Our Community on the Green celebration was buzzing this year.
The future of Mitcham cricket pavilion in the face of development plans for a hotel on the Burn Bullock site was the focus of attention.
The strength of community support for securing the future of the pavilion was palpable.
Our community photo call was a great success.
The campaign will move up a gear over the summer as Merton’s planners provide feedback on the development.
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.