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Ellisons Receive Best Estate Agent Award

Ellisons Estate Agents

 

One of Wimbledon’s leading estate agents, Ellisons, has recently been identified as a top estate agent in the country and gained recognition as winner of the Best Estate Agent Guide 2020.

Ellisons Estate Agents are an independent estate agents, with over 27 years’ local knowledge and expertise in selling property in Wimbledon and the surrounding areas. Love Wimbledon is very proud to have a nationally recognised and award-winning estate agents located in our town centre.

 

“These awards follow a rigorous and independent assessment and we are thrilled to have been recognised as among the best in the country”.

– Sean Purtill, owner of Ellisons Estate Agents

 

Ellisons were surveyed against a total of 15,000 estate agents in the country, in one of the biggest assessments of any industry. Criteria included property marketing, results and customer service, with over 3 billion data points and 20,000 mystery shops being analysed. As a result, Ellisons now features in the Best Estate Agent Guide and has been listed in the top 3% of estate agents in the country.

For further details on how Ellisons Estate Agents can help you sell or let a property, visit their website.

Love Wimbledon Relaunch Business Website

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A better experience for you

We have relaunched the BID pages of our website packed with information about who we are, what we are here to do, how we support our BID businesses and how we achieve our aims and objectives. Using desktop or mobile you can continue to access important resources such as our Annual Report and BID Proposal and now we have added more content and easy to navigate NEW sections including:

Promote Your Business

Outlining all options that Love Wimbledon offer your business to get your brand noticed. From advertising and sponsorship to awards, partnering in our events and our employee Privilege card scheme, to your exclusive discounted rates on outdoor advertising via Global.

Business Services

Following the release of our Business Services brochure our website now lists all the services available to BID businesses. From cost saving schemes on waste, recycling and joint procurement, find information on what your Merton Chamber of Commerce membership offers you, how we work to improve Wimbledon and our marketing & promotional activity.

Choose Wimbledon

Part of our inward investment strategy is to promote what a great place Wimbledon is for business. We shout about the fantastic brands and businesses we have, what attracts investors & developers to Wimbledon and how we’re working to shape the future of Wimbledon Town Centre.

Campaigns

As a BID we are the voice for the Wimbledon business community and we lobby on your behalf on issues that matter to you. You can read about our work on issues including air quality, cleaning improvements, Crossrail 2, delivery bikes, healthy workplace and sustainability, parking and the police station.

We love hearing from our BID businesses and are here to help, so do get in touch info@lovewimbledon.org or 020 8619 2012.

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.

 

Food Delivery Bike Survey

Over the past year or so we have received many complaints from businesses and pedestrians about the proliferation of food delivery bikes gathering in particular locations. Individually the bikes are not a particular issue but collectively they are taking up much needed parking bays and can be intimidating. We realise the bikes are collecting from our businesses and are providing a service to locals and it is important that we don’t undermine this.

Love Wimbledon has been working behind the scenes with Merton Council, Deliveroo and other providers along with the police to find a suitable solution that works for us all. We are in the process of surveying the businesses that use these bikes with a view to identifying a couple of designated areas for the bikes to wait until their next order arrives.

If you are a Wimbledon town centre business who uses food delivery bikes, please send your answers to the below questions to info@lovewimbledon.org  by Monday 4 March.

Which delivery company do you use?

Deliveroo

Just Eat

Uber

Own delivery drivers

Other

 

Roughly, how many home deliveries per week does your business provide?

Under 10

10-25

26-50

51-75

76-100

100+

 

How important do you think Home Delivery will be for your business over the next few years?

Crucial

Very important

Quite important

Neither important or unimportant

Not important at all

 

Merton Council have offered to provide designated areas for delivery bikes to wait thereby resolving the current complaints that we receive. Would you be supportive of this arrangement and work with your providers to encourage them to use these areas?

YES

NO

DON’T KNOW

 

Is there anything else you would like us to consider?

 

Please do get in touch if you have any questions about this, but we hope to be able to have a resolution soon.

 

Merton Business Rates Consultation

Helen Clark Bell attended the annual Business Rates Consultation at Merton Council, well attended by business representative groups from around Merton.

Merton Council announced that Business Rates for 2019/20 will be increasing by 2.2% as set by central government. In 2018/19 Merton Council collected £92million in business rates, 64% of which was retained to fund local council services. Merton Council will be automatically applying the 100% relief for Small Business Rate Relief, the transitional rate relief from the last revaluation and the 30% retail business rate reduction if your shop has a rateable value of less than £51,000. If you are eligible and this has not been automatically applied then please do contact Merton Council to discuss this.

There are a number of support schemes that Merton Council provide for businesses that may be struggling to pay their business rates and you are encouraged to speak to the council rates department directly if this applies. There are also local discount schemes for new businesses, empty properties and expanding businesses.

For more information https://www.merton.gov.uk/business-and-consumers/business-rates

Merton Live! a HUGE Success

Wimbledon Guild, the local charity that supports people across Merton, and New Wimbledon Theatre held a brand-new community event on Saturday 26 January at the theatre.  Merton Live! celebrated local talent in Merton with community groups, schools (Wimbledon High School) and business (Creams British Luxury) getting involved.

The day showcased a plethora of local bands, dance, drama and gymnastic groups with performances taking place throughout the day. Visitors also got the opportunity to explore this historic building with backstage tours and a host of theatre related activities for all the family.  Over 800 people attended the event, raising an incredible £3,453.

Wendy Pridmore, CEO at Wimbledon Guild added, ‘Thank you so much to New Wimbledon Theatre, our performers, volunteers and everyone who attended this wonderful community event. All of the money raised will continue to help ensure that people across Merton will always have somewhere to turn to in times of need.’

Nick Parr, Theatre Director at New Wimbledon Theatre added, ‘Our ten-year vision is to ensure that New Wimbledon Theatre is a must-visit destination for all of our community.  Working with a strong community partner like Wimbledon Guild is key to our continued success.  Merton Live! was a great event thanks to the commitment of the theatre and Guild teams and our generous visitors.’

 

The Alexandra Scoops Award in Parliament

The Alexandra, Wimbledon was presented with the Parliamentary Pub of the Year Award for London.

Launched in the summer of 2018 by Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Pub Group, Toby Perkins, MP, the competition seeks to recognise the important role pubs play in British life and the value they add to the local communities and local economy.

Following nomination by their local MP, each pub had to submit a short video portraying the character of the pub and their engagement with their customers and local community (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJmHXGLmuAw).

Last but no means least we received the range of entries you would expect from a 24 hour city region like London – with entries North and South of the river, East and West of the capital.

The Alexandra stood out for its clear commitment to customer service and a pioneering approach to tacking loneliness through its innovative ‘meet up Mondays’ initiative.

Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Pub Group, Toby Perkins, MP, said: “The presentations took place on momentous night for Parliament (15th Jan) and it was a memorable night for all our finalists.  The quality of the entries was outstanding and we have a very worth regional winner in the Alexandra.

“Pubs play a crucial and much-loved role in our daily life and the enthusiasm that MPs have shown in promoting the claim of their locals to this title shows the pride that our communities take in our pubs.”

(Mick and Sarah Dore from The Alexandra collecting award from Lord Kennedy, far left, and Toby Perkins MP, far right)

 

The National winner was named as the Four Elms, Cardiff.

The finalists were:

East Midlands 

Chesterfield Arms, Chesterfield https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VReRkSuOCJo

East

Kings Arms, South West Norfolk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_GypNS4Qf4

London

Alexandra, Wimbledon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJmHXGLmuAw

North East

Stapylton Arms, Easington https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZNvSj_o9TQ

North West 

Kash 22, Weaver Vale, Runner Up, National Competition https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzIK7PQSJqg

Runner up: Victoria, Bury https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQ-cSKdCCdY

Scotland 

The Brass and Granite, Kilmarnoch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V32nx6JHxz8

Runner up: The Criterion, North East Fife https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0KEh31KXGw

South East

The Crown, Hastings, Runner Up, National Competition  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuakRA_a7rE

South West 

The Westbrook, Devizes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbBRYce7-oQ

Wales 

The Four Elms, Cardiff, Winner National Competition  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCSmc9jrmEE

Runner Up Fat Boar, Wrexham

West Midlands

The Robin Hood, Willenhall https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5dHjPSIWU8

Yorks 

The Grayston Unity, Halifax https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZBOqEjoFIE

 

Local Plan for Merton – FAQ

Local Plan for Merton – FAQ

Wimbledon Town Centre key documents

01 What is a local Plan?

  • It is created by the Borough Council (Merton)
  • It is a development plan and is part of the governments planning system
  • It sets out the strategic planning framework for 15 years in Merton
  • It covers subjects such as new homes, healthy streets, transport, air quality, climate change, retail, office and industrial development
  • Once adopted it supersedes all planning documents

 

02 Why should we care?

The plans consultation closes on January 28 2019. A public enquiry should happen in Winter 2019 and adoption of the strategy in 2020. THE OUTPUTS FROM THE DOCUMENT WILL BE IN PLACE FOR FIFTEEN YEARS.

The plan sets out a vision, strategy and a lot of planning detail.

The aim for Wimbledon Town Centre is:

To ensure Wimbledon continues to be a thriving destination for businesses, local residents and visitors. The policy N3.6 outlines the detail including site specific information  (if you are a BID business, this is the one to read) and the ten points that have come through Future Wimbledon workshops.

 

03 What are the visions / aims?

Vision for Wimbledon Town Centre:

By 2036 The overall quality of Wimbledon town centre will more closely match the attractive residential areas that surround it.

2040s. A plan for the future of over-station development, greater access across the tracks, public space at the heart of Wimbledon Bridge and the future of Dundonald Yards will be implemented

 

Vision for all town centres in Merton (including Wimbledon)

Town Centres Document is here at the end of the Economy document.
Sections of importance:

Tc7.6 – Location and scale of development in Merton’s town centres and neighbourhood parades

Tc7.7 – Protection of shopping facilities within designated shopping frontages

Tc7.10 – Food and drink / leisure / entertainment uses

Tc7.11 – Culture, arts and tourism development

 

04 What are the overall borough objectives?

These can be found within Merton Councils document ‘Strategic Vision and Objectives’, but top line they are:

1 Healthy Places

To make Merton a healthier place for all.

2 Place

To promote a high quality urban and suburban environment in Merton where development is well designed and contributes to the function and character of the borough.

3 Housing

To provide new homes and infrastructure within Merton’s town centres and residential areas, through physical regeneration and effective use of space.

4 Environment

To make Merton an exemplary borough in mitigating and adapting to climate change, reducing pollution, developing a low carbon economy, consuming fewer resources and using them more effectively.

5 Infrastructure

To make Merton a well-connected and accessible place where walking, cycling and public transport are the modes of choice when planning all journeys.

6 Economy (this document is particularly useful for BID businesses)

To make Merton, a prosperous borough, with a strong, sustainable and thriving economy.

 

05 How do I comment?

You can email or write to Merton Council, quoting the policy or site number that you are commenting on:

Email: future.merton@merton.gov.uk

Post: FutureMerton team

London Borough of Merton

London Road

Morden SM4 5DX

 

All the documents are on Merton’s website HERE if you would like to read anything in more detail.

Response to the Future Merton Wimbledon Masterplan

Love Wimbledon are overall supportive of the vision of the Masterplan and it is clear that Merton Council have listened to business and resident feedback during the development process of this over the past few years.

Some of the benefits that we are supporting from the Masterplan include:

  • Providing a flexible choice of retail space to entice varied businesses in the future
  • Developing workspace to suit different needs
  • Incorporating new civic open space to develop an attractive central core
  • Greening the town centre / creating a sustainable future
  • Decking over the tracks to create a less linear centre (with or without Crossrail 2)
  • Improving leisure and cultural space (inside and out!) which includes community space that can be accessed during the day for exhibitions / events etc
  • Creating clear zones which are bite sized and clear
  • Designing a world-renowned transport interchange to be proud of
  • Increase in pedestrian ways around town

The masterplan needs to do all it can to improve the look and feel of the town centre whilst enabling growth for current and future businesses in Wimbledon. Several businesses have moved away from Wimbledon as the office portfolio needs more flexibility, be of higher quality whilst also catering for small start-ups.  There are retailers who are not able to currently locate here due to the inflexibility of retail sq footage. We would welcome a long-term strategy of providing affordable retail and workspace in the future.

The clear definition of residential areas / cultural areas / office areas is a good strategy as this provides a breathing space and reduces the impact on residents of night time activity in the town including deliveries and servicing.

There are several areas which need more consideration and clarity before we can be fully committed to supporting the masterplan.

More detail on development

  • A development appraisal to outline constraints and opportunities for the potential development sites considering location, legal and planning aspects as well as their physical characteristics
  • Inclusion of a new concert hall / visual and performing arts centre with community use

Transport

  • A detailed traffic strategy including developing ideas to re-route from Hartfield Rd to St Georges Rd (via a bridge) and providing a clear strategy to reduce traffic rather than ‘move’ traffic
  • Detailed pedestrian and cycling strategy to link up all sides of the town centre
  • The potential impact in twenty years with the increase in use of electric cars
  • A shorter-term car use and local parking plan (based on current data)

Design vision 

  • The ‘sketch’ of the area opposite the station is poor quality design and does not respond to the vision
  • Around the station give more thought to scale and appropriate language to surrounding buildings and spaces (including what Wimbledon looks like from afar)
  • Activate streetscape with clear short and long-term proposals which are engaging and well designed
  • A varied workplace strategy to look at jobs for growth and provide a mixture from smaller working spaces / hubs to HQs
  • More detail on architectural interpretation / context of masterplan that can be used by architects and Design Review Panel
  • Further develop the town centre current and future unique proposition and positioning

Operational challenges 

  • Strategy to reduce air pollution taking into account the majority of traffic is from outside the area and is passing through the town centre
  • Consider implementing a clean air zone
  • More detail on light and wind impact around St Georges Rd / Piazza area
  • Clear vision on potential phasing of masterplan which considers minimising physical and monetary impact on businesses and town centre users

Strategic challenges

  • If CR2 doesn’t happen, how will this plan change?
  • Improving ‘Play’ in Wimbledon for families, friends and visitors
  • Long term plans for Centre Court’s future
  • Phasing, what can be done now and in the future, to activate various sites creatively and temporarily?
  • Making Wimbledon progressive and upgrading the centre without over dominating development
  • Environmental impact of all development from using considerate contractors to promoting Wimbledon’s DNA to architects

The key is to have flexibility of business spaces, an interesting and different mix of retail, leisure and workspaces to suit changing demands and needs. To see an improved design vision would help Wimbledon on a commercial level to provide improved quality, and thoughtful design of buildings and spaces, in turn will make it a more attractive place to set up business, grow business and enjoy having a business here.

The plan keeps many of the heritage buildings that are fundamental in the town’s genes, whilst opening up change and innovation in areas which need improvement. Designers of the future need to have the vision and expertise to ‘think Wimbledon’. The aim should be to improve experience for all users and develop buildings which everyone is proud of.