Merton Council declares a Climate Change Emergency

Climate Emergency Declaration – Where do we go from here?

On 10th July, Councillors voted unanimously to declare a climate emergency. The support for this cross-party motion from all corners of the borough shows how urgent the problem is, and how important it is to reduce the impact that the borough has on climate change.


The declaration stated our intention to decarbonise the borough by 2050.  We know that the Council cannot achieve this alone. 97.5% of Merton’s emissions come from the buildings we live and work in, and the vehicles we drive. This means the personal choices we all make about the way we live, travel, shop and deal with waste matter.


We also know that the Council has a key role to play in helping change happen. The Council will seek to decarbonise its own buildings, transport and services by 2030. By doing this we hope to demonstrate how we can overcome challenges and grasp the opportunities that green growth has to offer.  We also want to support real and lasting change through the way in which we serve the needs of  the borough.


Over the coming months we will be developing an action plan to set out how we  intend to decarbonise the borough by 2050. You can get involved in the ways set out below.


(1) We are looking to form a climate emergency working group which will provide input and challenge into the process.  This will be our main way to consider, with members of the borough, the key direction and prioritisation of possible actions for the plan. We will accept applications for the working group up to 9 August, with the first meeting taking place in late September.


(2) We want to know what you think you, and the Council, should do to reduce our carbon emissions. To capture these views, we intend to issue an online survey in September.


(3) We want to learn about activities which are already being carried out by Merton’s residents and businesses to tackle climate change. Hearing about existing projects in the borough will help us share ideas with others and  accelerate change.  If people want to share lessons learnt, or are looking to initiate action and want some input from the Council, please contact one of our climate officers at


Read Merton Council’s News Room release

For more information about how you can take part, please go to Merton Council’s  Climate Emergency web page


There has never been a better time to act, and we look forward to working with you  over the coming months.

July CEO Update from Helen

Wimbledon town centre really does come alive at this time of year and we work hard to ensure the town is presented well. You will have seen our pavements being jetwashed (see more) and this year we have taken it upon ourselves to clean, repaint and dress the taxi shelter at Wimbledon station (see more). This along with the rainbow pedestrian crossing makes Wimbledon a town we can all be proud of, particularly at this time of year.

Our Big Screen is set up and ready to welcome you once again to The Piazza to catch all the live coverage from The Championships. This year we’re serving up a double with our Big Screen sponsors Elmlea, whose head office (and BID business) Upfield is based in Wimbledon Town Centre. Thank you to Abbottswood Flooring, another of our BID businesses, for their terrific service and expert fitting of the astroturf (see more) on The Piazza. We’re proud of these local partnerships as we work hard to connect BID businesses to our busy events calendar.

Bid Screen 2019

I attended the Merton Council scrutiny meeting for the report of the parking consultation last week and it looks like the proposals will be approved and accepted for implementation in September. This is particularly disappointing for Wimbledon as many parking costs will increase by 100%. I will update you more on this as soon as we have further confirmation. (Read our response to the Parking Consultation).

To finish on a positive note, I attended a reception at the Houses of Parliament hosted by Jake Berry MP who confirmed that BIDs are very important to the economic development of town centres and that those area that have Business Improvement Districts are responding well to the changes in retail.

We look forward to seeing you on a deckchair or a picnic bench very soon!

Find out more about our Big Screen Tennis and Summer Sit Out and other Summer Events.

Deliveroo Progress Update July 2019

Working with Merton Council we have managed to secure some additional motorbike parking bays in Hartfield Road car park to enable food delivery bikes to wait there for orders to come through. Drivers have been asked by Deliveroo to use these bays during the next two weeks, with the tennis buses using the loading bays on Wimbledon Bridge, it is an opportunity to accommodate them there instead and use it as a permanent location in the future. Love Wimbledon will also be arranging a workshop for local riders to attend to explain in person the issues we are experiencing and build better relationships with them.

Read our previous update from May 2019.

Elys Featured in BBC’s Changing High Street Series

As part of a recent BBC London News series focusing on the capital’s changing high streets, department store Elys welcomed the BBC team to spend a day at the department store. Talking to shoppers and staff members to get an insight as to how the store a – so rich in history – has changed and adapted to the meet consumers’ expectations and shopping habits, this film is a behind-the-scenes look in to Elys’ vision and ambition to deliver the brands, services and experiences that Wimbledon wants.

With Elys recent investment in the launch of Elys Urban Beauty incorporating Gina Conway Aveda Salon & Spa, a wonderful and innovative partnership between two of Wimbledon’s favourite independent businesses, providing a high quality, exclusive experience to Wimbledon.


Promote Your Business at Summer Sit Out

Love Wimbledon Summer Sit Out Event on The Piazza: 15 July – 2 August

Launching right after our Big Screen Tennis, for three weeks our grassed seating area and picnic benches will provide an alfresco space for people to enjoy in Wimbledon Town Centre.


We welcome local BID Businesses to get involved and benefit from the footfall this event attracts.
See the event details.

Does your restaurant or café have a great ‘take-away’ offer that customers can enjoy on The Piazza? Tell us about it and we’ll add it to our special ‘Piazza Menu Board’ to point customers in your direction!

Please submit your offer by emailing with the email subject being ‘SUMMER MENU’ by Wednesday 3rd July.

We can’t wait to shout about your business and have you participate in our event.

summer sit out seating

popular summer sit out

New Gym Experience at Nuffield Health Wimbledon

Coming Soon – A Brand new gym experience at Nuffield Health Wimbledon

We’re excited to share with you that Nuffield Health are completely transforming the gym floor experience in their Wimbledon Fitness & Wellbeing club. Nuffield Health have teamed up with Technogym™, world-leaders in gym equipment, to offer their members:

  • State-of-the-art cardio and strength kit
  • Specially-designed, dedicated training zones for every level
  • Brand new small group training classes and gym floor HIIT
  • Fully connected training through our dedicated My Wellbeing app

Ben Barr, General Manager of Nuffield Health Wimbledon says, “Whether you’re new to exercise or training for something specific, this Technogym™ transformation will allow you to achieve so much more in the gym.

Take a look at what you can expect.

Visit them to find out more about the transformation – coming end of July 2019.

37 The Broadway, The Broadway, Wimbledon, London, SW19 1QB

YORI Korean BBQ Restaurant Opens in Wimbledon

Wimbledon is now home to Korean BBQ Restaurant, YORI.

YORI, after the meaning of ‘cooked food’ in Korean, aims not only to serve delicious authentic Korean food but also to celebrate and spread the beautiful Korean culture. They believe that the best ingredients determines the best quality food. Wimbledon is the second location for a YORI restaurant to open in London, the first being in the heart of Piccadilly Circus.

Opening their doors mid June 2019, YORI has up to 60 covers and offers diners the famous Korean BBQ experience with hotplates in the centre of the tables. Try them for yourself for lunch or dinner and find them at 86 The Broadway.

yori interior

yori meal

yori sign

yori meat



stem4’s Calm Harm App wins Gold at the British Design Awards 2019

Local Wimbledon charity, stem4 were delighted to have been awarded the coveted Gold award at the BDA Design Effectiveness Awards 2019 for the Calm Harm app which helps young people manage the urge to self-harm. The presentation was made at a dinner at the Royal Horticultural Halls on June 12.


Calm Harm was entered by HMA the design agency for stem4. It is a life-saving app which helps young people cope with and deflect the urge to self harm and  has been downloaded around a million times across 171 countries. BDA have made a film which can be viewed on


Over 60% of users have used the Calm Harm app more than once and 93% report a reduction in the urge to self-harm after completing one of its exercises.   Free to use and designed to be discreet and anonymous, the app offers young people options such as distraction techniques or breathing techniques to help them overcome the urge to self-harm.


The DBA Design Effectiveness Awards recognise the return on investment, a coherent, well-thought out and professionally executed design strategy can achieve. DBA champions the transformative power of its strategic and economic value to business and government set up by the design industry for the design industry. The Awards were judged by business leaders in 3 rounds of judging.  A third panel of judges met in April to select the winners.


Dr Nihara Krause, CEO and Founder of stem4 and clinical creator of Calm Harm said “Self harm is a major issue at the moment. It’s a behaviour young people use to communicate something, most often communicate distress, and we do need to provide some sort of tool to manage that, because our traditional services are very stretched, as a result the threshold for acceptance for treatment is very high, and providing a digital tool that young people can use that is validated and follows scientific principles, is actually something that is very beneficial.


The collaboration with HMA has made a huge difference to the effectiveness and distribution of the app. They worked with young people to get an idea of what would be appealing to young people. Because the app is so user friendly, it has been downloaded across the world in about 171 countries, and we have currently just under a million downloads. When we first released the app, we had 24,000 downloads, and promotion of the app has primarily been by young people, through social media in particular.”


stem4 is a Wimbledon based, award winning charity that supports teenage mental health through mental health promotion, provides evidence based mental health education, builds resilience, enhances motivation to change and signposts to early intervention. stem4 focuses on commonly occurring mental health issues in teenagers including eating disorders, anxiety, depression, self-harm and addiction. stem4 works with students, parents and teachers in secondary schools as well as health professionals including GPs and school nurses through their conferences and their digitally delivered workshops suitable for PHSE in schools and is included in the Royal College of GP toolkit.


Calm Harm has met the standards required to be included in the NHS Digital Apps Library and has won several awards and been featured in the London Design Museum. The website allows users to find out more about the app, watch an introductory video, view screenshots, read app reviews and order Calm Harm resources such as posters and postcards.


The stem4 Calm Harm app helps teenagers manage the urge to self-harm and has currently a million downloads across the world. Whilst the recently introduced Clear Fear app helps children and young people manage anxiety. Both can be downloaded free from App Store and Google Play.

Jacks of London Named Top Male Grooming Salon

Top barber group, Jacks of London, has been named Male Grooming Salon of the Year by Salon Business magazine, considered the ultimate business magazine in the hairdressing industry. The win comes just days after the group, which celebrates 25 years in business this year, announced a new partnership with Prostate Cancer UK that will involve extensive awareness-building and fundraising.

‘We work tirelessly to keep Jacks of London at the top of its game, investing in our people and our salons so our clients get the best service possible, and it’s fantastic to have that recognised in major industry awards such the Salon Business Awards,’ said Emma Lee, marketing director of the eight-strong group, which has salons in Wimbledon, Clapham Junction, Richmond and New Malden. ‘It tells us we are as close as we can to getting it right. Ultimately though, it’s our barbers who deserve the recognition. We have a fabulous team of men and women who deliver a brilliant service every day.’

The group announced earlier this week that it has adopted Prostate Cancer UK to mark its quarter-century, kicking off with free treatments for the charity’s staff. The disease affects more than 47,000 men each year and kills one man every 45 minutes in the UK.

‘We have clients and people on our team who have been directly affected by prostate cancer so we decided rather than focus on simply celebrating our 25 years in business we would be even more involved in giving back,’ adds Emma. ‘Our link with Prostate Cancer UK is very personal, but we also feel we can help amplify awareness and understanding, and ultimately raise funds so the charity can continue its amazing contribution, helping fund vital research into better diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the disease, as well as providing support for men and their families.’

Jon Eserin, Associate Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK said: ‘We’re incredibly grateful to Jacks of London for offering this initiative to our wonderful team. Not only will this year-long partnership raise vital funds for research, it will help start conversations about the disease and hopefully encourage more men to be aware of their health.

‘We’re delighted to partner up with Jacks of London as we continue the fight against prostate cancer. We recently launched our new campaign, ‘Men, we are with you’, to celebrate everything great about men and highlight the special moments we lose when a man dies every 45 minutes from prostate cancer, so look forward to working side by side over the next year to amplify this message.’

Already a multi-award winning company, Jacks of London was founded in 1994 by Jacks managing director Sue Whitehead, a salon owner who recognised even then that most men preferred an all-male environment over the unisex salon experience. She opened her first store in Wimbledon, and the business has since grown solidly to eight stores.

Wimbledon Rainbow Celebrating Inclusivity

A new rainbow crossing has landed in Wimbledon to celebrate the town’s inclusivity, welcome its first LGBT+ bar, and support this year’s Pride in London events.


Love Wimbledon BID, worked with Merton Council to install a Rainbow Crossing in Wimbledon Broadway next to New Wimbledon Theatre and the recently opened bar CMYK. The multi-coloured crossing has been created in the design of the Rainbow Flag – which has been adopted, across the globe, as a symbol to celebrate the LGBT+ community and its diversity. The crossing aims to delight and bring a smile to everyone using it, whilst sending out the Welcome to Wimbledon message.

Excited pedestrians walking across the rainbow crossing

Helen Clark Bell, the Chief Executive of the Love Wimbledon bid, said: “The bright, beaming rainbow that has landed on Wimbledon Broadway celebrates Wimbledon’s new LGBTQ bar which is a beacon of the town centre’s inclusive community. Building a sense of pride in Wimbledon has been a key objective for Love Wimbledon. What better way to celebrate this than to have a rainbow pedestrian crossing installed outside CMYK, the first LGBTQ Bar in Wimbledon.


Cabinet Member for Women and Equalities, Councillor Laxmi Attawar said: “We are really proud to have created a Rainbow Crossing in our borough to show a blaze of colourful support for members of the LGBT+ community. We want to extend a warm welcome to the CMYK bar which is a wonderful addition to the diverse cultural offer we have in Merton.”


Patrick Lyster-Todd, Secretary of Merton LGBT+ Forum, said, “This is an amazing and symbolic undertaking by the London Borough of Merton, not just to mark this year’s Pride in London but also the opening of Wimbledon’s first LGBT+ bar and club, right at its centre. I have been there several times already and it is the most welcoming, fun and safe place for all, with marvellous staff – but our local LGBT+ community must now rally around and support it wholeheartedly so that it becomes a vibrant new home for all of us.”


Charlie Walker the General Manager at the bar CMYK, said he and his staff are delighted with the welcome they have received in Wimbledon. He said: “There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.”

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