Acton is Cinderella 'No More'
Labour Councillor Patricia Walker claims W3 is being revitalised:
''For too long Acton has been the Cinderella of the borough of Ealing. No more. Without doubt, we can now say Floreat Actona, thanks to the revitalisation of central Acton over the past four years.
Despite government cuts, Ealing Council has pressed ahead with investment in our town centre, helping to support the local economy, improve the traffic flow and give the area a much needed facelift.
Among the biggest projects, Ealing Council has invested £170m in school improvements, including: a new primary school on the site of the old Priory on Acton Lane; a new Holy Family Catholic primary school on Vale Lane; and a special education unit at West Acton primary so that children with special needs can be educated in a mainstream school. Acton High used to be the only secondary school in the borough without a sixth form; now it has a state of the art sixth form block. In all an extra 1,260 school places have been provided to meet rising demand.
The council is also on track to build 500 new council homes and has regenerated the South Acton Estate, modernising 2,600 homes.
Now the transformation of our much loved Acton Town Hall is nearing completion thanks to a £19m investment by Ealing Council. After two years, work on the grade two listed building, originally constructed in 1910, should be finished this month.
The façade of the Kings Rooms has been retained along with the ActonTown Hall frontage and listed chimney outside, and old features such as panelling and original lights have been refurbished.
Six multi-use rooms are available for groups to hire at reasonable rates, so the three-storey centre should prove to be a community hub worthy of the fantastic interest in dance, music and drama that already exists inActon. The groups that were previously at the Priory Centre, and which the Council supported with interim accommodation, are being offered an introductory rate for six months. We’ll all be looking forward to some wonderful plays, dance productions and musical events in the summer months.
On Saturday 10th May there will be a free open day to show off the amazing gymn facilities. We’re invited to meet Olympic swimmer and sports presenter Steve Parry, Team GB swimmers Fran Leighton, Adam Scholefield, Katie Dawkins, Vicki Lucas and six-time world champion swimmer Mark Foster who’ll be signing autographs. The athletes will be taking part in a range of activities to encourage people to try something new.
You’ll also be able to check out the two swimming pools- one with a moveable floor -- and a large pool with eight lanes. The design of the larger pool will allow natural light through - an idea proposed by residents in the consultation on the old Baths.
Don’t miss the new library, IT learning suite, as well as the community offices, interview rooms and conference room.
There is something for everyone in Acton of all ages and all interests to enjoy.''
Councillor Patricia Walker
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4th April 2014