A RETIRED architect has drawn up his own vision of how the Arcadia Centre could be developed in order to the reduce congestion and create a bus interchange.
John Hummerston, who lives off Castlebar Hill, commends the council's recent work outlying the principles anyone planning to buy and develop the site should follow if they want to be more successful than its previous owners, Glenkerrin.
They include improving pedestrian movement between the station and the town centre, making the area more pleasant to walk around with wider pavements and more attaractive views, minimising the barrier created by the railway lines for people moving north to south, keeping buildings within the scale of exisiting ones and providing the appropriate amount of car parking.
But Mr Hummerston says the council fails to mention the vital need to tackle the traffic congestion at the east side Haven Green, in front of Ealing Broadway Station.
Or how the the bus stops strung along Haven Green could be gathered into a bus hub, which would be more convenient for passengers, while making the area more attractive.
Mr Hummerston's idea is dubbed 2PZ after the two central piazzas surrounding shops and flats to the south of Haven Green. It would take all traffic to the west side, making it two way, with just a one-way taxi route at the station entrance. The plans create a new road to the Broadway just to the east of the Arcadia Centre and Spring Bridge Road would be pedestrianised. A bridge would carry people over Uxbridge Road from the second piazza (roughly opposite Barclays bank), a bus hub would be constructed over the railway tracks and traffic would no longer cut diagonally across Haven Green.
Mr Hummerston says he has not drawn up the scheme expecting a developer to walk up and ask to build it, but to provoke debate.
He said: "This is one of the most important sites in the town centre and any decisions made about it will be there for at least the next half century.
"For the many people coming out of Ealing Broadway Station it is the gateway to Ealing.
Glenkerrin's scheme, which included a 26-storey tower, was seen off by Save Ealing Centre (SEC), an alliance of 26 residents' and community groups, along with the Ealing Civic Society, at a public inquiry in December 2008. They took the action after Ealing Council passed the plans a year earlier
Glenkerrin went into administration in May 2011 and the 4.2 acre site, between Ealing Broadway Station and Springbridge Road, is now up for sale.
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