How can we improve Ealing town centre so that journeys on foot or by bicycle are easier and more enjoyable? How can we encourage people to move away from journeys by car, onto more sustainable forms of transport, like buses and trains? How can we green our streets and make our urban environment more hospitable for us and for wildlife? These are some the questions that we will be considering at our next meeting, with a view to making it a reality for Ealing.
Ealing Council are working with Urban Flow and architects Allies and Morrison to prepare a bid for funding from Transport for London’s Liveable Neighbourhoods fund.
Representatives from Allies and Morrison will be joining us to tell us more about the fund, and to hear our views on how we could improve Ealing town centre. It could be more green spaces, redesigned traffic priorities, wider pavements, better cycling infrastructure. Come along and have your say!
More information about the proposal can be found on Ealing Council’s website here.
On 11 July 2019, Ealing Transition joined Ealing Council’s Oversight and Scrutiny committee. We were encouraged that the committee had been provided with our Climate Emergency Action Plan document (developed at our May meeting and available here) as part of its briefing papers. At the meeting last week, Ealing Transition put a number of specific challenges to the committee, including:
• (1) to fully understand the size and nature of the challenges we all need to address in reducing carbon emissions in Ealing to zero in 11 years, by 2030 and to restore the natural systems upon which we all depend
• (2) to take action that is commensurate with the scale and urgency of these challenges. Actions must be sufficient to meet the necessary target.
• (3) to take leadership in explaining to and educating the wider community in understanding the need for radical action.
• (4) to engage the whole community in sharing responsibility for taking and supporting the steps needed. Only through real engagement will acceptance and involvement happen, not solely through top-down solutions.
Work will be carrying on over the Summer, and we look forward to bringing you updates soon. In the meantime, we urge Ealing Council to be ambitious in its proposals.
Thanks to all who attended our Climate Conversation event last night. There was great energy and enthusiasm, and a real sense of the community coming together to take on the climate emergency. A reminder that our climate-emergency-action-plan is available here and on our ‘projects’ menu. We will be meeting Ealing Council to discuss it on 11th July. Watch this space!