Ealing Performance & Arts Centre is a charity which exists to promote a wide range of artistic and cultural activities in the community. As CEPAC, we have been fighting since 2010 for an arts facility in central Ealing. In November 2018, we submitted a bid to convert the Victoria Hall, which adjoins Ealing Town Hall and belongs to a charitable trust, into a community-based performance & arts centre.
Our work to reach this important milestone has been through several key stages.We have:
CEPAC's proposal is for the Council-managed Trust which owns the Victoria Hall to be transferred to new independent Trustees, who would refurbish it for community use. We have drawn up a detailed scheme for the space to be separated from the Council's plan 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 (see plans right).
The Victoria Hall was built by private donations, and it has been confirmed that the Trust which owns it is charitable. The Charity Commission has been asked to decide whether the Council can change the existing Trust Deed and sell the Hall to a private developer, or whether it should remain held by an independent Trustee . As we wait for their ruling we are continuing to develop our plans for the site.
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Council runs risk with Town Hall sale, says group
12 February: Ealing Council Cabinet voted last Tuesday to continue with the sale of a lease of the whole of the Town Hall to hotel developer Mastcraft.
This was despite warnings from both CEPAC and Ealing Voice that it would not be legally permissible for the Council to receive either a capital sum or a share of future revenue from a disposal of property belonging to the Victoria Hall charitable trust.
Developer submits Town Hall planning application
15 January: Mastcraft, the Council’s development partner for Ealing Town Hall, today submitted a detailed planning application to convert the Grade II listed building into a hotel, restaurant and bar.
The submission has been made despite challenges over who owns the Victoria Hall, a significant element in the development plan.
Last year, local group Ealing Voice discovered that the Hall and related area are held in a charitable trust. The council is now seeking approval from the Charity Commission to change the conditions of the Trust and allow them to dispose of it to Mastcraft.