Ealing Town Hall is debatably one of the more stunning pieces of architecture that our Borough has to offer, and having stood for over a century as a centre for local governance, countless civil ceremonies and more, memories of this neo-gothic grade II listed building will forever be etched into the hearts of many of the residents the building has been used to serve.

The section of the building called the Memorial Hall building was paid for with public donations under the explicit premise that it would be used for public functions and to serve the Borough’s residents. It’s not stretch of the imagination to state that its intended purpose wasn’t then to benefit private enterprise – a notion that’s figuratively speaking at bookends with the building’s raison d’être. The Council however seems intent on handing over this part of the building, situated in the west wing, to private developer Mast-craft for the purpose of being converted into a “boutique hotel“. They intend to do so on the basis that the Memorial Hall is, as a whole, grossly underused, and that in following through with these plans in a “multi-million pound redevelopment” it would “secure its long-term future“.

What complicates the issue though is that the Memorial Hall Building is protected by a Trust – one set up to ensure that the comprising rooms could continue to be used in the aforementioned manner and, in remaining so, still be a part of civic life and communal involvement. Most crucially, there is currently an ongoing consultation regarding the wording of the Trust, one in which the Council would like to alter the Trust’s wording so that their plans can become manifest. The consultation process will come to an end on 12th January, and so anyone wishing to have their voices heard on the matter should be quick to act!

You can also join our discussion group regarding this matter!

In this interview we speak on the subject with the Chair of Save Ealing’s CentreWill French, who strongly feels that the Council should not go ahead with this move and that the Trust as a whole is being dealt with in an inappropriate manner.

The charity commission can be contacted at Doing so, one would need to cite ‘Victoria Hall Trust, Ealing – NM C-462805‘ in the email’s title, and it would then be advisable to follow this up with a copy of the last email to the

Further information on the subject can be found on the Council’s website ( and on Save Ealing’s Centre’s website (


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  • Although I appreciate the pressures local councils are experiencing because of government policy to cut their funds, I don’t think the Town Hall (given its history) should, albeit in part, be a hotel!

    • Hear! Hear!
      Another example like CPZ`s of the council finding ways to support their political power position of maintaining council tax levels for X number of years.

  • I sent the mail below 7 Jan 2018. It’s good to know that the consultation period has been extended to allow more information to be made available.
    Dear Charity Commissioner and Mr Moore,

    Having found out more about this, I wish to add to my earlier representations below.

    I believe the consultation information on the Council website is seriously flawed and misleading because it fails to link two things:

    1) proposal to “update the objects” wording;

    2) ending proper community and civic use of the Victoria Hall and Princes Room.

    The information on the website under ‘Consultations’ makes no mention of 2) above but I understand that 1) is the first step to selling a long lease, a lease of an asset paid for by local subscription. The “consultation” makes no mention of any other motive other than updating the Trust’s objects in line with Charity Commission guidance and legal advice. It fails to say whether legal advice was sought to enable the sale to go ahead; if so, it appears to be underhand. Omission of a material fact amounts to misinformation. The Princes Room is not even mentioned in the “consultation” on the website.

    Ealing residents have a right to know that Ealing Council is planning to contravene charitable law, that assets purchased by charitable donations remain available for community and civic use and not for profit by a third party. Even if the updated wording remains true to the objects of the charitable Trust, the spirit of the Trust must also be upheld. For this reason a second, proper consultation, with all relevant information made available, must be held before any further action is taken. Thank you.

    Yours sincerely,