Merton opens new multi-use sports area for borough’s teens

Merton Council officially opened its brand new multi use sports area in Morden Park today.

The new sports area has been made possible due to £45,000 of funding from the council’s Neighbourhood Renewal Programme and Section 106 money, after residents identified a need for more facilities for young people in the borough.

The equipment provides a mix of physical and play challenges especially designed for teenagers.

The installation of the sports area is the first step in making residents’ vision for Morden Park a reality and follows the council’s consultation with Merton residents and community groups about their hopes and aspirations for the park last year. To come up with a proposal that was in line with what young people were asking for, the council also consulted with the students from nearby Bishopsford Arts College.

Merton Council cabinet member for environment and leisure services Councillor David Simpson said: ‘This wonderful new sports area provides teenagers in the borough with the opportunity to have fun whilst taking part in various sporting activities. It is wonderful that the students of Bishopsford Arts College got so involved in shaping what the area looks like by giving us their ideas as to exactly what should be installed on the site. This is a great example of how we listen to what residents of all ages want for their local neighbourhood. The sports area will be here for many young people to enjoy for years to come.’

Information about the Multi Use Sports Centre can be found at http://www.merton.gov.uk/mordenpark

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Notes to editors

1. The Neighbourhood Renewal Programme is a national strategy to ensure nobody is disadvantaged by where they live. A programme of activity devised by Merton Council has been developed to improve the quality of life of every resident in the borough. Following consultation with residents, Merton’s neighbourhood renewal team will be focusing on improving people’s job prospects and community safety as well as addressing issues around poor health and problems with the local environment. Neighbourhood renewal brings together the council’s partner agencies, different departments within the council, councillors, voluntary organisations, housing associations, police and health services to reshape and tailor services to meet residents’ needs.

2. 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.