Councillor Alexander Stafford is leading calls to keep Ealing Town Hall as a community asset. This follows the Labour-led Council agreeing to lease Ealing Town Hall – an Edwardian community asset originally paid for by public subscription – to a hotel group. His campaign has been featured on the front page of the Ealing Gazette.
The Town Hall has been an iconic building in the heart of Ealing for over a century and has been used for hundreds of thousands of weddings, community events and grand occasions. From bringing together the community for Royal weddings to during the First World War, when a tank was parked outside to promote voluntary contributions towards the war effort, the Town Hall has always been at the heart of Ealing. The new plans give Mastcraft the public building for a lease of 245 years.
Councillor Alexander Stafford comments:
“By effectively selling off this cultural icon, the council is tearing the heart and history out of Ealing. The council is betraying the generations that have known, lived and loved through the Town Hall in Ealing. It will no longer be the hub for community activities and events and will seriously damage the voluntary sector in Ealing, which relies on the facilities available here.
I will do everything I can to make sure that this building is preserved for future generations and not merely turned into the haunt of a privileged few. The council clearly know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”