A delayed decision by Mayor Boris Johnson on whether to give final approval to the Arcadia Centre left all interested parties on tenterhooks this week.
But regardless of his judgement, the viability of pulling off such a large-scale project in the midst of a worsening economic crisis must surely have been playing on the minds of the developers.
More worrying still is the revelation that the millions used to buy up the land came from troubled Anglo Irish Bank, which faces an uncertain future.
The end result could mean Ealing's town centre stays as it is for years.
EVERY day we learn of more job cuts, with unemployment set to soar to around two million this year.While many companies will continue to make budget saving moves, it seems odd that essential public services such as NHS Direct are victims of the credit crunch.
Staff at NHS Direct provide a fundamental medical service over the phone which relieves pressure on already overburdened doctors and nurses in hospitals and practices.
The country is going through economic turmoil, but let's hope enough is being done to get people back to work and maintain a health service fit for all.