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It’s official – Mitcham cricket pavilion is a community asset

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.

Campaign for Mitcham cricket pavilion

We are working with Mitcham Cricket Club to secure the transfer of Mitcham cricket pavilion to the community as part of development plans for the Burn Bullock site.

The campaign has received important all-party backing from Merton’s politicians who have agreed the following statement:


Merton is immensely proud of the 333 year tradition of playing cricket on the Green in Mitcham – the longest record for any ground in the world. We are aware of the difficulties faced by Mitcham Cricket Club due to the uncertain tenure of Mitcham cricket pavilion. The cricket pavilion is recognised as the first asset of community value in Merton. We are also aware of the troubled recent history of the Burn Bullock site and of the development and restoration plans which have the potential to bring a lasting solution.

As part of any development proposals for the site we are united in our desire to see the transfer of Mitcham cricket pavilion and all its operational land and buildings into community ownership and management through transfer of the freehold or provision of a 999 year lease at a peppercorn rent ahead of any new development.

Councillor Stephen Alambritis, Labour Group Leader, Merton Council
Councillor Oonagh Moulton, Conservative Group Leader, Merton Council
Councillor Anthony Fairclough, Liberal Democrats Group Leader, Merton Council
Councillor Peter Southgate, Merton Park Independent Residents Group Leader, Merton Council
Siobhain McDonagh, Member of Parliament, Mitcham and Morden


The latest plans are for a hotel linked to restoration of the Grade II listed Burn Bullock as a restaurant and pub. We would welcome a well designed hotel and the Burn Bullock’s restoration is long overdue. Unfortunately, the plans demolish Mitcham Cricket Club’s equipment shed and the owners have said there are no guarantees they will fund a replacement in an extended pavilion. This puts at risk the 333 year old record of cricket being played on the Green, longer than anywhere else in the world.

We are delighted by this all-party support and are now working to ensure any planning decisions secure the future of the pavilion, its shed and operational land in community hands.

Our open letter to the owner of the Burn Bullock pub and cricket pavilion

Our Chair and the Chair of Mitcham Cricket Club have jointly published an open letter to the owner of the Burn Bullock pub. This comes in response to an article in the Wimbledon Guardian.

Our letter was published in the Guardian on 27 November 2014, and it can be found at the Guardian website as a letter to the editor: Words do not match actions over historic Burn Bullock pub. The full text of the letter follows.


We were interested to read of Kamran Baig’s plans for the Burn Bullock and Mitcham cricket pavilion (Hotel plan for former pub, November 6).

You were right to say that the pub is ‘dilapidated’. This is the direct result of Mr Baig’s inaction – some might say wilful neglect – over many years. It is truly shocking that the owner of this Grade II listed building has allowed it to fall into such a state of disrepair that it was put on the 2014 Heritage at Risk register by English Heritage last month.

Mr Baig has consistently ignored not only local people but also notices served on him by Merton Council, and has run illegal car wash and car sales businesses from the pub’s car park – activity which was stopped by yet further action by Merton Council.

We have made numerous approaches to Mr Baig to discuss both the Burn Bullock and the Cricket Pavilion. He says he wishes to engage and then never follows up.

If he did, he would learn that there are compelling reasons why building a new cricket pavilion on the green is a non starter and hear about our exciting ideas for making even better use of the pavilion which he might like to support.

The pavilion is the first building to be registered by Merton Council as an asset of community value and it should be treasured.

We are working hard with Merton Council to achieve this with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

As owner of the Cricket Pavilion Mr Baig has never provided the cricket club with a proper lease.

Does he prefer to keep the home of the oldest cricket ground in the world in constant uncertainty about its future?

Mr Baig, we would love to talk. Give us a call. You say you want to and you know where we are.

John Strover, Chair, Mitcham Cricket Green Community & Heritage

Peter White-Young, Chair, Mitcham Cricket Club

Burn Bullock on national Heritage at Risk Register

Burn BullockThe Burn Bullock has been added to the national Heritage at Risk Register.

This is maintained by English Heritage and records the listed historic buildings and structures across England which are most at risk from being lost or irrevocably damaged.

It is pleasing that the community campaign to save this much loved building from neglect has won national recognition but salutary to consider the challenge of putting things right.

Mitcham Cricket Green Community & Heritage is continuing to campaign to save the Burn Bullock and secure the future of the historic cricket pavilion. Join up if you want to get involved.

The Burn Bullock’s entry on the Heritage at Risk Register is here.

Car sales in the Burn Bullock car park – why we are objecting

The owner of the Burn Bullock pub at Cricket Green has put in a planning application for car sales in the car park. Car sales have in fact been going on there for some time, without planning permission. In fact, we wonder whether the threat of enforcement action is all that lies behind the application for planning permission.

We are objecting to this planning application because we feel car sales are entirely inappropriate to the location, in the Cricket Green Conservation Area and adjacent to a Grade II listed building. We believe it goes against the council’s own policies and the Cricket Green Charter.

Read our objection to planning application for Burn Bullock car sales.