The forthcoming election on 3rd May is an important moment for Cricket Green. Two longstanding ward councillors are standing down, and so whoever is elected we will see fresh faces representing our ward within Merton Council and standing up for Cricket Green.
As the local civic society we have asked questions of all 11 candidates standing in Cricket Green ward about their views on key local issues.
These range from the future of the Wilson Hospital and cricket on the green to their attitude to protecting the Conservation Area and priorities for Merton’s next Local Plan. We have also asked them about their favourite place in Cricket Green.
We have received responses from all five political parties and a number of the individual candidates. Their answers are revealing.
As a local charity it is not for us to take sides in the election. The responses speak for themselves and we hope you find them useful.
Local election 2018 – party responses
You can compare the 2018 responses to those we received to our questions to candidates in the previous local election in 2014
The Local Elections on 3rd May are important for Cricket Green. How
Merton Council is run makes a real difference to our neighbourhood and
with two long-standing ward councillors standing down there are sure to
be changes to personnel whatever the result.
We are therefore asking questions of all eleven candidates from the five
parties who are standing for Cricket Green ward. We plan to publish
these by the end of April so you can go to the polls in the knowledge of
what the candidates think about some of the issues that matter locally.
Our questions are:
1 What is your most important priority for improving the quality of life
in Cricket Green?
2 Do you support the Cricket Green Charter and how will you use it in
your work for Cricket Green Ward ?
3 How will you demonstrate your commitment to protecting Mitcham Cricket
Green Conservation Area and its environs?
4 What will you do to help secure a long term future for Mitcham Cricket
Club and its pavilion?
5 What are your priorities for Merton’s new Local Plan?
6 How do you think the development of the Wilson Hospital and its
grounds can best respect the historic site and provide for the needs of
the local community?
7 What will you do to ensure Mitcham’s registered Town Greens are better
managed and kept free of litter?
8 What is your favourite place in Mitcham Cricket Green Conservation Area?
Watch out for the answers.