Quality of life
Mon 30 June 2014, 4:01 pm
We currently have 147 parks and open spaces with green flag status, the most in the UK. And it's not just the green spaces that are making visitors flock to the borough.
An ethnically diverse population has meant that the local food scene has also flourished. Pan-Asian food, traditional pub grub and more Mediterranean flavours can all be sampled in this London borough's eateries.
The borough's leisure facilities also prove a huge draw, including the 50m pool and lido in Uxbridge, Uxbridge cricket ground – staging county cricket games – a year-round calendar of events at Hillingdon Cycle Circuit at Minet Country Park, and BMX track at Lake Farm Country Park – where the Hayes Hawks, one of the nation’s leading BMX teams, base themselves.
Gyms abound too. Hillingdon Council has ploughed money into refurbishing local fitness centres in recent years, completing its £60 million investment in state-of-the-art leisure facilities across the borough this year and now boasting some of the best in London.
The authority’s approach Is an holistic one, meeting residents’ needs by investing in key services: libraries, schools and the environment, as well as leisure. The authority has frozen council tax for a further two years and up to 2019 for older residents, runs the popular Hillingdon in Bloom competition each year, and is one of the best-performing boroughs for refuse collection and recycling.