Mitcham Cricket Green Community and Heritage is the civic society for Mitcham Cricket Green Conservation Area and its environs. We take an active interest in the future of the area and membership is open to all.
We get involved in a wide range of activity and work with other local groups and the London Borough of Merton. We care for our local heritage, support community involvement and encourage people to make use of the area for recreation and leisure.
We are active in many different ways and:
- Bring local people together through our monthly open meetings
- Campaign on important planning and other issues
- Support Mitcham Cricket Club
- Take practical steps to look after trees, tackle litter and care for the area
- Promote and celebrate Cricket Green, including participating in Open House London, Civic Day and the Mitcham Carnival
- Work in partnership with other local organisations and Merton Council
- Promote Cricket Green and our activities locally through our web site, Twitter and a free bulletin
- Are part of the national civic movement through membership of Civic Voice
Highlights of our work include:
Our Cricket Green Charter was produced following a public workshop involving local people, councillors and council officer.
It sets out the 21 principles which should be used to inform policies and planning decisions about the future of Cricket Green.
Cricketers pub. We have campaigned vigorously on a series of planning applications to convert the 1950s Cricketers pub into private housing. A number of applications have been turned down, but this is still very much a live issue.
Future of the old fire station. The London Fire Brigade vacated the Fire Station at Cricket Green for new premises on London Road during 2015. We want to see the Fire Station become a community facility. We are working with Merton Council and other voluntary groups. Read our article on Mitcham’s Cultural Revolution.
SITA waste recycling facility. SITA is developing its site at Benedict Wharf and we have been involved since the plans were announced, turned down by Merton Council and granted on appeal by the Mayor of London. The developments were originally planned to be completed in 2017, but the start on work has been delayed by SITA.
A key concern is continued problems with large lorries using the narrow Church Road and London Road junctions causing a danger to pedestrians and other traffic. In October 2012 we completed a traffic survey which was instrumental in highlighting the problem. We also organised the first ever walkabout for key SITA staff which alerted them to the dangers. We sit on the Community Liaison Group which was set up following the grant of planning permission.
The Canons HLF bid. We are working closely with Merton Council on a Lottery application for close to £4 million for The Canons. We successfully achieved the first round of funding in December 2014, and are now heavily involved in working up a detailed bid, to be submitted to HLF late in 2016. If you want to get involved please email us. the preparation of a funding application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a multi million pound project focussed on the Canons house and grounds.
Read our regular newsletters for more information on our work.