Court Case: FoHG v LBE
Friends of Haven Green is continuing court action against the Council to sort out encroachments on the Green
See Update below
FoHG’s application cites 5 incursions it says contravene Acts of Parliament that protect Common land. These concern:
- the electricity substation,
- ‘temporary’ stands for 110 cycles,
- Part of the bus stand on the east of the Green
- CCTV poles. (now sorted).
FoHG has since extended its claim to include work done last autumn which it believes also encroaches on the Common land.
FoHG greatly regret taking this step, but we see no alternative. National legislation protects Common land, but Government policy is that the duty of enforcing it lies with the public and with civic amenity bodies like FoHG.
We are being represented by a barister who is instructed by a solicitor with the Environmental Law Foundation
Haven Green is as an important area of open space at the heart of the town centre and enjoyed by the whole community. It is coming under serious threat from the developments in the town centre - especially at Ealing Broadway Station. TfL has planned for a 60% rise in passenger numbers at the station, and most of these new passengers will pass through the Green as they enter or leave the station. This is bringing more and more demand for bus stops, cycle parking and wider footpaths etc, and this is starting to cause serious harm to the qualities of the Green that make it such an important feature in Ealing.
There have been many opportunities to add extra capacity at the station now it is being redeveloped. These should be considered more carefully.
The Electricity Sub-station is due to be removed with the Crossrail compound. Crossrail will have handed over the work to Network Rail by this point. Ultimately it is the Council's responsibility to ensure it goes.
The council is SLOWLY trying to get space on the former BBC car park where they plan to move the 'temporary' cycle racks.
The council agree that part of the (former 65) bus stand is on common land but have taken no action to remove it, despite promises.
The CCTV cameras have now been repositioned off Haven Green, but we are waiting for the poles to be removed.