Jon Ball

  • published £67,500 victory on legal costs in News 2018-03-05 23:30:33 +0000

    Lib Dem victory delivers £67,500 boost for Ealing residents

    March 05, 2018
    : Jon Ball
    020 8810 1078

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    Action by local Lib Dem Councillor Jon Ball led to a developer paying £67,500 to Ealing Council for legal costs.

    Jon slammed the Labour administration's failure to claim legal costs due from the developers behind a controversial planning scheme. The Council Leader then said British Land had promised him the money.

    Cllr Ball commented, “This only happened because I kicked up a fuss. The fact that the Labour leader could get his developer pals to rescue him from political embarrassment shows just how close the relationship is between developers and Ealing Council bosses. I’m glad I spoke up to get £67,500 more to provide vital services for Ealing’s residents.”

    “Faceless retail units and towers”

    Cllr Ball added, "The 9-42 The Broadway scheme was a classic example of a scheme that was good for the developers but bad for Ealing. It was a proposal to demolish a large part of the Victorian heart of Ealing and replace it with faceless retail units and towers with only 27% of the flats being affordable. Disgracefully, rather than demanding more affordable housing and more facilities for residents, the administration welcomed this development with open arms and the Labour majority on the planning committee voted it through.

    "Due to the national level of concern about the scheme, with Historic England and the Victorian Society both making scathing comments, in addition to local opposition spearheaded by the stirling work of local campaigning group Save Ealing’s Centre, the Secretary of State rightly called it in.

    "This call-in showed once again that Ealing Council's planning system fails miserably when it comes to major schemes. Planning officers are too close to the Council's regeneration function to stand up to major developers and most Labour councillors are too supine to overturn bad officer recommendations in major schemes.

    "I hoped that the planning inspector would throw this scheme out, but instead the developers withdrew it just one working day before the planning inquiry was due to start.

    "The Secretary of State found that the withdrawal was “unreasonable” and found the developers liable to pay costs. Costs awards were made to the other parties, including donations to local good causes in recognition of the work done by SEC volunteers on preparing their case.

    Administration “shamefully failed to claim what was due”

    "However one name was missing from the list of cost awards, that of Ealing Council. It is shocking that the Council decided to spend £74,000 of council tax payers money fighting in support of the developers and against its own residents. It is doubly shocking that given the legal opportunity to recoup these costs due to the unreasonable actions of the developer, this administration instead took the decision to brazenly put the financial interests of its developer pals before the interests of hardworking local residents and shamefully failed to claim what was due to it until I stepped in.

    "What does a property developer have to do to lose the backing of this administration if being declared to have acted unreasonably by a government minister is not enough?”

    Cllr Ball added, “I’m delighted that the developers are now repaying Ealing Council £67,500 to compensate them for most of the legal costs involved, but this whole saga indicates just how pally the Labour administration is with major developers. I would like to thank Save Ealing Centre for spotting that Ealing Council failed to claim their costs.”


  • signed Chiswick Police Station 2018-03-05 22:28:51 +0000

    Chiswick Police Station

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    The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, previously announced that 37 police stations across the capital would be closing. This sadly included Chiswick Police Station. This has followed a number of reductions in the services offered at Chiswick Police station.

    Liberal Democrats think this is totally unacceptable. Chiswick is a busy area and closing so many police stations will create a barrier between the police and the community they are meant to be serving. Even though ten percent of crimes reported are at the police station some people are not happy to use internet based police services.

    Local police stations create a visible presence. Officers spend more time patrolling the area close to the station as officers come and go for their breaks, at the beginning and end of their shift and when they have to secure their CS spray, a registered firearm arm which has to be locked in a designated place. 

    Do you think this is important? Tell us by signing our petition.

    ChiswickPoliceStation.jpgGary Malcolm, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Southfield ward, said: "I suspect that the fear of crime will increase if the police reduces it visibility of officers to the public. There are examples elsewhere, when local criminals knew that the police would take longer to respond and took advantage of this."

    We the undersigned call on London Mayor Sadiq Khan and the Government to keep Chiswick police station open and fund the service properly; and Ealing and Hounslow Councils to stand up to the Mayor and the Government on this issue.

    We will include your name and address when submitting the petition to the Metropolitan Police.

     

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  • posted about Ealing Police Station on Facebook 2017-10-04 21:51:10 +0100
    Sign the petition: Save Ealing and Southall police stations from Sadiq Khan's closure threat.

    Fight to keep Ealing's police station

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    The London Mayor's plan to close Ealing Police Station is totally unacceptable. Ealing is a busy area and will become busier with the coming of the Elizabeth line. It is absurd to be left with just one police station at one end of the borough in Acton. Ealing Labour council is offering no alternatives while people's safety and communities are being put at risk.  

    We have already lost our counter service at Ealing Police Station. When the lease expires in 4 years there are no plans to keep a police station in central Ealing.   

    Local police stations create a visible presence. Officers spend more time patrolling the area close to the station as officers come and go for their breaks, at the beginning and end of their shift and when they have to secure their CS spray, a registered firearm arm which has to be locked in a designated place. 

    Do you think this is important? Tell us by signing our petition. There are similar problems in Chiswick which affect other parts of the borough.

    jo_baldwin_trott.jpgJo Baldwin Trott, Liberal Democrats candidate for the Cleveland Ward, served as an officer for Avon and Somerset Police. 'In the area I policed in Bristol the crime rate significantly increased when the local police station closed. The fear of crime increased due to the reduced visibility of officers. The local criminals knew that the police would take longer to respond and took advantage of this.'  Read Jo's longer piece on this issue here.

    We the undersigned call on London Mayor Sadiq Khan and the Government to keep Ealing and Southall police stations open and fund the service properly; and Ealing Council to stand up to the Mayor and the Government on this issue.

    We will include your name and address when submitting the petition to Ealing Council and Metropolitan Police.

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    I just made a donation to Ealing Liberal Democrats. Would you like to do the same?

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    The clashing Scrutiny meeting has now been cancelled so I can come for the whole event. Hurray!

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  • signed Ealing's Cinema 2016-08-11 13:35:48 +0100

    Petition: Give priority to Ealing's Cinema and open it as soon as possible.

    1,253 signatures

    The estimated completion date has just slipped back by another year and we are going to have to wait until 2020. The saga continues.

    Ealing Common candidate in the local election, Craig O'Donnell said "Ealing has a long and distinguished history of film making. We deserve a Cinema."

    Ealing has been without a cinema for almost a decade. The site has changed hands twice because the developer has decided not to start construction.  Now we have further delays.

    Will you sign our petition to the developers St George?

    We the undersigned call upon Michael Bryn-Jones, Managing Director of St George PLC to make the construction of the already planned Filmworks scheme a priority, and to open the new cinema as soon as possible.

    Note that the original petition text was "We the undersigned call upon Michael Bryn-Jones, Managing Director of St George PLC to make the construction of the already planned Filmworks scheme a priority, announce a completion date, and provide reassurances that there is still interest from Picturehouse Cinemas to run the venue."

    We will include your name and address when submitting the petition to Ealing Council and St George PLC.

     

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    Buy tickets for the Cleveland Summer Barbeque on 23rd July. If you have any queries, please contact Francesco Fruzza ffruzza@aol.com or 07833 452 798.

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  • posted about GLA Election Fund on Facebook 2016-03-04 02:34:59 +0000
    Just made a donation to Ealing Liberal Democrats for Francesco Fruzza's campaign for the London Assembly.

    Can you help us raise £1000 for the London Assembly elections?

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    Last month Ealing and Hillingdon selected their local London Assembly candidate for the upcoming elections on 5th May, Francesco Fruzza, a long time resident of West London.

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    Francesco Fruzza - Ealing & Hillingdon GLA Candidate

    He has been an active campaigner in Ealing for over 20 years and, as a member of HealthWatch, is passionate about saving services at Ealing Hospital. Francesco along with Lib Dem Mayoral Candidate Caroline Pidgeon, will also campaign on issues such as introducing half price tube fares before 07:30, tackling London's air pollution, particularly around Heathrow, and prioritising the building of truly affordable homes across London.

    This election is a key part of the #LibDemFightBack in London, especially as part of the vote is Proportional Representation. We have a real chance of winning seats, so that we can get on with dealing with London's housing crisis, fixing transport blackspots in West London, and improving air quality.

    But first, we need to raise £1000 for the candidate deposit. If you can help us, even with just £10, you'll be getting us one step closer to getting more Liberal Democrats on the London Assembly.

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Ealing Common Lib Dem Cllr: works in TV & film and is unfeasibly tall. On Federal Conf Cttee. Parliamentary candidate, Ealing Central & Acton '10 '15 & '16.❤️EU
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