Time stands still no more in Merton

In the wake of a borough-wide campaign to get Merton’s historical clocks working, Merton Council can announce the hands of an iconic timepiece in Wimbledon are on the move once again.

The Victorian timepiece suspended above the entrance to Wimbledon Leisure Centre, started to lose time and eventually stopped when one of the electronic mechanisms inside it failed.

Following up on comments from local residents, Councillor Samantha George ensured the Council ‘s contractor Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) were alerted. GLL, who manage the centre on the council’s behalf, immediately called in a specialist to fix the clock who re-aligned the signal and set the Latimer Road clock to work again.

Greenwich Leisure Limited’s, Andy Down said: ‘The clock at Latimer Road is an iconic image for people who live and pass through the area, as well as visitors to the Leisure Centre, so we appreciated and understood the importance of restoring it to its former beauty.’

Cabinet member for Corporate Resources, Councillor Samantha George said: ‘It is essential we take pride in our borough and ensure all landmark clocks in Merton work. These historical timepieces have served the Merton community for many years and it is important they continue to benefit future generations to come.’

She continued: ‘Merton Council has put its own house in order. The gauntlet has now been laid down before Punch Taverns who have still yet to fix their clock above the Prince of Wales Public House in Wimbledon Town Centre…’.

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Sophie Poole
Communications Manager
Chief Executive’s Department
London Borough of Merton
T: 020 8545 3181