Latest Stories

DSC_0584.JPGLabour's Walpole Councillors, Paul Conlan, Binda Rai and Gareth Shaw are opposing Pathways housing development plans for the Northfields Allotment site and have launched a petition for local residents to have their say

Pathways say only a small proportion of the Northfields Allotment site adjoining Mattock Lane, is being considered for the development.  However, Walpole Councillors say any build on the site will destroy a key community asset. 

Pathways plan to build 18 new social homes and a further four homes for sale on the allotment site.  Walpole Councillors argue that these plans will destroy the site as a key community hub for the area, which is already densely populated. Residents can sign the petition by clicking here

Speaking on behalf of the Walpole Councillors, Cllr Gareth Shaw said DSC_0591.JPG

"The Northfield Avenue allotments are the hub of the local community, providing much escape from the surrounding urban environment, as well as learning opportunities for younger children about plants, food and wildlife. 

"It's an invaluable resource that we appreciate.  Our residents are fortunate to have such an open space but for many of these allotment holders, it has been a labour of love, not just for a few years but for decades. For these reasons we must do all we can to protect this allotment from being developed." 

He added: “Whilst we appreciate Pathways offer to work closely with allotment holders to find alternative plots on the site, we feel that Pathways are failing to recognise the instrumental role this allotment site plays in bringing the local community together. Allotment holders and their families have invested both time and money into their allotments and this is very evident to us all particularly during the community open days.”

In addition to the Allotment site, the Ealing based Pathways Charity, which provides supported housing for the over 55's, is also planning to redevelop the 56 properties it already owns in Dean Court. 

All three Walpole Labour councillors will be working closely with the allotment holders and concerned local residents in objecting to these proposals.   

Sign the petition by clicking here

Contact Details: Cllr Gareth Shaw, 07789914379; Gareth.shaw@ealing.gov.uk

Save Northfields Allotments

Labour's Walpole Councillors, Paul Conlan, Binda Rai and Gareth Shaw are opposing Pathways housing development plans for the Northfields Allotment site and have launched a petition for local residents to...

JB2.jpgA year ago today - 2nd September - the world was shocked at the sight of little Aylan Kurdi's lifeless body washed up on a beach in Bodrum, Turkey after the boat his family were trying to escape the nightmare of Syria in sank in the Mediterranean. An outpouring of sympathy and concern followed with the British public demanding that the government do something to help refugees especially the children.

One year on I was shocked to the ...core again when a couple of weeks ago I visited the Calais 'jungle' refugee camp and met dozens of young unaccompanied children living in terrible conditions unable to leave and reach the safety of Britain because of government inaction despite the fact that these children were entitled to leave due to having family already in the UK or met the requirements of the Dubs amendment that the government signed up to back in May.

Meeting these children in such terrible conditions, some as young as nine and ten, was heartbreaking. They were in immediateJB1.jpg danger telling me how at nights fights broke out in the camp and they were extremely frightened. All they wanted was somewhere safe to sleep at night and be able to go to school. One young 14 year old Afghan boy who had been in the camp the longest had taught himself English and had high aspirations to be a doctor if only he could get out of the camp.

Along with other Councils Ealing is willing to take some of these children. The great work being done by Citizens UK and Safe Passage UK mean that they are ready to leave if the government just gets its act together. Yes Councils like mine are facing big financial challenges and we also need more local people to step forward to be foster carers for these and other children like them but it can not be right to walk by on the other side of the road and leave these lone children in such terrible conditions. In memory of poor little Aylan Kurdi we must act. JB3.jpg

Children in Calais 'jungle' need rescuing

A year ago today - 2nd September - the world was shocked at the sight of little Aylan Kurdi's lifeless body washed up on a beach in Bodrum, Turkey after...

Brownfield_Sites_17.08.16.jpgEaling’s Labour-run Council is on course to fulfil a 2014 manifesto commitment to deliver 500 more council homes in Ealing by 2018, owing in part to a new commitment to unlock 21 under-used council-sites for development.

 

So far Ealing Labour have built 158 new council homes. It is projected that by the end of this term we will have built 525 council homes. On top of this Housing Associations have built 533 new, affordable, homes since 2014. Towards a target of 1,500 by 2018.

 

In a unique partnership with Hill, an award-winning UK housebuilder, Ealing Council will build more than 200 new homes. The deal represents one of the largest partnerships in the capital to better develop small-scale brownfield parcels of land.

 

The sites are located across Ealing and come in a range of sizes, including a number of council-owned garages that are currently underused or vacant. The land will be redeveloped to provide 87 affordable homes for rent, including a number of large family and wheelchair accessible properties, and 129 homes for private sale.

 

Labour Leader of Ealing Council, Julian Bell, said:

“When Ealing Labour promise to deliver, that is exactly what we do. Despite continuing efforts to prevent the creation and retention of publically built homes by the Tory government, we pledged to do our bit to tackle London’s housing crisis and build more homes for Ealing residents. I am very proud we are on course to hit our target of 500 new Council homes and 1,500 affordable homes in our Borough.”

 

Councillor Jasbir Anand, Ealing Council’s cabinet member for housing, said:

“Ealing Labour are determined to do whatever we can to relieve residents of high rents and unaffordable house prices. This partnership with Hill, alongside our decision to open almost two dozen brownfield sites for development, are just two ways we are currently utilising innovative local initiatives; keeping us on target to deliver much needed homes to our residents.”

 

The council’s two larger sites at Ruislip Road, Greenford, and Trinity Way, East Acton, will be the first to be developed, creating 134 new homes. These will be followed by a further 19 small sites that will create an additional 82 new homes.

 

The London Land Commission estimates that up to 130,000 new homes could be created on underused public sector land across London, much of which belongs to local authorities.

 

END

Notes to Editors


Photo caption: Left to right: Dave Baptiste, Ealing Council's head of housing development, Jamie Hunter, development director at Hill, Cllr Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council and Cllr Jasbir Anand, Ealing Council's cabinet member for housing.

 

• Ealing Council has set up Broadway Living, its wholly owned subsidiary company, to provide homes for rent, shared ownership and sale


• The council now has a programme to build approximately 100 council homes a year on council land


• In 2009, Ealing Council was one of the first local authorities in the country to bid for and be awarded funding from a new  government programme to build new council homes 


• The council has six top priorities: making the borough prosperous, healthier, safer, cleaner, fairer and accessible.

 

Ealing Labour on course to deliver 500 council homes by 2018

Ealing’s Labour-run Council is on course to fulfil a 2014 manifesto commitment to deliver 500 more council homes in Ealing by 2018, owing in part to a new commitment to...

More Stories >

The Labour Party will place cookies on your computer to help us make this website better.

Please read this to review the updates about which cookies we use and what information we collect on our site.

To find out more about these cookies, see our privacy notice. Use of this site confirms your acceptance of these cookies.