The Borough of Merton was formed in 1965 when Mitcham, Morden, Merton and Wimbledon merged. Covering about 14.7 square miles of southwest London, it is a cosmopolitan, modern and vibrant community, a popular place with a lot to offer to residents and workers alike. A recent census showed that some 204,565 people live here.
We’re also an important place for employment. Merton is home to 7,500 successful businesses providing more than 70,000 jobs. A key challenge for us over the coming years is to protect the Borough’s economy through recession, and positioning Merton to make the most of economic recovery.
There is a wide range of quality housing available from starter flats to large family homes, and prices are often very affordable. We have some excellent schools in the borough and work extremely hard to make them even better. We have 44 primary schools with a nursery class attached to each, eight secondary schools, and three special needs schools.
It is a very attractive place to spend free time: historic buildings, markets, museums, parks, theatres and shopping centres all jostling for attention. We have a greyhound stadium, golf courses, leisure centres and a sailing club. There are the large expanses of the famous Wimbledon and Mitcham commons, as well as smaller nature reserves and parks. Seven hundred hectares of open space account for more than 18% of Merton’s total area, nearly double the London average. The urban river Wandle makes its progress north through the Borough to the Thames. It once attracted the likes of Arthur Liberty (the founder of Liberty) and William Morris (a genius designer) to work on its banks.
The Borough gets the best of both worlds with its green open spaces and fast links to Central London. It only takes 18 minutes to reach Waterloo from Wimbledon station. The District and Northern tube lines serve the area and we have 11 mainline stations, 28 bus services and a tram service linking Wimbledon, Merton and Croydon. The suburban station at Mitcham Eastfields puts the east of the Borough just 25 minutes from Victoria. The road network offers easy access to the south coast, channel tunnel links and all the major airports. We are also within easy reach of Epsom Race Course and Epsom Downs.
The council is a forward-looking organisation and the Government has recognised our ability to change. Our main offices are in the towering Civic Centre in Morden – where the Northern Line begins its journey north. The Borough is a constantly evolving force in the landscape of Greater London, and works hard to achieve its vision and ambition.
The Council is organised into the following departments, who each have their own portfolio of buildings and internal stakeholders who you shall be developing relationships with:
Corporate Services provide a wide range of services to the residents of Merton and support services to all Council departments. As the first point of contact for most people visiting the Civic Centre, our performance impacts on customers’ overall experience of dealing with the Council. Our vital support services allow all Merton staff to continually improve and provide their services in the most effective way.
The five divisions within Corporate Services are:
- Customers, Policy & Improvement
- Corporate Governance
- Human Resources
- Infrastructure and Technology
Children, Schools & Families
The Children, Schools and Families Department aims to improve the life chances and choices of all local children and young people. We do this by making sure that they get a good start in life, receive the good or better services they need to live safe, healthy and happy lives. We also help them to reach their potential at school and give them opportunities to enjoy and achieve, and to participate in their communities and neighbourhoods. Where children need safeguarding we take swift action to keep them safe, wherever possible with their families, but where necessary with permanent carers or adoptive parents.
The Children, Schools and Families Department works to Merton’s Children and Young People’s Plan. This sets out the priorities and work plans for improving health outcomes, maintaining robust safeguarding, improving educational outcomes, promoting opportunities for positive contribution, and promoting economic wellbeing for children and young people.
The two divisions within Children, Schools & Families are:
- Education and Early Help
- Social Care and Youth Inclusion
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Community and Housing
We are committed to improving the life chances of all our customers by providing services that meet their needs and supporting them to take responsibility for their own solutions. We will do this together with our customers, partners and the local community, being flexible and adaptable to provide a high quality service in a changing environment.
Community and Housing provides community services and accommodation that focus on people in need. The department is committed to caring for vulnerable people by increasing the choice of care and services available to citizens. It aims to improve the overall health of the population by working in partnerships to:
- Develop new housing
- Provide social care services that tackle social exclusion and inequalities
The department is committed to developing services that meet the needs of its customers and that are responsive and fair.
The five service divisions of the Community and Housing Department are:
- Community Care
- Housing Needs and Enabling Service
- Libraries and Heritage Service
- Infrastructure and Technology
- Merton Adult Education
- Public Health
Environment and Regeneration
Environment and Regeneration provides a co-ordinated approach to the management of the public realm, as well as the regeneration of our town centres and neighbourhoods. It aims to maintain and improve the local environment and economy of the borough, through the delivery of quality services and through regeneration and partnership initiatives.
The three divisions of the Environment and Regeneration Department are:
- Public Protection
- Public Space, Contracting & Commissioning
- Sustainable Communities