Top TV drama The Bill says: “Ravensbury Park needs you”

Top TV drama The Bill is getting behind Merton Council’s Ravensbury Park campaign to get as many people as possible voting for the park to win a £400,000 makeover.

Ravensbury Park is one of just 10 parks in South West London shortlisted by the Mayor of London to be included in the Help a London Park competition.

Voting is simple and free and has to be completed by 30 January 2009. The various ways to vote are:
* Website: Log onto the Help a London Park website at http://www.london.gov.uk/parksvote and select ‘vote for your park’. Anyone without access to a computer at home can use the computers in Merton’s eight libraries.
* Become a Facebook fan and vote for Ravensbury Park at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Morden-United-Kingdom/Ravensbury-Park/42752832675
* Text message: text ‘parks’ and your full London post code to 62967. This will automatically vote for the park on the shortlist nearest to the post code and within the borough.
* Post: request a voting form by calling City Hall’s Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100

If Ravensbury Park is successful, the council will work with local residents to firm up exciting plans which at this stage include an interactive water play area and improved access for all users, including full disability access. New seating, shrub beds and litter bins would also be top priorities to ensure that the park remains clean, green and attractive. Merton’s plans will include proposals to improve the park’s wildlife value, for example by installing bird and bat boxes.

At a film shoot in Ravensbury Park, Chris Fox who plays DC Max Carter in The Bill said: “This is a fabulous open space which everyone can enjoy. I say to everyone living in Merton, support your local park and vote for Ravensbury. It’s so easy to register your vote. Get your friends and family to vote too so that you can all benefit from a £400,000 makeover.”

Merton Council’s cabinet member for the environment, Councillor David Simpson said: ‘It’s great the such a high profile TV programme is supporting our campaign. We want people to vote for Ravensbury Park so that residents can benefit from this amazing opportunity. We should all be proud of our beautiful, open green spaces. We want everyone to vote. You can vote using the computers in our libraries if you’re picking up your Christmas reading.

‘The credit crunch is affecting many families, yet right here on our doorstep we have the opportunity to vote to improve a Merton park which provides free days out for everyone all year round.’

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Notes to editors
1. The Bill is produced and filmed at Talkback Thames studios in Deer Park Road, South Wimbledon. As well as at the studio, various locations around the London Borough of Merton are used for filming the series, Ravensbury Park being one of them.
2. Ravensbury Park is located by the River Wandle and is a valuable asset to the borough. Popular with residents, the park provides a variety of leisure activities for the whole family.
3. Forty-seven parks across the capital are competing for the improvement grants and Merton’s Ravensbury Park is going head-to-head with 10 other parks in the south west region. Two parks in each of the five regions will benefit from grants of up to £400,000 to make them cleaner, safer, greener, and more pleasant places to visit.