Merton Council is looking for residents’ input on how it should be spending Community Infrastructure Levy funds earmarked for neighbourhood improvements.

There’s just over £500,000 available, and residents, businesses and groups across the borough are being asked to submit ideas for how we’d like to see the money spent.

According to the council’s website: “Investment is needed across Merton’s neighburhoods for community facilities, green spaces, streetscapes, town centres and neighbourhood parades, and using the Neighbourhood Fund to invest in these ‘themes’ would also support the demands placed on Merton neighbourhoods by new development.”

Wouldn’t our little parade of shops at the top of Haydons Road benefit from some Neighbourhood Fund investment? Imagine how much better it would look with a few simple raised beds, planters and pavement improvements, for example?

As for ‘demands placed on our neighbourhood’, well work is about to start on a mighty big development just round the corner at Wimbledon Stadium…

The more of us who submit our  views on where we’d like to see money spent in our micro-community, the more likely we are to get action, so do take a moment to give your input via the council survey, which you can find here. 

The short survey is open until January 19, 2017, and will, as the council says, “help the council identify which projects to deliver using this money and the neighbourhoods where they should be delivered”.