Partnership with American university continues to produce positive results

Merton Council has just completed another successful year working with students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), in Massachusetts. They worked across a number of Council departments and worked on a wide range of projects including:

· Guidelines for communication with people with learning disabilities,
· Data protection compliance guidance,
· Web sites for Leisure and Education Services on parks and nature reserves
· Mini- guides for builders to help in the Borough’s drive for sustainable construction and development.
· A web based guide to grants for sustainable projects

The students worked with a number of local organisations, and members of the community to deliver the new initiatives that are socially and environmentally useful.

Merton has been working with WPI since 1996 and has found the relationship invaluable over the years, enabling the Council and local organisations to obtain information and set up web sites and databases, which would have been difficult to do without the students help.

Steve Cardis, Principal Planning Officer said:

” WPI students have been a tremendous resource for the Council over the years. They produce high quality, valuable work, in a range of areas. They enable the Council to take new initiatives forward that would not be possible without their technical knowledge and commitment”.

Adrian Hewitt, the Agenda 21 officer agreed and added:

“The partnership between Merton and Worcester is going from strength to strength and brings a unique international dimension to the borough.”

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PRESS CONTACT – Kirstin Rowan – 020 8545 3483

Notes to Editors:

For further information about the Merton/ WPI programme please contact Jennie Hawks, London Centre Co-ordinator on 020 7274 9128, or Tracey Bedford at the Civic Centre