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Merton Council announces study of parks and open space

Merton’s parks and open space will be under investigation as Merton Council has appointed WS Atkins planning consultants to carry out a major study to see if they meet the needs of local residents.

The Council requires up to date information, to assess whether the needs of local residents are being met now and in the future. The findings of the study, which are due to be published in February 2002, could help resist pressure for development on our open space in the future.

Over the next few months the consultants will investigate a range of issues including:
If there is enough open space and outdoor sports and recreation facilities in Merton
Which parks need more facilities, investment, improvement, and enhancement?
Who uses the open space, what do they use it for, when and why do they use it?
What prevents people using open space?
What are the likely future recreational needs?
Does Merton need investment and improvement to its open space?

In addition, Merton Council will give residents, local organisations, Merton’s parks and sports pitch users and members of sports clubs an opportunity to air their views on open space in Merton. Focus groups will be held in Mitcham, Morden, Wimbledon and Colliers Wood in January 2002.

Councillor Russell Makin, Cabinet Member for the Environment said: “The findings of the study and consultation will help to set out a Landscape and Open Space Strategy for the Borough. This will be very useful when setting out plans for future use of open space and may help the Council bid for funds to improve its open space in the future.”

If you would like to attend one of the focus groups, or would like further information please contact 8545 3657, email chris.mountford@merton.gov.uk or visit http://www.merton.gov.uk/greenmerton/parks.asp