The lost paths of Mitcham Common

Mitcham Common is one of the true jewels of Cricket Green.

This large area of open space has remained undeveloped throughout the growth of London. It is managed by Conservators appointed by local authorities under Victorian legislation.

Mitcham Common is a remarkable place, defended against damage, development and the M23 by previous generations and on the doorstep of thousands of Londoners.

It is therefore highly disturbing to learn of the impact of unannounced decision by Merton Council to halve its funding for management of Mitcham Common.

The impacts are already being felt. Mitcham Common Conservators has withdrawn all path maintenance and litter clearance from seven different parts of the Common. These include areas near Mitcham Junction and along the railway line opposite Three Kings Piece.

Friends of Mitcham Common even found it necessary to organise a “lost paths” walk as these important recreational areas are in all but name put out of bounds to local people.

You can find out more about the areas affected here and if you feel strongly then let Merton Council leader Stephen Alambritis know ( As London grows so its green spaces become more important.

Mitcham Common deserves better.