About London Borough of Merton
The Borough of Merton was formed in 1965 when Mitcham, Morden, Merton and Wimbledon merged. Covering about 14.7 square miles of southwest London, it is a cosmopolitan, modern and vibrant community, a popular place with a lot to offer to residents and workers alike. A recent census showed that some 204,565 people live here. This diverse and growing population is expected to reach some 223,000 by 2020.
They are also an important place for employment. Merton is home to 7,500 successful businesses providing more than 70,000 jobs. A key challenge for them over the coming years is to protect the Borough’s economy through recession, and positioning Merton to make the most of economic recovery. There is a wide range of quality housing available from starter flats to large family homes, and prices are often very affordable. They have some excellent schools in the borough and work extremely hard to make them even better. They have 44 primary schools with a nursery class attached to each, eight secondary schools, and three special needs schools.
It is a very attractive place to spend free time; historic buildings, markets, museums, parks, theatres and shopping centres all jostling for attention. They have a greyhound stadium, golf courses, leisure centres and a sailing club. There are the large expanses of the famous Wimbledon and Mitcham commons, as well as smaller nature reserves and parks. Seven hundred hectares of open space account for more than 18% of Merton’s total area, nearly double the London average. The urban river Wandle makes its progress north through the Borough to the Thames. It once attracted the likes of Arthur Liberty (the founder of Liberty) and William Morris (a genius designer) to work on its banks.
The Borough gets the best of both worlds with its green open spaces and fast links to Central London. It only takes 18 minutes to reach Waterloo from Wimbledon station. The District and Northern tube lines serve the area and we have 11 mainline stations, 28 bus services and a tram service linking Wimbledon, Merton and Croydon. The suburban station at Mitcham Eastfields puts the east of the Borough just 25 minutes from Victoria. The road network offers easy access to the south coast, channel tunnel links and all the major airports. We are also within easy reach of Epsom Race Course and Epsom Downs. The council is a forward-looking organisation and the Government has recognised our ability to change. Our main offices are in the towering Civic Centre in Morden – where the Northern Line begins its journey north. The Borough is a constantly evolving force in the landscape of Greater London, and works hard to achieve its vision and ambition.