Merton Park Heritage Trail

As part of the Merton Heritage Discovery Day  2020 events, local Councillor Dickie Wilkinson in collaboration with Merton Heritage officer, Sarah Gould, have put together a Merton Park Heritage Trail

30 historical images of Merton Park have been posted all around the ward in shop windows, on lamp posts, resident’s gateposts and trees for you to ‘happen upon’ as you take a healthy jog, walk the dog or simply stroll along to collect you morning newspaper. Continue reading “Merton Park Heritage Trail”

Forum newsletter issues 64 Spring 2020

Forum  – Issue 64 Spring 2020

In this issue:

  • Covid-19 What is Merton Park Doing?
  • Saving Merton Park Ward – Your Responses
  • Scams Alert

& more…

Merton Park Ward Boundary Review Submission

MPWIR have been genuinely overwhelmed and humbled by the sheer mass of responses to the Boundary Commissions plan to tear Merton Park Ward apart and reduce it to a two Councillor ward.

With over 100 of you writing in to the Boundary Commission, that we know of; we hope they will not ignore such a strong representation. MPWRA will of course keep you updated with the outcome. However, this is not the end of the line as any changes will once again be subjected to consultation across all wards.

For your interest, we have included Continue reading “Merton Park Ward Boundary Review Submission”

Improving Healthcare Together?

The NHS Surrey Downs, Sutton & Merton CCG’s have launched their latest consultation regarding the opening of a new ‘specialist emergency care unit’ at one of three sites (that’s A&E to us). The clinical commissioning group have set out their preference for this being in Sutton/Belmont, meaning that some services at St Helier Hospital would close, though the CCG assure us that 85% of services would remain. Whether you think that’s ‘Improving Healthcare Together’ is the question…! Continue reading “Improving Healthcare Together?”

MPWRA Meeting Minutes February 2020

Our February meeting was one of our most well-attended meetings ever! Clearly, climate change and the boundary review are topics that pique your interest and show how Merton Park residents care about the ward and the world we live in on a local and national level.

So along with our usual MPWRA Meeting Minutes February 2020 we also videoed the meeting for those of you that were unable to make it but would like to know more about Merton Council’s Climate Emergency Action Group.

Merton Heritage Service – Artifacts Wanted

Can you help?

Merton Heritage Service  is currently designing a range of resources for reminiscence work to support people living with dementia. They are also devising special displays to form a sensory exhibition, open to all, but of particular benefit for people with visual and hearing impairments, adults with autism and learning difficulties.

As part of this work Merton Heritage Service need your help hunting for objects that can be included in themed memory boxes and heritage displays… Continue reading “Merton Heritage Service – Artifacts Wanted”

Merton Climate Emergency – Have your say

In July 2019, Merton Councillors unanimously agreed to declare a climate emergency with the aim of making Merton carbon neutral by 2050.

The council will also work towards de-carbonising their own buildings and services by 2030.

However the truth of the matter is that over 90% of emissions in the borough come from transport and residents homes, taking much of the control out of the Council’s hands and into our own if we are to meet these targets.

So the council need and want your feedback asap! Consultation runs until 16th December. Follow the links and help form the first ever Merton Climate Emergency Action Plan!

Individuals can comment here

Organisations and Business can have their say here

(Both links open up in a new window)

Merton Community Involvement Consultation

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We know that Merton Park Resident’s like to have their say, in particular about planning issues.  Certainly the recent decision to not no longer publish planning representations online has caused dismay.

The ‘Draft Statement of Community Involvement Consultation’ is a great way to make your feeling known about how the Council consult on planning issues and how they make sure that what are often complex drawings and documents are accessible to all.

This consultation closes on the 8th of December so do hurry and make your voice heard before then!

Back to the Future – Merton?

The Future Merton team at Merton Council has announced that it has been awarded £54.5 million from the GLA to help towards funding the Morden Regeneration scheme and so it is looking to procure a development partner in 2020/21. Yes, this may seem like déjà vu and so forgive me if I don’t get too excited by the news.

As our timeline shows, Future Merton have repeatedly announced that they are looking for a development partner, even going so far as to spend £7000 sending council Leader Stephen Alambritis to the South of France, in the height of Summer, to find one. Continue reading “Back to the Future – Merton?”

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