Monthly Archives: July 2015

Community on the Green a great success

Our Community on the Green event held on 29 July was a great success.

We were delighted to welcome lots of local people who wanted to learn more about our work and celebrate Cricket Green.

Highlights of the evening were:

  • An excellent speech by Mayor of Merton David Chung
  • The opportunity to view our recent national Civic Voice Design Award – for our Lottery funded work on three listed local landmarks
  • Presentation of cheques to Mitcham Cricket Club by both Miitcham Cricket Green Community & Heritage and Mitcham Society following our annual joint golf day earlier in the year
  • A guided walk round Mitcham Cricket Green
  • Cricket was played by young members of Mitcham Cricket Club

There was a spot of rain during the event, but as you will see from one of the photos below, one of our members took charge of ensuring pools didn’t form on our gazebo!

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Kwik Fit site redevelopment – our comments on the latest plans

The Kwik Fit site on London Road has been empty for some time.

An old planning permission for flats on the site has lapsed, and a new owner has been consulting on a new planning permission.

The plan as it currently stands is for 22 flats above 280 square metres of commercial space on the ground floor.

We have put forward some comments on the scheme.

Our comments on the Kwik Fit site redevelopment 360 – 364 London Road

In due course the developer will decide whether to take the scheme forward as a planning application.

The artists drawings from a booklet made available at the recent public consultation event gives a view of the development from several angles – and give a very good idea of the effect it would have on the local area.Kwik Fit development c

Kwik Fit development b

Kwik Fit development a

We are Highly Commended at Civic Voice Design Awards

We were delighted when we learned earlier this month that we’d been shortlisted for the prestigious Civic Voice 2015 Design Awards.

Only 12 projects throughout England were shortlisted for an award. We were in the Public Realm category – and were shortlisted alongside three other projects.

We were shortlisted for our Cleaning Local Landmarks project.

Joyce Bellamy and Sandra Vogel attended the awards ceremony on 17th July at Central Hall Westminster, where Civic Voice president Griff Rhys Jones presented the awards.

We didn’t win the category – but we came away with a Highly Commended award. This is what the judges said about our project:

“An imaginative community led scheme to restore three historic local landmarks; a milestone, a memorial stone and a horse trough which have all played a part in the story of Mitcham. Local heritage is preserved, celebrated and brought meaningfully to life by and for local people, inspiring a new generation to learn about and appreciate how the present is firmly rooted in the past. A model of how to involve volunteers in heritage and how small interventions can cumulatively make a huge difference.”

Everyone who played a part in this project has a share in the award – well done to us all!

Civic Voice has published a commemorative booklet about the awards with information about all the entrants.

Civic Voice Design awards 2015 all winners

We are shortlisted for Civic Voice Design Awards

We are delighted – and very proud – to be among the 12 organisations shortlisted for the Civic Voice Design Awards for our Cleaning Local Landmarks project.

We are up against three other projects in the Public Realm category.

This work was funded by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant which allowed us to work on three important local landmarks.

  • The listed horse trough at the junction of London Road and Cricket Green known as Jubilee Corner was moved to protect it from traffic and improve its setting. It was also cleaned.
  • The Tom Ruff memorial stone located just inside the cricket ground on Cricket Green was cleaned.
  • The listed milestone at the corner of London Road and Lower Green West was cleaned.

We produced a photographic record of our work – and the entire organisation was involved in selecting a shortlist from hundreds of photos taken during the project.

Our commemorative booklet tells the story in more detail.

The awards will be presented by Griff Rhys Jones, President of Civic Voice, at a ceremony on Friday 17th July at Central Hall Westminster.

There were 62 entries for the awards. More details are at the Civic Voice web site

Horse trough







Tom Ruff


MilestoneCleaning Local Landmarks photo selection


Planning application for a new bungalow in Mitcham Park – our comments

We do not usually get involved in householder planning applications but have significant concerns about the precedent which would be set by granting permission for a two bedroom bungalow to the rear of 18 Mitcham Park.

Mitcham Park is part of the Mitcham Cricket Green Conservation Area, and it has a very special character. The application to build a bungalow in the back garden of one of the properties would be detrimental to this character, and so we have asked that it be refused.

Read our comments on plans for a bungalow at 18 Mitcham Park

See all the documents for this application at Merton Council’s web site.