A New Year Message from Merton Council’s Leader and the Mayor of Merton

Merton Council’s Leader David Williams said:

The New Year is traditionally a time of resolution, often starting with a desire to lose weight after the Christmas period! You may have seen that several councillors and council officers are engaged in a healthier lifestyle programme, and although it is being done in a light-hearted way, there is a serious message. Although Merton is a small borough, there are huge health inequalities between the east and west, with average life expectancy as much as 12 years different between certain wards. The council’s resolution for 2007 is to bridge the gap and deliver value for money services to the whole community. Happy New Year!

Mayor of Merton Geraldine Stanford said:

‘As the New Year fast approaches, it is sometimes easy to forget that there are many people in unfortunate circumstances who don’t have the opportunity to take part in the celebrations. On my travels round the borough, I have been really encouraged by the many groups of people in Merton who are working so hard to ensure that the vulnerable or less fortunate are included. So a huge thanks to the voluntary sector, charities and officers at Merton Council for arranging events for the elderly, vulnerable children, carers, people with disabilities and the homeless. My thanks also to the faith groups, groups from many different cultures, schoolchildren who sing carols at events, and local businesses who have donated seasonal fare. Everyone has been so kind and generous and it is really appreciated. I wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year.’