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Ealing Performance & Arts Centre set up CEPAC in 2010 to campaign for independent performing arts facilities in the centre of Ealing.
We started with a survey to prove the demand. Then we commissioned a feasibility study from a leading arts organisation consultancy to show how the finances would work.
On 13 October 2017 our aims were adopted as part of the official Central Ealing Neighbourhood Development Plan, which was overwhelmingly approved by a referendum of both local residents and businesses.
Since then we’ve talked to a number of developers and site owners and explored a number of options for an Ealing performance, arts and exhibition space.
The most recent development in our campaign is that in June 2018 CEPAC put forward a proposal to convert part of Ealing Town Hall – the Victoria Hall – into a performance and arts centre. We believe that such an arts centre would be a good fit for the hotel development being considered for the rest of the Town Hall site.
At the beginning of 2018, the community group Ealing Voice discovered that the Victoria Hall is subject to a charitable Trust Deed which restricts the Hall to community use and potentially prevents its disposal. The hall we built using public donations over 100 years ago.
A public consultation in March 2018 showed overwhelming support for saying these are public areas which should not be handed to a private company, which the Council now wants to do.
CEPAC believes that the Victoria Hall and related spaces should be transferred to new independent Trustees, and refurbished for community use. With professional help, we have drawn up a detailed scheme for the space to be separated from any deal to sell the Town Hall. A detailed feasibility study shows that our spatial plan fits well into the area covered by the Victoria Hall trust.
The Charity Commission is expected to decide in late 2018 whether the Council can change the existing Trust Deed and dispose of the Victoria Hall. As we wait for their ruling we are continuing to develop our plans for the site.
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