Merton Council


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Current and planned consultations


Consultation run by: Environment & Regeneration
Start: 01 Mar 2021
Ends: 01 May 2021
Why do we want your views?

We want to work with you to shape the future of this building and how we bring it back to life.

The former public toilets building on South Lodge Avenue has been disused for many years. Merton Council, with funding from the Mayor's Office, is working on options for the space with a collaborative design team led by Okra. The aim of this research is to find out what local people need and how to turn the building and the bus stop area into something useful, creative and exciting for Pollards Hill, while also improving the bus stop area.

As the people who know the site best, we would really love to hear the community’s opinions and ideas for its future use. We are currently in Phase 1 of the project, which focusses on research and engagement with Pollards Hill residents to understand what improvements are wanted and needed. We are reaching out to many local organisations including schools, businesses, the GP surgery and community groups.

Your responses will directly influence the proposals for the site’s development. We are keen to hear from as many residents as possible to ensure proposals meet your priorities, needs and aspirations - once we've heard from you we'll start to test ideas for the site. Visit our website find out more about the project and give your feedback in our questionnaires

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.