Merton Council told to scrap Fair Green bus lane plan

Merton Council wants to build a bus lane through Fair Green

Merton Council wants to build a bus lane through Fair Green

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Plans to build a new bus lane through the middle of Mitcham town centre suffered a setback last week after they were criticised by councillors.

Merton Council's cabinet was advised against building a bus lane in Fair Green, the pedestrianised area, in 2015 by the council's Street Management Advisory Committee (SMAC) on Wednesday, January 30.

The plans have been envisaged as part of the Rediscover Mitcham project which seeks to boost the area’s ailing economy by investing up to £6.2m in the area.

While members of the SMAC voted in favour of the overall plans of the Rediscover project, plans to introduce the bus lane were opposed.

Councillor Andrew Judge, cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration, will now have to consider the committee's feedback in deciding whether to push forward with the proposal.

He said: "We will be making a decision over the next few days.

"The report that went to the Street Management Advisory Committee was strong, with good recommendations.

"Everything that has been said in response to the consultation and at the committee meeting will be taken into account.

"Our priority is to ensure residents can get into Mitcham town centre easily and that Mitcham becomes a vibrant and prosperous town centre."

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5:36pm Tue 5 Feb 13

tjames says...

the bus lane will be pushed thru--we need a change of control at LBM as current administration do not listen.

we need to stop wasting money in mitcham in this way and start thinking laterally. cosmetic improvements are not enough; perhaps a design competition to improve the town might help. but i see LBM and most councils as the enemy when it comes to improvements. the council is anti-business eg restricting parking increasing parking fees opening markets to compete with existing businesses is hardly supporting local businesses. i have a shop in figges marsh and the shop front is my display area--LBM have erected a large illuminated advert on pavement outside--how does that help my shop and others locally?

lets have suggestions to the local guardian with copies to LBM and then think of improvements. Mitcham was a gem in the 50s--look at it now!
the bus lane will be pushed thru--we need a change of control at LBM as current administration do not listen. we need to stop wasting money in mitcham in this way and start thinking laterally. cosmetic improvements are not enough; perhaps a design competition to improve the town might help. but i see LBM and most councils as the enemy when it comes to improvements. the council is anti-business eg restricting parking increasing parking fees opening markets to compete with existing businesses is hardly supporting local businesses. i have a shop in figges marsh and the shop front is my display area--LBM have erected a large illuminated advert on pavement outside--how does that help my shop and others locally? lets have suggestions to the local guardian with copies to LBM and then think of improvements. Mitcham was a gem in the 50s--look at it now! tjames
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8:28am Wed 6 Feb 13

JimmyC2011 says...

tjames: I know the Figges Marsh area well. Which shop is yours?
tjames: I know the Figges Marsh area well. Which shop is yours? JimmyC2011
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