Creating Opportunities in Ealing and West London 2019

Ealing Council representatives joined forces with the five other west London authorities, the West London Alliance, the creative and digital industries and private sector development partners to discuss the future placemaking of west London in October.

Under the headline ‘Creating Opportunities 2019’, delegates at the Capital West London Growth Summit, heard from experts on a wealth of topics from Creating an Entrepreneurial Culture, An Inclusive Digital Future to West London 2050.

The event was hosted by BBC media editor, Amol Rajan, and speakers included Cllr Julian Bell, Leader of Ealing Council, and Paul Najsarek, Chief Executive of Ealing Council. It was held at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith.

Ealing Council’s planning team also attended the event to meet with private sector developers and investors to discuss the potential for new regeneration schemes in the borough.

Speaking at the opening of the conference, Julian said, “With the Elizabeth line and the West London Orbital route, west London really is going to be the most connected place in the universe.

“The West London Orbital will also be a catalyst for growth with 20,000 new homes that could be built and potential for creating 5,000 new jobs. The route is a great example of the west London boroughs coming together, working jointly and thinking pro-actively as one strategic area.”

“What we have to do now is make sure that future growth is inclusive, for example ensuring students from poorer backgrounds succeed. In Ealing we have some fabulous hubs with great start ups but we have to make sure the opportunities are there for these fledging young businesses to scale up in west London…and not lose them to elsewhere.

“I’m looking forward to working with colleagues and all of you to make this happen; Capital West London really is a great shop window in which to showcase our fantastic local economy.”

Speaking at the West London 2050 panel, Paul Najsarek commented: “I’m sure that west London will be more diverse but in a different way. That our life sciences, sustainability, technology and automation of labour will be important drivers and that we will need to build more genuinely affordable housing.

“Above all, we want to send out the message that – west London-you belong.”