|Acton make-over underway|
Work on King Street and The Mount to start soon
Ealing Council, in partnership with Action Acton, has started a number of major projects aimed at revitalising Acton Town Centre.
In 2004, Ealing was awarded £2.875 million from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister as part of the Liveability Fund. Ealing's bid to the Liveability Fund focused on Acton Town Centre and the residential zones and open spaces nearby.
Amongst the projects being funded are improvements to Acton's parks and open spaces, two new Rangers, regenerating King Street and The Mount, tackling problems caused by street drinking, graffiti and fly-tipping and implementing a CityCarClub scheme.
Ealing Council's Director of Regeneration Marc Dorfman said: "The Liveability projects represent a major investment in Acton and will transform this part of the borough.
"Working with Action Acton, we have identified areas in need of regeneration and developed a wide range of projects that will make Acton more attractive, inclusive, greener and accessible."
Work on the improvement of King Street and The Mount pedestrian area will commence shortly. A phased programme of improvements has been developed to minimise disruption to everyday life and residents will soon receive a leaflet detailing this programme of works.
CEO of Action Acton John Blackmore said: "The Liveability programme will help make Acton a safer, cleaner and greener place for everyone to enjoy and is an important step in the regeneration of the High Street and surrounding areas.”
Ealing Council and Action Acton carried out extensive consultation and architects were engaged to create a design for King Street and The Mount that reflects the aspirations of the local community.
The design provides scope for a flower kiosk, a market and other community activities. Some trees will need to be removed to allow for the market. Plans also include resurfacing the pedestrian area, new lighting, improved seating, planting four mature oak trees and additional trees will be planted in the streets and surrounding areas.
Marc Dorfman added: "The Liveability funding has given us a significant opportunity to look to the long term sustainability of Acton. It is an exciting time and I hope residents will embrace these projects and the vision behind them."
April 18th, 2005