Dorset Hall was the home of Suffragette, Rose Lamartine-Yates, who eventually sold it to Merton & Morden UDC which merged with Merton Council. Via several housing associations, Merton passed it to Clarion Housing the current owner.
Thank you to all those who attended our March meeting on Tuesday evening, giving our guest speaker, Amy Mallett, from London Borough of Merton an engaged and appreciative audience. There were 50+in attendance and we hope that you found the meeting useful.
Below are some notes and links from the meeting Continue reading “March Meeting Update (07/03/2023)”
Proposed transfer of Merton Park Ward from the Wimbledon & Coombe Parliamentary Constituency to Mitcham & Morden Parliamentary Constituency.
At stake is the electoral future of Merton Park Ward – whether it should remain in the Wimbledon Parliamentary Constituency or be transferred to the Mitcham & Morden Parliamentary Constituency.
Merton Council are responsible for 1000’s of trees across the borough, though in fact two thirds of trees are on private land and so not part of the council’s remit, LBM has launched a ‘Tree Strategy for Council-Owned Trees, Consultation’ to consult on the balance between tree benefits and tree problems. Continue reading “Merton Council Tree Strategy”
Charles Baker, Strategy & Commissioning Manager for public waste for London Borough of Merton, recently gave an insightful talk to Merton Park ward residents.
Many of you were keen to see the slides Charles presented in closer detail and so here they are: Continue reading “Merton’s Recycling & Waste Update”
PlanWimbledon has applied to become the registered Neighbourhood Forum for the Wimbledon area, including part of Merton Park. In a nutshell, it aims to “ensure that Wimbledon grows in a way that respects its distinctive character”. Continue reading “PlanWimbledon – To Become A Neighbourhood Forum”
Consultation – Merton’s Character Study & Small Sites Toolkit – Back Garden “infills”
This consultation runs until March 23rd
The Character Study talks widely about “infill” to produce new housing sites, including in back gardens. This applies to streets throughout the Ward, indeed throughout the Borough, but particularly to streets in the south of the Ward, which the study designates as part of an “Opportunity Area”. Continue reading “Merton’s Character Study & Small Sites Toolkit”
The proposals include:
We shall not dwell on the Boundary Commissions outcome here. You can read more about that in our Autumn 2020 issue of FORUM.
However many of you have asked for links and further information on how the Local Government Boundary Commission of England (LGBCE) arrived at their conclusions, so here as some quick links for your reference.
Much talk has been made of increasing the number of school streets in the ward and many people asking exactly how they work. Merton council have produced a simple leaflet outlining how they work: Merton School Streets Guide
One of our residents kindly alerted us to a TV Licensing Scam.
Have you received an email purporting to be from the TV Licensing? Many people have and it certainly looks convincing so MPWRA have highligthed what to look out for.
Further information can be found at: https://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/faqs/FAQ288?wt.mc_id=CAP_scam_signin
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”
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?”
Merton Ward Boundary Review
You may not have heard of the Boundary Commission, but if you live or vote in Merton Park Ward, you will soon be affected by its rulings. For the Boundary Commission proposes to reduce the size of Merton Park Ward Continue reading “Don’t Lose Your 30 Years of Independence”
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!
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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!
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?”
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.