Regeneration an election issue in Ealing

All three main parliamentary candidates in Ealing Central & Acton cite regeneration as a key issue.

In interviews with Ealing Today, the candidates for the new parliamentary seat all pick out regeneration as important, but all seem at least cautious about allowing development.

Angie Bray (Cons.) is the only one to formally oppose a Heathrow third runway, in line with her party policy. She also says that Crossrail is vital for the constituency, and that Ealing needs to “revitalize our town centres, but we must find a way to achieve that while maintaining the essential character that makes them such great places to live and visit”.

Jon Ball (LibDem) seems against large schemes, saying “Ealing is under threat from the developers.  Due to massive local campaigning the Arcadia skyscraper has finally been rejected, but we must remain vigilant against other proposals for schemes that would destroy our town centre and ensure that we seize opportunities for positive development like a proper interchange at Ealing Broadway station”.

Meanwhile, Bassam Mahfouz (Lab) talks about the need for various town centres to be regenerated, including making West Ealing about “more than just pound stores”. However, he sounds a warning note for developers by saying “we must protect our green spaces such as Haven Green and Gunnersbury Park from developers who care only for profit and nothing for people.” 

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