Merton Council has agreed to progress a new initiative to enhance the quality of Merton’s streets and open spaces through its own Public Realm Strategy.
The strategy has been developed in three phases:
1. Development of a strategic vision for the borough as a whole. This sets out the historical, planning and transport context and promotes the idea of a simplified, greener, less cluttered public realm through high quality, sustainable, low maintenance designs;
2. Publication of an updated Street Design Guide that sets out the design standards for all street furniture, materials and other items which need to be installed in the borough’s streets and public spaces to ensure that they are appropriate to the area;
3. Development of individual proposals for the development and enhancement of the three main town centres in the borough; Mitcham, Morden and Wimbledon.
The strategy follows extensive public consultation and is in response to a local desire to create a well designed and cared for public realm. The strategy sets out to ensure that, over time, all parts of the borough benefit from any investment made.
Improvements are planned in Mitcham, Morden and Wimbledon town centres to make them places that are attractive, competitive, safe and accessible. Merton Council will continue to consult with residents as and when any changes to the borough are planned. Also through its Public Realm Strategy, the council will maximise the business and tourism opportunities that the All England Tennis Club will offer during the 2012 Olympics.
Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for the environment, Councillor David Simpson said: “This is an exciting opportunity for Merton as it gives us the chance to look afresh at what improvements can be made to the borough’s streets and parks. We understand what an important part our local environment plays in improving people’s quality of life, as well as in attracting visitors to the borough.
“Putting the needs of our residents first we will continue to involve as many people in Merton as possible in the decision-making processes that will affect their local area, enabling them to help shape what Merton looks like.”
Notes to editors
1. Updates on the progress of the project will be posted on http://www.merton.gov.uk/publicrealm
2. Copies of the draft strategy are available at all Merton libraries.