Commercialisation of our open spaces
In response to a survey, Society members questioned the suitability of holding additional events, such as a beer festival, in the heart of a residential community. While a number of people welcomed the idea of public events being held occasionally to encourage people to meet and to be more “inclusive,” there was a strong preference for these events to be community-based rather than purely commercial. However, comments were also made about the disturbance caused by existing events during the year and it was generally felt that there should be a limit on any additional events of no more than one or two per year and they should not exceed three days’ duration.
When asked if it was appropriate to hold another beer festival or similar event in future, only a third of respondents agreed. Residents expressed a desire to be consulted in advance of any proposed event and for each one to be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The Society contacted Ealing Council to convey the results of the survey and asked to be kept up to date on any future plans for events so that residents’ views could be considered.
Sale of Christmas trees
Although enjoyed as a convenience by a number of residents, the granting of a licence for a second year to Pines and Needles, the company selling Christmas trees on Acton Common, caused concern to residents who live close by and prompted questions about the commercialisation of our open spaces. We attended a meeting with Ealing Council to discuss this and following representations to our Councillors and strong objections from the Society, together with the Southfield Resident’s Association, we have challenged the legality of the operation. Local Councillors have confirmed that they now oppose the commercialisation of the Common.