Where You Live: Ealing

Where You Live >> Ealing

London is more than just the City and its famous landmarks. More than its museums, theatres, palaces, taxis and red buses. It is home to some 8 million people. You live, work and socialise across London’s 32 boroughs – you make them tick. You give Ealing’s neighbourhoods, from Northolt to Acton, their unique identity. It is these distinct areas that make our great capital such a rich and diverse city. Unlike the previous Mayor, Boris is working to give all your boroughs - not just Zones 1-3 - his attention.

Boris Johnson has a nine point plan to secure Greater London’s future. He is paying for this plan by cutting waste at City Hall to free up £3.5 billion for services.

In Ealing the plan means:

  • Freezing City Hall’s share of council tax for three successive years and cutting it this year, benefitting 128,195 Ealing households and putting an extra £445 back into pockets.
  • Growing the local economy with £6,850,000 in funding for Ealing from the Mayor’s £70 million Regeneration Fund and economic boosts for Greenford and Acton as part of the Mayor’s £50 million Outer London Fund.
  • Investing in transport with five Crossrail stations in Ealing, Overground stations at South Acton and Acton Central, rolling-out Oyster cards onto national rail, and investing £19.7 million in local transport.

  • Boris is also supporting local pensioners by reversing the previous Labour Government’s decision to stop those at 60 getting the Freedom pass until 65.
  • He is the only candidate in this election who can secure a better deal for London from No 10.

Freezing council tax

  • Boris Johnson has frozen council tax for three years and is cutting it this year. Boris Johnson has frozen his share council tax for three years and is cutting it this year (GLA, Mayor’s Final Draft Consolidated Budget 2012-13, link).
    • This has helped keep cost of living low for benefitting 128,195 households in Ealing, (DCLG, Council Tax Base Band, October 2011) putting an extra £445 back in the pocket of the average household.

 Restoring green space

  • 324 street trees. 324 street trees have been planted in Ealing under Boris Johnson. (GLA, Mayor’s questions, 25 January 2012, link).
  • 19 green spaces. 19 green spaces have been created for Ealing residents to grow their own food (2nd highest borough) (Capital Growth Website, link).
  • Brent River Park. Under the Mayor’s £6 million fund to improve the quality and safety of London’s parks, Brent River Park has received £400,000. (GLA, Press Release, link).
  • Ending garden grabbing. Boris Johnson has introduced new protections for gardens from development. His revised London Plan enables boroughs to: ‘introduce a presumption against development on back gardens or other private residential gardens where this can be locally justified’ (GLA, The London Plan 2011, July 2011, p. 86-87, link). Draft guidance also urges councils to prevent garden grabbing: ‘Such a presumption reflects Government’s recognition in PPS3 of the need to provide support for justified, local measures to prevent “garden grabbing”’ (GLA, Draft supplementary planning guidance, December 2011, link).

Investing to transform local high streets

  • More than £6 million for Ealing from the Regeneration Fund. Ealing has received £6,850,000 in funding, sponsored by the Mayor’s £70 million Regeneration Fund, to repair damage caused to high streets and town centres during last summer’s riots  (GLA, Mayor’s Regeneration Fund, link)
  • Greenford and Acton. Greenford and Acton received economic boosts of £128,000 and £500,000 sponsored by the Mayor’s £50 million Outer London Fund to support the Capital’s High Streets. (GLA, Outer London Fund – Round 1 Grant Funding, 8 December 2011, link, GLA, Outer London Fund-Round 2. Grant Funding, January 2012, link).

Making your streets and homes safer

  • 1,000 more police across London by May and £132 million more investment under Boris. The number of Special Constables has more than doubled from 2,500 to well over 5,000. (GLA, The Mayor’s Consultation Budget, 22 December 2011, link; MPA Website, Police numbers, link; GLA, Mayor’s Final Budget 2011-12, link; Evening Standard, 30 January 2012, link)
  • 958 more patrols a month. In Jan 2012 there were 958 extra patrols per month in Ealing compared to April 2008. (GLA, Mayor’s Questions, 25 February 2012, link).
  • Total crime and robberies in Ealing have reduced. Since May 2008, Ealing has seen a 5.8%% decrease in total crime, 22.9% reduction in the number of robberies,7.4% drop in youth violence. And bus crime has fallen by 25% (MOPC, Monthly Report: Police and Crime Committee, 8 March 2012, May 08 – Jan 12 compared to Aug 04-April 08; MPS Statistics).

Ensuring a true Olympic legacy

  • Boris Johnson has funded five sport participation programmes in Ealing so far. They are (Mayor of London, Sporting future for London, April 2009, p. 9, link):
  • 8 organisations in Ealing are receiving Sports Legacy Programme grants. 8 organisations in Ealing are receiving Sports Legacy Programme Grants to offer free sports coaching to London. (Freesport Programme Website, link).

Investing in transport

  • £19.7 million of funding for local transport in Ealing. Since becoming Mayor, Boris Johnson has invested over £19.7 million to boost local transport in Ealing, including £150,000 to carry out improvements for walking, cycling, road safety, buses & smoothing traffic flow on Uxbridge Road (Southall Section. (TfL, Press Release, November 2008, link; TfL, Press Release, December 2009; link; TfL, Press Release, December 2010; link; TfL, Press Release, December 2011, link).

Underground

  • Improving Tube lines in Ealing. Work to improve reliability on two out of three Tube lines running through Ealing as part of the Tube upgrade programme, has been secured by Boris Johnson.  These include:
    • District Line. This will improve capacity by 24% on District line, meaning the line can carry an additional 10,000 passengers per hour at peak time. 80 new trains will also begin to be introduced from 2013, with all new trains in service 2016. These will be air-conditioned, have walk-through carriages, and wider doors and walkways to improve accessibility (TfL Website, ‘District line upgrade plan’, link).
    • Piccadilly Line. The Piccadilly Line will be one of the two last lines to be upgraded. The upgrades will deliver new trains, new signaling and new control centres, allowing for increased capacity on the line (TfL, ‘Tube Upgrade Plan’, link).

Rail

  • Crossrail. There will be five Crossrail stations built in Ealing, after years of stalled talks under Ken Livingstone (Crossrail Website, link).
  • London Overground. London’s first orbital railway has two stations in Ealing – South Acton and Acton Central. (TfL Website, ‘London Overground’, link).
  • Oyster Cards on national rail. After years of talk under Ken Livingstone, Boris Johnson secured the roll-out of Oyster cards onto national rail. Ealing is the 7th busiest borough by Oyster card usage on national rail (TfL, ‘Oyster on National Rail’, December 2009, link).

Roads and congestion

  • Introduced the roadwork’s Permit Scheme. Boris Johnson introduced the roadworks Permit Scheme in 2010, resulting in an average 17% cut in the number of road works by utility companies in those boroughs which have adopted the scheme (GLA, Press Release, 11 January 2010, link London Councils, London Permit Scheme: First Year Evaluation Report, 27 May 2011, link).  In Ealing 15.1% of applicants have been refused. (TFL, ‘London Permit Scheme’, link).

Buses

  • Bus improvements. 32 bus routes in Ealing have been expanded and or improved under Boris Johnson (TFL, Bus service changes May 2008-January 2012).
  • Bendy Buses replaced. Nearly 500 new vehicles boasting the latest clean engine technology will replace the Bendy buses and this will save more than £7 million a year. The buses have been replaced by new buses on route 207 in Ealing. (TFL, Press Release, 5 October 2011, link).

Cycling

  • Cycle Superhighways. Cycle superhighway 10 will run through Ealing by 2015, from Park Royal to Hyde Park (TfL Website, ‘Cycle Superhighways: About the scheme’, link).

Housing

  • 1190 affordable housing units completed in Ealing. 700 social rented and 490 intermediate were completed in Ealing between 2008/09 and 2010/11 (DCLG, Affordable Housing Live Tables 1006, 1007, 1008, link).

Mayoral visits

  • Boris Johnson has made more visits to Ealing in his first term than Ken Livingstone made in his first term. Boris Johnson has visited Ealing 9 times since May 2008. Ken Livingstone visited Ealing just 6 times in his eight years as Mayor (GLA, Mayor’s Report to the Assembly, May 2000 – April 2008; GLA, Mayor’s Report to the Assembly, May 2008 – March 2012).

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