Ealing Council’s ambitious Visions for Northolt project has received a boost with the announcement of a grant from the Mayor of London’s Green and Resilient Spaces Fund.
The council has been awarded £746,125 to create a new 6.3km circular pathway connecting six parks in Northolt with safe, green walking and cycling routes. The grant will help fund a series of greening projects to improve the environment along the “Green Ring” route and prevent flooding in a flood-prone area by creating a new wetland area in Belvue Park.
The project is part of a wider Greater London Authority programme on green and resilient spaces, aimed at strengthening London’s climate resilience, increasing biodiversity and improving access to green space. The new pathway will be available to the public from March 2025, offering residents the chance to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle through walking, scooting, or cycling.
Visions for Northolt is a community-led regeneration and engagement programme that puts residents in the driving seat in shaping the town’s future, reflecting their needs and wants. Hundreds of residents and businesses have already told the Ealing Council how they want to see Northolt improve, including making it greener and celebrating the many parks.
The council will be seeking views on the “Green Ring” over the coming months to ensure that it is providing spaces the people of Northolt want to see in their community.
Ealing Council’s Deputy Leader and cabinet member for climate action, Councillor Deirdre Costigan, said in a statement: “We are delighted that Ealing has secured this much-needed funding to support plans for developing Northolt Green Ring, adding to our existing active travel improvements in Northolt.
“The funding will help us to improve connections to six parks in Northolt, whether our residents are walking, cycling, or scooting, which we hope will encourage more active travel. It will also allow us to make the area greener, contributing to much cleaner air, and add sustainable drainage to prevent flooding, supporting our climate emergency actions. Finally, there will be exciting opportunities for the local community to take part in volunteering, planting, guided cycling and even walking tours.”