few weeks now to the big night (Saturday December 1st, from 5.30 p.m. until 9) and the big question is…what’s the 10th anniversary surprise? We know, but we ain’t telling! To find out, be near the main stage at 6.30 when the lights go on.

Apart from that, there will be all your old favourites including street entertainers, Fit For Sport activities and performers including the Buick Hill Band and the Pitzhanga Popstars. Just one word of warning – tell your teenage children that the fire-eater has promised that if he’s asked one more time for a light,

they’ll get a blow-dry they’ll never forget!  As usual lots of help on the night is needed to man road closure barriers, sell programmes, rattle collection tins, and – very importantly – help clear up after the event. Please call chief steward Doug Winter on 8998 7758 or email [email protected].

We’re also looking for any old photos or video clips from past Light Up The Lanes as we’re preparing a special anniversary presentation to be screened at this year’s event. Please contact Martin Kelly or email [email protected]. We’re particularly keen to obtain images from the very early events which were run by the now defunct Pitshanger Traders Association before the PCA took over. Has anyone got a picture of Bill Bailey doing an impromptu stand-up routine outside Ray’s Fruit Bowl? Of people dodging the traffic in the days before the Lane was closed for the night? Of a certain Newsletter editor overdosing on the free mulled wine in Stepping Out? (You’re fired – Ed.)

AGM

Want to be Chairman of the PCA? Your chance comes at 8.15 p.m. on Thursday November 15th, at St Barnabas Church Hall. There will be the usual reports and election of officers and committee, but we hope to keep that short so that most of the meeting can be devoted to members’ concerns and their wishes for the future. There will be the usual drinks and nibbles afterwards.

Beyond Control

A somewhat disingenuous notice has appeared on the Co-op’s door, in which the store apologises for any inconvenience caused by limiting opening hours to 0800 to 2200, due to “circumstances outside our control”. These are, in fact, the permitted hours granted at the Co-op’s request in January this year so it’s hard to see how they are beyond the Co-op’s control. Co-op HQ has now applied to the Council to vary the permitted hours to match the 0700 to 2300 opening times the store had been unofficially keeping since it opened in December 2004. The question of deliveries is still unresolved, however, and although strict time limitations are theoretically in place, store manager Keith Thompson tells us that in practice it’s very difficult to ensure that lorries turn up when they should. Keith has complained to the Co-op’s logistics company about ‘anti-social’ drivers and has, on occasion, made them wait until the proper time before unloading.

P In The Park

Toilets in Pitshanger Park

Over the last few years there must have been many a resentful glance cast in the direction of the locked public conveniences in the Park. While dogs remain free to cock a leg, their owners – along with every other human – have been forced to grit their teeth and set out for home. However, the good news is that relief may now be at hand. As an experiment, Ealing Council is considering opening the toilets during daylight hours next summer. Councillors have expressed concern about a repetition of the “unsuitable behaviour” that led to the toilets being closed

in the first place, but we are assured that the Council will listen to what we have to say about this. Are you in favour of the experimental re-opening next summer? Let us know via e-mail to [email protected], on paper to the PCA Secretary, 12 Sovereign Close, W5 1DE, or on Pitshanger Voice.

Road Closure

Not Altogether Lost

On the advice of the police, and in the light of past experience, the top end of Curzon Road will be completely sealed off at this year’s Light Up The Lane. Although notices will be put up and a circular sent to local residents, please advise your neighbours that the only way out of the area north of Pitshanger Lane will be eastwards via Meadvale Road.

For the last couple of issues we’ve been running the story about the demise of the old Knock On Wood shop front due to its unsuitability for the new pharmacy soon to be opening there. Touched by the feelings the loss of this old bit of Pitshanger has engendered, owner Danny Patel has arranged to donate the shop front and iron grille to Gunnersbury museum.

Brentham Renovations

The Brentham Club is undergoing a long-overdue facelift. The function hall is now completely refitted with air conditioning, new flooring and ceiling, and a refurbished bar. Current building work will provide new toilets, a smart new entrance lobby, a cafe/coffee lounge, and should be completed early in the New Year. There is a major fund-raising effort going on with a ‘Buy A Brick’ campaign - over 5000 are needed for the extension. The PCA and the Brentham Society are working closely with he Club on the project, and you can find more details at www.brenthamclub.co.uk.

Ealing Choral Society

The society, sponsored by the PCA, is holding its next concert at St Barnabas Church on Saturday November 17th at 7.45 pm. The programme includes Dvorak’s Mass in D and Te Deum, Janacek’s Our Father, and Arias from the Bartered Bride by Smetana; the conductor will be James Gaddarn, who is celebrating 40 years as the society’s conductor, and who is stepping down at the end of the season. Tickets are priced at £13 and £11 and are available on 8993 3350 or at [email protected]. As usual, PCA members are entitled to a 10% discount, and PCA secretary Debbie Edwards has four tickets to give away to the first callers on 0870 908 7744.

Wine Tasting

We are holding a wine tasting evening, in conjunction with Wine Rack, at the Brentham Club on Friday November 23rd at 8 p.m. Jimmy Smith from Wine Rack will be leading the tasting, which is designed to sample some ‘Christmas’ wines. You don’t need to know anything about wine to enjoy the evening – we don’t allow any wine snobbery! Tickets are £12 each and as numbers are strictly limited you are advised to book early; call Dave Wallis on 8998 2203 or email [email protected].

PCA Wine Tasting

Brentham Fireworks

The annual fireworks display will take place at the club on Saturday 3rd November. Gates open at 6.30 ready for blast-off at 8 p.m. There will also be rides, sideshows and a beer tent, and admission is £5 for adults and £3 for kids. It’s always a good show so come along and join in the fun.