Southall Grand Union Canal Wellbeing Way

Canalside Improvements and Wellbeing

The Southall Grand Union Canal Wellbeing Way is a green corridor that wraps around Southall, allowing local people to step away from the urban streets and connect with nature.

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Canal & River Trust, Ealing Council, Catalyst, and Ealing Council’s Sport England National Lottery funded Let’s Go Southall project are working together to transform the canal towpaths and surrounding green spaces in Southall. The improvements will provide opportunities for Southall’s community and visitors to lead more active lives and boost their wellbeing, while enhancing the biodiversity and climate resilience of the area.

We are delighted to have been allocated a grant of £700,000 from the Mayor’s Green and Resilient Spaces Fund to support the delivery of the project over the next two years.

The project will integrate the canal with a chain of nearby green spaces and carry out a series of enrichments, including waterside place-making, creating new habitats for wildlife, works to the towpath to improve the surface and allow better access to the canal, play and interpretation, flood resilience, and gardening and looking after the environment to allow nature and people to thrive.

The five areas suggested for improvements are:

  • Spikes Bridge Park
  • Bankside 
  • Southall Recreation Ground 
  • Havelock Road Canalside Park
  • Glade Lane Canalside Park and Norwood Top Lock

Get involved

The project will be co-designed by members of the Southall community, some of whom have already been involved in shaping the plans for the Wellbeing Way. People will be encouraged to get involved and participate in active volunteering in the creation and onwards nurturing of these special spaces.

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Yes - I would like to be kept up to date/I have a question

If you would like to get involved, would like to be kept up to date with progress, or have any questions please send an email with the title Southall Have your Say to enquiries.londonsoutheast@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Thank you to everyone who completed the online survey and attended sessions in early 2021 to give us your views and suggestions on how we can improve the canal-side in Southall.

How can we create more special canal places in Southall?

We are exploring opportunities and innovative ways to enable:

  • Creating attractive and inviting spaces on and around the canal
  • Linking the canal from nearby areas, parks and green spaces
  • Improving the environment for wildlife and people
  • Providing opportunities to enjoy the canal and connect with the water and nature
  • Providing opportunities to connect with others and enjoy family time outdoors
  • Provide nice places to wander, dwell, exercise
  • Link community culture and the canal

What happens next?

Together with the Southall community we will be developing the proposed enhancements and wellbeing activity programme during 2022. Improvements will happen between 2022 and 2024 to make better canal-side places for everyone in Southall:

  • 2021 – online survey and community sessions undertaken and feasibility summary report produced
  • March 2022 – project funding secured
  • Summer 2022 - co-design workshops will be held with local residents and stakeholders to develop the ideas into designs
  • 2022 to 2023 - improvements to the parks and green spaces along the Wellbeing Way, improvements to the towpath between Norwood Top Lock and Norwood Road
  • 2022 to 2024 – programme of wellbeing activities along the Wellbeing Way.

If you would like to get involved in shaping the project, help to make it happen or simply to find out more, check back for updates to this webpage over the coming weeks or get in touch via the links above.

Last date edited: 14 April 2022