North Acton Residents Accepting of 'Mini-Manhattan'

Some acknowledge tower blocks deliver much needed housing

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Residents in North Acton aren’t all bothered by the massive tower blocks springing up after previous claims the area was becoming a “mini-Manhattan”.

Some locals believe the ongoing redevelopment of the area was to be expected in London and would hopefully provide a solution to the capital’s colossal housing shortage.

Speaking to the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS), residents said they didn’t see the building works as something negative. Katie Lee, 28, said: “I’m okay with [the tower blocks], it doesn’t really bother me. As long as I’ve lived here, the towers have been there and it’s a good way to house lots of people so I’m used to it.”

Miama, 73, who didn’t want to give his last name, said, “I don’t really care too much. The buildings are tall but London is not the only city in this situation, it’s happening all over the world.”

Acton local Paul Davis also said he thought the tower blocks were a good solution to London’s housing crisis. He said, “[The tower blocks] are alright. The population in London is rising and it’s a good way create more housing. I think they’re fine.”

George, 30, said the redevelopment was to be expected in such a big city, “I don’t have a strong opinion on them. They do seem a bit out of place, but hey it’s London.”

However, others voiced their disappointment at the plans to build several big tower blocks in the area and said they clashed with the low-rising housing already there. Resident Bryn, 25 said: “It’s dystopian. As you’re walking to the Tube you can see the skyscrapers and it’s so weird. I don’t mind it too much, it’s just weird. The massive glass skyscrapers don’t fit with the area.”

Another resident, who wished to remain anonymous said, “They’re a bit of an eyesore. I don’t think much of them. They’re going to put a strain on the amenities of the people who already live around here.”

Lisa Haseldine – Local Democracy Reporter

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April 29, 2022


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