Southall picked for pilot
Southall is just one of 12 areas nationally
to be selected by Sport England to pilot
a trail-blazing new approach to targeting
inactivity and encouraging people to
take more exercise.
Ealing Council worked with the NHS,
Southall Community Alliance, charities, voluntary groups and a variety
of other service providers to bid for a share of £100million worth of
National Lottery funding.
Sport England will work closely with the 12 pilot areas to devise a specific
approach for each one, based on the needs of their local communities.
There is a strong link between physical activity and health – and there
is also known to be a strong link between poverty and inactivity. In
Southall there are higher levels of unemployment and lower incomes
than surrounding areas, plus bigger households and more homes
with dependent children. A sixth of the town’s residents also has a
disability, and many more people act as unpaid carers, which also has
an impact on how much time people have to exercise.
Council leader Julian Bell said: “We were delighted to have been selected.
Helping residents to be physically active is a huge priority for us because it
makes such an enormous difference to people’s health, independence and
quality of life. Empowering communities and supporting people to change
their own lifestyles is at the very heart of this project.”
Read more at ealingnewsextra.co.uk/getmoving
SEASONS OF EALING
£3.5million is to be spent on improving roads and footpaths
across the borough in the next year.
Each year, independent, accredited surveyors walk the entire
length of all of the borough’s roads checking them for defects
such as potholes, cracking, and other signs of deterioration and
damage. Each road is then given a condition rating on a scale
of 1-100 and those with a high rating, which are in the poorest
condition, are targeted for resurfacing.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport,
environment and leisure, said: “Year after year we continue to
invest significantly to ensure that local people benefit, whether
they are pedestrians, cyclists or motorists.”
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