Praise for Ealing in London at networking event
Tue 7 July 2015, 5:38 pm
The latest issue of Ealing in London magazine is "the best yet", according to the borough's council leader, Julian Bell. He spoke to more than 80 property industry specialists during a networking event at Ealing Town Hall on Monday (6 July) to mark 3Fox International's publication of the sixth issue.
“Ealing in London is something we’ve done for a number of years now and I think it gets better every time. It’s a fantastic effort by 3Fox to put on today’s event and publish the magazine,” Bell said. “And to see you all in here – it’s proof that Ealing is where it’s at.”
The theme for the latest issue was The Ealing Challenge. A feature on this subject looked at places in the world of a similar-sized population to Ealing to see what regeneration projects were happening there and how they could translate to the borough.
Bell explained: “The idea is that we want our regeneration partners to make the best even better, and learn from all of the innovative ideas that are going on in places like Newark, New Jersey, Cardiff, Nice and Christchurch.
“There are lots of ideas and the interesting thing is that there is an Ealing angle to all of those cities."
Delegates also came to hear about Ealing’s ongoing regeneration and to find out about development opportunities in the borough. Bell stressed that the council is looking for regeneration partners to improve the borough’s public realm and outdoor and leisure amenities, help solve the housing challenge facing the borough and increase employment opportunities for residents.
The event was sponsored by Hill, the developer behind the Rectory Park, residential-led scheme in Ealing.
Jamie Hunter, land and business development manager at Hill, said Ealing Council had been very supportive of the project, where the second phase – providing 59 new homes – has just been completed.
“The council gave us confidence for our new small sites initative which is coming to fruition,” he said. “It’s 22 sites, and, subject to planning, it will provide 220 new homes for a range of tenures. As a business we’re looking to invest and to provide affordable housing for the council.”