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Completed Consultations and Feedback


Consultation run by: Children, Schools & Families
Start: 15 Jun 2021
Ends: 22 Oct 2021
Why do we want your views?

We are working with Partnership for Young London to understand how COVID has impacted children and young people who live or study in Merton. If you are under 18 please complete this confidential survey.

This survey has been designed by young residents living in Merton, and wants to know how you have felt during Covid-19 and lockdown. What you tell us will help us understand the needs of young residents better, to provide better support and help for them.

Consultation run by: Environment & Regeneration
Start: 24 Sep 2021
Ends: 18 Oct 2021
Why do we want your views?

The purpose of this consultation is to seek your views on proposals to introduce a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) in Cedars Road. This proposal is in response to a petition received from some residents of Cedars Road who are experiencing parking difficulties in their road.

To address residents’ parking and access concerns, the Council is undertaking an informal consultation to seek your views on proposals to control parking in your road.

More information can be found on our website.

Consultation run by: Environment & Regeneration
Start: 05 Jul 2021
Ends: 15 Oct 2021
Why do we want your views?

Safer Merton forms part of the Community Safety Partnership.

Community Safety Partnerships were set up as statutory bodies under Sections 5-7 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.

Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) are made up of representatives from the police, local authorities, fire and rescue authorities, health and probation services (the 'responsible authorities').

The responsible authorities work together to protect their local communities from crime and to help people feel safe. They work out how to deal with local issues including antisocial behaviour, drug or alcohol misuse and re-offending. They annually assess local crime priorities and consult partners and the local community about how to deal with them.

This Community Safety Survey will be used by partner agencies to jointly work together to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. The results will feed into the annual Community Safety Strategic Assessment

Consultation run by: Environment & Regeneration
Start: 26 Aug 2021
Ends: 07 Oct 2021
Why do we want your views?

Merton’s draft Housing Delivery Strategy considers the need for new homes in Merton and the mechanisms through which they might be delivered, with an emphasis on the need for new affordable housing. Drawing on views expressed in workshops, conversations with groups and individuals across the council and externally and on a range of evidence in relation to housing supply and demand, it identifies specific actions that are most relevant to and with the best prospect of success in Merton.

This is an overarching strategy with a focus on securing housing growth, and is intended to complement a wider group of policies and strategies, in particular the Local Plan and the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy.

You can read the draft Housing Delivery Strategy and the Action Plan on our website here.

We are particularly looking for feedback from those who deliver new homes and housing providers for people including those who are homeless, older people, people with learning disabilities, those with physical and mental illness and young people leaving care.

Why do we want your views?

Each year the Government makes changes to the legislation that governs the calculation and award of the prescribed Council Tax Reduction (CTR) Scheme for pensioners and Housing Benefit (HB). These changes affect several aspects of these awards and Merton has a commitment to keep the local Council Tax Reduction scheme for non-pensioners, known as Council Tax Support (CTS),  aligned to the Government’s schemes. This ensures there are little or no differences between the prescribed scheme and Housing Benefit and the local CTS scheme and residents will get broadly the same CTS as they would have done if Council Tax Benefit still existed. We are consulting on two options relating to updating the scheme. You can have your say by clicking on the 'Take Part' link below.

Further details regarding the reasons for the options chosen can be found in our consultation paper on our website.

Consultation run by: Environment & Regeneration
Start: 19 Jul 2021
Ends: 27 Sep 2021
Why do we want your views?

Merton Council is calling on local residents, businesses, interest groups, educational establishments, faith groups and public agencies to have their say on the borough’s future gambling policy.

The Gambling Act 2005 requires all licensing authorities to prepare and publish a Gambling Act Statement of Principles every three years. A review of the current Statement, which is due to expire in January 2022, is now underway. For more information about the Statement of Principles and proposed changes please see the attached documents or click here

We are also seeking your views on whether we should continue the Council’s ‘no casino’ policy. 

Please see the attached document to view the Draft Gambling Act Statement of Principles.

We would welcome your views on the proposed Statement and to hear about any other changes you would wish to see in the policy and your reasons for them.

Please give us your views using the online survey below. Alternatively you can email  licensing@merton.gov.uk or send written responses to:

Licensing Section (LB Merton), Regulatory Services Partnership, Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Surrey SM4 5DX

Any comments you send should clearly state your name, any organisation or persons you may be responding on behalf of and your address. Please state that your comments relate to Merton Gambling Policy Statement

The closing date for submitting consultation responses is  27 September 2021

Consultation run by: Corporate Services
Start: 02 Aug 2021
Ends: 13 Sep 2021
Why do we want your views?

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has recently undertaken an Electoral Review of the London Borough of Merton ward arrangements. As a result of the review, there have been alterations to the current ward boundaries which require changes to the polling districts within them.

Therefore, Merton is undertaking a review of its polling districts and also the location of polling places or stations for use at both national and local elections to mirror the changes to the ward boundaries. The changes to the Wards and Polling Districts will come into force at the Local Council Elections on 5 May 2022.

Local political parties, MPs and Councillors are being consulted and views are also invited from residents, disability groups and other stakeholders.

The formal consultation period begins on Monday 2 August 2021. Your comments on proposed arrangements should be sent to us in writing or via email by Monday 13 September 2021. Details of any representations received will be made available for inspection and will be published on the website at the conclusion of the review.

Details of these arrangements can be viewed on the Council’s website.   

 

Consultation run by: Environment & Regeneration
Start: 09 Jul 2021
Ends: 10 Sep 2021
Why do we want your views?

We are pleased to announce the opening of this year’s Neighbourhood Fund bidding round! We will be holding an extended bidding round up to the 10th of September this year to ensure everyone has sufficient time to submit their bid. Successful bids will be decided by Merton’s Cabinet in November 2021. We have made improvements to the bid form based on feedback received since last year’s bidding round.

Funding from developers is collected by Merton through the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) to support the demand that new homes and other development places on the borough. A portion of this (15%) is set aside for the Neighbourhood Fund to directly fund local projects that address development demands on Merton and meet local priorities that enhance Merton as a place to live and work.

We would like to offer this opportunity to hear about your proposal for how this money can be used to directly deliver outcomes that address demands of development and support our local community. This may include funding improvements to green spaces, community facilities, town centres and streetscapes or local initiatives that help address the Climate Emergency, assist with Covid-19 recovery or build social capital and bridging the gap across Merton.

The bidding process is competitive: last year £1.9m was given out to 26 projetcs (item 6) from across the borough. This year we are expecting a large number of bids for less funding available (£1m) to give out during a time of unprecedented demand for funding as we rebuild from Covid-19.

If you would like to know more, or have a proposal in mind, please visit our Neighbourhood Fund webpage. 

Consultation run by: Environment & Regeneration
Start: 22 Jul 2021
Ends: 06 Sep 2021
Why do we want your views?

We are creating a new Local Plan to provide a sound basis for planning decisions. We know how important good planning decisions are for Merton residents, as they impact on the appearance of the local environment and how people use it. At the same time, it is in the interest of all who live and work in Merton to attract new talent and new business to enhance the borough's resilience to external change, sustain a buoyant long-term economy and ensure a quality built environment for generations to come.

Please take a look at www.merton.gov.uk/planning-and-buildings/planning/local-plan/newlocalplan

Comment on any issues within the policies, site allocations or land designations that you would like the inspector to consider at their independent examination of the plan.

Consultation run by: Community & Housing
Start: 26 Jul 2021
Ends: 23 Aug 2021
Why do we want your views?

We absolutely appreciate the extent of the difficulties many people with dementia and their family carers have faced over the last 17 months.   

Merton Council currently commissions the Alzheimer’s Society to provide Community Dementia Services. The current contract is coming to an end this September 2021 and we are looking to extend this service for the next 2 years. We are looking to develop a model based on services closer to home in addition to services at the Dementia Hub building so we can support more people throughout their Dementia Journey across the Borough.  

We want to hear from residents with Dementia, their families, carers, services that support people with Dementia and other people that support Dementia Friendly Communities. Therefore, we will be asking people to complete this questionnaire so you can help shape what Community Based Dementia Services with the Alzheimer’s Society and partners should look like in the future. 

Consultation run by: Boundary Commission for England
Start: 08 Jun 2021
Ends: 02 Aug 2021
Why do we want your views?

The Boundary Commission for England is the independent organisation responsible for reviewing Parliamentary constituency boundaries in England. The 2023 Review of Parliamentary constituencies was formally launched in January this year. The Commission is required to ensure that the number of electors in each constituency is more equal; in doing so, the number of constituencies in England will increase from 533 to 543. The Commission is undertaking an independent review of all constituency boundaries in England and will present the final recommendations to Parliament by July 2023.

Members of the public are encouraged to visit the review website to view maps showing the proposed new boundaries and provide feedback before the consultation closes on 2 August 2021. People can comment on anything from where the proposed new boundary lines are to the names of the constituencies. There will be a further two rounds of consultation in 2022. Following the conclusion of all three consultation periods, the Commission will look at all the evidence received before forming its final recommendations.

Why do we want your views?

To improve safety, active travel and air quality, and in response to Covid-19 pandemic, the Council intends to restrict motorised access in and out of the identified roads that accommodate school pedestrian gates during the morning school opening and afternoon school closing periods under an Experimental Traffic Management Order (ETMO). During these periods, the road will be predominately ‘pedestrian and cycle only’ zone. Residents who live in the affected roads will be allowed access as will staff who are based at the school; those with special needs children who need to be driven to school would also be exempt.

The restrictions and the Order will be in place for a maximum of 18 months. Anyone can object and make representations within the first six months of the experimental Order coming into force and the implementation of the works.

Why do we want your views?

In July 2019, as part of its School Safety Zone, the Council introduced restricted vehicular access operational Mon-Fri 8.00-9.30am and 2.30-3.30pm. This was introduced under an Experimental Order.

The Council has been advised by the school that its afternoon finish time has now changed. Consequently, for the scheme to remain effective, we are increasing the current afternoon period by half hour. The new afternoon restriction will be 2.30 - 4.00pm; the morning period will remain the same 8.00-9.30am
This change means the start of a new statutory consultation under the Experimental Order. This change will come into operation on 22nd October 2020. As before, you have 6 months to make a representation to this scheme.

This consultation period has now been extended until 31 July 2021.

Why do we want your views?

To improve safety, active travel and air quality, and in response to Covid-19 pandemic, the Council intends to restrict motorised access in and out of the identified roads that accommodate school pedestrian gates during the morning school opening and afternoon school closing periods under an Experimental Traffic Management Order (ETMO). During these periods, the road will be predominately ‘pedestrian and cycle only’ zone. Residents who live in the affected roads will be allowed access as will staff who are based at the school; those with special needs children who need to be driven to school would also be exempt.

The restrictions and the Order will be in place for a maximum of 18 months. Anyone can object and make representations within the first six months of the experimental Order coming into force and the implementation of the works.

This consultation period has now been extended until 31 July 2021.

Why do we want your views?

To improve safety, active travel and air quality, and in response to Covid-19 pandemic, the Council intends to restrict motorised access in and out of the identified roads that accommodate school pedestrian gates during the morning school opening and afternoon school closing periods under an Experimental Traffic Management Order (ETMO). During these periods, the road will be predominately ‘pedestrian and cycle only’ zone. Residents who live in the affected roads will be allowed access as will staff who are based at the school; those with special needs children who need to be driven to school would also be exempt.

The restrictions and the Order will be in place for a maximum of 18 months. Anyone can object and make representations within the first six months of the experimental Order coming into force and the implementation of the works.

This consultation period has now been extended until 31 July 2021.

Why do we want your views?

To improve safety, active travel and air quality, and in response to Covid-19 pandemic, the Council intends to restrict motorised access in and out of the identified roads that accommodate school pedestrian gates during the morning school opening and afternoon school closing periods under an Experimental Traffic Management Order (ETMO). During these periods, the road will be predominately ‘pedestrian and cycle only’ zone. Residents who live in the affected roads will be allowed access as will staff who are based at the school; those with special needs children who need to be driven to school would also be exempt.

The restrictions and the Order will be in place for a maximum of 18 months. Anyone can object and make representations within the first six months of the experimental Order coming into force and the implementation of the works.

This consultation period has now been extended until 31 July 2021.

Why do we want your views?

To improve safety, active travel and air quality, and in response to Covid-19 pandemic, the Council intends to restrict motorised access in and out of the identified roads that accommodate school pedestrian gates during the morning school opening and afternoon school closing periods under an Experimental Traffic Management Order (ETMO). During these periods, the road will be predominately ‘pedestrian and cycle only’ zone. Residents who live in the affected roads will be allowed access as will staff who are based at the school; those with special needs children who need to be driven to school would also be exempt.

The restrictions and the Order will be in place for a maximum of 18 months. Anyone can object and make representations within the first six months of the experimental Order coming into force and the implementation of the works.

This consultation period has now been extended until 31 July 2021.

Why do we want your views?

To improve safety, active travel and air quality, and in response to Covid-19 pandemic, the Council intends to restrict motorised access in and out of the identified roads that accommodate school pedestrian gates during the morning school opening and afternoon school closing periods under an Experimental Traffic Management Order (ETMO). During these periods, the road will be predominately ‘pedestrian and cycle only’ zone. Residents who live in the affected roads will be allowed access as will staff who are based at the school; those with special needs children who need to be driven to school would also be exempt.

The restrictions and the Order will be in place for a maximum of 18 months. Anyone can object and make representations within the first six months of the experimental Order coming into force and the implementation of the works.

This consultation period has now been extended until 31 July 2021.

Why do we want your views?

To improve safety, active travel and air quality, and in response to Covid-19 pandemic, the Council intends to restrict motorised access in and out of the identified roads that accommodate school pedestrian gates during the morning school opening and afternoon school closing periods under an Experimental Traffic Management Order (ETMO). During these periods, the road will be predominately ‘pedestrian and cycle only’ zone. Residents who live in the affected roads will be allowed access as will staff who are based at the school; those with special needs children who need to be driven to school would also be exempt.

The restrictions and the Order will be in place for a maximum of 18 months. Anyone can object and make representations within the first six months of the experimental Order coming into force and the implementation of the works.

This consultation period has now been extended until 31 July 2021.

Why do we want your views?

To improve safety, active travel and air quality, and in response to Covid-19 pandemic, the Council intends to restrict motorised access in and out of the identified roads that accommodate school pedestrian gates during the morning school opening and afternoon school closing periods under an Experimental Traffic Management Order (ETMO). During these periods, the road will be predominately ‘pedestrian and cycle only’ zone. Residents who live in the affected roads will be allowed access as will staff who are based at the school; those with special needs children who need to be driven to school would also be exempt.

The restrictions and the Order will be in place for a maximum of 18 months. Anyone can object and make representations within the first six months of the experimental Order coming into force and the implementation of the works.

This consultation period has now been extended until 31 July 2021.