Masterplan Consultation Event:
On the 18 and 20 January Acton Gardens held two consultation events for residents to come and see the new ideas and proposals being put forward for changes to the regeneration masterplan. Please click each board to see the information that was presented: Development Update, Building on our Successes, Heights and Public Realm, Parks and Play, Apartments and Gardens, Houses, Thank you
Please give us your thoughts and feedback on the proposals online at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NSY5ZHC
Church Road - Road Closure:
British Gas and SSE have a planned road closure on Church Road from Monday 29th January until Monday 6th February 2018 to carry out works to the utility infrastructure within the area. During these dates there will be no through access from Church Road to Avenue Road, with the closure affecting the area marker in red within the perimeter plan. Thank you for your patience during these works. If you have any queries to the above please contact our Community Development/Liaison Officer Katherina Faulkner on 07753 915 841.
Social Life Study
A couple of years ago you may remember or were part of the social life study. Acton Gardens appointed an independent organisation to carry out a survey which measured the social impacts of the Acton Gardens regeneration in South Acton. Household surveys made up of around 60 questions were conducted with people living on South Acton to help us understand:
How much people know, and how they feel, about regeneration of South Acton
How people feel about the neighbourhood
How people feel about the way Acton Gardens LLP has engaged with local communities
Acton Gardens are now going to conduct the survey once again to see how much change has taken place over the last two years. A detailed letter will be sent to all households before the survey is launched.
New Home Loss Payment Amount:
As of October 2017 the home loss payment for secure council residents moving through the regeneration will be £6,100 an increase from £5,800 - see here - https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2017/769/made?view=plain for further details
South Acton Tree of Life Unveiled:
A mural created by internationally renowned artist Carrie Reichardt was unveiled at Acton Gardens development situated in South Acton in September 2017. The community artwork, known as the ‘South Acton Tree of Life’, is the centrepiece of a new public square and can be seen by passengers travelling past South Acton Overground Station next to phase 3.1 of the development which includes 124 homes. To date, Acton Gardens, a joint partnership between L&Q and Countryside Properties has developed 620 new homes (2013-2017) with a further 825 to be built in the coming2 years, making up a total of 2,517 within the masterplan. The public art is particularly special, as it forms the first formal piece of public art within the new regeneration of South Acton. The piece, which covers a 12m by 4m wall, has been created in consultation with local groups and residents, and uses a unique application of highly-crafted fine printing onto ceramic tiles with an oak tree, the symbol of Acton, forming the central motif.
The project, which has been supported by the Mayor of Ealing, Cllr Dr Patricia Walker is the work of world famous mosaic and ceramic print artist Carrie Reichardt. Carrie was born in the area and has strong community ties to South Acton. The artist worked with community groups, residents and local historical societies to incorporate the history and experiences of living in the area into the piece.
Contributors included the local Youth Club, sheltered scheme, elders forum the United Anglo Caribbean Society, Berrymede Primary School, Gunnersbury Museum, and local residents, who were represented through the inclusion of photos and portraits, floral designs and patterns, and symbols. Historical photos, provided by the Ealing Gazette, were installed onto the individual mosaic tiles which together form the larger mural. A key component of the project was a mentorship scheme, which provided the opportunity for two local artists to be mentored by Carrie Reichardt and an art psychotherapist.
Bianca Goulden, Senior Regeneration Manager – West Neighbourhood, said ‘This mural is a fantastic celebration of the history of South Acton and testament to the vibrant community spirit in the area. The unveiling of the ‘South Acton Tree of Life’ was not only a fantastic celebration of public art, but an opportunity to thank and celebrate with the local residents and community groups’
Carrie Reichardt, contemporary artist, added: “The South Acton Tree of Life represents real stories, individuals, and the history of the community through pattern-ceramic printing. My purpose when working on public art projects across the world is to help local communities produce work for themselves that reflects their own social identity, aesthetic and creative vision. I’m thrilled to have met so many interesting individuals during the creation of this piece, which stands as a lasting celebration of South Acton life.”
Oaktree Centre Move
Acton Gardens has been working with Acton Community Forum, Ealing Council and the Oaktree Nursery to relocate the activities which take place within the Oaktree Community Centre to a temporary building on Hanbury road whilst future construction works take place. This will allow phase 6.2 to be delivered ahead of schedule which will include new homes, a nursery and commercial shops.
Over the course of September, the Oaktree Community centre will begin to move their equipment and activities to a temporary site on 5-11 Hanbury Road, W3 8RF (the former Sunlight Nursery building situated under Buchan House). The community centre will operate from the temporary building until the new community centre opens in phase 6.1 in the late winter of 2018. For more information and to book space in the temporary community centre, please contact ACF Director Michael Simms at email@example.com.
Berrymede School Assembly Visits
Recently the Acton Gardens team visited Berrymede Junior School to talk to the children about the regeneration of South Acton and launched a competition. The children were asked to draw images of the local area and some of these will be displayed on the Phase 6.1 hoardings. Each child received some stationary and got to meet Bill Ding, Countryside’s mascot who taught them about building site safety
Building Fire Safety:
Following the recent tragedy at Grenfell Tower, we wanted to explain to residents the fire safety and preventative measures that have been built into the new Acton Garden homes. Please click here to read the features.
L&Q Reporting Repairs:
To report a repair to L&Q online please click: www.lqgroup.org.uk/services-for-residents/your-home/repairs-and-maintenance or contact us on 0300 456 9998
New Residents Repairs and Responsibilities Booklet
L&Q have launched an updated guide to help resident understand what responsibilities they have and what repairs will be carried out. Please click here to view the guide.
Initial Demolition notices have been served to the remaining blocks on the South Acton Estate. Click the following for copies: Public Demolition Notice and South Acton Estate - Landlord's Initial Demolition Notice
Phase 2 Timelapse:
Danny Butcher a local artist has been working on ... click here to continue this story