CWRA – May 2020 – Meeting Agenda

CWRA : Full Meeting
19th May 2020, 7:30pm – 8:30pm (via Zoom)

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Download Zip file containing documents relation to Ward Allocation Scheme, Street Champion Scheme and Merton Vision/Medical Centre.

75th anniversary of V E Day in Merton

For the 75th anniversary of V E Day and the courage of the wartime generation, Merton Heritage staff and volunteers have devised a range of online displays, reminiscence materials, crafts and puzzles to enable local residents to mark this historic occasion and learn more about our borough’s wartime history from the comfort of their own homes ( and in accordance with the current lockdown restrictions.) The resources also include historic film footage with a soundtrack voiced by local people.

This material is available via the Merton Memories website – see:   ( accessible via the Activities tab on the main homepage ) We have also added a themed slideshow and highlighted the digitised World War II images on the main Merton Memories website –

Prior to Friday, we will also be adding more film, some personal war stories from Merton residents, heritage trails ( that can either be walked during allowed exercise breaks, or viewed form home via mobile phones, tablets and laptops,) plus materials to support further discussion and memory sharing

As part of our efforts to engage local residents with Merton’s heritage, we have also added a Puzzles  & Activities page to Merton Memories – our team is continuing to devise word searches, quizzes, online displays and spotter guides for use during lockdown walks. See:

More material is being added each week and we hope that this will help prove of interest, particularly for local people and care home residents who may be in isolation.

May Update – Resident Questionnaire Feedback

Feedback from Resident Involvement Questionnaire 

Thanks so much to those of you that completed the questionnaire.  A summary of findings and our initial planned actions can be found here.

Change of Meeting Date

We were due to have a Residents Meeting tomorrow but we have now cancelled this and we will hold an online event on 19th May 2020 at 7:30pm.  We will send further information about this later this week.

CWRA Committee Meeting with Councillors

In advance of our event on 19th May 2020, some of the committee will be having a pre-meeting with the Councillors on Thursday 7th May to identify what progress has been made on the actions previously identified and to agree how they will update us on 19th.

If there are any specific questions that you would like us to ask, please submit them via this link before 9am on 7th May 2020.  We will ask as many as possible and feedback on the meeting next week.

Adopt a Tree!

Some people did this last year and we’re hoping we can cover the whole of Colliers Wood this year. You can adopt a street tree near your house by tying a ribbon on it and giving it a drink once or twice a week.

One watering can full poured down the black pipe at the base of the tree should do it!  Thanks in advance for your help with any of this and to those of you that are out in the community (paid and unpaid) keeping us all going.

Rats around the Kiss Me Hardy

In response to the CWRA and Cllr Laxmi Attawar subsequent correspondence about the rats around the Kiss Me Hardy, the Council has responded as follows:
“An officer carried out a site inspection on 22nd January 2020 of the above area. The officer did not find any obvious signs for the increase sightings of rats in the area, due to food waste or materials being fly-tipped, which could offer harbourage to rodents. The officer did however identify contractors carrying out work which may have disturbed/contributed to the sightings of rats in the area and has requested that the site is rodent baited. The officer will be revisiting the area shortly to check that the baiting is being carried out and survey the area again to see if there are other issues which may need to be addressed.”

Have your say on the draft Statement of Consultation (SCI) until 8th December 2019

In 2006 Merton Council adopted its Statement of Community Involvement (SCI). However, since its adoption there have been a number of changes to planning legislation, planning guidance and technological advances such as social media, which have changed the way public consultations and engagement takes place and are carried out. All this means Merton’s SCI (2006) requires updating to have regard to these changes.

Merton’s draft SCI sets out how the council will involve local people, local businesses, stakeholders and other interested parties when preparing development planning documents and on submitted planning applications. It also outlines some engagement principles for developers, who may need to consult with Merton residents regarding their development proposals. The draft SCI can be viewed via the council’s website here

A copy of the document can be viewed at the following libraries – Colliers Wood, Mitcham, Morden, Raynes Park, West Barnes and Wimbledon.  

You can comment on the draft SCI via:

Online survey

By email:

By post: Future Merton, Merton Civic Centre, London Road, SM4 5DX