The banking hub located inside The Oaks shopping centre has been up and running since June 2023 – following a celebrity launch with Martin Lewis and, local MP, Rupa Huq.
It is operated link a simple bank – but with multiple banks supported.
Collect change (registered business customers)
Check your account balance
Pay utility bills
It is open Monday to Friday between 9am-5pm and the Community Bankers will work on rotation, with a different bank or building society available on each day of the week – at the time of writing this the schedule is: Monday: Natwest Tuesday: Barclays Wednesday: Lloyds Bank Thursday: Nationwide Building Society Friday: Santander
If you bank with someone else you can still use the services of the banking hub – and if you are with one of the banks mentioned above you can still perform banking services at the hub whenever it is open not only on the day that you bank has a representative in place.
We have been asked to share this survey with our members: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5V7FZZF The survey is being collected on behalf of UK Finance, and will provide them with insights into current needs of Acton residents. Please do complete it if you can.
An outline planning application was recently submitted to Ealing Council to build a 52-bedroom care home on the green land between St Dunstans Avenue And St Dunstans Gardens. This came as a big surprise to local residents and appears to be a proposal by property speculator.
Peter Mason, the current leader of Ealing Council is aware of it (see below) – and expressed his concerns – but Acton residents would like to go further. As he explained at the Churchfield Community Association AGM, it is possible for anyone to submit a planning application to build on any land so the Developers are within their rights to do so. Residents understand his point. Nevertheless it’s worrying for local people to be the ones to resist opportunism like this one. It would be helpful if LBE would consider publishing an intention to refuse consent to build on publicly owned green space in the Borough “where it is legally possible to do so”. Such a policy would blend well with other policies on clean air and residents’ amenities and would help Residents, Councillors and Officers to deal with applications like this.
Ealing Council is carrying out a consultation on conservation zones across the borough. This includes areas within Acton.
The Acton areas concerned are near Acton Park, Acton Green, Acton Town Centre and Mill Hill Park. The intention is to look at changes that have happened over the last 15 years or so and determine if they should lead to changes in designation.
For example – The Goldsmith Arms marked the northern edge of one zone – but it has been demolished recently and is being replaced by a block of flats and some shops. So the council is proposing to reduce the size of that zone.
Ealing Council is collecting information from residents to help form their Local Plan. The Local Plan is one of the key documents drawn up by the local planning authority, that will be used to shape how the borough could look over the next 15 years.
The survey was started in November 2021 and by early February over 8,000 residents and business owners have shared their views and ideas. You can add to this by following the link to the survey from https://www.aroundealing.com/news/shape-ealing/
The developers who are building the new blocks to replace Friary Park have applied to use the green area to the north east of their development as if were part of their land. They want to put a playground and a shipping container (as a “bike hub”) on the land.
Local groups have objected and have sent a formal legal letter to the council to object.