- Jon Ball donated 2019-11-01 01:45:34 +0000
We hope to be celebrating but no matter what happens on 31st October we will be drinking great wine, feasting on cheese and charcuterie and enjoying a great evening.
Join us for our Autumn event to be held at 79, Corringway, Ealing, W5 3HB 7 p.m. til late!Donate
- Jon Ball donated 2019-09-27 14:32:43 +0100
We stand a real chance of winning in Ealing Central and Acton. But it will cost money.
If you can donate something it will be very useful.Donate
- Jon Ball donated 2019-08-09 12:11:11 +0100
- Jon Ball donated 2019-02-19 05:57:37 +0000
- Jon Ball signed Save our Ward Forums 2018-12-14 04:43:25 +0000Ward Forums provide an important opportunity for residents to discuss local issues. Ward forum budgets are spent wisely as local residents and ward councillors know more about local priorities than council officers.122 signatures
Ealing Liberal Democrats have uncovered Ealing Council's Labour admininistration plans to scrap ward forums as part of their budget for future years. Money allocated to ward forums to spend on local priorities will be completely axed.
Councillor Gary Busuttil said: "This is a kick in the teeth for residents of the borough who are already angry at the fact they are rarely ever consulted or engaged with regarding matters in their communities. Ward Forums are an important mechanism that engages residents with ward Councillors who represent them to the council. Money allocated to Ward Forums helps community causes and improvements to our public spaces like new playgrounds, better lighting and zebra crossings.”
Do you think this is important? Tell us by signing our petition.
Councillor Gary Busuttil added: "If it were not for Ward Forum funds, projects like lighting to make our parks safer, zebra crossings to help residents cross busy roads or support for charities such as 'Move into Wellbeing' that provides social and fitness classes for the elderly would not happen."
We the undersigned call on Ealing Council to make a commitment to not remove Ward Forums and ward budgets across Ealing borough.
We will include your name and address when submitting the petition to Ealing Council.
- Jon Ball posted about Save Pitshanger Library on Facebook 2018-07-14 23:16:08 +0100I want to save Pitshanger Library, and so do @ealingld. Join us:
On July 10th, Ealing Council's Labour cabinet confirmed they want to close Pitshanger Library.
The lease comes up for renew this December, and the council have said they won't renew it.
They claim they want to replace it with a smaller "community library", but this would be only staffed by volunteers and much smaller than the existing arrangement.63 signatures
Ealing needs Pitshanger Library. Residents care about it.
Ealing Liberal Democrats, along with the undersigned petitioners, call for plans to close Pitshanger Library to be scrapped, and for the council to defend our public services.
- March 05, 2018
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.”
- 311 signatures
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.
Gary 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.
- Jon Ball posted about Cleveland Greek Night 2017 tickets on Facebook 2017-12-07 17:51:15 +0000I've just bought my tickets for the Cleveland Lib Dems Greek night.
- Jon Ball posted about Police Stations on Facebook 2017-10-04 21:51:10 +0100Sign the petition: Save Ealing and Southall police stations from Sadiq Khan's closure threat.
The London Mayor's plan to close Ealing and Southall police stations is totally unacceptable. 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 both Ealing and Southall police stations. Now the police stations will be closed.
Local police stations create a visible presence. Officers spend more time in the area close to the station as officers come and go for their breaks and at the beginning and end of their shift.1,158 signatures
Jo Baldwin Trott, Liberal Democrat campaigner, 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.
Sonul Badiani - Liberal Democrat candidate for Ealing Central and Action: “We all know that knife crime in London and Ealing is out of control. I’m ready to fight this issue as your future MP, and I’ve already started work on the ground by setting up a local working group to tackle knife crime. With your help, I am critically fighting to stop our local police station from closing. With a Labour Council and Mayor subjecting us to cuts and failing to attack knife crime in Ealing, now is the time to speak up for our community. Please sign our petition (below) and help save our police station and fight knife crime.”
More information about Sonul's proposals 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.
We will include your name and address when submitting the petition to Ealing Council and Metropolitan Police.
- Jon Ball posted about Donate on Facebook 2017-04-26 03:07:51 +0100I just made a donation to Ealing Liberal Democrats. Would you like to do the same?
- Jon Ball commented on Thank you for booking 2016-11-29 16:20:47 +0000The clashing Scrutiny meeting has now been cancelled so I can come for the whole event. Hurray!
- Jon Ball donated 2016-12-05 20:38:28 +0000
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- 1,405 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 and the Council?
We the undersigned call upon Piers Clanford, 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; and upon Ealing Council to do all in its power to expedite this.
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.
- Jon Ball posted about Cleveland Summer Barbeque on Facebook 2016-06-02 22:56:41 +0100I'm going to the Cleveland ward Liberal Democrats barbecue on 19th June. Hopefully the weather has improved by then!
Buy tickets for the Cleveland Summer Barbeque on 23rd July. If you have any queries, please contact Francesco Fruzza firstname.lastname@example.org or 07833 452 798.Donate
- Jon Ball posted about GLA Election Fund on Facebook 2016-03-04 02:34:59 +0000Just made a donation to Ealing Liberal Democrats for Francesco Fruzza's campaign for the London Assembly.£100.00 raisedGOAL: £1,000.00
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.
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.Donate