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£1m funding awarded for Merton community projects

NEW News from Merton Council - 17 July, 2019 - 11:55

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

 

 

 

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Council acts to improve air quality and public health by driving down car use

NEW News from Merton Council - 15 July, 2019 - 20:18

Merton Council’s Cabinet has agreed to take action to improve air quality and encourage more active and healthier lifestyles in the borough by encouraging people to make more journeys by bike and on foot.

To support people to change their behaviour, the council is introducing a new parking charges system. The new charges will apply to controlled parking zones, public car parks, on street parking and parking permits in Merton, which has been designated as an air quality management area. This means more must be done to reduce levels of nitrogen dioxide. Nearly two thirds of this main pollutant is emitted from vehicles and pollution levels are highest in town centres across the borough. Breathing in polluted air affects the brain as well as the lungs and is worse for older people and for children.

To help reduce air pollution and encourage people to be more active and lead healthier lives, the council has already introduced a variety of walking and cycling initiatives, including six kilometres of new cycle routes and 651 more cycle parking spaces over the last six years. So far, 101 electric vehicle charging points have been installed across the borough, with an additional 36 planned by the end of the year. There are also car clubs in the borough, which give drivers access to cars without the cost or responsibility of owning one.

However, currently in Merton, 42% of journeys are made by car, compared to 30% on foot, 3% by bike and 24% on public transport. Nearly two thirds (60%) of respondents to a public consultation about public health, air quality and parking charges agreed that the council should encourage motorists towards more active and sustainable modes of transport.

Proximity to public transport was one of the key criteria the council used to determine how to divide the borough into parking charges zones. Places with fewer connections will have lower parking charges than places which have plenty of public transport links. The boundaries of some of these zones have been changed, following the public consultation earlier this year, which received around 3,000 responses.

Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Health and the Environment, Councillor Tobin Byers said: “The council recognises its role to improve air quality by reducing demand for parking and cutting congestion by driving down car use. We also want to improve public health by making the healthy choice the easy choice – encouraging residents to make more journeys on foot or bike, rather than by car.”

He added: “Encouraging people to travel more sustainably is just one of a number of actions the council is taking to address air quality across the borough. Our Air Quality Action Plan – adopted in 2018 – included some 70 recommendations, and progress is being made on them all. We are committed to improving the quality or the air we breathe across the borough, and our new parking charges structure is just one element of that.”

The new parking charges are set to come into force during the autumn.

Income from parking charges can only be spent on running the parking service and transport projects, including filling in potholes, resurfacing borough roads and new cycling schemes. It also goes towards the Freedom Pass – London’s concessionary travel scheme. Merton has spent around £27million on the Freedom Pass during the last three years.

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Merton Council declares a Climate Change Emergency

NEW News from Merton Council - 10 July, 2019 - 22:27

Merton Council has stepped up its commitment to combating carbon emissions and rising temperatures, by declaring a Climate Change Emergency.

From left: Merton Conservatives Leader Councillor Nick McLean, Merton Council Leader Councillor Stephen Alambritis, Merton Liberal Democrat Group Leader Councillor Anthony Fairclough and Merton Park Ward Independent Residents Group Leader Councillor Peter Southgate

The cross-party motion, signed by the four Group leaders and moved by Councillor Tobin Byers, Merton Council’s cabinet member responsible for health and the environment,  was passed unanimously at the Council meeting on Wednesday 10 July. It called on the Council to declare a climate emergency and to develop an action in conjunction with businesses and residents to decarbonise the borough.

The council has committed to take a leadership role and join forces with the community to achieve carbon neutrality for the whole of Merton by 2050. The target is in line with advice given by the Government’s Committee on Climate Change and the Mayor of London’s ambitions.

Under the declaration the council has also pledged to make every effort to become a carbon neutral organisation by 2030. The council’s actions will involve work to reduce and decarbonise the energy used in all its 340 buildings, transport and contracted out services. Merton council has been working to reduce its emissions for some time, cutting them by 35 per cent since 2009 and the motion will build upon this work.

Residents, businesses and organisations are being urged to give their views on the priorities for the council’s climate change work and volunteer to be in the council’s Climate Emergency Working Group, which is to be formed. The group is to advise on the development of the council’s Climate Change Action Plan. The key areas of action are set to be switching to low carbon energy sources in buildings, reducing car journeys, encouraging the use of electric vehicles, the consumption of sustainable products, green investment and the creation of green spaces across the borough.

The declaration also recognises that the Government needs to take bolder steps to ensure the country can be carbon neutral by 2050, to protect the planet for future generations.

The cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Health and the Environment Councillor Byers, said: “The evidence on the impact of global warming is now undeniable. The scale of the challenge is unprecedented. I am delighted that the motion was supported by all four parties and was passed unanimously . We know climate change will impact negatively on the well-being of residents and the local economy. We must take urgent action to reduce carbon emissions, to keep the temperature rise below 1.5 degrees centigrade, if we want to avoid the worst case scenarios extreme weather will bring.”

The council is already taking a number of measures to reduce carbon emissions from car journeys. Measures have included encouraging residents to enjoy making more sustainable trips by foot, bicycle or public transport and the ongoing installation of charge points for electric powered vehicles. Merton, which currently has 101 publicly accessible electric fast chargers operating with another 36 expected to be installed by the end of 2019, is among the top boroughs in London for this expansion. Ongoing projects include to help clean up the air includes action to ensure drivers turn off their engines while waiting outside schools.

Cllr Byers, said: “Merton Council has a long history of taking action on climate change, dating back to the development of the Merton Rule in 2003. Our most recent strategy, which has been in place since 2014, has already made a positive impact at reducing carbon emissions. However it is now imperative that this work is now stepped up and an action plan to meet the challenges we face is created.”

“The council has the responsibility to take a leadership role in tackling climate changes. However,  as 97.5% of emissions within the borough come from the buildings we work in and the vehicles we drive, the majority of which are outside  our direct control, everyone has an important role to play. This is why we are setting up a working group which will actively involve residents and businesses.”

A Climate Change Emergency action plan is to be developed and presented to the council in early 2020. The council is set to launch an online survey and undertake engagement with residents.

For more information on how everyone can get involved visit the  www.merton.gov.uk/climatechange

 

 

NOTES FOR EDITORS

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a report, last October, on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C. The report warned that the risk of catastrophic climate change including extreme heat, drought, flooding and climate-related poverty would significantly increase unless global warming could be kept to a maximum of 1.5°C. The report noted global warming is likely to reach 1.5°C between 2030 and 2052 unless urgent and unprecedented action is taken.

 

 

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Merton to celebrate Armed Forces Day

NEW News from Merton Council - 21 June, 2019 - 16:05

Merton Council is inviting all residents to show their appreciation of the Armed Forces community by supporting events to celebrate Armed Forces Day.

The Armed Forces Day Parade on Saturday 29 June is to assemble at 9.15 am in Abbotsbury Road, Morden where it will be inspected by The Mayor of Merton, Councillor Janice Howard, and the Queen’s Representative Deputy Lieutenant, Clare Whelan OBE.

A short ceremony will be held outside Merton Civic Centre, in London Road Morden at 9.45am which will be followed by the raising of the Armed Forces Day flag.

Led by the The 151 Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps from the Army Reserve Centre in Stonecot Hill, the parade is due to set off from Abbotsbury Road at 10am.  The parade is to pass by the Civic Centre on its way to the bandstand in Morden Park, where there is to be some short speeches given by the guest dignitaries.

There is to be a host of attractions in the park for people to enjoy following the ceremony, including a funfair, entertainments and refreshments.

Councillor Dennis Pearce, Chair of the Armed Forces Day Steering Group, said:  “Our event is being held to recognise and celebrate the greatly valued contribution made by the Armed Forces community – including currently serving troops, Service families, veterans, reservists and cadets.

I would encourage all residents to join us in showing our appreciation and help give a morale boost to all personnel and their families who are serving to keep our country safe. Residents are invited to both join in the parade and watch from the side-lines.”

The route will be clearly marked and there will be some road closures in place.

 

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Cannon Hill by-election results

NEW News from Merton Council - 21 June, 2019 - 00:28

Jenifer Gould from the Liberal Democrat Party has been elected Cannon Hill’s new ward councillor with 35% of the vote.

A by-election was called in Cannon Hill Ward following the resignation of Councillor Mark Kenny, who represented the Labour Party.

The full breakdown of votes is:

Ryan Barnett, Labour Party (875 votes)

Jenifer Gould, Liberal Democrat (1060 votes)

Andrew Mills, UK Independence Party (68 votes)

Susie O’Connor, Green Party (158 votes)

Michael Paterson, Conservative Party (867 votes)

 

The turnout was 42 per cent.

 

 

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