Since 2016 the Council has been trying to sell off the Town Hall, Victoria Hall and Prince's Hall to Developers. Through Freedom of Information Requests, Ealing Lib Dems have found out Labour-run Ealing Council has wasted £3m on the scheme so far.
The Victoria Hall accounts for some 20% of the site known as Ealing Town Hall. It is the largest community space in Ealing. It was paid for by Victorian crowdfunding and governed by a charitable Trust set up in 1893. The Victoria Hall and Prince's Hall have served the community for 130 years, hosting countless meetings, entertainments, protests, celebrations, examinations, exhibitions and more.
Ealing Liberal Democrats support The Friends of the Victoria Hall (HMRC charity reference number is ZD04507) who are campaigning to stop Ealing Council ‘gifting’ Victoria Hall to a hotel company and to campaign to save the building for the community as a performing arts, exhibition and meeting space.
Launching our petition, Councillor Jon Ball, Opposition Spokesperson for Planning, Licensing and Housing said: "Ealing Liberal Democrats say that the three million pounds that Labour has wasted on its doomed scheme to turn this Town Hall into a hotel could have been spent on free school meals for all the borough's children across the summer holidays, to pay to plant twelve thousands trees on our streets, or it could pay to rent a room for every single person sleeping rough on Ealing's streets for a year. Liberal Democrats say that Ealing Labour should scrap the scheme and retain Victoria Hall as an available and affordable venue for local community groups and residents".
We the undersigned call on Ealing Labour to abandon their Town Hall Hotel scheme and retain Victoria Hall as an available and affordable venue for local community groups and residents