2.2% White Irish
0.1% White Gypsy or Irish Traveller
14.2% Other White
1.3% White & Black Caribbean
0.6% White & Black African
1.4% White "> A map showing the wards of Merton since 2002 Main
Merton London Borough Council
The May 2014 local government elections saw the Labour Party win an
overall majority, following the gain of seven seats from the
Conservative Party, and one from UKIP. This followed four years as a
minority administration. The current council has a Labour majority of
12 and its composition is:
* Labour: 36
* Conservatives: 20
Merton Park Residents: 3
* Liberal Democrats: 1
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 Brenda Fraser who is a Labour councillor and
represents Longthornton ward is currently the Mayor of the London
Borough of Merton with Stan Anderson, councillor from Lower Morden
ward, as her deputy.
A lot of filming for former ITV police drama
The Bill took place in
Merton, particularly in the districts of
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
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.
Square Enix Europe has its head office in Wimbledon Bridge House in
Eidos Interactive , a subsidiary of Square Enix, also
shares the same head office.
List of schools in Merton
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
Tramlink stops from Wimbledon, that goes
New Addington ,
Elmers End and
Beckenham . It is the only
London Borough which has tube, rail and tram services.
London Underground stations
* Dundonald Road
* Phipps Bridge
* Belgrave Walk
National Rail stations
* Haydons Road
* Wimbledon Chase
* South Merton
* St Helier
In March 2011, the main forms of transport that residents used to
travel to work were: driving a car or van, 19.2% of all residents aged
16-74; underground, metro, light rail, tram, 13.0%; train, 13.0%; bus,
minibus or coach, 7.5%; on foot, 5.0%; work mainly at or from home,
3.4%; bicycle, 2.4%.
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 (
Pollards Hill ). The percentage of population from
ethnic minorities is predicted to rise across the borough within the
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 commercial shopping centres of
Colliers Wood and
Wimbledon also featuring high in the ranking.
The constituency area of Wimbledon is an affluent area of
a high proportion of city workers, while
relatively deprived by comparison, which explains the geographical
split of political representation of the borough at both national and
Merton currently operates a Police Cadet scheme under the
Metropolitan Police Service.
FEATURES OF INTEREST
WIMBLEDON TENNIS TOURNAMENT
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
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.
The borough gained a football team in 1889 when Wimbledon Old
Centrals were founded, and were soon a member of the local football
leagues. The club later adopted the title Wimbledon FC and moved into
a new stadium at
Plough Lane in 1912, where it would spend the next 79
years. As the 20th century wore on, the club enjoyed considerable
success in non league football. The club was elected to the Football
League in 1977 and enjoyed a great run of success when began in 1983
with the Fourth Division title, and saw them reach the First Division
in 1986 - a mere nine years after joining the Football League. They
quickly established themselves in the highest division of English
football, and as clear underdogs, pulled off a shock win in the 1988
FA Cup Final against Liverpool , England\'s most successful and
dominant club side in Europe during that era. They were founder
members of the
FA Premier League in 1992 and survived at that level
until 2000, before relocating to
Milton Keynes , some 70 miles away in
Buckinghamshire , in a controversial move in 2003, being rebranded as
Milton Keynes Dons in 2004. The club had left its
Plough Lane stadium
in 1991 to ground-share with Crystal Palace at
Selhurst Park , with
numerous plans to build a new stadium in a number of different
locations (including back in
London and even in
being considered over the following decade before the club's owners
Milton Keynes as their destination.
However, a new Wimbledon club -
AFC Wimbledon - was formed to
represent the local area in 2002 by fans of the original club after
the move to
Milton Keynes was given the go-ahead. The new Wimbledon
club's progress was rapid, and after just nine years in existence they
won promotion to the
Football League in 2011. The club currently
plays at Kingsmeadow Stadium, the home of
Kingstonian F.C. , but its
long-term target is to build a new stadium in the
London Borough of
The borough also has five non-League football clubs: Colliers Wood
United F.C. who play at Wibbandune Sports Ground;
Raynes Park Vale
F.C. who play at Prince George's Fields; Tooting and Merton Forest F.C
who also play at Prince George's Fields.
BAITUL FUTUH MOSQUE
Baitul Futuh Mosque
In 2003, the largest mosque in western Europe was opened in Morden.
Baitul Futuh mosque can accommodate 10,000 people and was built at
a cost of £5.5 million entirely donated voluntarily by the Ahmadiyya
Community . The mosque has been voted in the top 50 in the world by
Spectator magazine. It is also acting as the centre for the 'Loyalty,
Freedom and Peace' campaign in order to improve the integration of
Muslims and non Muslims alike.
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The Bill from its
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