AT THE Save Ealing Centre meeting it was amusing to hear Angie Bray criticising the rejected Arcadia redevelopment plans and then squirming when she was forcefully reminded that she had said none of those things when they were being enthusiastically promoted by the Conservative council and mayor Boris Johnson.
As the meeting went on, it became clear the Conservatives intend to stick to their approach of leaving the redevelopment of Ealing town centre to be predominantly developer-led.
Of course, if not given any clear guidance to the contrary, developers will cram in as many (not very affordable) flats as possible, some shops and few, if any, other facilities.
Ealing badly needs leisure and cultural attractions if it is to be a place that people want to visit.
A purpose-built arts centre hosting theatre, music, films and other events could be a vital component of a strategy to bring new life to the town centre.
To make it happen we need local political leadership with the vision to see this and the commitment to work for it.
PAUL CONLAN Labour council candidate
Ealing Walpole ward