***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.
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***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.
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.