To mark the start of the new year, Leader of Merton Council, Councillor David Williams has made a commitment to put the people of Merton first.
He said: ‘The New Year is a good time to take stock and consider our priorities for the next 12 months. This is also true for the Council. As we strive to complete the Budget process for 2008/09, it’s important to make clear to residents what we want to deliver over the coming year.
‘For example, Merton’s Climate Change Strategy is due to be finalised after full consultation with the public. Similarly, tenants and leaseholders will be asked their views on the proposed transfer of the Council’s housing stock to deliver vital modernisation.
‘Education is of great importance to people across the borough. This year we’ll see proposals to improve significantly the standards in our secondary schools, including through the provision of 6th forms.
‘And this is not to mention our plans for town centre regeneration, the new railway station at Eastfields or the launch of a five-year programme developed as a result of ‘Mission for Merton’ to ensure the borough is safer, more equal, and achieving more for its residents by 2013.
‘At the core of all these actions is the Council’s clear commitment to put residents first. This will be delivered both through the provision of good quality services that offer value for money and by listening to how local communities expect us to shape the borough for the better.’