New Wimbledon Village Group Aims To Enhance  Local Area

Funding secured to investigate seeking Business Improvement District status

A new Wimbledon Village High Street Group has announced a number of plans to help enhance the area for local residents and businesses.

The Group has recently also entered into discussions with the All England Club (AELTC) about working together to deliver improvements to one of the most easily recognisable parts of the borough.  

The Village High Street Group’s committee includes representatives of the Wimbledon Society, Wimbledon and Putney Common Conservators, Wimbledon Village Business Association (WVBA) and local residents’ associations.

Initiatives include a Wimbledon Village events calendar to publicise the multitude of events held in the Village, and a Walk of Fame with plaques set in the High Street pavement to celebrate winners of the nearby tennis championships held each summer.

The Group, chaired by Conservative Councillor Najeeb Latif, is also supporting WVBA’s proposal to seek Business Improvement District status for Wimbledon Village and they have now secured initial funding from Merton Council for a feasibility study.

Councillor Najeeb Latif, Wimbledon Village ward councillor and Chairman of the Village High Street Group, said: “Like all towns and villages, Wimbledon Village high street is facing increased challenges from neighbouring regeneration at a time of constrained budgets. Key organisations such as the Wimbledon Society and residents’ associations are dedicated to improving the experience for local residents, but we recognise that we cannot achieve this alone.

“This Group is the vital link in bringing together key organisations to achieve the common goal of improving Wimbledon Village now and for the future.”

May 26, 2016