Who we are

Merton Park Ward Residents Association (MPWRA) is a group of residents who believe in working together for the good of everyone in the local community of Merton Park Ward.

The Association was formed in 1989, as a result of dissatisfaction with local councillors who did not always listen or respond to the views of residents. You can find out more about the history of MPWRA, and also of MPWIR, the political party to which our Independent Councillors belong, from History on the left.

Our aims

The aims of Merton Park Ward Residents Association include:

  • Protecting and improving the local environment and local services.
  • Representing the interests of the Ward.
  • Ensuring the voices of residents are heard.
  • Working together for the common good of the community.

We seek to achieve these aims by:

  • Sponsoring Independent Residents Ward Councillors (see Our Councillors), who live in the Ward and are in touch with local opinion and share residents’ aspirations. They judge each issue on its merits – they do not oppose for opposition’s sake.
  • Informing residents of local issues through our monthly meetings, our issues of FORUM (our newsletter) and Email Alerts (see Meetings and Email Alerts on the left for more details).
  • Actively seeking residents’ opinions
  • Taking a leading role in local campaigns – for example, the successful opposition to the extension of the A24 relief road through Merton Park in the late 1980s, opposition to closure of Merton Park Primary School (as part of Merton’s school reorganization scheme in the 1990s) and assisting local residents in the successful opposition to a weekend market on sites overlooking houses in Kenley Road and Windermere Avenue. More recently MPWRA has become closely involved with response to plans to redevelop Morden Town Centre and Crossrail2.

If you’d like to share your views with us, please email mpwra@mertonpark.org.uk (see Contact Us for more contact details).

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