Sheds broken into in Ravensbury Court March 2016

Sheds, midges & the council plan… Ravensbury Update – March 2016

Here’s a bit of an update regarding events around Ravensbury this month (March 2016):

  • The Council Plan: Friday (18th March 2016) saw the closing of the council’s own consultation on the future of Ravensbury, covering two main points: whether you want it to be demolished at all and if the scheme does get the go ahead, how you think it should look. We know this seems couched in the proverbials but at least the first part gives residents a chance to speak out (again).

If you do want to still submit a response to Merton Council, it’s worth emailing them on: estatesplan@merton.gov.uk , dropping your submission (using a plain piece of paper and your own envelope is ok) through the main letter box of the council in Morden by Monday morning or telephoning them on:
020 8545 3693

Draft Local Plan meeting sign in Ravensbury, Merton
Draft Local Plan meeting sign in Ravensbury, Merton

Remember, 2016 will be quite a busy year according to Merton Council’s own Estate Plan page:

Spring 2016 have your say on preferred options for what your estate could look like
Summer 2016: have your say on a final plan for your estate
Autumn 2016: opportunity to tell an independent planning inspector what you like and don’t like about the final plan
Winter 2016 / early 2017 the independent inspector examines the final plan, including a public hearing
Early 2017: the council votes whether or not to adopt the Local Plan covering the three estates. If adopted, a Local Plan can be used to guide planning applications for the neighbourhoods.

We also believe that Circle will be submitting their planning permission for the garages site in April 2016 – especially after seeing Circle’s Regen & HTA Architects attending Merton Council on Friday this week:

Ravensbury Garages proposals - proposed buildings shown in pink
Ravensbury Garages proposals – proposed buildings shown in pink
  • Ravensbury Court Sheds: this week (Sunday night/Monday morning – 13th/14th March 2016), we had a few sheds broken into. Why? We really don’t know. No one stores anything of value in them so it’s not quite on par with the Wimbledon Cat Burgler . That said, please keep an eye out on your belongings just in case the perpetrator gets a taste for Ravensbury.

It should be noted that:
1. The Police need the owners of the sheds to make a statement.
2. Circle do not have a list of residents who own the sheds. So check your shed & (pretty please) speak to Merton Police via ringing 101.

Sheds broken into in Ravensbury Court March 2016
Sheds broken into in Ravensbury Court March 2016
  • Midges in Ravensbury: Many people have complained about the midge population that frequently blights Ravensbury in recent years. The Wandle Trust published a good midge related article on this very recently, which states the following:

…there are likely to be a number of contributory factors to the booming midge population, which all combine in a ‘perfect storm’ in Ravensbury Park (and possibly in Morden Hall Park too):

The slow sluggish nature of the water caused by weirs which impound the river, slowing flow and causing silt to drop out. Midge larvae thrive in these silty low-oxygen environments where other river life finds it hard to survive.

Ironically the Park’s many beautiful trees are likely to add to the problem, because the midges eat leaves which fall in and line the riverbed, breaking down to create more of these silty low-oxygen conditions. This is a reason why tree management around rivers is important (as well as allowing more light to reach the riverbed so that a diversity of plants can survive).

Another factor is likely to be a decline of predators such as other aquatic invertebrates (including damselflies which local residents said used to be much more abundant in the park) as well as fish, birds and bats. It’s possible that the many pollution incidents that the Wandle has suffered has contributed to the decline in fish, and the fish also tend to get washed downstream in high flows and can’t return upstream due to the number of weirs.

Finally, the water quality of the Wandle is very nutrient rich, as much of the flow is sustained from the effluent from Beddington Sewage Treatment Works. Beddington is operating within its licensed limits but the water quality downstream changes and this may contribute towards conditions that favour midge larvae in the Ravensbury Park area

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