Local children make a noise for Ravensbury Park

What: Pupils from Cranmer Primary School calling for residents to vote for Ravensbury Park to secure £400,000 funding from the Mayor of London
Where: Ravensbury Park, Merton Road, Mitcham, Merton SW London
When: Monday 19 January 2009
Time: 1.45pm

School children from Cranmer Primary School in Mitcham will be calling on residents to vote for Ravensbury Park as the countdown begins to the last voting day on 30 January.

The children will be out with their megaphone making a case for the park and giving out the web address to passers-by to encourage them to vote before the deadline.

Ravensbury Park is in with a chance to gain substantial funding of £400,000 from the Mayor of London’s Help a London Park competition. It is only one of 10 parks in the south west region of London to be shortlisted.

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’.
Become a Facebook fan and vote for Ravensbury Park at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Morden-United-Kingdon/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 your 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, flower 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.

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.

Forty-seven parks across the capital are competing for the improvement grants and Merton’s Ravensbury Park is going head-to-head with nine 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.

Merton Council cabinet member for the environment Councillor David Simpson said: ‘Merton residents have just 18 days left to vote for Ravensbury Park in the Mayor of London’s Help a London Park competition. Everyone in Merton has the opportunity to vote. Don’t delay – vote today. The poll closes on 30 January.’