Residents living in Pollards Hill are being encouraged to help "shape the future" of its bus shelter.

It comes after the former public toilets, located on South Lodge Avenue, has remained unused for many years.

Merton Council is currently working with a collaborative design team led by architects Okra, to discuss options for the space.

The project hopes to research how the space can best be transformed into something "useful, creative and exciting" for the area.

The inside space of the shelter has recently been cleared out as part of the first phase of the project.

Inside the bus shelter

Inside the bus shelter

Speaking to Wimbledon Times, Karan Pancholi, of Okra architects, said: "The bus shelter building on South Lodge Avenue sits at a prominent place in the centre of Pollards Hill, is one of the main bus stops and is in close proximity to key local amenities such as the high street, the library and the community centre.

"The building, which has been out of use for decades, had previously been used as public lavatories and then for storage.

"It was local people who recognised this as an opportunity to create something positive for the local community.

"They secured funding from the Mayor of London and Merton Council who commissioned us to carry out a feasibility study for the creative re-use of this site, to work with people in the area to ascertain local need and to devise options for its future use and design."

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She added: "We're reaching out to as many local residents as possible to get their views on the local area, understand their needs and find out what they would like to see happen here.

"Over the coming months, we'll use this community feedback to start to test some of these ideas out with residents through a series of workshops. We'll also be thinking about next steps for the project, including how it can be funded.

"We'd love to hear from as many residents as possible so that local input can help to shape the project.

"If you live or work locally or if you sometimes use the bus stop, please get in touch!"

A community forum will be held tonight ( March 29 ) on Zoom between 6pm to 7.30pm. To register visit here.

For more information on the project visit here.