Merton relies on residents to voice their views

Merton Council is inviting residents from across the borough to voice their views at regular community forums held throughout the year.

This month will see meetings of the Colliers Wood and North East Mitcham forum today (18 February ) at Links School in Frinton Road and the Mitcham forum at the New Horizon Centre, Pollards Hill on 22 February. The Morden community forum is to meet on 18 March in the council chamber at Merton Civic Centre while the Raynes Park forum will meet at Raynes Park Library, in, Raynes Park on 25 March. The Wimbledon community forum plans to meet at the Mansel Road Centre, in Mansel Road on 29 March.

Discussions at the meetings, which all start at 7.15pm, will cover forum involvement in the council’s democratic process as well as an item on how the forums will be given a greater say over how section 106 monies from planning agreements are spent in the borough.

Regulars at the Raynes Park forum already have a page on Facebook and new pages for the other areas will go live shortly.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for community safety and engagement Councillor Henry Nelless said:

“We are keen to know of any concerns residents might have about their local communities so we can make sure we are meeting everyone’s needs.

“The community forums are an excellent way in which people can tell us what they think and the ways in which they hope we can help them. This latest round of forums heralds the start of an increased role for attendees in shaping our neighbourhoods by being able to influence how S106 money is spent. I hope as many people as possible will be able to come along to their local forum and let us know their thoughts.”

Find out further details of the dates, times and venues of Merton’s community forums at