Industrial improvements to regenerate Merton

Two of Merton’s largest industrial areas are working with Merton Council to make environmental improvements, which will regenerate these areas for the benefit of residents and other businesses.

Both Willow Lane Industrial Estate and Morden Industrial Area have set up action groups, made up of businesses from the sites. Both groups aim to improve their estates environment and to make practical operational improvement.

Merton Council and other agencies such as the police, Chamber of Commerce, Transport for London and Groundwork Merton, have been working with both groups to help regenerate these areas. Several improvements have already been implemented.

Willow Action Group
Improvements to Willow Lane Industrial Estate include:
· Road surface improvements to the entrance to the estate and along Wates Way.
· A new post box installed at the exit to the estate with a collection at 5pm on weekdays.
· Plans to install CCTV system – with some funding from Merton Council and the London Development Agency.
· Appointment of a coordinator to liase with businesses and other agencies – funded by businesses on the estate.

The group is aiming to secure commitment from more businesses on the estate and will be working out a longer-term action plan.

Morden Industrial Area Estates Group
Improvements to Morden Industrial Area include:
· Improved signage around the industrial area
· Fixed fencing along the tram line
· Sub way clean up
· Graffiti clean ups and repainting
· Inspections and removal of fly-tipping
· Bollards installed to protect access
· Cycle lockers provided for local employees
· Traffic management proposals have been developed and extensive consultation arranged with the businesses on the site.
· Employment of a coordinator to work with the businesses and other agencies funded by the London Development Agency as a pilot project to develop a Business Improvement District for the estate.

The group has now started to develop a longer-term strategy for the estate.

Sue Tanton, Merton Council’s Business Environment Partnership Manager, said: “These improvements will encourage both existing businesses to remain on the estates and new businesses to locate to these areas. By working together the groups will see real improvements to their environment and to their businesses. The key to the success of these initiatives is improved communications between all the agencies involved and the businesses.”

To find out more about either of these groups contact:
Morden Industrial Estate – Arif Naqvi