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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.

 

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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.

 

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It is now three weeks since Sadiq Khan was elected as the Mayor of London and he has been a real breath of fresh air. From his first mayoral engagement at a Jewish Holocaust memorial event to his recent comments on his blog about relationships and mental health he has shown real leadership. 

But before I talk about some of his other early key announcements I want to put on record my thanks to everyone in Ealing who campaigned so hard to get both Sadiq Khan elected as Mayor and Dr Onkar Sahota re-elected as our London Assembly Member. It was a very active and hard fought campaign in Ealing that was reflected in the record 47% turnout and everyone who campaigned and voted should be congratulated.

I'm very proud that Ealing made such a significant contribution to Sadiq's election providing the second largest number of votes in the capital for him with 50% of all votes cast in Ealing being for him. As the third most diverse Borough in the country it is fitting that we overwhelmingly voted for a Mayor who promised to unite all our communities and be a Mayor for all Londoners.

When I met Sadiq with other Borough Labour leaders two weeks ago he emphasised the importance of winning elections and said that he had been able to do more things in the seven days since he had been Mayor than in the last six years he had been in opposition in Parliament.

He'd announced the new Bus Hopper ticket that from September will allow two journeys within an hour for the price of one. He'd also announced a summer consultation on his bold plans to tackle the scandal of London's poor air quality that is contributing to 10,000 premature deaths a year. He is proposing to enlarge and bring forward the implementation of the ultra low emission zone that will tackle the scourge of diesel nitrogen dioxide emissions that are killing Londoners and contracting our children's lungs.

In every sense of the phrase Sadiq Khan is a real breath of fresh air.

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Ealing Labour Group is the latest to join a growing number of Councils from all political parties, in opposing the government’s plans to force all schools to become academies.

In launching this petition, the Labour Group is calling on local people to make their voices heard as part of a mounting national campaign demanding that government rethinks its plans for forced academisation of all schools.  In effect, the government’s proposals, will end the longstanding but vital link between schools and local democracy. 

Instead the Ealing Labour Group’s petition calls on the government to abandon its plans and work with schools, councils and parents to find further ways in which to drive up educational standards, rather than resorting to a top down bureaucratic reorganisation that could cost the education system £1.3bn.

Ealing has an excellent track record in delivering accessible education for all its pupils. In 2015 Ealing secondary schools were identified in HMCI’s annual report as the most improved schools across Local Authorities in England.  Of its 14 high schools, all were rated good or outstanding by OFSTED.  Of the 69 infant, primary and junior schools, 59 are also rated good or outstanding. 

Currently, Ealing provides local support for schools, including advice on academic and management issues as well as school buildings. It also plays a crucial role in helping local schools to share good practice and work together.  Officers have built up considerable expertise in tackling specific local challenges in Ealing, which will be dismantled under the government’s proposals and will be to the detriment of the borough’s young people. Ealing council is investigating setting up its own academy trust to try and protect the local knowledge and co-operation that currently exists.

Ealing’s cabinet member for children and young people, Cllr Binda Rai said:  “Ealing Labour councillors are determined to improve the life chances of local young people through providing them with access to the best possible education.  Here in Ealing, we have an outstanding record of success with the council and schools working closely together in the best interest of our young people.  Locally we are able to provide support as and when it is needed, based on local knowledge, which is an important factor in driving up standards and it is now being threatened by the government’s proposals.”

She added “This excellent local supportive two way relationship that so successfully drives up standards, is on the brink of destruction by Nicky Morgan’s ill thought through White Paper.  It does not make any sense to centralise our schools and distance them from the areas they serve.  We will oppose these plans in any way we can to protect the education of our young people and continue with the fight to preserve local democratic accountability in our schools”

Ealing’s Labour Leader, Cllr Julian Bell said: “This kind of top down reorganisations divert money away from the frontline, where it is needed.  You would have thought that the government had learnt its lesson from the disastrous reorganisation of the NHS, but no, it now wants to launch an attack on our schools. Forced academisation is and answer to a problem that doesn't exists. None will benefit by forcing successful schools to change the way they are run against their wishes. For this reason, we will be sending a clear message to the government that this reorganisation is unacceptable and wrong for our young people.”

You can sign the petition here

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