Merton scoops top awards

Merton Council has been recognised at a national awards ceremony celebrating local government achievements.

The prestigious LGC (Local Government Chronicle) Awards were held on Monday 17th March and Merton picked up two awards in the key areas of Sustainable Environment and also in Community Involvement.

Merton’s work on its nationally renowned Merton Rule guidance won the award for Sustainable Environment. The council was judged by the panel as being able to address environmental and sustainability issues sensitively, imaginatively and effectively. The Merton Rule is a ground breaking planning policy developed by the council. Implementing the rule means new developments are required to generate at least 10% of their energy needs from on-site renewable energy equipment to reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions.

The other achievement of the night was a Highly Commended award for Community Involvement that went to Merton’s Community and Housing team for their work with the High Path Community Resource Centre in South Wimbledon. The community centre runs day services for adults with learning disabilities. The council was awarded the commendation for turning the day centre into more of a community space for a number of different groups. The centre is now used by a variety of local agencies, and community and voluntary groups.

Ged Curran, Chief Executive, London Borough of Merton said:

“Achieving such success at a national level is a fantastic achievement for Merton and proves our teams are constantly working hard to become a fitter, faster and more focused as an organisation to ensure we can offer our residents great services at good value for their money.”

“Both of these award winning schemes have helped people in our community in a number of ways and are working examples of Merton putting the concerns and needs of its residents first. Hopefully next year even more of the great work Merton is doing will get recognised.”

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Press Contact:
Emma Henderson
Communications Officer
London Borough of Merton
020 8545 3327