Merton Park Ward Residents' Association

Welcome to the website of the Merton Park Ward Residents' Association (MPWRA). Here's where to get updates on local events and issues, read information behind the stories and give your opinions on things that matter to you by emailing us.   

And be sure to check our Notice Board for future events.


***Mayor of London Plans to Close Wimbledon Police Station***

The Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) is consulting on proposals to close police stations across London as part of cost saving measures designed to save £400m by 2020.  Wimbledon Police Station would close and policing operations would  transfer to the Mitcham Station;  the Wimbledon Station would be sold for redevelopment.  (The existing 24/7 front counter is at Wimbledon. The MPS proposes moving this to Mitcham which is currently a daytime facility. Wimbledon Station could then be sold and response policing will probably be based from Mitcham along with SNT staff. It is anticipated an office/base for local SNT staff will be required in Wimbledon.)

The MOPAC consultation on these proposals runs until Friday 6 October and can be accessed here.

Stephen Hammond, our MP, is campaigning against the proposed closure of Wimbledon Police Station, citing its key role close to a major transport hub and at the heart of Wimbledon's night time economy.  Wimbledon's front counter records 2.6 crime reports per day on average, against 0.7 for Mitcham.  He has set up an on-line petition, which you can sign here .

A public consultation meeting will be held on 26 September from 6.30 to 8.00pm.  A senior member of the London Mayor’s Office on Police and Crime will be present as well as Merton's Police Borough Commander.

The venue is Wimbledon Chase Primary School, Merton Hall Road, Wimbledon SW19 3QB

The hall has a capacity for about 200 people.

***Next Meeting, email alerts and joining MPWRA***

Our next meeting is on Wednesday 4 October at 8pm in Merton Park Primary School when we shall be hearing from Daniel Elkeles, Chief Executive of Epsom and St Helier Hospitals NHSTrust.   The Trust have launched a 'Big Conversation' to discuss Epsom and St Helier 2020 -2030.  Essentially, they are considering (see next article) the roles and investment in their key sites.  Daniel Elkeles was unable to discuss the proposals when he addressed us in July as they had not been published.  But our 4 October meeting is a perfect opportunity to hear the Trust's thinking, give comments and then to take part in the critical consultation which will close a few days later.  See the following item for full details of the consultation.

Many thanks to all those residents who display our posters to inform their neighbours.  You can download a poster for the meeting here.

You can sign up to receive our email alerts on important and urgent issues.  Just put "alerts" in the title and your address in the body of your email to us.

We hope that you will feel that you would like to join MPWRA to help support our efforts to look after our ward, including FORUM circulation.  It's easy to join.  Just click here.

***Future of Epsom & St Helier Hospitals***

At our AGM on 5 July we heard an update from Daniel Elkeles, Chief Executive of Epsom and St Helier Hospitals NHSTrust and Charlotte Hall, Chief Nurse at the Trust.  Here are the slides they presented.  The Trust have launched a 'Big Conversation' to discuss Epsom and St Helier 2020 -2030.

There is a video on their website where you can also download an in-depth booklet, explaining the background to the project.   In the back of this booklet is a response form that you can fill in.

They put forward six scenarios:

1. Both hospitals continue as they are and receive enough funding to bring each site up to ‘functional levels’;

2. A new specialist acute facility is based at Epsom;

3. A new specialist acute facility is based at St Helier;

4. A new specialist acute facility is based at Sutton Hospital;

5. A new specialist acute facility is based at a combined site of Sutton Hospital and the Royal Marsden Hospital;

6. The Trust receives no capital investment and acute services are withdrawn, and no specialist cancer care is provided at a combined site at Sutton Hospital and the Royal Marsden.

The Trust are clear that they want to “make sure that this (last scenario) does not happen”.

The Trust are are asking the public several questions:

"1) Do you agree with our aim to provide as much care as possible from our existing hospital sites at St Helier and Epsom and do this by working more closely with the other local health and care providers?
2) Do you think we have made the case that we will improve patient care by bringing together our services for our sickest or most at-risk patients on a new specialist acute facility on one site?
3) We have set out several scenarios on how we can do this. Do you think we should consider any other scenarios?
4) How would you like to be involved in these discussions in the future?
5) Is there anything else you would like to tell us?"

There is also a summary leaflet to download on their website.   They are seeking local support and asking the public to add their names to show support for investment and the development of a new acute facility on one of their hospital sites.



***Morden Regeneration***


There are extensive  plans to regenerate Morden.  This is a truly massive project which will potentially completely transform the look, shape and size of Morden.  The latest news on redevelopment was covered in our Autumn 2016 edition of FORUM.

We devoted our June Meeting to Morden Regeneration.  Paul McGarry, Head of Future Merton, updated us on the project. Click here to view the slides presented at our meeting.The slides demonstrate that the project has not reached the stage of putting forward specific plans.

Nevertheless, work on the regeneration is picking up the pace.  2017 is expected to be a critical year.  A developer will be appointed and a public consultation will be planned.  We also understand that there will be opportunities for residents to get involved in the process.

Here is the latest update from Merton Council on Morden Town Centre Development (see Morden Newsletter January 2017).

There will be further updates in our email alerts (sign up here if you wish to receive them) and we will add to our dedicated Local Issues page on Morden Regeneration as more information becomes available.


***Crossrail 2***

In 2016 Crossrail promised that there would be a new public consultation before the end of that year.  We then learned that there would be no consultation until after the business case is settled. This effectively postponed it until Q2 2017 and following the General Election the consultation is not expected until much later this year at the earliest.

We had been looking forward to examining and commenting on four options.  These are:

1: The 2015 proposal in greater detail, with some  boundary  adjustments  & phasing  of  the engineering work to reduce disruption
2: Place Crossrail 2 in a deep tunnel.
3: Place non-stopping trains in a deep tunnel.  This work would need to be carried out first, so could cause a delay to the overall scheme.
4: Shift the scheme north towards Alexandra Road. Crossrail 2 platforms would be where the tram platforms  are  currently  and  all  existing  lines  would move northwards.

Option 4 could save some buildings in the town centre but would have an impact on Alexandra Road (Magistrates' Court and Waitrose).

All  the  options  involve  the  demolition  of  residential properties, something Crossrail has been reluctant to do so far.  A recent meeting at St Andrews Church was well attended by local residents’ associations. Strong feelings were  expressed  not  least  by  home-owners  who  had received letters warning them that their properties would be needed for the scheme. This seems ominous before the new consultation has even started.

Before the consultation Crossrail  2  are  expected  to state their preferred option and to give reasons why any options are ruled out. They will organise drop-in events for you to ask questions in Wimbledon Town Centre,  Weir Road and Raynes Park.  In  view  of  the  destruction  in  the  Town  Centre involved  in  the  original  proposal,  it  will  be  vital that the public makes its views known to Crossrail 2 and to Merton Council. We will do our best to keep you informed when consultation starts. The issue is not just of the loss of buildings but also the loss of businesses and jobs.

The Friends of Wimbledon Town Centre conducted their own survey in the summer of 2016.  Here are the results.  Learn more about the Friends on  their  website:

For further background on Crossrail 2 go to our Local Issues Page .

Michelle Dix, Managing Director of Crossrail 2, recently gave an interview to the Wimbledon Guardian making clear there is "no easy solution for Wimbledon town centre".



***Waste Collection Proposed Changes***


Merton  is  going  ahead  with  plans  to  introduce  wheelie bins  for  all  waste  collections  as  it  joins  a  multi-borough scheme: South London Waste Partnership (SLWP) covers Merton,  Sutton,  Croydon  and  Kingston  Councils.  SLWP has  chosen  Veolia  to  handle  waste  collection  and  street cleaning services across the four boroughs.  Veolia took over the service in early 2017 and the scheme itself will start in 2018. They will collect:

•  Non-recyclable  rubbish  fortnightly from  a  240  litre wheelie bin
•  Paper  and  card  from  another  240  litre  wheelie  bin fortnightly
•  Plastic, glass and tin fortnightlyfrom a 55 litre box on alternate weeksto paper and card
•  Food waste collected weekly as now
•  Garden Waste fortnightly as now for an annual fee

See Local Issues for the background to this item.


***Morden Northern Line Depot - Major Development


To improve the frequency of trains on the Northern Line,  TfL  are  planning  major  works  for  Morden Depot in the south of our ward. This will enable an  increase  in  the  number  of  trains  which  can  be stabled there and the installation of a new signalling system. Site works are scheduled to start in January 2018 and will take a year to complete. The works need to be managed around the Mosque, housing and local schools in the area. Our councillors have  been  discussing  the  plans  with  TfL  and  met them at the depot in May and August.

The planned works are outlined in this presentation.



***Diesel Surcharge and MP2***


We reported in December that the council are introducing a hefty surcharge on annual CPZ fees for owners of diesel vehicles.  We had argued for a delay in its introduction to give residents time to review what kind of cars they should buy or drive until 2018/19 at the earliest.

MP2 Proposed CPZ: The (qualified) good news is that Merton seems to have heard some of our arguments in scrutiny and announced that CPZs recently consulted upon but not yet implemented will not immediately be charged the levy as residents were not made aware of the levy during the consultation process. Residents with diesel cars in the new MP2 CPZ which started at the end of August 2017 willd not face the new surcharge until 2018/19.  

To be crystal clear, we believe air-quality in general and diesel-related pollution in particular are major concerns for Merton.  But a well-publicised plan to levy a diesel surcharge in the foreseeable future would in itself have sent a strong signal to car owners and given them time to plan their car ownership.  Instead the measure looks like a purely revenue-raising measure penalising captive residents.

The MP2 scheme was due to be introduced in July.  Letters to explain all the implementation details should have been delivered in June but the council failed to circulate them.  The implementation was postponed in order that all residents could be properly informed of the arrangements.  The scheme opened at the end of August 2017.

The Revised Leaflet explained the plans.  It was delivered to all households in the MP2 area.

 Background: An initial consultation was undertaken in September-October 2016 on the potential introduction of a CPZ to address the parking problems near the Nelson Health Centre.  Following a positive result in several of the roads a formal consultation was held on a CPZ, MP2, in Bakers End, Cannon Hill Lane (from Kingston Road to railway bridge), Cleveland Avenue and Manor Road.  Residents in Leafield Road were formally consulted on whether they wished to join the MP1 CPZ.  Manor Gardens, Watery Lane and Aylward Road will not be part of the further consultation.  The consultation ran until 10 March. 

To see the results of the informal consultation and decision Click here .


***Property Company for Merton***

Like other local authorities, Merton council owns many sites around the borough; some are shops, offices and commercial premises (particularly in Morden) while others are undeveloped land.  Council policy has been to sell surplus sites to developers through a competitive bidding process. Although this generates a one-off capital receipt, the council does not benefit financially from the site once developed and capital receipts cannot be used to meet revenue needs, such as adult social care.

As the demand for property to rent is growing strongly, Merton has formed a Local Authority Property Company (LAPC) with the aim of developing its own housing for private rent.

For more details see Local Issues.


***Closure of John Innes Path***


The path to take walkers around Rutlish School from John Innes park to John Innes Recreation Ground was opened on 5 September.  The path was originally scheduled to be completed by February 2017.  The works finally received planning permission in March but work was delayed until July after the exam period.  The planner's report can be viewed here.

Further details on our Local Issues page.



***New Community Scooter Park***


Poplar Primary School have created a Community Scooter Park - believed to be thew first in the UK.  Their Crowd fundraising Campaign  successfully raised £20,000 just before its self-imposed end-April deadline.  You can watch the scooter park in action and learn more about the scheme in this video .

We are thrilled that the school has brought derelict land back into use for not only the school but the whole community.  MPWRA members organised a collection and donated a bench for the planned natural area which will be planted with bluebells, snowdrops and spring bulbs.


***FORUM - Spring Edition***

The Autum edition of FORUM will be delivered to every household in Merton Park Ward around the end of October by our wonderful volunteers.  You can read the Spring Edition now.  Click Here.


***Our Health, Our NHS***

At our September 2016 meeting senior managers from Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust talked about the challenges (there's that word again) facing the Trust.

For more details of the Trust's Estates Review click here and to learn more about the Trust itself click here .

And Healthwatch Merton News -  click here


***Morden Leisure Centre and Morden Park Playing Fields***


Plans for Morden Leisure Centre have been approved by Merton's Planning Applications Committee.  Merton's latest information (August 2017) on the Centre is here .

Read previous updates on the scheme to build a replacement Leisure Centre in Morden Park.  (Chris Parsloe, Merton's Leisure and Cultural Development Manager, talked to us about the new Centre in November 2016.)

There are also plans to build an inclusive outdoor sports facility under the auspices of the Morden Park Playing Fields Community Trust.  These plans were delayed so that they could proceed in step with the new Leisure Centre.  The plans can be viewed here

Together these two projects promise to transform a large part of Morden Park.


***Meetings, News & Membership***

You can download details and a poster for our next meeting normally two weeks before the meeting (held on the first Wednesday of the month) by clicking here.  If you can, please print and display the poster to let your neighbours know what's in store.

(We hold an open meeting every month (except January and August) with specialist speakers, always leaving time to question our Independent Ward Councillors.) 

 You can also  sign up to receive email alerts on important and urgent issues.  Just put "alerts" in the title and your address in the body of the email.

Without financial support we cannot exist.  If you would like to join us to help us to support you and your neighbours and keep you informed of all important issues (and keep Merton Park Independent), please click here to download and print off and return the 2016 membership form.



Our newsletter, FORUM, is compiled, edited and distrubuted by our volunteers.  We hope you enjoy it and that you will feel that you would like to join MPWRA to help support our efforts to look after our ward, including FORUM circulation.  It's easy to join.  Just click here.


***Other News***


Smart Water:

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This website contains:  

Notice Board
See what's happening around your area - social events, advice, support, etc, submitted by you.
Local Issues
News of relevance to our Ward; issues of interest to our residents.   For example:
     Morden Town Centre Development     
     Nelson Hospital     
About Us
Learn more about MPWRA, including our history, organization, objectives and meetings.  
Find out how to contact  or join us.
The Ward
See a map of the ward, information about your local services, policing, health and some familiar sights.
Our Councillors
Merton Park Ward's Independent Councillors, including their contact details.

Useful Links

          Police, schools, council services, and more.