Make your views count in Mitcham

Have your say as Merton Council are carrying out consultation on proposed transportation improvements for Mitcham Urban Village until 3 October 2003 and need your views.

The proposals have been put together as part of Merton’s commitment to regenerating Mitcham through the Mitcham Urban Village initiative. The initiative aims to deliver a balanced, sustainable and cohesive community, who choose to live and work in the area, because it offers them quality opportunities, in an accessible, attractive and safe environment.

A number of proposals have been developed to increase the accessibility of the village centre and contribute towards an improved and safer environment. These include:
– Introduction of 20mph zones
– Introduction of a cycle network
– A bus link through the centre of Mitcham
– A new bus interchange on the car park off Majestic Way
– Improvements to the Village Centre road network.

Residents and businesses in the area have been sent a leaflet to explain the proposals – including a map, and a questionnaire. Residents should make sure they have their say by returning the questionnaires in the freepost envelopes by 3 October 2003.

The transportation improvements would be funded by SWELTRAC – South and West London Transport Conference, which is made up of 10 local authorities, transport operators, TfL and other key stakeholders.

Staffed exhibitions will be held as follows:
Mitcham Town Centre, near the clock tower
– Thursday 18 September, 1pm – 8pm
– Friday 19 September, 10am – 6pm
– Saturday 20 September, 10am – 4pm
– Sunday 21 September, 10am – 4pm.
Mitcham Library
– Monday 29 September, 4pm – 7pm
Merton Link, Merton Civic Centre
– Tuesday 30 September 2003, 1pm – 4pm

Unmanned displays will also be held in Mitcham Library, Vestry Hall and Merton Link until the consultation closes.

Councillor Russell Makin, Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Planning, said: “The proposed transportation improvements could make a real difference to residents and businesses in Mitcham. I hope everyone will take the time to complete the questionnaire, so we can take into account residents views when making decisions on whether to make changes.”

If you are a Mitcham resident or business and have not received a questionnaire or leaflet please contact 020 8545 3205 at least one week before the consultation end date.

The results of the questionnaire will be available at http://www.merton.gov.uk in mid November.

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