Morden Rec Multi-sport pitch
Morden Rec multi-sports pitch was identified as a priority project by Merton CSA in 2020 in light of the need in the Council’s Playing Pitch Strategy for new artificial grass surfaces and the underused and neglected facilities on the site. A successful £135,000 bid was submitted for the Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy and further development work undertaken, including a public consultation and business plan for the estimated £600,000 total cost of improvements.
In December 2020, Merton CSA undertook an initial survey of 500 houses surrounding Morden Rec to get views on potential improvements. Three options were outlined and feedback comments sought.
Overall, proposals were well-received, with respondents supporting improvements to the Rec and increased use of facilities. Option ‘B’ was the most popular, with a new artificial pitch on open space, favoured by around half of respondents. A summary of responses can be downloaded here:
We continue to welcome views as we develop proposals further. Please submit any feedback using the button below.
A Business Plan has been developed that sets out the case for improved facilities at Morden Rec as well as plans to cover both the initial capital costs (around £600,0000) and on-going running costs (around £50,000) of the multi-sports pitch. It is important that facilities are self-financing and that provision is made for on-going maintenance and replacement of the pitch in the longer term. We would also like to factor in improvements to the existing 5-a-side pitches, creation of a community garden on the disused bowling green, upgrades to the basketball hoop and improved parking facilities. Reed the full Business Plan by downloading it here:
Our aim is to submit a planning application in partnership with the Council in the first half of 2021. This will require a series of technical reports and further public consultation.
Initial plans have been developed that build on consultation responses to date and detailed plans can be downloaded here:
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Colliers Wood Rec
We are also keen to improve other community sports facilities across the borough. Colliers Wood Rec has a poor quality artificial surface used for tennis, hockey and five-a-side football. It has suffered from a lack of maintenance and investment and now needs replacing and upgrading due to drainage and lighting issues.
We are keen to engage with local residents to progress improvements at Colliers Wood and other community sports facilities across the borough.