Last year, I was delighted to be asked to speak at the Future of Wimbledon event and honoured to follow Sir Richard Rogers. He brought up the need for definable areas of the Town Centre and possibly creating tree lined boulevards. I spoke about the need to rejuvenate the Town Centre, to have vibrant local High Streets , the requirement for an office quarter and about how Wimbledon could become a Tech Suburb. I had hoped this would become part of a real and lively engagement with local people.
The Council competition on the Future of Wimbledon, which has recently closed, has failed to engage local people. Residents have told me that they were not aware of it or thought it was merely for professionals. I am thoroughly disappointed by this and really want to see local people motivated and properly consulted, as the future of our town is our future.
My current “Reporting Back” newsletter to local residents features some ideas and thoughts about my Vision for Wimbledon. However, any vision must listen to local residents and so I want this to be The People’s Plan for Wimbledon. I wholeheartedly encourage local residents to respond to my newsletter as I want to hear your views and ideas about how we can ensure Wimbledon remains a thriving and wonderful place.
That is why I am holding a public meeting on Saturday 4th October (3pm, Trinity Church Hall, The Broadway, SW19 1SB) to hear from residents to help us, together, develop a Vision for Wimbledon. This will be the chance for local people to be involved and not excluded.
If you would like to attend the meeting, please register at www.surveymonkey.com/s/visionforwimbledon. Alternatively, if you cannot attend but would like to contribute your thoughts, you can also post your ideas via the same link.