Merton calls out for community voices

Merton Council is inviting all residents to voice their views on the issues that matter to them by taking part at the next round of Merton’s community forums throughout June and July.

Community forums are a way for residents to get their voice heard and challenge local public services. The members of the meeting play a role in helping make decisions on many key local issues such as planning or community regeneration.

At the forthcoming meetings Colliers Wood & North East Mitcham, and Mitcham, will both be choosing sites for the Action in Merton events and all the forums will be having another discussion on how they might be involved in the section 106 agreements process – agreements between developers and the council to compensate communities for the effects of developments.

The coming weeks will see meetings of all the forums around the borough, and unless England get through to the semi-finals of the World Cup no one keen on getting involved need miss a match. Each meeting will also be welcoming a new chair person at the dates and venues as below:

Morden forum – Tuesday 15 June – Merton Civic Centre
Colliers Wood and North East Mitcham forum – Wednesday 16 June – Colliers Wood Community Centre
Mitcham forum – Tuesday 22 June – Vestry Hall, Cricket Green
Raynes Park forum – Wednesday 30 June – Raynes Park Library
Wimbledon forum – Tuesday 6 July – Mansel Road Centre

Councillor Edith Macauley, Merton Council cabinet member for community safety, engagement and equalities said:

” Listening to residents views and concerns and most importantly acting on them is key to the council’s success.

” The forums are an excellent opportunity to influence local decision making and so we hope as many people as possible take the chance to get involved and have their voice heard.”

Meetings normally start at around 7.15pm and aim to finish by 9.15pm.

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Action in Merton (AIM) is an initiative to make Merton a safer, cleaner and healthier place for all. It is a partnership approach looking to make a real difference to local communities in a short period of time. Local residents and the Safer Merton partnership will work together to identify key issues affecting their area, and bring in services to address them.

The new chairperson for each of the community forums is:

Morden: Councillor Maurice Groves
Colliers Wood & North East Mitcham: Councillor Greg Udeh
Mitcham: Councillor Ian Munn
Raynes Park: Councillor Linda Scott
Wimbledon: Councillor Simon Withey