HOPES of a debate on the future of the Victoria Hall at this week’s Ealing Council meeting were dashed.

Liberal Democrat councillor Jon Ball, the party’s spokesman on Planning, Licensing and Housing, raised a motion to save Victoria Hall, which is adjacent to the town hall.

However, shortly after he spoke, the ruling Labour party used a technical procedure to stop the motion from continuing.

It meant no vote was taken on whether the council’s plan for a hotel on the site should be halted.

Cllr Ball said later: The £3m Labour has wasted on its doomed scheme to turn this town hall into a hotel could have been spent on free school meals for all the borough’s school children across the summer holidays, to pay to plant 12,000 trees in our streets.

“Or it could pay to rent a room for every single person sleeping rough on Ealing’s streets for a year.”

Opponents of the scheme want Victoria Hall retained as an affordable venue for community groups and residents.