Ward councillors – our first report

Each ward in Merton has three elected councillors whose “primary role is to represent their ward or division and the people who live in it” (Local Government Association).

Our work looking out for Cricket Green demands an active local authority which both uses its powers effectively and provides local leadership. Local authority decisions are largely made by a select band of councillors who are appointed to the Cabinet but ward councillors still have an important role in raising issues and getting them heard.

Mitcham Cricket Green Conservation Area spans two wards (Cricket Green and Figges Marsh) and is represented by six councillors.

Over the years we have raised many different issues with them with mixed results. Sometimes these issues spill over into social media although much work is done less publicly.

Given their importance we have prepared a report on the issues we have raised with our ward councillors since the last local elections. This will make things more transparent and also provide a public record of what has been achieved. It has been shared with ward councillors prior to publication.

This first report can be downloaded below. It summarises progress on sixteen different issues including:

  • securing the future of Mitcham cricket pavilion
  • providing information on Merton Council’s sale and swapping of land at Hallowfield Way
  • enforcing against unauthorised estate agent signs and hoardings around the Cricketers, Brook House and the old fire station
  • attending meetings of the Design Review Panel from which the public are barred
  • supporting the review of the Cricket Green Charter
  • speaking at Planning Committee on developments affecting Cricket Green
  • the continuing delay in Merton Council delivering on its promise to register new town green as part of the Rediscover Mitcham project
  • providing support for the repair and replacement of the distinctive road signs as part of the 50th anniversary of Cricket Green Conservation Area

There have been successful outcomes on six of the sixteen issues raised. Three issues have closed without any success. Nothing has been achieved so far on a further five issues although there is still an opportunity for progress. One issue saw progress separate from any councillor impact and a final issue is currently being acted on.

Read our Councillor report – November 2019

We would welcome your responses on what it says and how things can be improved.