Monthly Archives: April 2013

Cricket Green Charter published

We launched the Cricket Green Charter at the Mitcham Community Forum on 15 April. 

This was developed through the Tune In Cricket Green workshop with local residents, organised in partnership with Merton Council and our local ward councilors.  The full report of the workshop is now available and can be downloaded here

The 21 point Charter sets out our ambitions for the future of Cricket Green for the first time.  We want it to be used to guide all future policies and planning decisions.

The rich story of Cricket Green told through its buildings, open spaces and people should set the standard and makes development in the area a privilege.

The Charter asks that all development is required to show how it matches up to the quality of Cricket Green and contributes positively to its future. We look forward to working with Merton Council and others to bring it to life.

You can read the Cricket Green Charter here.

Opening up Willow Lane

The old route into Willow Lane from Carshalton Road near Mitcham Junction station is being opened up to vehicles again after nine years.

The diggers arrived out of the blue and have been hard at work.

Merton Council has only recently consulted on the proposals, well after the works began, and a copy of our views is available here.

The Council’s plans are available here.

We are concerned by the impact on this semi-rural lane of the new kerbs, yellow lines and a remarkable 26 (yes – 26!) new road signs.

With the road restricted to vans it is unclear whether the economic benefit is worth the financial and environmental cost.

We are also asking for the work to improve the condition of the two Victorian railway bridges, noted by eminent local historian Eric Montague as being remarkably unaltered since the 19th century.

We’ve posted some photos of the works at our Flickr site. If you have any pictures you’d like us to add, please send them to info@mitchamcricketgreen.org.uk with a description.

Merton Council in the process of reopening Willow Lane to traffic and turning a quiet, pedestrian friendly county lane into a modern road. We understand consultation of local households was poor

Merton Council in the process of reopening Willow Lane to traffic and turning a quiet, pedestrian friendly country lane into a modern road. We understand consultation of local households was poor.