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Communities urged to help drive change in Northolt

Ealing Council is encouraging Northolt residents and businesses to get involved in the next stage of the area’s regeneration programme, Visions for Northolt.

Last year, the council worked with local people and listened to their thoughts and ideas to develop a community-led vision for the future of Northolt, which is all about ensuring that future investment in the area reflects the priorities, needs and aspirations of local people.

Throughout 2022 and beyond, the council and local communities will work together on turning this vision into reality.

Some exciting work is already under way. The responses to this community-wide engagement exercise enabled the council and Transport for London (TfL) to bid for and successfully secure funding of around £7.2million for the area.

This money will be used to address issues identified by local people such as easing congestion, improving road safety and addressing air quality along the A312 and Kensington Road corridors.

There will be many more opportunities for local people to have their say on this funding and other local projects. Between now and summer 2022, Northolt’s communities will be invited to attend walking workshops, digital sessions and pop-up events, as well as online engagement activities. More information will be shared in due course.

‘It’s vital that their ideas come to the fore’

As set out in Ealing’s Council Plan and its Plan for Good Jobs, Northolt is a priority area of focus for the local authority.

Council leader Peter Mason said: “When we took over in May last year, we promised that communities would be at the heart of regeneration and, by working together through Visions for Northolt, we’re making sure that local people are in the driving seat of the change that’s happening in their area.

“We were overwhelmed by the response from the public last year and we’re now at the exciting stage where we’ll get to see these improvements take place.

“People have told us the problems that exist in the area and now it’s important that they remain in the conversation to help us deliver locally-led solutions to these issues.

“Since they live, work and breathe in the area, it’s vital that their ideas come to the fore.”

Northolt resident and climate leader Dina Tsuro supported Ealing Council by facilitating a number of workshops for the Visions project

‘Urgent need to make changes’

Councillor Deirdre Costigan is the council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for climate action – and also a ward councillor for Northolt. She said: “What’s come across to us from local people is that there’s an urgent need to make a number of changes, such as addressing poor connectivity, congestion, road safety, air quality and improve routes for pedestrians and cyclists.

“In October, we secured more than £7million and, together with TfL, we’re now in a position to solve some of these problems. With this funding we’ll be working with local people to design and deliver these and other changes.”

“I’m really looking forward to us bringing lasting change to Northolt, so let’s get on board and work together to make this place even more wonderful than it already is.”

To get involved in the Visions for Northolt programme, visit VisionsforNortholt.co.uk

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