Love Wimbledon Stakeholder Meeting
Wet and windy winter evenings are not always the best time to get out and voice your views about what is needed in Wimbledon to make it a better place to live, work and play. However, over 70 people overcame the conditions, and a tube strike, to attend the Love Wimbledon Annual Stakeholder Consultation Meeting last week.
The meeting was chaired by WSM's Senior Partner, Paul Windsor, and began with a fascinating presentation from Merton's Policy, Strategy and Partnerships Officer, Eshaan Akbar, showing an analysis of the population within Wimbledon's wards from the most recent census. It is very difficult to make a mass of statistics sound interesting to an audience – but Eshaan succeeded with flying colours.
Pictures were the key to the second presentation by Helen Clarke-Bell, the Love Wimbledon BID manager – pictures of the crowds watching the tennis on the big screen, at the Christmas Shopping Launch and at Wimbledon’s Winter Wonderland amongst, of course, the many other activities that Love Wimbledon initiated during the year.
The clear message coming out of the subsequent discussion and questions was that Wimbledon town centre should be much greener – more trees, more flowers and more TLC including more litter and gum removal to make our town centre a better environment to live in.
This was all music to our ears here at WSM, where we think more civic pride amongst the business and residential community is still badly needed.