Merton Council calls on youngsters for dream vision of Morden

Merton Council is calling on the borough’s five to 19-year-olds to get creative about how they want to see Morden evolve in the future.

The council wants to capture the imagination of the borough’s younger residents and is calling on them to enter its competition before the 17 August cut-off date to be in with a chance of winning a Nintendo DS Lite or an iPod nano.

Those wishing to take part in the competition can choose one of two categories to enter:
1) Morden Town Centre – come up with a dream town and tell the people at Merton Council what an ideal Morden would look like. Anything goes – sky cafes, fountains, recycling areas, chill out zones, clubs and journeys from Morden to the moon. Nothing is off-limits.

or 2) Morden Park – create a perfect park with everything anyone could possibly want in a beautiful open space.

Having chosen a category, budding young creative thinkers can decide on the medium they prefer to use whether it is drawing, painting, photography, writing a story, a poem or even making a film.

There are four age categories: 5-7 years; 8-11 years; 12-15 years; 16-19 years. The overall winner of each category will be able to see their entry on public display in the foyer of the civic centre and the winner of the Morden Park category will have their work displayed at the Change4Life Road Show in the park on 31 August for thousands of people to see. They will also be published in My Merton later in the year. Films can also be posted on the council’s YouTube website at
For rules on how to enter, visit: Leaflets entitled ‘moreMorden – create your dream’ are available in libraries, youth clubs and leisure centres around the borough.

Merton Council cabinet member for environment and leisure services Councillor David Simpson said: ‘This is all part of the long-term work we’re doing to make Morden a fun and vibrant place for all generations including our younger residents. We want to hear from Merton’s young people about what they want to see in a local town which just has so much potential. We are keen to hear their ideas for Morden Park too. This is their chance to help shape the future of where they live. I know there is a wealth of young talent in the borough and I can’t wait to see all the innovative and creative ideas come flooding in.’