By Sadiq Khan MP and Earlsfield Labour councillor Rachael Stokes
You may be aware that Merton Councillors recently approved a planning application to allow AFC Wimbledon to move into a new stadium to be built on the site of the greyhound stadium on Plough Lane.
Many local residents have welcomed the redevelopment. It will deliver additional retail space and housing. The developers will fund an improved play space in Garratt Park and facilities for GP services. Money will also be made available to improve local bus services, roads, pavements and pedestrian crossings, plus to consult on controlled parking zones if necessary.
Equally, other local residents were concerned about congestion on match-day, increased demand for local amenities and the disruption that may be caused whilst the work is undertaken.
As your local MP and councillor, our priority was to ensure your views – both pro- and anti-development – were fully considered by Merton Council. We secured a promise from them that Wandsworth residents’ views would be given equal weight to those in Merton.
Merton Council’s decision to give the development the green light will disappoint some of you, while others will cheer it on. What matters now is how the decision is implemented.
We want to see Merton and Wandsworth Councils work together to tackle any problems that might occur during building work, or once the development is complete. As your elected representatives, we will be keeping a very close eye on progress and will fight to ensure that any disruption or negative impact on local services is quickly addressed.
To help us do this, please do raise any concerns or issues with us. It is vital that your views are heard and we will continue to ensure this happens. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
Remember, we’re here to help, whatever your politics.