Tag Archives: Cricket Green

Join our special workshop on Friday 27th March

  • 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 info@mitchamcricketgreen.org.uk


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
8.00pm    Close

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.

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

St Peter & Paul Catholic Church planning application for a parish hall

St Peter & Paul Catholic Church has put in a planning application for a parish hall behind the church.

We have made a formal response to this application.

We’re broadly in support, and our comments concentrate on ensuring the hall and its uses are sensitive to the surrounding environment and people who live locally.

Read our comments on St Peter & Paul Catholic Church planning application for a parish hall


Free guided walk and tea in the cricket pavilion on 20 September for Open House London

The Cricket Pavilion on Cricket Green will be open to the public between 10.00am and 4.30pm on Saturday 20th September as part of this year’s Open House London event.

The pavilion is locally listed and was built in 1904. It is packed with cricketing memorabilia.

Mitcham Cricket Club’s young players will put on a cricket match, and in the pavilion there will be an exhibition about Mitcham Cricket Club in World War I.

There will be refreshments and you can take tea on the pavilion balcony while watching the cricket.

At 2.30pm there will be a free guided walk taking in the diverse buildings and landscape within the Cricket Green Conservation Area.

All the details are on our Open House 2014 poster.

Date Valley School planning application – our representation

The Date Valley School occupies Mitcham Court on Cricket Green.

The school wants to extend its opening hours Monday to Friday from the current 7.00am – 18.00pm to open much later – 7.00am to 22.00pm. It also wants to open on Saturdays from 8.30am to 5.30pm – it is currently closed on Saturdays. The school is currently a primary school, and wants to expand to offer adult education.

We feel that this is a predominantly residential area in the heart of the Conservation Area and its qualities need to be respected.

There are already many problems from traffic and parking which are being caused by the current intensity of use of the school and these are not being adequately addressed by the school’s travel plan.

There are pressures on the open space, including it being monopolised by the school during the term time and even infractions onto the historic cricket ground. The proposed extension of hours will take these pressures to a new level – into the weekend and outside daylight hours – and cross the boundary of acceptability.

We feel that this development will seriously erode the tranquility of this part of the Conservation Area and impact badly on the amenity of local residents. So we have put in a representation asking that the planning application is refused.

Read our representation: Date Valley School – extension of operating hours and use