With just one week to go, there is still time to have your say on Ealing Council’s draft new local plan. Thousands of you have already shared your views but you can still take part before the consultation closes on Wednesday, 8 February.
Councillor Deirdre Costigan, cabinet member for climate action, talks about how the plans could help to tackle the climate emergency.
She said: “A few weeks ago, we published our draft new local plan, and we want to know what you think about it.
“Over the last 15 years, climate change has become a much bigger story and now it’s one of our key priorities. We are already starting to see examples of how it will affect our lives in coming years. That’s why we have declared a climate emergency, built new cycle lanes in Southall and Greenford, rolled out 17 school streets and ensured we are one of the top boroughs in London for recycling.
“Over the next 15 years, our borough will of course change – and the local plan is about making sure we have the right rules in place so that this change is carefully managed and that local people have more control over how that change happens.
“The draft new local plan will help us to reach our ambitious aim of reducing our carbon emissions to net zero.
“There are already national and London rules that help us to do this, but our local plan is asking you – in Ealing, can we go further? Can we agree more innovative rules that will reduce harmful air pollution in our borough, and help cut waste?
“The plan sets out policies which could help reduce emissions by making it easier to walk and cycle; which will support us to recycle, regrow and rewild; and which will allow us to deliver better local services and affordable homes while also improving our parks and green spaces.
“This is a draft – so we genuinely want to know what you think. You can help make our borough a better place for everyone by taking part in our survey – go to www.ealing.gov.uk/localplan to find out how.”