Funds allocated for Morden Park improvements

Merton Council has confirmed that £133,000 will be allocated towards landscaping improvements at Morden Park and Morden Recreation Ground.

Funding has been made available through a development project in Morden (known as Section 106 funding) and has been prioritised for the following:

Morden Park
1. Replacement of the trim trail or installation of a green gym
2. Drainage improvements near the bandstand to allow better access for events

Morden Recreation Ground
1. Replacement of windows in the pavilion
2. Widening of footpaths to improve access and new seating areas
3. Extension of the boundary fence in the playground to increase the size of the play area
4. Replacement of boundary fencing where the recreation ground runs along Central Road

London-based Local Dialogue, the consultancy currently asking residents about their hopes and aspirations for the future of Morden Park, will be asking people as part of the independent consultation about the types of facilities they want to see installed and the location of the equipment.

Merton Council cabinet member for planning and traffic management Councillor William Brierly said: “This is great news for Merton. As part of our commitment to put the needs of Merton residents first and offer them value for money, we work hard with developers to come to an agreement as to where and how Section 106 money should be spent so that it benefits as many residents as possible, and in the way that residents want.”

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Note to editors
Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 allows a local planning authority to enter into a legally-binding agreement or planning obligation with a landowner in association with the granting of planning permission. It is often used to support the provision of services and infrastructure, such as highways, recreational facilities, education, health and affordable housing.

Full cabinet report: http://www.merton.gov.uk/democratic_services/ds-agendas/ds-fpreports/779.pdf

Workshops about the future of Morden Park, including which gym equipment should be installed there, to be hosted by independent consultants Local Dialogue are as follows:

1 July 6.30pm-9.00pm: Landscaping, nature heritage and open spaces
8 July 6.30pm-9.00pm: Leisure pursuits and events
18 July 10.30am-1.00pm: Expressing preferences for use of land and developing a vision for the park

Information on the new Morden vision: http://www.merton.gov.uk/morden_park_vision