Have Your Say In Wimbledon's Future

Conference to create a vision for SW19

There's a chance to have your say on the future of Wimbledon's town centre at a conference being held to formulate a vision for the next generation.

The Future Wimbledon Conference, which takes place on Tuesday September 17, will provide an opportunity to see the investment and development opportunities which exist in the town centre and surrounding areas.

The private-sector initiative being, organised in conjunction with Merton Council and Love Wimbledon, will also give anyone interested in the future prosperity of the town an opportunity to contribute to the development agenda.

It is designed to ensure that potential investors and other interested parties are engaged from the start of a process aimed at ensuring that Wimbledon gets the maximum benefit from Crossrail 2, which will provide the town with much faster journey times into central, north and east London, as well as showcasing the key development sites in the town.

Council leader Stephen Alambritis said: "Wimbledon is iconic and known throughout the world. We want to build on this global reputation and explore how SW19 can become a town centre of the future. We also want to create a very prosperous area in which businesses from all sectors will want to locate.

"With Crossrail mooted to arrive here we can start to visualise what a brilliant future Wimbledon has going for it. I look forward to welcoming developers and investors from across the country to share our vision of making Wimbledon the destination of choice."

The Future Wimbledon Conference is being held in two parts. After a morning session at a prominent town centre location, delegates will board a bus to Wimbledon Village.

They will then enjoy lunch in the newly-opened Orangerie, the new dining concept at Cannizaro House, and the venue will also host the afternoon session.

The conference is designed to develop the vision and strategic investment for the town centre. Paul Windsor, chairman of Love Wimbledon Business Improvement District and partner at WSM, believes this approach can have long-term benefits.

He said: "With the announcement of Crossrail 2, exciting development opportunities and an internationally renowned postcode of SW19, it has become essential that the business community leads the debate around Wimbledon as a vibrant, nationally-acclaimed business hub at the heart of South West London."

For all the latest news on the event, visit www.futurewimbledon.co.uk.

April 19, 2013