The official closing date for submissions to Merton Borough Council on the revised Plough Lane development plans is October 8, 2015: email your views to: email@example.com
Include your name, address, the planning reference number 14/P4361 and clearly state your objections on planning grounds (traffic, transportation, flood risk, parking etc).
More importantly, you can still let your local councillors and MP know your views, as the opinions of residents are far more interesting to our elected representatives than blanket expressions of support from the reams of global football supporters that AFC Wimbledon encouraged to get involved with their ‘Write now’ campaign.
As we know via a letter received from one resident who contacted his local councillor, concerned that local opinions were being gagged by the volume of responses coming from AFC Wimbledon fans:
“The really important thing to remember is that the consultation is not a referendum. It is not the number of points made, but the quality of them that makes them effective.”
Whose views could be more important than those of local people when it comes to large-scale developments on our doorstep? Certainly not the out-of-borough AFC Wimbledon supporters who have been bombarding Merton with letters from far and wide.
When we say out-of-borough, we mean from as far afield as Hawaii, St Petersburgh, The Czech Republic, Croatia, Australia, Norway, South America… the list goes on.
Most of them have no idea of the impact these plans will have on our neighbourhood and simply want to see AFC Wimbledon based in Plough Lane – at any cost.
By the club’s own admission (postcode maps are included in the planning documents submitted by AFCW) the vast majority of their supporters live outside Merton and Wandsworth, and certainly outside the ward that will be most affected by their plans. And judging by the speed at which their emails were submitted to the council’s planning department, few of them had even skimmed the several thousand pages of documentation relating to this application before pressing ‘send’ on their emails.
We elect councillors to represent our best interests and take decisions that will both preserve and improve the quality of our lives. So now is the time to let these people know what we think and ask them to act on our behalf. They are the ones who will be voting on this application, or have the greatest influence on their voting colleagues who sit on the planning committee.
Here’s what concerned Merton or Wandsworth residents should do:
Let your local councillors know your views about plans for the redevelopment of the greyhound stadium site in Plough Lane: visit the Merton Borough Council website to find out who represents your ward.
Whether you’re a close neighbour of the Plough Lane stadium, or live slightly further away, your life will be affected by development works, with extra pressure on health services, schools, parking and transport. It may be that your local councillor sits on Merton’s planning committee and thus has a vote on the future of the stadium site. Find out who your councillors are and send them an email outlining your concerns.
Plough Lane Greyhound Stadium falls within Wimbledon Park ward, represented on Merton Borough Council by:
Cllr Janice Howard: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Oonagh Moulton: email@example.com
Cllr Linda Taylor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Let them know your views on plans to redevelop the Plough Lane stadium site.
The site lies right on the border of Merton and Wandsworth boroughs. Wandsworth residents are also entitled to have a say on plans that will affect their lives in terms of noise, traffic and flooding. Earlsfield, Tooting and Graveney residents‘ views are particularly relevant: visit the Wandsworth Borough Council website to find out the names of your councillors.
Wimbledon Park Residents Association has been very proactive in ensuring residents’ views are represented on Plough Lane development issues. Get in touch via the Wimbledon Park Residents Association website.
Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond also wants to know the views of local residents about this site, especially our opinions on traffic, transport and flooding relating to the AFC Wimbledon application. Let him know too whether you think local health and education services can cope should hundreds of new homes be built in Plough Lane. Where are the doctors’ surgeries and schools to cater for increased numbers of residents?
Drop Mr Hammond an email to let him know what you think: email@example.com