About us

We aim to stop environmental and architectural degradation in the Mill Hill Park area: streets, houses, street furniture, trees and open spaces.

We screen planning and licensing applications so that we can respond to Ealing Borough Council about inappropriate proposals early on.  Go to Planning for details of the approach we take to commenting on planning proposals. On 2 September 2016, we submitted comments on the Licensing Act 2003 in response to the House of Lords Select Committee call for evidence.

MHPRA Campaign to Improve Acton Town Centre: MHPRA worked with Churchfield Community Association (CCA) and Ealing Council in 2014-15 to bid for funding from the Mayor’s High Street Regeneration Fund, matched by the Council. The bid was successful in  bringing the total regeneration budget for Acton to £800,000.  The money will be spent on public space improvements, such as improving the pavements on Churchfield Road; reducing the number of vacant shops; and improving shop fronts in key retail areas of the town centre. An economic study has been conducted to determine target areas for these improvements.

MHPRA and CCA collaborated on a second phase proposal submitted to Ealing Council for a wide range of aesthetic improvements to the Town Square, such as better lighting, seating and public art, as well as green landscaping of the Mount.

Three MHPRA committee members have joined the Acton Town Team, established in April 2016 by Ealing Council’s economic regeneration team to help improve Acton Town Centre.

In June 2015, new signs for the MIll Hill Park Conservation Area were put up at both ends of Avenue and Mill Hill Roads,   showing a windmill and a green oak tree (symbol of Acton).  The signs were requested through the South Acton Ward Forum with the aim of raising awareness of the Conservation Area. In 2016, five heritage-related signs with the Acton coat of arms, positioned at entry points to the town centre, were re-gilded and repainted following a request for Ward Forum funding for the work by the Conservation Area Panel for Mill Hill Park, Acton Park and Acton Town Centre.  One of the signs is sited on Crown Street at the boundary of Mill Hill Park.  The Panel is represented on the MHPRA committee

 

 

In 2014 we secured funding for the redesign of the Crown Street Pocket Garden (see the proposal we submitted) and have now replanted the garden. We successfully campaigned to have more trees planted in Mill Hill and Avenue Roads and Gunnersbury Lane. With the Churchfield Community Association, we  put in a bid (now approved in full for the South Acton share of the budget) to have more trees planted in Acton Town Centre.  Click here for the details of our joint proposal.

We established awards for the most attractively presented and conserved properties in Mill Hill Park.

We were in close touch with Acton Gardens, the joint venture appointed to lead the regeneration of the South Acton Estate to the east of the Conservation Area, before the development started, and commented on the proposals.

 

We are interested in the history of the Mill Hill Park Estate and its former residents.  We have commisssioned and erected two plaques.  One  commemorates the younger William Willett, who promoted the Daylight Savings Act which created British Summer Time; the other commemorates Richard White, founder of the Mill Hill Park Estate and founder member of the Law Society.