Following news in January that Ealing Council is to transform Southall Square into a “pocket park”with funding from the Mayor of London’s Growing Back Greener fund, the council is inviting residents to comment on how they want it spent.
According to Ealing Council, it has been given £56,880 from the Mayor’s £2m fund and the council will contribute an additional £14,220. The council says the work to be done “will see concrete pavement removed in favour of green areas, which will support local nature, provide a cooler space for people in hot weather and support sustainable drainage of rainfall in this part of Southall.”
Pocket Parks provide a small green space within urban areas for local people to spend time in and enjoy nature with additional greening including trees being planted.
Ealing Council is now inviting locals to suggest ideas on how want the funding spent and has posted a survey on its website for suggestions. The survey closes 18 April 2023.
Councillor Deirdre Costigan, cabinet member for climate action said: “We are committed to tackling climate change right here in our borough. That’s why in addition to the Growing Back Greener fund, we are investing an extra £14,220 into Southall Square so we can transform it into a much-needed green space for our residents to enjoy – a mini-oasis in the middle of a buzzing town centre.”