THANK you for quoting me in your article on Impact Theatre last week and the possible loss of a £420,000 grant unless the council grants them a lease in the building they use on the South Acton estate.
The council spokeswoman is misleading when she talks of Greenford Hall being on offer. It is not suitable and, more importantly, the offer of £420k is not transferable to another site. In applying for the bid, Impact has spent money to get surveyors and builders to provide the information and estimates the Social Enterprise Investment Fund required before the offer of £420k was made on the building they are in and on that building alone.
I understand the council's need to review and dispose of its assets at a time of financial stringency.
However, the building is needed by a disabled theatre group who bring investment with them and the building next door has been for sale for years and now has a sign offering further reductions. I predict the council will have trouble selling the site, Impact will become homeless, and instead of saving money, Ealing will spend loads of money providing an alternative service for the disabled people who used to go to Impact.
Will the council please see the big picture, do the decent thing and support Impact now and make sure the £420k comes into the borough.
JULIAN HILLMAN Executive director