Budget Hotel Gets Go Ahead for West Ealing

But as Viv Ellis reports the company is rather shy at revealing itself


New Hotel May Force Traders to 'Shut Shop'

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Ealing planners have voted 12-0 in favour of a budget hotel in Melbourne Avenue in West Ealing. Preparatory demolition work (which needs no permission) for the 60-room hotel has already started.

Photo courtesy WEN

Luckhurst Butchers will have to close for around six months while the work goes ahead.

Tony Luckhurst, who has three full time employees, says they will all have to find work elsewhere for the duration. He told me “I am not against the hotel at all ,  it’ll be a tough six months for sure but hopefully my customers will all come back”

Other traders on the site; a flower stall plus T shirts and greetings cards, rent their stalls from the Council and, after certain changes in the plans were made, can carry on as usual.

The final go-ahead for the hotel will only be granted after they satisfy certain conditions imposed by the council. These include:

  • ·      The submission of a detailed construction plan, which has to be approved.
  • ·      A contribution of £18,000 to provide sustainable disabled access.
  • ·      £20,000 paid to the Highways Dept / TFL for road improvements and to encourage people to walk / use bikes.
  • ·      £10,000 landscaping
  • ·      Re locate the E3/E8 bus stop (currently outside the old pound shop) – to a place to be decided
  • ·      The builders will also be restricted to working 8am – 8pm, and noise from their machinery must be at least 5 decibels lower than the existing noise levels.

There will be a designated “drop off” for hotel customers in nearby Canberra Road.

The US based Best Western chain is thought to be the developer, though at the time of going to press they had neither confirmed or denied it.



Viv Ellis

22nd May 2013




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