The debate over Mitcham’s town centre reached a crucial stage when it was discussed by Merton Council’s excitingly named Street Management Advisory Committee at the end of January.
Councillors heard passionate calls from local groups and residents to rethink proposals to cut the historic Fair Green in half with a new bus lane. There was also support to remove Mitcham’s gyratory one way system and relieve the centre from traffic.
We urged Councillors to value Fair Green – the “ace in the pack” for Mitcham’s recovery and keep it open and well cared for.
After a long debate the Committee rejected the bus lane plans while backing the other welcome proposals to improve the look and feel of the town centre. The decision is only advisory and it will be for Cabinet member Councillor Andrew Judge to decide what happens next.
More consultation is promised in the Spring.
Back in October last year we sent our comments on plans to develop Cricket Green school to Merton’s planning department. You’ll find the post about that here and it contains a link to the comments themselves.
Our efforts to ensure sensitive changes at Cricket Green School have borne fruit with new proposals coming forward from Merton’s Education department.
These avoid any loss of trees and introduce new and improved railings around some of the boundary.
Given the prominence of the site at an important gateways to Mitcham Cricket Green Conservation Area we remain keen to see uniform railings (rather than the uninspiring fencing that fronts onto the road) around the whole boundary.
We would welcome some simple interpretation of the listed remains of 14th century Hall Place Chapel which lie within the school boundary and lack any information or description. Our comments on the latest planning application have been submitted to the council. Cricket Green School representation Jan 2013.