An investigation into what Londoners value the most about their local communities has found that Ealing residents are most proud of their good transport links.

The new research, published on Thursday (July 27) by Markettiers, found that 50% of locals were most proud of the borough's transport links, followed by outside parks and spaces at 43%.

The third most popular answer was the local people, an option which 42% of the residents surveyed said they treasured most.

Overall, the research uncovered how people really feel about the capital, with nearly half (49%) feeling very attached, compared with 40% with England, 39% to the UK and only 31% to Europe.

On other individual boroughs, those living in Richmond considered them to be foodies, with over two-thirds (67%) believing that their local restaurants are something to be proud of.

Residents in Kingston are most proud of their shopping and leisure (59%) and Camden of their knowledge of local history (48%).

Half of the Ealing residents surveyed said they were most proud of the local transport links

Overall, conversely low levels of pride exist in areas such as housing (8.5%), local artists (9%) and street cleanliness (23%) and local schools (23%).

Harrow's local residents felt the least proud of new improved housing overall, along with residents in Haringey and Croydon (all at 0%).

The survey found that almost three in five Londoners are unaware of what improvements are planned in their local area over the next five years, with only 8% citing housing as being the most positive thing to happen to their area in the last five years.

A further one in five said they felt that there has been no positive improvements to their area in the past five years.

Are you most proud of Ealing's good transport links?

Director at Regenerate London plc, Sebastian Whitton, said the findings of the survey do not come as a surprise, as the housing situation in the capital is "worsening by the day".

“When it comes to housing in London, continuing population growth means the situation is worsening by the day," he said.

“We remain deeply concerned over the speed at which the planning process is moving in London and are sceptical whether these ambitious targets will ever be achieved.

"London’s boroughs must look to move more efficiently in granting consents and face the housing crisis head-on.

"Many are sitting on perfectly suitable sites, occupied by under-utilised or abandoned buildings, but few have the capability to develop these sites."

Mr Whitton added: "The borough councils must adopt a more commercial stance and demonstrate that they really are willing and committed to tackling London’s housing crisis. For many, working in partnership with commercial entities is the only feasible option.”

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