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May 2019

  • Saturday 4th

    London Borough of Merton Consultation--Borough Parking charges

    The consultation on proposed changes to parking charges in car parks, pay and display bays and controlled parking zones has begun.

    You can find out the details of the new plans as well as take part in the consultation by going to:

    https://www.merton.gov.uk/parkingconsultation2019

    Public health, air quality and sustainable transport: a strategic approach to parking charges.

    The aim of the proposals is to adjust driver behaviour and to ensure that we can provide a modern, efficient and environmentally sustainable transport policy for residents, visitors, businesses now and in the future.

    The proposals seek to achieve efficient and safe movement of traffic and the provision of suitable and adequate parking facilities in the context of the public health agenda, the shift to more active and sustainable transport modes (such as walking, cycling and public transport), the impact of vehicle emissions and congestion on air quality, and demand for kerbside space.

    Why we are reviewing parking charges

    The Merton parking service already contributes to and helps deliver the key policies set out in Merton’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy, Merton’s Air Quality Action Plan, the Council’s Local Implementation Plan and the Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy.

    The Mayor of London’s key ambition is for London to have the best air quality of any major global city. He wants the quickest progress to be made in the most polluted places, benefitting people most vulnerable to the effects of air pollution.

    We need to consider what we can do as a borough to make the healthy choice the easy and preferable choice, to improve public services and enable residents to choose active travel options more often, and to reduce congestion and improve air quality. Public Health has a vision to protect and improve physical and mental health outcomes for the whole population in Merton throughout the life course, and to reduce health inequalities.

    Event details

    Time:
    11.00pm
    Forum:
    Local News
    Posted by:
    WCF
    Website:
    www.merton.gov.uk

April 2019

  • Monday 8th

    Mitcham Cricket Green-the next 50 years Special Workshop

    Cricket Green – the next 50 years

    Your invitation to our special workshop on Monday 8th April, 7pm, Vestry Hall

    Mitcham Cricket Green Conservation Area is 50 years old and we’re looking for your input into its next 50 years as we refresh and update our Cricket Green Charter.

    Everyone is welcome – we look forward to seeing you on the evening.

    We’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of Mitcham Cricket Green Conservation Area this year!

    The things that we all know make Cricket Green a special place – the ancient greens, variety of historic buildings, wonderful views and rich story – were officially recognised by Merton Council in 1969 and now by law every effort has to be made by developers and others to “preserve and enhance” its character.

    We have a programme of celebrations and events planned, including a 50th anniversary Community on the Green on 18th July and a special Mitcham Heritage Day on 14th September.

    Keep an eye out on Twitter for our 50 things initiative telling the story of the Conservation Area through photographs of things that people have told us are special to them. We are also looking to plant something golden!

    The 50th anniversary is also a time to look forward and think about how Cricket Green is going to change in the future.

    Over the last few years our work has been guided by the Cricket Green Charter and its principles to inform policies and planning decisions about the future of the area.

    Among other successes the Charter is the starting point for the £5m now being invested in The Canons and its grounds.

    It is time for a refresh and we want your views.

    How would you like to see Cricket Green change and develop?

    Let us know what you think by:

    attending a special public meeting in the Vestry Hall on Monday 8th April at 7pm
    sending your comments to info@mitchamcricketgreen.org.uk before Easter

    Event details

    Time:
    7.00-9.00pm
    Forum:
    Local News
    Posted by:
    WCF
    Venue:
    Vestry Hall 338 London Road Mitcham CR4 3UD
    Website:
    mitchamcricketgreen.org.uk

March 2019

  • Tuesday 26th

    Raynes Park Community Forum

    Raynes Park Community Forum

    Date:Tuesday 26 March 2019 Time: 7.15 pm

    Venue: Raynes Park Library Hall, Approach Road, SW20 8BA

    Agenda

    1 Welcome and Introductions Welcome and introductions from Councillor Omar Bush and the Chairman of the Raynes Park Association.

    2 Open forum An opportunity to raise any other issue of local interest not covered elsewhere on the agenda. Kindly email your request in advance of the meeting to: chris.edge@ccedge.com & omar.bush@merton.gov.uk

    3 London Assembly Update Leonie Cooper, Assembly Member for Merton and Wandsworth

    4 Proposed resident’s parking charge increases and RP Centre 20-minute free parking. Cathryn James, Assistant Director of Public Protection

    5 Street Cleaning, Rubbish & Recycling collections Councillor Mike Brunt, Cabinet Member for Environment and Street Cleaning

    6 Town Centre Developments & Railway Tony Edwards and Chris Larkman

    7 Raynes Park Planning Matters Update from Neil Milligan, Building and Development Control Manager

    8 Feedback, Reminders & Updates

    9 Date of next meetings:

    Thursday 13 June 2019 Cllr Anthony Fairclough
    Thursday 19 September 2019 Cllr Eloise Bailey
    Thursday 5 December 2019 Cllr Pauline Cowper
    Tuesday 31 March 2020 Cllr Adam Bush

    The Raynes Park Community Forum is managed by the Raynes Park Association (Chris.Edge@ccedge.com) and chaired by a Councillor from one of the local wards by rotation.

    For further information, please contact:

    Email: getinvolved@merton.gov.uk
    Call: 020 8545 3896
    Visit: www.merton.gov.uk/communityforums

    Event details

    Time:
    7.15-9.30pm
    Forum:
    Local News
    Posted by:
    WCF
    Venue:
    Raynes Park Library Hall, Approach Road, SW20 8BA
    Website:
    www.merton.gov.uk
  • Wednesday 6th

    War Photography by Hilary Roberts from the Imperial War Museum

    Mitcham Camera Club have a prestigious speaker attending their next meeting which will be of great interest to all and especially local heritage enthusiasts.

    Hilary Roberts has worked at the Imperial War Museum since 1980. She was the Head Curator of the museum’s internationally renowned Photography Archive and is now the Research Curator of Photography. She is also a broadcaster and has several publications to her name.

    On Wednesday 6 March, Hilary will be giving a talk on “War Photography.” This will take place at the All Saints Centre, The Gardner Hall, New Road, Mitcham, Surrey, CR4 4JN.

    Admission is FREE and the doors will be open at 7.30 pm, with the main event starting at 8pm. The venue is close to bus, tram and train services ( Mitcham Junction )

    See: http://www.allsaintschurchhackbridge.org.uk/ – scroll down on this linked page to find details of the location and transport links for the All Saints Centre.

    Event details

    Time:
    7.30-10.00pm
    Forum:
    Local News
    Posted by:
    WCF
    Venue:
    All Saints Centre, The Gardner Hall, New Road, Mitcham, Surrey, CR4 4JN
    Website:
    www.merton.gov.uk

February 2019

  • Sunday 17th

    Underground, Overground, Womblin Free - a wander thro' Wimbledon with lots to see

    Sun, February 17, 2019
    2:00 PM – 3:30 PM GMT

    Wimbledon is of course famous for the tennis and the Wombles. But there is much more than that. Some of the names associated with Wimbledon include the writers Robert Graves and Wilfred Owen, the actress Margaret Rutherford, the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer and airman Lord Hugh Dowding. And there are some interesting buildings along the way, including two very different theatres and one of London’s few surviving independent department stores. And then there’s Merton Council’s joking acknowledgement of the Wombles.

    So starting at South Wimbledon Underground station and passing Wimbledon station we will go womblin’ free in this fascinating walk through SW19.

    You can check travel options at the Transport for London Journey Planner.

    South Wimbledon Station
    131 Merton High Street
    London
    SW19 1DE

    Footprints of London is a website created by independent guides to promote and market the walks that they lead. This walk is led by Stephen Benton. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/stephen-benton-footprints-of-london-44681…

    IMPORTANT: Attendance on any walk can only be guaranteed through pre-booking. If you cannot pre-book here but wish to attend, you are welcome to do so, but you must please give me prior notice using the “Contact the Organiser” facility below (please remember to provide a phone number) and I will confirm arrangements by return.

    Please only make the journey to a meeting point if you have received a confirmation from Stephen Benton.

    Many thanks, and I look forward to seeing you on one of my walks!

    Event details

    Time:
    2.00-3.30pm
    Forum:
    Local News
    Posted by:
    WCF
    Venue:
    South Wimbledon Station, 131 Merton High Street SW19 1DE
    Entry:
    £12 and £9 concession
    Website:
    www.eventbrite.co.uk
  • Sunday 17th

    The Grandad Tapes--West Barnes Local History Group

    “The Grandad Tapes” will take place at West Barnes Library (next to Motspur Park Station) on Tuesday 19 February (10:30 – 12:00) and will feature extracts from the reminiscences of Bill Eacott, a former resident of St. Helier estate.

    During his 90 years, Bill Eacott endured poverty, escaped a near death incident, fought for his country in two world wars and served London Transport for over four decades. He was also active in politics and committed to supporting workers’ rights.

    Discover more about this fascinating resident of St.Helier estate from this illustrated talk based on Bill’s reminiscences.

    Tuesday 19 February, 10:30 – 12:00 West Barnes Library,
    Station Road, New Malden

    Admission FREE.

    For more information:

    Sarah Gould
    Service Manager (Heritage & Local Studies)
    Community & Housing
    Tel: 020 8545 3239

    Event details

    Time:
    10.30-12.00pm
    Forum:
    Local News
    Posted by:
    WCF
    Venue:
    West Barnes Library (next to Motspur Park Station)
    Website:
    www.merton.gov.uk

December 2018

November 2018

  • Tuesday 20th

    City of Stories

    Love short stories? Interested in new writing? Want to share your work? Or be inspired by others? #CityofStories is launching a series of open mic events in November, across 21 London library services. Book your free ticket here: http://bit.ly/cityofstoriesopenmic

    Living in one of the most diverse and creative cities in the world, City of Stories celebrates libraries as the place where London’s writers and readers can discover and create stories. Since its launch in 2017, over 1,400 people have taken part in City of Stories, creating their own stories and reading and attending events. After a phenomenal response this summer, with over 500 writers participating in 42 free writing workshops across London, we are very excited to announce that the City of
    Stories is returning this November with a series of open mic events.

    At these events, taking place in 21 libraries across the city, Spread the Word and London Libraries are inviting writers and readers alike to come and listen to stories created at the workshops this summer, and share their own. These free events will be facilitated by a brilliant team of writers, including two of this year’s writers-in-residence: Olumide Popoola and Gary Budden, one of the writers-in-residence from 2017 Bidisha and the City of Stories writer-facilitators Lainy Malkani, Tom Mallender, Lewis Buxton, Rachel Long, Anita Belli and Jarred McGinnis.

    You’ll also have the opportunity to pick up a free copy of the 2018 City of Stories anthology, featuring over 60 brand new stories ranging from the 2018 writers-in-residence Meena Kandasamy, Gary Budden, Olumide Popoola and Leone Ross to the City of Stories competition winners.

    Book free: cityofstories.eventbrite.com

    City of Stories is supported by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts

    Event details

    Time:
    3.00-4.30pm
    Forum:
    Local News
    Posted by:
    WCF
    Venue:
    Morden Library, Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden SM4 5DX
    Website:
    bit.ly
  • Wednesday 14th

    Have your say – Stage 2 of Merton’s new Local Plan – until 6th January 2019

    We are reviewing Merton’s borough-wide Local Plan to help guide planning applications and shape development in Merton for the next 15 years.

    Thanks to everybody who responded to Stage 1 between October 2017 and January 2018

    We’ve used your responses, local research, the London Plan and national planning policy to create Stage 2, the draft Local Plan. It contains:

    - New planning policies to help decide planning applications

    - Potential sites for allocation for development

    - Land designations (e.g. town centre boundaries, open spaces) on the Policies Map.

    The plan is available on our website in chapters to make it easier to read and download.

    www.merton.gov.uk/newlocalplan

    Please let us know what you think by Sunday 6th January 2019.

    If you have any questions or would like more time to assess the draft Local Plan, or would like us to come to a local meeting please contact us at future.merton@merton.gov.uk or 020 8545 3837.

    Other local projects in Merton:

    · Draft FutureWimbledon masterplan – please share your thoughts on the draft masterplan to guide development, public spaces and investment in Wimbledon town centre https://www.merton.gov.uk/future-wimbledon (by 6th January 2019)

    · Sutton Link – tell Transport for London what you about a new faster, direct public transport link between Sutton and Merton https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/trams/sutton-link/ (by 6th January 2019)

    Event details

    Time:
    12.00-12.00am
    Forum:
    Local News
    Posted by:
    WCF
    Website:
    www.merton.gov.uk

October 2018

  • Wednesday 31st

    Sutton Link Transport Service Project Consultation TfL

    The Sutton Link is a proposed major new transport service for Sutton and Merton. We will be consulting on three potential routes from Sutton town centre to Wimbledon, South Wimbledon or Colliers Wood.

    We will also be asking for views on two types of transport – tram or Bus Rapid Transit (similar to a tram but running on road rather than rails).

    The project aims to:

    · Make it quicker to travel between Sutton and Merton and improve links to central London
    · Improve access to jobs and services from less connected parts of both boroughs
    · Support the delivery of new homes in both boroughs

    Our public consultation will begin on 31 October and run until 6 January 2019.

    You will be able to give your views via an online questionnaire or in writing and we will be publicising a series of events in both boroughs throughout the consultation period so that people can find out more and speak to project experts.

    For full details and to share your views, and to find out about more of our consultation events, please visit: tfl.gov.uk/sutton-link

    Chris Hall
    Local Communities and Partnerships Specialist | Public Affairs and External Relations
    Floor 9 Red zone, Endeavour Square, Stratford E201JN | Email: chris.hall@tfl.gov.uk

    Event details

    Time:
    12.00-12.00am
    Forum:
    Transport
    Posted by:
    WCF
    Website:
    consultations.tfl.gov.uk