Perivale regeneration plan moves forward

Thu 8 November 2012, 4:54 pm

Proposals to bring a group of underused buildings back to life at Horsenden Hill in Perivale have taken a step forward.

Ealing Council’s cabinet has cleared the way for negotiations to begin for Accession Social Enterprise to occupy the buildings and part of the surrounding area.

Accession will provide training, volunteering and work opportunities for people with learning, physical, and mental health needs from the premises, which are part of a nature reserve.

Among the businesses planned for the site are horticulture, craft and food production, as well as a café and visitor centre.

The scheme will be delivered in partnership with charities MENCAP, MIND, and The Art Collective, among others.

Council leader Julian Bell said Accession would promote a sense of community ownership and interest at Horsenden Hill, which is the borough’s largest nature reserve.

“The work of Accession is so important in helping people with special needs gain employment and a sense of responsibility in the mainstream workforce,“ he said.

“We look forward to working with Accession to transform the site into a thriving hub of employment and community involvement.”

Ealing said it had set aside £70,000 to help develop the site for social enterprise through funding from a Department of Health social care infrastructure grant.

Accession has also secured £147,000 from the Enterprise Investment Fund in partnership with MENCAP.

The funding will be used to build greenhouses and purchase tools, vans and other items.

The West London Mental Health Trust is also investing in the development of the site.

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