Have your say on community safety in Merton. Safer Merton is a partnership of agencies that work together to reduce crime, anti-social behaviour and drug and alcohol misuse in the borough. Each year we review what is important to those who both live and work in Merton to help inform and direct our work. Please tell us what is important to you in keeping Merton safe by completing our survey by 18 October.
There is now a camera on Lyveden Road Bridge. Please report any incidents to Amanda.Knight@merton.gov.uk (Safer Merton) giving dates and times so that the Council can view the footage.
Keep Britain Tidy publishes final report on the Bin Removal experience. Read it here
As discussed at some of the recent Community Forum meetings the consultation on proposed changes to parking charges in car parks, pay and display bays and controlled parking zones has begun today. 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
There have been local discussions about relocating a new GP surgery in Colliers Wood for many years, including on the current Merton Vision site as a potential option to replace the existing Colliers Wood and Lavender Fields surgeries. However, until the developer revealed initial plans for a health centre development on this site at a public consultation in November 2018, we were unaware of the magnitude of the planned medical development and the additional NHS services the CCG was planning to provide on the site. The plans indicate a transformational primary care facility, which includes NHS administration offices and transferring of services from secondary to primary care to relieve pressure on St George’s Hospital. The initial plans would demolish the existing Merton Vision buildings, remove street trees, erect a large bulky facility in a style completely out of keeping with the distinctive character of the Robinson Road/Boundary Road local area, and dramatically increase traffic on local roads that are currently closed to through traffic. This has angered local residents, who have been shocked by the scale of the current proposals.
We have since learned that the Merton CCG funding application documents underpinning the scheme contain inaccuracies and raise questions about the process of selecting this site for such a major project. These CCG/NHS funding documents also propose a medical facility very different from a proposal simply to relocate local GP practices, which had been the plan previously under discussion with local residents. Unsurprisingly, the developer’s initial proposal conflicts with many relevant local planning considerations for this site on a quiet residential road. Other sites that have been developed for similar health centres have been located on high streets with good public transport links. However, the local planning aspect of this project is still at early stages and, to the best of our knowledge, no formal application has been submitted to Merton Council. We are confident that the initial development concept could not be approved by local planners, and we are fortunately working with our local Councillors and MP to ensure that, if the site is developed, it is done within the boundaries of guidelines set out by planning law. The CWRA fully supports good development that is sympathetic with the character of our neighbourhoods in Colliers Wood and ideally enhances them, including appropriate and much-needed community development.
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Download the latest burglary and motor vehicle crime figures from 1st-17th January.
Pollards Hill SDA Church are starting up a free Sunday lunch, run from the dining room and kitchen in the New Horizon Centre, Pollards Hill CR4 1LT, every Sunday.
Association – AGM – Tuesday 9th January 2018
St Josephs Church Hall (entrance off Park Road).
- Welcome, apologies and introduction.
- Minutes from last meeting and matters arising.
- Crime report.
- Chairs report of 2017.
- Our elected Councilors review of 2017 and expectations for 2018.
- Financial report.
- HYPER project update.
- Election of Officers and Committee members.
- Proposed Singlegate Catchment area update.
- Update on Health Centre.
- Planning update.
- AOB, confirmation of next meeting and close.
A new local plan is being prepared for Merton in 2020, and residents are being consulted on all the hot topics!
This might be one of the most important consultations we’ve had for some time.