Merton wins another prestigious national award

Merton Council is celebrating success following the announcement of scooping another top local government award.
Merton were crowned winners of the Public Private Achievement of the Year prize at the prestigious Municipal Journal achievement awards on Thursday 28 June 2007. The MJ award will sit in Merton’s trophy cabinet alongside, the LGC award for Children’s Services and Royal Town Planning Institute Award for the Merton Rule, the council’s nationally acclaimed sustainable energy policy.
Merton’s focus on creating and supporting a sustainable, multi-activity environment within an area of social, sport and health deprivation at the Hub @ Tooting and Mitcham, set them apart from the rest of the entries at the awards ceremony held in London.
The Hub @ Tooting and Mitcham is a £1.1m community sports facility, and is a centre of excellence for sport, leisure and health. Set in one of the finest semi-professional football stadiums in the country, the hub involves the whole community – regardless of background or fitness level – in a healthy, fun and active lifestyle. The project was initiated to capitalise on unused space within the club’s ground and funded through a lottery grant. Depending on its success, the Hub model may be rolled out within other semi-professional football clubs in the future.
Leader of the Council, Councillor David Williams said:
“The Hub project has seen the transformation of a site plagued by anti social behaviour into a facility that is cherished by all sections of the community. This would not have been possible if a strong and trusting partnership had not been developed between the public and private sectors. Merton is showing it can compete among the best in the country. I look forward to many more Merton projects and initiatives being nationally recognised for their excellence.”