Regenerating Merton

The future of Merton was the hot topic at Merton Council’s regeneration conference on Thursday 3 May.

The Hub at Tooting and Mitcham football ground staged the event for council staff, cabinet members, key partners and members of the community.

Key areas covered at the conference included where the London Borough of Merton is in a London regeneration context, the vision for the borough, and the current status of all major regeneration projects, in particular, Mitcham and Morden town centres.

Key speakers at the event were Ziggy Crawford, Deputy Director, Government Office for London, Claudette Forbes, Director of Regional Relations and Investment Planning, London Development Agency and David Lunts, Executive Director, Policy and Partnerships at the Greater London Authority.

Councillor Diane Neil-Mills, cabinet member for Housing and Regeneration attended the conference. Councillor Neil-Mills said:

“The conference highlighted the regeneration opportunities that are available in Merton including town centres, housing estates, industrial estates and secondary high streets. Residents have also told us through consultation that they would like development to be focused in areas requiring regeneration.

“All parts of London are under development pressure because of the growing population and unprecedented access to capital funding. It is important that we fully capitalise on the opportunity to address areas that are weak, whilst preserving and protecting areas that are strong.’

Notes To editors:

· An image taken at the conference is available from Gareth Greene.