Merton Council’s cabinet has agreed to fund 14 projects across the borough, totalling nearly £1 million.
The funding for the projects is from Merton Council’s Neighbourhood Fund – which comes from the charges the council makes to developers to help fund the infrastructure or community facilities, needed to support new homes and businesses in the borough.
A key component of awarding funding was ensuring that projects will contribute to Merton’s community plans and priorities. More than £405,000 of funding has been earmarked for projects that help address income, health, and skills gaps between the east and west of the borough.
A number of ‘bridging the gap’ projects have had funding agreed. These include Supporting Commonside Community Development Trust’s projects for residents on the Pollards Hill estate and in east Mitcham; a Children School and Families Employability Programme to increase access to the labour market for youngsters; façade improvements to the Bramcote Avenue shopping parade in Mitcham; and the Move More Mitcham project to support those at risk of developing a mental health disorder.
A number of projects will also help support the demands that Wimbledon Stadium development in Plough Lane will place on the borough, including renovation the facades of the Haydon Road shopping parade, and the improvements to Haydon’s Road recreation grounds.
Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Housing and Transport, Councillor Martin Whelton, said: “We received many bids for funding in this round from residents, businesses and community groups, and we would like to thank everyone for their submissions. Our decisions were made taking into account our community plan priorities, which includes ‘bridging the gap’, and we believe they will make a substantial difference to our neighbourhoods along with the lives of residents.
Our popular and successful shopping parade improvement scheme will also help restore attractiveness and vibrancy to some of the borough’s most neglected parades as well as boost trade and employment opportunities.”
The 14 projects to be awarded CIL Neighbourhood Funding in 2019/20
- Supporting Commonside Community Development Trust £130,000
- Merton Priority Chapter House performance space £46,430.
- Merton Park Green Walks – new surface on footpath £13,000.
- Revitalisation of Haydon’s Road Recreation grounds £32,500
- Signage for South Mitcham Community Centre £1,500
- Deen City Farm £40,435
- Shopping Parade façade improvements £274,000
- Shopping Parades programme management (3 years) £165,000
- Polka Theatre redevelopment £95,000
- Employability Programme £60,904
- Air pollution mitigation campaign – encouraging pupil involvement in STARS schools accreditation scheme £27,233
- Move More Mitcham £27,820
- Sustainable Merton Neighbourhood Champions £30,000
- The Library of Things £37,320 to develop an equipment borrowing scheme
Notes for editors:
- On 15th July Merton’s Cabinet awarded 14 projects a total of £981,142 from its Community Infrastructure Levy(CIL) Neighbourhood Fund. Link to Merton Cabinet agenda and reports https://democracy.merton.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=146&MId=3396&Ver=4
- The projects were selected from the borough-wide consultation feedback following a six week consultation in the Spring.
- Since 2014 the council has collected more than £3 million to for CIL Neighbourhood Fund projects in Merton of which £1.9 million has been approved / spent in previous years.
- Link to Merton’s CIL website https://www.merton.gov.uk/planning-and-buildings/planning/community-infrastructure-levy/spending-the-levy including Neighbourhood Fund assessment criteria
- Under the national rules CIL cash must be spent on local projects which support the demands new developments bring and meet the needs of neighbourhoods. The council also assessed each bid, with its agreed criteria, to ensure projects will contribute to its community plans and priorities