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Wednesday, 13 April 2011

A brighter future for South Acton 'Sink' Estate

South Acton Estate is Ealing's largest public housing estate, with some 2,000 households in high-rise and mid-level blocks spread over 40 acres. Often referred to as a 'sink' estate thanks to the run-down state of many of its tenements and historically high levels of crime, alcoholism and drug dealing, it's now in the process of being comprehensively regenerated.

'Acton Gardens' (a partnership between housing association L&Q and developer Countryside Properties), have been selected by Ealing Council and local residents to design and implement the improvements. They declare that 'getting residents views and ideas on the look of the future of South Acton is our priority' and, to prove it, invited everyone living in and around the estate to a public launch of the scheme at the Oaktree Community Centre on Saturday 9th April.

As it was such a glorious, blue-skied day, they moved the event outside to attract more visitors, and then spent a committed 4 hours chatting to locals, getting their views and explaining their 12-year staged plan and 'urban village' design proposals to date.