Merton Council seeks local opinion for new-look Raynes Park

Merton Council is asking residents and businesses for their views on new design proposals for Raynes Park at a drop-in exhibition in Raynes Park library.

The exhibition is open during library hours from 9.30am on Thursday 26 November until 4.30pm on Saturday 28 November. Council traffic engineers and consultants from Raynes Park-based design agency, Place Design and Planning, will be at the library to answer questions on Friday 27 November between 3.00pm and 6.30pm, and on Saturday 28 November between 1.30pm and 4.30pm.

As part of the £80,000 Raynes Park Enhancement Programme launched earlier this year, the council, in conjunction with Place Design and Planning, has prepared a series of designs to improve the streets and public spaces in Raynes Park, making for a more vibrant centre for shopping and a safer environment for pedestrians. The designs also incorporate the latest proposals for a new cycle route in the area.

The proposals can be viewed online at As well as the public exhibition, the council is also inviting the public to submit their views electronically to its physical regeneration team through the website. For further information on the programme, people can contact the council on 020 8545 3041.

The consultation findings are due to be published by January next year ready for implementation in early 2010.

Merton Council cabinet member for finance and regeneration Councillor Diane Neil Mills said: ‘We always seek to work with residents and local businesses whenever possible as part of our commitment to putting their needs first. Input from the local community to date has been extremely helpful in terms of identifying priorities and I look forward to continued engagement with local residents and businesses to ensure that the enhancement of Raynes Park is a success. The ideas we’ve been developing with the designers will revitalise Raynes Park, making it a more attractive centre in which to shop, work and relax. Such improvements should also boost the local economy as people choose to spend more of their leisure time in the area.’


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The exhibition will be at Raynes Park Library, Approach Road, Raynes Park, London, SW20 8BA.