Council asks residents to get creative

Merton Council is calling on residents to put their thinking caps on and come up with a name for the brand new Pollards Hill library chill out zone.

The creative genius behind the winning name will get their idea made into the new sign for the lounge area, and will also receive vouchers worth £25.

To enter, residents can email their idea and contact details to or drop ideas into the temporary library at New Horizons day centre by 28 August.

The search for a new name follows approximately £1.2 million-worth of refurbishment with funding from the Big Lottery and Merton Council.

All set to open next month, the new library is 30% bigger than its predecessor. The building includes a relaxation area, providing the perfect place to unwind with a drink. Three dedicated learning rooms where residents will be able to benefit from a range of exciting new courses will form a major part of the new development.

Pollards Hill was the well-deserved recipient of a financial boost in 2008, as Merton council secured a grant of nearly £1million from the Big Lottery Fund, the largest single funding bid that has been successful in the library service’s history.

Cabinet member for community services Councillor Linda Scott said: “It’s fantastic to see the benefits of the Big Lottery Fund right here on our doorstep. I know that many of the residents in Pollards Hill are excited about their new library opening and are looking forward to making it a space they can call their own.

“Now locals have a real opportunity to see their ideas shape the future look and feel of the library and its chill out area.”

Notes to editors:
· Merton Council secured the £1million grant from the Big Lottery Fund in November last year. The grant is part of the England-wide Big Lottery Fund £80 million investment in widening community learning opportunities through libraries.
· The Big Lottery Fund distributes half of all National Lottery good cause funding across the UK. The Fund aims to enable others to make real improvements to the lives of disadvantaged people and the wellbeing of communities, through fair and open funding of people, projects and programmes.