London Borough of Merton
London Borough of Merton
—  London borough  —

Coat of arms

Council logo
Merton shown within Greater London
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region London
Ceremonial county Greater London
Status London borough
Admin HQ Civic Centre
Morden
Incorporated 1 April 1965
Government
 – Type London borough council
 – Body Merton London Borough Council
 – Leadership Stephen Alambritis (Labour (council NOC))
 – Mayor Gilli Lewis-Lavender
 – MPs Stephen Hammond (Con)
Siobhain McDonagh (Lab)
 – London Assembly Richard Tracey AM for Merton and Wandsworth
 – EU Parliament London
Area
 – Total 14.5 sq mi (37.61 km2)
Area rank 296th (of 326)
Population (2010 est.)
 – Total 208,800
 – Rank 75th (of 326)
 – Density 14,378.9/sq mi (5,551.7/km2)
 – Ethnicity[1] 61.3% White British
2.5% White Irish
9.7% Other White
0.9% White & Black Caribbean
0.5% White & Black African
1.1% White & Asian
0.8% Other Mixed
4.6% Indian
2.6% Pakistani
1.0% Bangladeshi
3.3% Other Asian
3.5% Black Caribbean
3.9% Black African
0.7% Other Black
1.5% Chinese
2.2% Other
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 – Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
Postcodes {{{postcode_areas}}}
Police force Metropolitan Police
Website [LB Merton LB Merton]

The London Borough of Merton (About this sound pronunciation ) is a borough in southwest London, England.

The borough was formed under the London Government Act in 1965 by the merger of the Municipal Borough of Mitcham, the Municipal Borough of Wimbledon and the Merton and Morden Urban District, all formerly within Surrey. The main commercial centres in Merton are Mitcham, Morden and Wimbledon, of which Wimbledon is the largest. Other smaller centres include Raynes Park, Colliers Wood, South Wimbledon, Wimbledon Park and Pollards Hill.

The borough derives its name from the historic parish of Merton which was centred on the area now known as South Wimbledon. Merton was chosen as an acceptable compromise, following a dispute between Wimbledon and Mitcham over the new borough's name.

Contents

Districts

The Borough includes the following areas:

History of the Borough

Merton Borough Council

The May 2010 local government elections saw the Labour Party become the council largest party, following the loss of three seats by the Conservative Party, two to the Liberal Democrats and one to Labour. The current council is under no overall control but run by a Labour minority administration and its composition is:

  • Labour: 28
  • Conservatives: 27
  • Merton Park Residents: 3
  • Liberal Democrats: 2

Mayors

At the Annual Council Meeting, a ceremonial mayor is elected to serve for a year. At the same time, it elects a deputy mayor to serve alongside the mayor. Since 1978, each Mayor must also be an elected councillor. Cllr Gilli Lewis-Lavender who is a Conservative councillor and represents West Barnes is currently the Mayor of the London Borough of Merton.[2]

Media

A lot of filming for former ITV police drama The Bill took place in Merton, particularly in the districts of Mitcham and Colliers Wood. The set of Sun Hill police station was also located in the Borough.

The main local newspaper in Merton is The Wimbledon Guardian with two editions, Wimbledon along with Mitcham and Morden. This newspaper was founded in 1977 by a former Conservative councillor on Merton Council, but since then the paper has been sold on and it is now widely published in different editions across South London. The main difference between the papers is the front page.

The Wimbledon Post is another local newspaper published weekly.

Both newspapers are available free, though there is a charge if bought from a newsagent. They are published each Thursday.

Economy

Square Enix Europe has its head office in the Wimbledon Bridge House in Wimbledon in the London Borough of Merton.[3] When Eidos Interactive was an independent company, its head office occupied the Wimbledon Bridge House.[4][5]

Transport

Merton is served by a wide range of National Rail stations across the borough, as well as the southern tip of London Underground's Northern Line and the District Line on the Wimbledon branch. The borough is also served by several London Tramlink stops from Wimbledon, that goes to Croydon, New Addington, Elmers End and Beckenham. It is the only London Borough which has tube, rail and tram services.

London Underground stations

Tramlink stops

National Rail stations

Demographics and social conditions

In 2001, the census recorded that 25% of the population of the borough was from an ethnic minority. The highest ethnic populations were recorded in wards in the east of the borough (Mitcham, Eastfields and Pollards Hill). The percentage of population from ethnic minorities is predicted to rise across the borough within the next decade.

According to the council's comparative assessment of wards made in 2004, the most deprived wards within the borough were in the south and east where unemployment rates, educational attainment and the quality of health were worst. The most affluent wards were in the north and west of the borough.

Comparative crime rates appear to be unrelated to the deprivation ranking of wards. The wards containing Mitcham town centre and the St Helier Estate are ranked highest for crime within Merton with the wards containing the smaller commercial centres of Colliers Wood and South Wimbledon also featuring high in the ranking.

By London and national measures, deprivation and recorded crime are low with only Mitcham an area affected by high crime.

Merton currently operates a Police Cadet scheme under the Metropolitan Police Service.

Features of interest

Wimbledon tennis tournament

Each year The Championships, Wimbledon, better known as simply Wimbledon, one of the four tennis Grand Slam tournaments (along with the US, French and Australian Opens) is held at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Church Road Wimbledon. The event takes place over a fortnight at the end of June and beginning of July and is the largest annual sporting event to take place in the United Kingdom with over 200,000 visitors during the Wimbledon fortnight.

Television

The Talkback Thames television studio on Deer Park Road was used as Sun Hill Police Station in the ITV police drama The Bill from its inception in 1984 until it was axed in 2010.[6]

References

  1. ^ Data Management and Analysis Group, Greater London Authority, Demography Update October 2007, (2007)
  2. ^ "The Mayor of Merton - Merton Council". Merton.gov.uk. 2011-08-04. http://www.merton.gov.uk/mayor. Retrieved 2011-08-09. 
  3. ^ "Terms of Use." Square Enix Europe. Retrieved on 30 January 2011. "This Site is owned and operated by Square Enix Ltd ("Square Enix" "Our", "We", or "Us"), a company registered in England and Wales (Company Number 01804186). Square Enix is registered for VAT with registration number GB 521500600. The registered office of Square Enix is Wimbledon Bridge House, 1 Hartfield Road, London SW19 3RU."
  4. ^ "Corporate Information." Eidos Interactive. 11 February 1998. Retrieved on 30 January 2011. "Eidos Interactive UK Wimbledon Bridge House 1 Hartfield Road Wimbledon London SW19 3RU."
  5. ^ "Worldwide Contacts." Eidos Interactive. 27 January 2005. Retrieved on 30 January 2011. "Eidos plc. Registered Office Wimbledon Bridge House 1 Hartfield Road Wimbledon London SW19 32RU ."
  6. ^ [1]

External links

Coordinates: 51°23′N 0°10′W / 51.383°N 0.167°W / 51.383; -0.167


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