Funding approved to transform Colliers Wood

Merton Council has this week won a total of £4.45m to improve areas of the borough which are run down. Around £3.7m from the Greater London Authority’s regeneration fund, will go towards ambitious new plans to create a new town centre for Colliers Wood and Merton High Street in South Wimbledon.

Some of the funding will help transform Merantun Way into a boulevard with cycle lanes and footpaths, improving access from High Path and Merton High Street to the historic Abbey Mills and South Wimbledon Business Area. More info here.

A new chef in the area

A new concept from brings Cuban cuisine to the Colliers Wood area. The fantastic tastes of Cuban food can now be enjoyed by ordering online through the housebites website. But beware – it took us three attempts to place an order, as the website although it looks professional doesn’t work too well. We sent a follow up email but got a dismissive response and had to order another day! The food, however, when it arrived was simply fantastic, so lets hope the site can get its act together as its a great concept.




The River Wandle – one of the UKs ‘most improved’ Rivers

The River Wandle which runs through the heart of Colliers Wood now “the healthiest for over 20 years”. Officially declared a sewer in the 1960s the Wandle has been transformed. With help from Defra’s £110m funding extensive work has been done by the Environment Agency, water companies and landowners, and we’re now seeing fish and mammals, including salmon and otters, thriving once more. Visitors to Merton Abbey Mills will often see Anglers at weekends.

Abbey Mills restaurant Mamma Rosa stars in Channel 5 Show.

This has just come to our attention. A decade-old Italian establishment in Colliers Wood  has been given new lease of life by the Channel 5 restaurant inspector. More here

We are not sure why they bothered as Mamma Rosa is a great restaurant by the river Wandle at Abbey Mills. The colour scheme has changed and the new colour doesn’t feel Italian.

Fighting back – Open!

Boots is Open

Boots is Open

After several days Boots at the Tandem Centre is now open. Dispite the windows remainig boarded up the store proudly decares it’s open for business once again.

In a similar move Ladbrokes, also ransacked by the maurauding hords, reopened with boarded windows on Tuesday.