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How council plan is delivering for Ealing

Ealing Council’s cabinet published its Council Plan following on from the London local elections in May last year; and a recent report has shown the progress being made on the pledges and commitments made to residents and businesses.

Tackling inequality and crime

More than 90% of residents who responded to a survey supported the council’s move to expand the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) to cover the whole borough.

The Parkguard team who work around the clock alongside the police to help keep residents feel safe in Ealing’s parks and housing estates are now all able to serve fines if anyone breaches a PSPO by, for example, by littering, begging aggressively, using psychoactive substances, or drinking anti-socially outdoors.

To report a problem, complete this online form or call 020 8825 5000 

Additional CCTV cameras are also being installed where residents have told the council they feel unsafe. The council is also making sure that more of our local areas are well-lit at night to help design out crime, so streetlights are no longer being dimmed and 135 additional streetlights are due to be installed in Ealing Broadway in the coming months.

Climate action

Keeping Ealing clean and green, achieving net zero carbon and ensuring parks and open spaces were protected and enhanced was a key pledge a year ago. The council has been particularly active this spring in getting trees planted across the borough.

The council committed to planting 50,000 trees by May 2026. 7,000 trees were planted between November 2022 and March 2023 and a further 13,500 trees will be planted across the borough by March 2024.

The borough is also as clean as ever with fly tips being removed within target times and a 97 per cent success rate of keeping streets clear of litter, leaves and fly posters. Ealing now has the third best recycling rate in London.

Healthy lives

More older Ealing residents and people requiring social care support are being helped to live independently and safely at home. The council’s Better Lives programme has been instrumental in maximising people’s independence; crucial not only to physical health but mental wellbeing too.
We are also improving the quality of care by making sure that all care workers in Ealing are paid the Real Living Wage, so that we can recruit and retain the best people.

A fairer start

We have exceeded our target for support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, with 50 new places for children already created in Ealing schools, which is 10 more than the original target for 2022/23. Ensuring all children and young people of all backgrounds get the best start in life especially those needs additional support was a key pledge made this time a year ago.
We have also made experience of care a protected characteristic, to make sure that all young people in Ealing have the resources and support they need to realise their extraordinary potential.

Decent living incomes

More Ealing residents than ever are being supported into work and apprenticeships. Against a target of 1,250 an incredible 2,014 people were supported into jobs and apprenticeships by December last year with more expected to be reported when the final performance report for 2022/23 is reported to Cabinet in July this year.

And, against a target of 500 residents who face the toughest barriers when it comes to finding work, 1,341 people – including those who are homeless and those who are long term unemployed – have been supported through a range of programmes.

Inclusive economy

A year ago, the council’s administration said it would ensure that new growth in the borough would benefit every resident and every neighbourhood. It also committed to residents being able to take advantage of new digital technologies.

In recent months, working with Ealing & Hounslow Voluntary and Community Services (EHCVS), Ealing Council’s Re-Klaim IT Ealing project has provided around 800 free laptops to some of the borough’s most disadvantaged residents.

Genuinely affordable homes

A secure and stable home is key to everything in life but is becoming much too difficult for Ealing residents to attain. There is a shortage of genuinely affordable homes, and private renters are exploited and treated badly by rogue and criminal landlords.

As well as our large-scale council homebuilding project, Ealing’s new Safer Renting Referral Programme has been set up to help tenants challenge landlord harassment and illegal evictions. It can also provide support with legal action where necessary. The programme is seeing success with many residents already being supported.

Good Growth

The 20-minute Neighbourhood concept sees flourishing local town centres with job opportunities, everyday services and amenities within walking distance of our homes. Economic, health, social and environmental benefits are secured by encouraging active and sustainable travel and by supporting local high streets and commercial areas to thrive.

Meeting key ‘Good Growth’ targets in the Council Plan, the Northolt, Greenford, Perivale and Acton 20 Minute Neighbourhood Plans have been published and an exciting £7.2m community led “Visions for Northolt” regeneration plan which sees priorities endorsed by the local community will start to be delivered in the coming months.

Thriving Communities

We know that many of our local communities are desperate for new, expanded and improved sports facilities. So we have three new non-turf cricket nets being installed this summer at Perivale and Rectory Parks. And an additional two new cricket pitches will be installed at Ealing Central Sports Ground.
We’re also improving the facilities at other sports grounds, with planning permission granted for new toilets, floodlights and a kiosk at Elthorne Park tennis courts and for new pavilions at Ealing Croquet Club and Tir Chonaill Gaels.

In February this year Ealing Council’s cabinet also approved initial plans for a new 50-metre, Olympic-sized swimming pool and state-of-the-art fitness studio to replace Gurnell Leisure Centre.
Council leader Peter Mason said: “When we were re-elected nearly a year ago, we set out very clearly Ealing’s simple mission: we want to fight inequality in the borough, ensure that every family has a decent living income, and tackle the climate crisis.

“We want to make Ealing a place where all our residents can live a long, healthy and fulfilled life, in communities full of pride and identity. Where every child can reach their potential and achieve their dreams.

“More than ever as part of our commitment to being an open and transparent council, we are listening to residents, seeking their views about the change they want to see for their neighbourhoods, and we are acting on what they tell us.

“There’s still much more residents want to see, and we are committed to continuing to honour our promises, and improving the lives of all Ealing residents.”

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