Cultural strategy for Merton

An exciting blueprint for cultural services within the London Borough of Merton is being launched this Thursday.

Merton’s Cultural Strategy, 2007-2010, will be the hot topic at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, where guests will be given a comprehensive overview of the strategy and its targets.

The local perception of cultural services includes arts, sport, leisure, parks, open spaces, children’s playgrounds, activities for teenagers, libraries, heritage and activities that acknowledge and celebrate different backgrounds.

Key targets in the Cultural Strategy include a new leisure management contract to improve leisure provision in the borough by March 2009 and restoring South Park Gardens to its Victorian splendour by March 2010.

Councillor Maurice Groves, cabinet member for Community Services offered his thoughts on Merton’s Cultural Strategy:

“The launch of Merton’s Cultural Strategy will offer members of our community a clear insight into the future provision of cultural services in the borough.

“With such a rich blend of cultural activity in Merton, I am extremely confident that the strategy will strengthen and enhance the fine cultural heritage we lay claim to.

“I would like to pass on my thanks to staff at Merton, our partners and the staff at the All England Lawn Tennis Club for making this possible.”

At the launch, there will be poetry performances and anecdotal accounts from community members, whose lives have benefited from the various cultural services available within Merton.