Local Plan 2020: Lib Dem response

Merton's "Local Plan" is the name for the new draft planning rules. These will provide the basis for planning decisions in the borough over the coming years.

As such, it is crucial that the Council get the plan right.

Merton Liberal Democrats have submitted a response to the Council's consultation on the Local Plan, and have suggested a number of improvements. In particular we would like to see a greater emphasis on the environment, community-led planning, and real action on affordable housing. We are also calling for a genuine debate on building heights and design, especially in Wimbledon town centre.

You can read our response in full here


Future Wimbledon Master Plan: Lib Dem response

The Future Wimbledon Masterplan has been prepared by Merton Council to guide a long-term vision for the development of Wimbledon town centre. A consultation was held on the plan (which closed on 6th January), to which Merton Liberal Democrats submitted a response.

While we welcome the establishment of a Masterplan, we have strong reservations about the current document. It is heavily dependent on the Government deciding to proceed with Crossrail 2, shows an unhealthy interest in over-developing office space and branded retail establishments. We are calling for a genuine debate on building heights and design - missing from the draft Masterplan. Additionally, we would like to see more in the plan about ways to tackle air pollution, build new housing, and develop Wimbledon's cultural centre and as a place for the creative industries.

Unfortunately, as currently conceived, the Masterplan represents a missed opportunity to develop a scheme that could have garnered real community support.

Our response to the consultation can be read in full here.

 


Small Business Saturday 2018!

We want businesses in our local area to succeed and grow.

The Liberal Democrats believe in individuals reaching their full potential, as active participants within their wider society. We believe in small and new business as a positive agent of change: contributing fresh ideas and social solutions that drive us all forward.

Published on Small Business Saturday 2018, here is some information on support for local businesses.

In addition, you can find details of businesses in the borough on local site WimbledonSW19.com here and on the Small Business Saturday Small Business Finder.

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The Brexit challenges facing the creative industries

The Liberal Democrats have published a paper setting out the challenges facing the UK’s creative industries as a result of Brexit.

The Power of Creativity and Brexit paints a testing picture for the industry, with potentially huge impacts from changes to freedom of movement, loss of investment and funding and less access to markets after Brexit.

The creative industries are of huge importance to Britain’s economy - the music industry alone contributes £3.8bn to the economy.

The value of exports to the EU across the creative industries is £19.8bn, and these products are not fully covered by WTO rules - a future option the government has failed to rule out.

6.1% of the creative industries workforce and 10% of the design, publishing and advertising workforce are EU (non-British) nationals.  Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond has consistently refused to back guarantees for EU citizens rights after Brexit.

Baroness Bonham-Carter, the Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport said: “Liberal Democrats have always been proud to back the fantastic creative companies and individuals who are based in Britain. We will stand up for them as the government pursues a hard-Brexit that poses a real risk to their future prosperity. The Government have rightly recognised the impact of changes to market access for banks and financial services but they must think about other industries and sectors too."

Read the creative industries paper here.


A new WHSmiths announced for Wimbledon

Merton Liberal Democrats found out on Wednesday (embargoed until yesterday) that WHSmith will also be returning to Wimbledon in the Summer.

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Waterstones to open new Wimbledon shop

It's just been announced that Waterstones will be opening a new shop in Wimbledon in the Autumn.

The new shop will be at 40-42 The Broadway opposite The Piazza (currently Halfords).

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Don't leave Wimbledon without Waterstones & WHSmith!

In January Wimbledon’s large WHSmith and Waterstones will be closing, as their lease in Wimbledon Bridge House is up, and instead Metrobank will move in.

An application was made in February 2014 to allow the shops to be converted into a bank, with the landords supporting the change.

In December, when we asked if they would open other branches in the town - Waterstones said "there isn't a plan at this point" and WHSmith didn't respond to us. So in January, we launched our petition:

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Support for local businesses - Small Business Saturday!

We want businesses in our local area to succeed and grow.

The Liberal Democrats believe in individuals reaching their full potential, as active participants within their wider society. We believe in small and new business as a positive agent of change: contributing fresh ideas and social solutions that drive us all forward.

Published on Small Business Saturday 2015, here is some information on support for local businesses.

In addition, you can find details of businesses in the borough on local site WimbledonSW19.com here and on the Small Business Saturday Small Business Finder.

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London Lib Dems to oppose curbs on Uber after intervention from Merton Lib Dems

London Lib Dems will now oppose some of the TfL proposals to restrict operators of online private hire vehicles, like Uber, after local Lib Dems intervened.

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Merton Lib Dems 2014 Manifesto - 'Innovation Merton' - Launched

On 8th April 2014, Merton Liberal Democrats launched their local election manifesto 'Innovation Merton' with Liberal Democrat Party President Tim Farron MP.

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