Monthly Archives: July 2016

Date Valley School shelter – our comments on planning application

Date Valley School continues to be a challenging neighbour for Cricket Green.

There are continuing problems over parking and traffic in breach of the school’s travel plan and questions over its use of the green space adjacent to the cricket pitch.

It has also been in breach of planning controls by erecting a shelter without planning permission that Merton Council has said needs to be removed because of its impact on the Conservation Area.

A new shelter has been proposed which is significantly lower than the current one.

We believe it will still have a negative impact but recognise the school’s need and have not objected. We are asking Merton Council to ensure that it is an appropriate colour which will blend with its surroundings in this sensitive location.

Our comments – Date Valley shelter – revised July 16

Full details of the planning application at Merton Council’s web site

How to make your own comments on a planning application

Ravensbury Arms development – our comments on planning application

The Ravensbury Arms is an important community asset and we have welcomed recent investment following a long period of closure.

It is all the more disappointing, therefore, to report proposals for development on the site which will damage Metropolitan Open Land.

We have strongly objected to plans to erect eight timber “shisha cabins”, each with their own television and lighting. These are located in the green land alongside the existing pub. This is designated as Metropolitan Open Land which gives it the same protection as Green Belt and where inappropriate development can only be permitted in “very special circumstances”.

The site is visually part of Mitcham Common, wooded and adjacent to the golf course.

Our comments – Ravensbury Arms – shisha cabins July 16

Full details of the planning application at Merton Council’s web site

How to make your own comments on a planning application

Community on the Green 27th July – open invitation

Join us on Wednesday 27th July at Cricket Green 6pm till dusk.

Mitcham Cricket Green Community & Heritage invites you to join us on Wednesday 27th July for our annual celebration of Cricket Green and everyone who lives and works here.

This year we have a special focus on The Canons which is currently the subject of a multi-million pound Lottery bid. Take the opportunity to see the area as you may have never seen it before with a special 3D fly through display. There will also be a free guided walking tour of the grounds. Cricket will be played during the evening.

The event will include:

  • exhibitions and displays about what is going on in Cricket Green, The Canons and the Wandle Valley
  • a chance to quiz the experts who have undertaken new historical research of the area
  • opportunities to have your say on how Lottery funding should be invested in The Canons and its grounds
  • short speeches at 7pm
  • information on the multi-million pound bid to the Lottery for The Canons and its grounds, including a guided tour of the grounds at 7.30pm
  • the latest news on the future of the Burn Bullock and the Cricketers pubs
  • a celebration of the oldest cricket ground in the world
    opportunities to visit Mitcham cricket pavilion, Merton’s first registered asset of community value
  • drinks and light refreshments

The Mayor of Merton has also been invited.

We hope you will join other organisations, businesses and the local community for what will be a relaxed, enjoyable and informative evening.

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We look forward to seeing you!