Mitcham cricket pavilion is locally listed and a wonderful example of a building of its time.
Opened in 1904 it is undoubtedly an important heritage asset. Do come along and have a look inside on Mitcham Heritage Day on 14th September.
The cricket pavilion’s true value, however, lies in the community role it plays. It supports Mitcham Cricket Club and the continuing story of the game being played on the oldest cricket ground in the world. This is turn adds immensely to the sense of civic pride in Cricket Green and literally defines our identity.
This is why we were pleased to secure Mitcham cricket pavilion at Merton’s first registered asset of community value in 2014 and we are delighted that the registration has just been renewed for another five years following our application.
The renewal affirms the the vital contribution the pavilion makes to the local community at a time when its future is uncertain.
The pavilion shares ownership with the Burn Bullock, a nationally listed building which has declined to the point where it is on the national Heritage at Risk register. We have seen stop/start plans for both new flats and then a hotel for the rear car park and there is now talk of a care home being built. It remains unclear whether this will impact on the land occupied by the pavilion which includes essential storage and garaging facilities for the equipment needed to care for the cricket square.
Everyone agrees that the cricket pavilion is an essential community asset. This has now been officially reconfirmed. Now we need to work with Merton Council and Mitcham Cricket Club to ensure control of the pavilion is transferred to the local community as a condition of any planning permission to develop other parts of the Burn Bullock site.
- Find out more about your community rights
- Nominate local buildings and open space as “assets of community value”
- Use your voice to change Mitcham for the better
Mitcham Cricket Green Community & Heritage is running a special workshop to explore the potential of new community rights to make a difference to Mitcham.
This will run on the evening of Friday 27th March in the cricket pavilion – the first building in Merton to be listed as an asset of community value. There was strong demand for the workshop at our recent Open Meeting.
We have teamed up with Civic Voice – the national charity for the civic movement – to run the event.
It will include a short walkabout, expert presentation and an opportunity for you to discuss and identify potential buildings and land to be recognised for their contribution to the community. We will produce an action plan for Mitcham which identifies the buildings and land we most value.
It would be helpful to know if you will be joining us – please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
5.00pm Walkabout – meet opposite cricket pavilion
6.15pm Welcome and introduction
6.20pm Introduction to assets of community value
7.00pm Group discussion of candidate buildings and land to be nominated
7.45pm Selecting priorities and action plan
7.55pm Next steps
Please feel free to join us at 6.15 if you cannot make the walkabout.
The event will be run by Tony Burton (trustee, MCGC&H) and Sarah James (Civic Voice).
Read more about our successful campaign to have Mitcham Cricket Pavilion recognised as an asset of community value.
Merton Council has officially recognised the historic Mitcham cricket pavilion as an “asset of community value”. This is in response to our application and it is the first community asset to be recognised in this way anywhere in Merton. Over 1,000 buildings, open spaces, pubs and other community assets have been recognised by local authorities across England since the new powers to protect community assets were introduced in 2011.
The cricket pavilion has been at the heart of the local community since it was built in 1904 – supporting cricket on the ground where it has been played continuously longer than anywhere else in the world. The effect of placing it on the statutory register of assets of community value is twofold. First, it gives it an important status as a building which is valued by local people when decisions are made about its future or development in the area. Second, any effort to sell the building would trigger a six month moratorium during which time the community could raise the funds and support needed to take over responsibility for the building.
This recognition is especially important as the cricket pavilion faces an uncertain future. Although locally listed it is under the same ownership as the nearby Burn Bullock. This has fallen on hard times and is subject to enforcement action against illegal car sales and the decay of the listed building. Securing a future for the cricket pavilion is an urgent priority and we will be campaigning hard for it to be put under community management.
We will be looking at other buildings and open spaces which are worthy of similar recognition as community assets. Let us know which you most value in the Cricket Green area.