Town Centre Plan: Acton Residents to Have their Say

New and improved community and leisure facilities planned

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Acton residents will help decide the location of new and improved community and leisure facilities after the council’s cabinet voted to move ahead with local regeneration plans.

At a meeting yesterday, the cabinet proposed that a new 25 metre swimming pool, trainer pool, library and community centre would be built together in Acton town centre, replacing existing outdated facilities.

After narrowing down potential sites to either the Acton Town Hall or the South Acton Estate North, the council will now enlist residents’ help to determine the final location for the facilities.

Ealing Council’s Executive Director for Regeneration, Pat Hayes, said: “Existing community facilities in Acton are reaching the end of their life and now is the time to plan for the future. By planning new facilities at well known locations like the town hall or South Acton Estate North, we can create a real centre for the Acton community.

“While there is still much work to be done on the proposals, the next step is to decide on the exact location and on this we look forward to hearing the views of those who know the area best.”

The proposed new community and leisure facilities are part of a broader council drive to renew and revitalise the Acton town centre. A masterplan for the area was published last year, and public consultation on a £2million programme to smarten up the town centre through initiatives such as new paving, lighting and street furniture has taken place.

Consultation on the two potential locations for the community and leisure facilities will begin at the end of May, with the findings to be presented the council’s cabinet on 21 July. An online consultation will be available on the Ealing Council website from late May.


May 13, 2009