by Natalie Vincent Tue 17 October 2017, 5:18 pm
At the launch of the third issue of Hillingdon magazine, which focuses on development and regeneration in the west London borough, Jonathon Bianco, cabinet member for finance, property and business services at the council, hailed the progress made since the last issue was released two years ago.
Holding up issues one and two of the magazine, he said: "A lot has happened over the last two years, since the last issue, and it is worth mentioning that when you read this one [issue three], there’s a lot to happen in the future".
Held on 17 October at the recently opened modern office space The Charter Building in Uxbridge – which features prominently in the latest edition of the magazine – the event attracted more than 100 attendees. These included members of Hillingdon Council and major developers and consultants, who came to hear about ongoing opportunities for investment in the borough, as well as improvements to public transport and safety initiatives for the town centre.
Highlighting the council's spending on schools, Bianco said: "Education is a significant aspect in any borough's life; over the last five years, the borough has spent £150 million rebuilding and expanding its primary schools – and it's about to spend a similar amount rebuilding its secondary schools. Because the one thing we've learned is that children grow."
Chris Haitt, director of Landid, The Charter Building's owner, spoke about the decision to build in the west London corridor, and specifically Hillingdon.
"There's a general feeling of people moving away from car use and back to public transport, so this is ideally positioned. There's centrality; we wanted to be close to amenities; if you stop work, you want people to start spending money and recreating as soon as they walk out of the building."
Chris Maw, director of the Uxbridge Business Improvement District (BID) initiative promoted stronger relationships between business and charitable causes: "I think it is very important that businesses interact with the third sector – charities. Charities are always seeking support, and I think a lot of businesses want to give something back."
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