Full steam ahead to deliver Hounslow’s green recovery

Hounslow Council has unveiled ambitious plans to stimulate the green economy, create jobs and communities of the future, and make Hounslow a carbon neutral borough.

Published: Wednesday, 27th January 2021

Green Recovery Strategy

Plans include the creation of a Green Enterprise Zone that will grow the ‘green economy’, bringing investment into the borough and creating jobs.

This will be supported by a Green Skills Academy that will kick-start a new generation of workers who will make Hounslow’s ambition to become a low carbon borough a reality.

‘Low carbon neighbourhoods’ will aim to bring services, shops, recreational spaces and even employment opportunities closer to where people live and create neighbourhoods for the future.

These are just some of the ambitious plans set out in the Council’s Green Recovery Strategy that was approved at a recent Cabinet meeting.

Councillor Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Leisure Services, who chairs the Green Recovery Board, said:

“We’re determined to make Hounslow one of the greenest borough’s in the country.

“It’s sometimes difficult to imagine the scale of change we need to see to address the challenges before us. That’s why this strategy puts change into a concrete form that will inspire us to turn it into reality.

“The ambitious plans for the green recovery couldn’t have been put together without contributions from residents, local businesses, academics, and partner organisations. We will continue to work collaboratively to deliver it.

“In the midst of a pandemic, these plans can give us hope that a healthier, greener and more sustainable future is possible.”

How the community came together to make a plan for the future

The green recovery strategy is the culmination of work which began last summer as part of the Council’s response to the pandemic.

The Council convened Innovation Labs (iLabs) which brought together residents, businesses, partners and academics with lead councillors and council officers. The iLabs considered how to build low carbon neighbourhoods, the green economy, 21st century mobility and green growth.

Drawing on the expertise and experiences of those who attended the iLabs, further research was conducted, proposals were made and then refined through a collaborative process. The journey of how dozens of individuals came together to transform Hounslow into a green pioneer was documented in a series of blogs.

The collaborative approach to drawing up the strategy will continue as projects are delivered. Central to the strategy is making sure that green recovery and growth always benefits local communities, with no-one left behind. The plans have also been designed to ensure that economic growth and regeneration will improve the overall wellbeing and quality of life of local residents.

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