Merton Council is set to go to residents to ask them about their hopes and aspirations for Morden town centre.
At last night’s cabinet meeting, councillors gave the go-ahead to formally consult with local people in September about what they feel about Morden and how they want it to look in the future. This is the first stage in the development of a 15-year regeneration plan called MoreMorden and will seek to build on the many assets the town already has, making it more of a destination, and also better able to meet local people’s needs.
Throughout the regeneration process, Merton Council will be working with partners including Transport for London, the Mayor of London, the National Trust, educational and religious organisations and local businesses to enhance Morden’s many existing qualities including its green spaces, varied restaurant scene, places of worship and excellent transport links, turning it into a distinctive and vibrant place in which to live, work and to visit.
One aspect of the MoreMorden project will see the town evolve into an area that will appeal to a wide range of people who want to live in an affordable location with easy access to central London. The regeneration of Morden could see the choice of residential accommodation expand to meet local needs and provide for future demand within and from outside of Morden.
The council wishes to protect and support local businesses already established in Morden as well as creating the opportunity for new enterprise. It also hopes that a newly designed town will attract a greater variety of shops and leisure, cultural and community facilities providing people with a place to socialise and creating a thriving local daytime and evening economy.
Along with its partners, the council will look to review and improve transport arrangements in the town centre, including the potential removal of the one way system in the town centre and the removal of the barriers in London Road. Careful consideration will be given to the location of the bus station to make Morden more pedestrian-friendly.
Merton cabinet member for regeneration, Councillor Diane Neil Mills said: ‘We’re very lucky that Morden already has so much to offer, in particular its good transport links and green spaces. It’s really exciting that we have this opportunity to build on its existing assets, and through sensitive design really put Morden on the map. We want to make it a place where people of all ages want to live, work or visit and a place where they want to spend their leisure time. In a nutshell, Morden’s got a lot to offer but we want more Morden.’