Merton Council’s £6m investment in reinvigorating Mitcham town centre was officially marked today as cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration Councillor Andrew Judge visited the Mitcham Fair Green site and helped to kick off the first major phase of works.
Armed with a spade and donning a hard hat, Councillor Judge met with contractors from Conway as work got underway.
From now until the end of the summer, residents and visitors to the town centre will see it taking shape with landscaped gardens, a new market area with feature lighting, the new street going around Fair Green which will include free short-term parking for shoppers and a new water feature on the green. The newly restored Victorian clock tower will be lowered into its new location in the newly built gardens on the west side of Fair Green once all the works are completed.
As part of the council’s work with the local community, pupils from Liberty, Bond, St. Thomas of Canterbury and St. Marks schools worked with story teller Kate Corkery and singer-composer Winston Nzinga, who together make up Spud and Yam, to create their own song called My Mitcham. The song, an anthem for Mitcham, explores the town’s past, its present and looks to its future. The result of a year-long project with the schools, rediscovering Mitcham in such as creative way has been a positive experience for the local school children. Interviews with Spud and Yam are also on the council’s YouTube channel.
Merton Council cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration Councillor Andrew Judge said: “This is an exciting time for Mitcham and it is great to see the major works finally start today. Mitcham residents and visitors to the town centre will have already noticed the green hoardings going up and preliminary work starting, but they will now start to see change and improvements over the coming months. We are working on keeping disruption to a minimum and I would like to thank all the businesses, including the market traders, for their patience and understanding as we complete the works to the Fair Green area. It has also been great to see the schools getting involved and to have the My Mitcham video which is now part of the council’s archive for future generations to see.”