A new “charter for Southall”, which sets out aspirations for improving the town, has been approved by Ealing Council.
The charter sets out a new and improved vision for Southall and describes a range of community-led projects and funding initiatives that will help make the vision a reality. Around 19 projects have been identified so far including youth employment projects, a cleaner Southall campaign and a range of cultural events aimed at increasing civic pride, bringing communities together and attracting visitors to the area.
Six small projects will be financed by grants from Ealing Council with longer-term funding raised through a secure five-year ethical savings bond. The ‘Southall Bond’ will enable local investors to support projects upfront, with the option to also share all or part of their interest with local charitable projects when the bond matures.
The charter is a result of the ‘Big Conversation’ project which was held earlier this year to ask local people to share their views on how to make Southall safer, healthier, better-connected and more prosperous. It has been drawn up jointly by Ealing Council, the police, NHS, Jobcentre Plus, Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College and the Southall Community Alliance.
Councillor Julian Bell, Leader of Ealing Council said: “We’re already investing more than £11 million in regenerating Southall Town Centre. The charter adds to the physical improvements we’re making to streets, parking and signage.”