Around Ealing February/March 2019 - Page 12

WEST EALING Art on the streets You may have started to notice splashes of colour and street art appearing around West Ealing on everything from road crossings to utility boxes in the street. It is the early stages of a project to make the area ‘more vibrant’, reports Jack Butler. T he purpose of Live West Ealing is to work to create a more attractive and safer environment for everyone and to, thereby, encourage people to walk, cycle or use public transport; and, ultimately, for residents to enjoy where they live. The street art is just the beginning. The main part of Live West Ealing will focus on improving travel around the town. Live West Ealing was born when Ealing Council was one of just seven boroughs to be awarded money from Transport for London (TfL) for a ‘liveable neighbourhood’ scheme. Local people and community groups are being consulted on what to do with this £8.6million of TfL funding; and research has been carried out on how, and where, visitors and residents most commonly travel around West Ealing. ‘AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY’ Councillor Mik Sabiers, cabinet member for environment and highways, said: “Live West Ealing is a big project that offers residents and the council an amazing opportunity to improve the area. The council is open to suggestions and wants help from local people to encourage residents to walk, cycle and use public transport. 12 around ealing    February 2019   Council leader Julian Bell with residents at the parklet