Joint Chairs: Director of Environment and Regeneration, Merton Council/Chair of the Chamber of Commerce
Lead Officer: Head of Sustainable Communities, Merton Council

The structure chart of the Sustainable Communities and Transport board

Revised (existing) purpose of the thematic partnership

To work in partnership to create a more sustainable borough, one which is less reliant on fossil fuel and which reduces its negative impact on the environment and climate change in particular. The Board promotes investment into the borough to create new jobs as well as looking to improve skills levels and the capacity of residents to benefit from these jobs and those across the region. The Board seeks to improve the condition and supply of housing including affordable housing. The Board works to promote the development of sustainable transport particularly active transport [cycling and walking] as well as public transport in and around Merton.  

Our priorities are:

  • Reduce CO2 and impact on climate change  
  • Increase supply of housing
  • Increase inward investment in the borough
  • Increase the supply of jobs and improve skills

In March 2011 the Merton Partnership agreed a revised set of priorities to meet local needs and new statutory duties. The revised priorities for 2011 to 2014 can be found here  Community Plan 

New duties (2011)

Transport: no new duties]

Housing: Changes in housing funding require the Council to work closely with Registered Housing providers on rent levels as there is increasing pressure for rents to pay for the cost of future development reducing the requirement for HCA grant funding. In addition there is a shift towards removing lifetime tenancies with the potential impact on the sustainability of communities. New Homes Bonus has created a greater incentive for housing development.

Environment: The Carbon Reduction Commitment has been introduced as a tax on carbon. Local authorities and other large energy users are caught by the requirement to report on and reduce carbon production. Green Deal legislation is working its way through and will provide a stronger incentive towards energy reduction and renewable energy production. The waste strategy has indicated no additional duties in this area.

Economy / Employment: There are no new duties beyond the requirement to carry out an economic assessment of the Local Authority area. There are some additional opportunities including Local Enterprise Partnerships and Tax Increment Finance however Merton is unlikely to benefit from them.

Infrastructure / Investment: No new duties.

Key strategies/ plans working to deliver

Environment

  • Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan
  • Local Development Framework Core Strategy

Transport

  • Sustainable Transport Strategy [LIP] 2011-2026

Housing

  • Housing Strategy

Economy / Employment

Membership

OrganisationRole
Merton Chamber of CommerceChair (Joint Chair)
Merton CouncilDirector of Environment & Regeneration (Joint Chair)
Merton Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive
Merton CouncilCabinet Member for Environmental Sustainability and Regeneration
Merton CouncilCabinet Member for Performance and Implementation
Merton CouncilCabinet Member for Community and Culture
Merton CouncilHousing Strategy Manager
Merton CouncilHead of Street Scene and Waste
Merton CouncilHead of Sustainable Communities
Merton CouncilInterim Future Merton Manager
Merton CouncilTransport Planning Manager
Merton CouncilSenior Communications Officer
Merton Voluntary Service CouncilHead of Community Engagement
Voluntary SectorCEN Representative (Fitzroy Dawson, Merton Community Transport Chief Officer)
Voluntary SectorCEN Representative (Naomi Martin, Chief Officer, Commonside Development Trust)