Merton Council


Current and planned consultations

Consultation run by: Environment & Regeneration
Start: 17 Jan 2022
Ends: 28 Feb 2022
Why do we want your views?

We ‘own’ and hold responsibility for thousands of trees.  These are your familiar trees, which line many streets, beautify parks and compliment other green spaces. 

The benefits that these trees provide extend far beyond simply ‘looking nice’.  They promote value and economic development, climate change adaptation and people’s health and wellbeing.  We recognise that trees are highly important – that they are valuable assets. 

On the other hand, there are some council trees with the potential to be implicated in inconvenience, damage or potential harm.  This can range from relatively insignificant issues such as branches blocking satellite TV reception, through to damage to buildings caused by drying clay soils caused the action of tree roots.  A worst-case scenario might be the harmful consequences if a tree breaks or falls in a busy place.  We recognise that we have got legal duties and responsibilities.

We want to make the most of this balance between tree benefits and tree problems so we are developing a Tree Management Strategy for Council-Owned Trees.Your views, your opinions and your local knowledge are vital to the process.  We want to know what you think about trees. 

This is the first part of an emerging project to prepare an overarching Tree Strategy aiming to manage all tree canopy cover in the Borough.

Consultation run by: Transport for London
Start: 02 Nov 2021
Ends: 10 Feb 2022
Why do we want your views?

How should Transport for London decide which Tube stations to make step-free? TfL are carrying out a consultation to help us shape their future approach for step-free Tube stations.

TfL want to hear from people who rely on step-free access on the Tube network about what is most important to them. For example, is it more important that a step-free Tube station has an interchange on to another line, or, that it is next to a bus station? Is it more important for a step-free station to be near to a town centre or, to a hospital?

TfL are asking for your priorities, rather than specific locations, so they can apply this to every Tube station in London and see which step-free locations will benefit the most people. This will help create a fairer delivery programme that puts the needs of people who rely on step-free access at the heart of their decision making.

This feedback, along with passenger data, transport modelling, third party funding opportunities, design and engineering investigations, will help us shape how we prioritise and deliver step-free stations into the future.