Creating a Community Heart in Acton

Exciting plans have been approved by Ealing Council's cabinet last month to to lease the former Acton Library building to the local community group Acton Arts Project for 24 years.

The Acton Arts Project is a bid to transform the former library building into a vibrant, community-led arts centre and cultural hub to provide a range of facilities, including a two-screen cinema, a café bar, offices, and space for dance, music and theatre.

Maire Lowe, Chair of the Acton Arts Project, said: “Our vision is to improve residents’ lives and strengthen community spirit in Acton by providing an inspirational, creative space where people can come together to watch or participate in the performing arts.

“We also wish to reclaim and preserve the beautiful, historic former Acton Library building for community use to contribute to the much-needed regeneration of Acton Town centre and the area’s night-time economy.”

The group is leading a crowdfunding campaign to fund the planning and redesign of the building. To donate your pledge, visit A Cinema for Acton the closing date is Monday, 16 December 2019.

Lucy Taylor, director of regeneration and planning, said: “We are working to create town centres and high streets in Ealing that contribute to the borough’s economic, social and civic life, and are focal points for our communities.

“We want Ealing to be an even better place to live, visit and work.  We believe the Acton Arts Project proposal for the former Acton Library building will bring some exciting new uses to help revive Acton’s High Street and will contribute to the cultural and economic development of the area.”

This announcement follows the recent openings and unveiling of One Housing's transformation of the former Acton Town Hall and O'Shea's redevelopment of the Oaks shopping centre featuring high street favourites such as Superdrug and Lidi, along with 178 new homes.

Above: Acton Library