Merton’s 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, with a consultation running until 9th December to help them form the first ever Merton Climate Emergency Action Plan!

Individuals can comment here

Organisations and Business can have their say here

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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?”

Safer Merton Consultation

Concerned about crime in your area? Seeing an increase in anti-social behaviour? Or simply want to have your say on keeping Merton residents safe?

Then take part in Safer Merton’s Community Safety Survey

Open from 4th August through to the 18th October, this is your chance to let those who operate services under the umbrella of the ‘Community Safety Partnership’ for Merton, what your concerns are for your neighbourhood in relation to crime, anti-social behaviour and substance misuse.

Merton 20mph Speed Limit – Everywhere?

Here in Merton Park Ward we’ve had a 20 mph speed limit on our residential roads for 10 years now, so motorists have had time to get used to the idea, even if they’re not always fully observant of it in practice.

But now 20 mph is to be the speed limit for ALL roads in our area, major as well as minor.  That includes Morden Road, Kingston Road, Martin Way and even Bushey Road.  In fact all roads in the borough south of the SWR main line out of Waterloo are covered. See the full map here

Signage and road markings will change to show the new 20 mph limit, but at this stage, no additional traffic calming is proposed.  At the time of writing, the statutory consultation 6th – 27th September, was yet to commence but when it goes live you  can respond directly on the council’s website. 

Heathrow Consultation – Part III

The next stage of Heathrow’s expansion plans are now open to public consultation.

The Heathrow Consultation team will be holding a public meeting on:

Sat 17th  August |10am to 4pm | Everyday Church, 30, Queen’s Road, Wimbledon, SW19 8LR

However, like the last consultation, this is not asking you whether you want a 3rd runway or not. It is instead looking for feedback on a number of topics within the following categories: Continue reading “Heathrow Consultation – Part III”

Neighbourhood Recycling Centres

Merton Council are holding a consultation on use of the Neighbourhood Recycling Centres (NRC)

The NRC’s provide a central point for residents to recycle materials such as paper, cardboard, glass bottles and jars, cans and plastic bottles, etc at 14 locations across Merton. But were introduced at a time when doorstep collections recycling were not available.

Therefore the council is consulting residents about what they think of the mixed recycling bins at all of these Neighbourhood Recycling Centres.  It takes the form of a short survey that should only take a few minutes to complete, note however the consultation closes on 2nd August 2019.

Take the survey

Dorset Rd New Traffic Island

On Monday 1st July FM Conway will start work to install a traffic island in Dorset Road, just south of the junction with Sheridan Road.

This may come as a surprise to many of you as the initial consultation was not wide-spread, with notices only going out to those properties who would lose parking bays.

However MPWIR are very much in support of the crossing and we have been pressing for this since last year, in response to residents’ concerns.  Continue reading “Dorset Rd New Traffic Island”

Eastern Electric Festival 2019

Eastern Electrics is fast becoming the ‘Marmite of Morden’ with lovers and haters of this annual  music festival voicing their support, or dismay, in equal measure.

The festival organisers have applied for a 5 year license to grow the event. On the one hand, the event does bring in much needed revenue for the council, but understandably local residents are concerned about the noise levels and associated anti-social behaviour that such events can attract.

The first residents engagement meeting took place on November 22nd.

Continue reading “Eastern Electric Festival 2019”

Love Later Life

Our September guest speaker was Rob Clarke,  CEO of Age UK Merton.

Rob spoke about the work that Age UK Merton is doing to become the ‘go to place’ for residents over the age of 50 who need advice, help, support or just a chat.

View Rob’s presentation notes: Love Later Life / Learn more about Age UK Merton

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