Anyone who finds themselves in central Mitcham with a bit of time to spare could do a lot worse than take a walk with one of the two new Mitcham Maps.
Both maps have a huge number of places of interst on them, and offer a couple of suggested walk as well as letting you simply wander around and learn about the amazing history and heritage of our area.
The maps include existing places and places that have disappeared for ever. The area covered runs from Figges Marsh to Mitcham Common, from Merton Abbey Mills to Mitcham town centre.
You should be able to find printed copies of the maps in various locations such as libraries, or you can download them from the Borough of Merton web site:
The maps have been produced by Volunteers from the Mitcham Society working with the London Borough of Merton
One of our latest projects is to identify the buildings and open spaces in the area which are most valued by the local community. We are keen to take advantage of the new legal protection which has been introduced under the “community right to bid”.
Where local assets are included on a register held by the local council this means they can’t be sold off without the local community being given time to come up with some alternative proposals.
We’ve already identified the cricket pavilion and the fire station as early contenders. Neither is currently owned by the community and both are at risk.
We’ve included our ideas on a website gathering examples across the country and you can see the fire station here and the cricket pavilion here.
Let us know which other buildings or open space you think we should be campaigning for. Contact us at the usual address: firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ve submitted comments to Merton on proposals for work at Cricket Green School.
The school sits in the Cricket Green Conservation area, and is specifically identified in the draft Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan for Cricket Green as one which would benefit from environmental improvement to contribute more positively to the character of the area. It is in that context that we’ve made our submission.
In our comments we say that there is potential for Merton to show leadership by example in how it executes changes. We’re disappointed that some aspects of the plans don’t show that leadership and set a good example for others to follow.
For example, did you know there is a small, Grade II listed, remnant of the 14th Century Hall Place Chapel within the grounds of the school? Merton apparently does not, as the plans do not mention it, nor show it on the very detailed maps which have been complied. Maps which are detailed enouth to include every drainage cover on the site.
One of our aims with our comments is to ensure this piece of local history is properly protected and that there is some interpretation explaining the site. At present it sits with no interpretation at all.
We comment on several other aspects of the plans, and you can read our full comments here.