Wimbledon commuters to benefit from Waterloo upgrade

The Waterloo and South West Upgrade by South West Trains will see over £800million invested in providing the biggest package of improvements for passengers travelling on the railway to and from London Waterloo for decades. The upgrade work to Waterloo station includeds extending the platforms to accept longer trains. This work has already been carried out at Wimbledon Station, and once completed Wimbledon commuters will benefit from longer trains and an improved timetable from December 2017.

Ahead of these works, South West Trains has issued advanced warning that there will be some short-term disruption to Wimbledon services between 5-28 August 2017.

As a result:

  • Passengers may be asked to queue outside the station
  • There will be timetable changes
  • Services will be much busier than usual
  • Journeys may take longer
  • Passengers may not be able to board the first train on arrival at Wimbledon Station

Passengers travelling from Wimbledon between 5-28 August are advised to:

  • Check the advice for other stations nearby which might have more frequent or less crowded trains
  • Travel slightly earlier or later than normal – the busiest trains arrive in London between 8-9am and leave London between 5.30 – 6.30pm (to facilitate travel outside of these times SW Trains will provide longer trains for extended periods)
  • Avoid travelling if possible – by working from home or planning a summer holiday over this time

Weekday services from Wimbledon will be reduced from 18 trains per hour to 12 trains per hour during this period. South West Trains has published a draft timetable relating to weekday services between 7-24 August. A full, final timetable including weekend and Bank Holiday services will be published in due course.

Please visit South West Trains for more details.

 

New £1 coin comes into circulation on 28 March 2017

A new 12-sided £1 coin is due to enter circulation from 28 March 2017.

The current £1 coin is being replaced for the first time in over thirty years because of its vulnerability to sophisticated counterfeiters. Approximately one in thirty £1 coins in circulation is a counterfeit.

The Royal Mint is producing 1.5 billion new, highly secure £1 coins to reduce the costs of counterfeits to businesses and the taxpayer. All businesses which handle cash will need to prepare for the introduction of the new coin, the co-circulation period when the new and old £1 coins are both in circulation at the same time, and for demonetisation in autumn 2017 when the current £1 coin is no longer legal tender.

The advice to businesses in the run-up to March 2017 is:

  • check whether you operate equipment that handles the £1 coin
  • contact your equipment supplier to find out if you need adaptations or replacements and by when
  • make the changes to your coin handling equipment
  • train your staff on the features of the new £1 coin
  • consider any changes to your cash handling processes e.g. counting, storing and banking during the co-circulation period.

For more information please visit thenewpoundcoin.com.

Christmas carols in Wimbledon

Wimbledon hosts a variety of carol services in venues across the town centre all through the festive season. Please see links for full details:

Sunday 11 December: Trinity’s Carols Among the Trees

Sunday 18 December: St Mark’s Carols by Candlelight & Holy Trinity’s Carol Service

Thursday 22 December: Bliss Coffee’s Christmas Carols

If you have a Christmas carol event you’d like us to include, please email us the details.

Doddle makes life even easier

Parcel specialists, Doddle have added a new free service to their offering: hassle-free returns of Marks & Spencer online purchases. Just bring any unwanted items into Doddle and their parcelistas will do the rest. They’ll even provide additional packaging if required, free of charge. For more details on this and all their parcel handling services, such as Doddle Neighbour please visit Doddle’s website.

Doddle is also planning extensive expansion and aims to have 1,000 stores by the end of 2017, including a presence in every branch of Morrisons. Their emphasis is on offering customers quick, convenient parcel handling with a personal touch, making a complicated process swift and simple. With the desire to locate in high footfall locations, Doddle is also in discussions with other supermarket operators, retailers and organisations such as B&Q and Cancer Research. Read more about their plans here.

Doddle Wimbledon is at 17 The Broadway, SW19 1PR.

Free parking in Merton this Christmas!

Wimbledon Town Centre will once again benefit from Merton Council’s bid to encourage people to spend their money at local businesses by allowing free parking across the Borough throughout the Christmas season.

For the fifth year running, there will be free parking at most council-managed car parks each weekend up to and including Christmas. Free parking should benefit thousands of Christmas shoppers and will save the average Wimbledon shopper £6 for a four-hour shop on the free parking days.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Stephen Alambritis said: “Many people continue to face financially challenging times and at this time of year many of us could use a few extra pounds to spend on Christmas. We always work to make parking in Merton fair and affordable and hope that enabling people to park for free in council car parks will mean more people will spend their money locally.”

For full details on car parks and dates please visit the Merton Council website.

Crossrail 2 update

Yesterday Stephen Hammond, MP for Wimbledon, announced that Crossrail 2 have confirmed to him that they are postponing the next round of consultation (due this Autumn) to at least Q2 of 2017.

I have been in contact with Crossrail 2 and they have made the following comment:
“Both the Prime Minister and the Transport Secretary have reiterated their support for Crossrail 2‎. Their priorities are an updated business case and a robust funding plan for the scheme before we proceed with further formal public consultation [in 2017].”

We are disappointed with this delay in proceedings and are in the process of writing to Michele Dix, Managing Director of Crossrail 2 and Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London to reiterate the following:

We have been, and continue to be supporters of Crossrail 2 coming to Wimbledon. Clearly however, as a business community we need an end to the uncertainty of Crossrail 2 developments and require clarity on the impact of the phasing during build which could have a serous impact on Wimbledon Town Centre. We will also request reassurance that the plans for a new station will not be compromised and that this delay will not reflect a time shift in works and completion dates.

Wimbledon businesses, residents and visitors to the town centre need to be assured of a strong delivery plan for Crossrail 2 which minimises blight, impact of works and in the long term delivers an improved, popular and enjoyable place to do business. Love Wimbledon will continue to lobby for the best possible outcome for the town.

Ellisons takes gold and silver in property awards

Ellisons takes gold and silver in the 2016 allAgents property awards

Ellisons has been recognised as the best estate agent in South-West London and second best estate agent in London overall for customer service in the allAgents property awards!

Their ambition to provide a superior sales experience and exemplary customer service has been rewarded by the general public in the UK’s largest award scheme for estate and lettings agents. The awards reward property companies based on reviews from real house buyers, renters, tenants, and landlords, meaning Ellisons have been chosen based on feedback from their very satisfied customers!

Sean Purtill, Managing Director of Ellisons, said ‘We place customer service at the heart of everything we do at Ellisons Estate Agents. It’s one of the many qualities that makes buying, selling or letting a property with us unique. We’re thrilled that our teams have been recognised for all their hard work, and we would like to say a huge thank you to all our wonderful customers for providing such positive feedback.’

Love Wimbledon are delighted for and offer their congratulations to the BID Business Ellisons Wimbledon.

Find out more about Ellisons here.

Love Wimbledon Business Improvement District gets a YES!

The Love Wimbledon BID has received a majority YES from business voters to renew the BID for another five years.

80% of businesses voted yes for the proposals, enabling another £2.5 million of investment from businesses into the town centre over the next 5 years. Love Wimbledon received a 40% increase in votes since its last ballot when it was established in 2012.

Paul Windsor, Partner of WSM and Chair of Love Wimbledon commented ‘This is an outstanding achievement. The overwhelming support of the business community means that we are able to continue our work improving the town centre, helping to develop the strong business community and promote Wimbledon as a vibrant business hub for South West London.  Wimbledon is likely to see great change in the coming years and we will work to make sure our town stays a desirable and popular location whatever Crossrail may bring.’

Helen Clark Bell, CEO of Love Wimbledon said ‘We would like to thank the hundreds of Wimbledon based businesses for their support of the town centre and the visitors, especially residents and business employees,  who enjoy this great place and make it the vibrant and interesting town centre it is.  We will continue with the projects we have started so far that has helped make Wimbledon a popular, attractive, safe, interesting and better place.

This is one of the highest turnouts for a first term renewal ballot that a Business Improvement District has achieved, which demonstrates the commitment the shops, offices, eateries, health centres and cultural destinations have to investing in the Town Centre.’

Watch the announcement of the BID Ballot result here…

Wimbledon is a Place to Do Business

Love Wimbledon will continue its programme of investment, developing four core strategies:

Engaging events and Placemaking

Ensuring Wimbledon is an attractive, interesting and safe environment. This attracts more businesses, improves footfall and helps  make Wimbledon a happier place to be.

Leading marketing and Promotion

So everyone knows what’s on and where – it highlights the great reasons you should visit Wimbledon.

Business Services and Support

We help to reduce business costs (this works especially well for our independent shops and restaurants), provide business opportunities and improve environmental credentials.

A Brighter Future for Wimbledon

Ensuring Wimbledon continues to be a popular place to shop, eat and go out, attracting new businesses and by working to manage the impact of strategic plans like Crossrail 2.

From left to right:
Danielle Sweeney, Kevin Gallagher, Paul Harvey, Keith Alexander, Helen Clark Bell, Sally Warren, Paul Windsor, Tom Ruffell, Holly Campbell

About Love Wimbledon

Love Wimbledon was established in 2012 as a Business Improvement District. In that time we have delivered over 400 events, invested over £2.5million, saved over 1,000 tonnes of CO2 and lobbied to reduce the impact of Crossrail 2 on the town centre. It is funded by businesses and is a not for profit company serving and working to improve the area for businesses, visitors and residents.

All BID levy paying businesses are automatically company members and are encouraged to put themselves forward to sit on Love Wimbledon’s project steering groups and Board.

Love Wimbledon has a baseline agreement with Merton Council which ensures its improvements and services are over and above those provided by the Council.

About BIDs

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) have now been operating across the UK for over a decade. A BID is a legal body formed under the Local Government Act 2004. There are over 220 BIDs across the UK and Love Wimbledon works closely with its BID neighbours in Kingston, Sutton, Croydon and across London.

WHSmith is back in Wimbledon!

Love Wimbledon is delighted to announce the reopening of WHSmith in Wimbledon Town Centre.

The fresh, modern store in Centre Court Shopping Centre offers all the traditional favourites customers enjoy from WHSmith, such as stationery, cards, books, creative crafts and confectionery, as well as the benefits of easy access and excellent parking facilities within Centre Court.

Kevin Hall, Stores Director for High Street at WHSmith commented, “We are genuinely delighted to back in Wimbledon. We never wanted to leave in the first place and we are looking forward to a long and successful future in our new store.”

Update on Works in Wimbledon Town Centre

On 14 September UK Power Networks began emergency works to repair a fault in the power cables running underneath the pavement along The Broadway in Wimbledon Town Centre, outside the entrances to Wimbledon Station, Centre Court and Tesco. This work was due to be completed within seven days but it is still ongoing as they unfortunately identified other issues as the works progressed due to the age of the cables. These cables supply electricity to residents and businesses in the town centre and further afield and we are hopeful this will resolve some of the ongoing electricity supply issues businesses have experienced in the town centre.

Love Wimbledon has been lobbying both Merton Council and UK Power Networks on a regular basis to understand the extent of this work, applying pressure to ensure the work is completed as a matter of urgency, with minimal disruption to the town centre whilst also requesting that the area is cleaned and returned to its original state swiftly upon completion of the works. We have now been informed the work is due to complete on 10 October. UK Power Networks has already laid some of the area with tarmac as a temporary measure until the arrival of matching replacement paving slabs, which we understand are currently on order.

We can assure you we will be requesting regular updates from UKPN until this work is completed.