Help Shape Merton

Consultation has begun with residents and organistions for Merton’s 2nd Community Plan, set to be launched early next year.

The 10-year plan is aimed at improving the local quality of life and follows an inaugural three-year plan developed in 2001. Merton Partnership is responsible for developing the statutory plan with members including the Merton Council, Police, Merton Voluntary Service Council, Chamber of Commerce, Jobcentre Plus, Merton Racial Equality Partnership, Merton College, Sutton and Merton NHS Primary Care Trust, the Merton Borough Interfaith Forum, Learning and Skills Council as well as local Members of Parliament and Councillors who will work together in achieving its objectives.

A number of priorities have been identified in both Merton and across the UK and will be adhered to while developing the latest plan. They include;

· Creating safer and stronger
communities
· Meeting transport needs
· Establishing healthier communities
· Maintaining economic vitality
· Transforming the local environment
· Better accessibility for housing
· Raising standards in schools.

A plan for sustainable development, it will also address the concerns of about 200,000 of Merton’s residents such as crime, litter, traffic, health services along with education and young people.

Chair of Merton Partnership and Leader of the Council, Councillor Andrew Judge said:

“The Community Plan is an opportunity for local people to contribute to a vision for their neighborhood in the future. It will detail everything the local partners will try and achieve over the next ten years.

“The aim is to bring together an assessment of local needs and an action plan to guide improvement in one of the fastest growing London boroughs.

“It is also a plan in which local people can raise their interests and priorities. Residents have been saying the most important quality of life issues are clean streets, low crime, good public transport and good healthcare. I want to ask every resident, voluntary group and business what they think.”

Three meetings have been organised to allow people to come and have their say. Venues and meeting times include:

· Mitcham Library
London Road, Mitcham – Saturday 27
November, 2.30pm – 3.30pm

· Wimbledon Community Centre
28 St Georges Road, Wimbledon –
Saturday 4 December, 11am – 12 noon

· Council Chamber
Civic Centre, Morden – Saturday 4
December, 1pm – 2pm

Residents will be asked their opinions on w