Monthly Archives: May 2014

Summer 2014 bulletin

Our Summer 2014 Bulletin has been published, and is being distributed to streets in the Cricket Green area by our volunteers.

This issue is packed with information including:

  • Details of the completion of our HLF funded work to restore the horse trough, Tom Ruff memorial and milestone
  • News of yet more planning applications for the Cricketers pub
  • Information about preparation of two large Heritage Lottery Fund bids for the Canons and for Cricket Green

MCGCH newsletter Summer 2014

MCGCH newsletter Summer 2014 front page

Local election candidates respond to our questions about Cricket Green

The local elections on 22 May are important for the future of Cricket Green.

We have asked questions of all 10 candidates standing in Cricket Green ward about their views on key issues. These range from the impact of lorries on Church Road, the future of cricket on the green and their attitude to protection of the Conservation Area from damaging development, light pollution and other threats.

All four political parties have responded and their answers are revealing.

As a local charity it is not for us to take sides in the election.  The responses speak for themselves and we hope you find them useful.

Local election 2014 – all party responses

Local election 2014 – full response from Labour

Local election 2014 – full response from Liberal Democrats

Local election 2014 – full response from Mitcham Independent Party

Local election 2014 – full response from Conservatives

Local election 2014 – questions for candidates

Yet another Cricketers Pub planning application

The owner of the Cricketers Pub seems to be discontent with the permission it has to convert the existing building into flats.

We are aware that a significant application is in development which will ask yet again if the pub can be demolished and replaced – something that has been refused multiple times already. From what we have seen of this plan so far, we are not encouraged.

Meanwhile, a planning application has been submitted asking if the ground floor can be retail rather than residential. We do not object to this idea, though we are objecting to the proposed implementation of it.

We have a number of concerns that include the lack of control over retail uses. The site owner made no bones about suggesting a cafe at a recent public exhibition, but in reality there is nothing to stop other uses, for example pay day lenders or betting shops. We also have concerns about other aspects of the proposal.

Read our  comments on the Cricketers – mixed use conversion planning application