A good year for the Merton Partnership

An event to mark the successes of the Merton Partnership for 2006/2007 and the launch of the partnership’s first annual report took place at Morden Park House on Thursday 14 June.

The Community Plan, which runs from 2006 to 2015, and explains how partners will work together to improve the quality of life in Merton, was the primary focus at the event.

Five themed areas form the basis of the Community Plan. They are:

1) Sustainable communities
2) Safer and stronger communities
3) Healthier communities
4) Older people
5) Children and young people

Representatives of the partnership attended, as did the Chief Executive of London Councils, John O’ Brien, who spoke about the challenges of partnership working in London.

There were also presentations on combating obesity, promoting community cohesion, tackling gang culture and the community engagement network.

Leader of Merton Council and Chair of the Merton Partnership, Councillor David Williams, who chaired the event, said:

“The Community Plan has been the catalyst for many of the positive things we have achieved in the past year. Establishing the Merton Partnership website, the older people’s housing strategy and the Mitcham Means Business regeneration project are all as a result of the Community Plan.

“Another important milestone in 2006/2007 was the signing of our Local Area Agreement (LAA), which will help bridge the gap between the deprived east and the more affluent west.”

Ged Curran, Chief Executive of Merton Council and Chair of the Merton Partnership Executive Board, said:

“It’s great news that the first year of the Community Plan has heralded so many good things for residents in Merton. There is a long way to go, but I am certain that the Merton Partnership will go from strength to strength and improve the quality of life and services in Merton.”

Approximately 50 guests attended the event including Government Office for London and key partners.