Council calls for views on proposals for three estates

Merton Council is calling on businesses and residents for their views on the potential regeneration of three housing estates in the borough owned by Circle Housing Merton Priory.

The council’s consultation is aimed at residents living on Ravensbury (Morden), High Path (Wimbledon) and Eastfields (Mitcham) estates as well as businesses, residents and other interested organisations close to the estates. It will run from 15 September until 28 October 2014 and can be completed at www.merton.gov.uk/estatesplan (live from Monday 15 September) or e-mailed to estatesplan@merton.gov.uk Paper copies are available at Mitcham, Morden, Wimbledon and Colliers Wood local libraries. To receive a paper copy through the post, those wishing to respond to the consultation should e-mail estatesplan@merton.gov.uk or call 020 8545 3693, stating their postal address.

Circle Housing Merton Priory conducted an initial consultation last year and has run a series of workshops with residents on the estates. But the council’s consultation will be the first one that will include, not only the views of residents who live on the estates, but also those of the businesses, community groups, schools and residents local to the estates.

The council’s statutory consultation, which is separate from the Merton Priory Circle Housing consultations, asks questions on the type and size of homes, outside space, local facilities, transport and economic opportunities.  The council will report back on the responses in the winter. All responses will be considered and will help guide decisions the council and Circle Housing Merton Priory will make on the next steps in the coming months.

Leader of Merton Council Councillor Stephen Alambritis said: “We know that many of the residents have already answered questions and have taken part in Circle Housing Merton Priory’s consultation, but it is very important that they also complete our questionnaire too. This is a historic opportunity to improve these estates and we want to ensure residents living there get the best deal out of Circle’s proposals and we are adamant that the proposals should have residents’ backing. Our consultation is an opportunity for residents to tell us directly their concerns and views about how they would like the area where they live to look.  Circle will also be consulting further with residents later in the year, and they will be getting into the detail about what should be on the estates, but I want to reassure residents that before any decision is made on the proposals, we want to hear directly from them their thoughts on the potential regeneration as part of our own official consultation.”

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