What is the Merton Local Fund

Since 01 April 2014, the council has been collecting money under Merton's Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

This is a charge placed on new homes and large supermarkets or retail warehouses to pay for the infrastructure needed to support new development such as education facilities, open spaces and publicly owned leisure services.

Most of the money received through CIL, must be spent on "strategic" projects that benefit the whole borough. Merton will continue to publish such projects on its "Regulation 123 List".

However, 15% of the money received must be spent on priorities agreed with the local community to support the demand that development places on the area. This pot of money is called the "Merton Local Fund". 

We don't think large amounts of Merton Local Fund money will be available especially in the first one or two years.  This is because much of the development in the borough isn't the kind that produces large amounts of CIL. 

On this basis and in accordance with government guidance  we will only review priorities for spending once the fund reaches a significant amount.

Initial consultation November 2014

Merton asked for feedback from communities on their priorities for the Merton Local Fund in an initial public consultation that ended in November 2014. 

Local fund questionnaire

Map of the neighbourhoods

Next steps

We have looked at the feedback from the initial consultation and, assuming there's enough money in the fund, we will look to match projects to these priories over the summer of 2016. 

Once this is done, we will publish the projects that have been identified for funding and will ask local communities during autumn 2016 for their further priorities for Merton's Local Fund.

Contact us

Future Merton
London Borough of Merton
Merton Civic Centre
London Road

Email: future.merton@merton.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 8545 3837