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Sustainable Communities Act 2007

Under the Sustainable Communities Act 2007 local communities and councils can ask central government to take some action if they believe it will promote the sustainability of local communities. Actions can include:

  • a change in legislation
  • a transfer of responsibilities from one public body to another
  • a new national policy
  • a change or strengthening of policy

If you would like us to consider proposals to improve life in Merton and submit them on your behalf you can send your ideas to

The act starts from the principle that local people know best what needs to be done to promote the sustainability of their area, but that sometimes they need central government to act to enable them to do so.

In 2008 the government asked for ideas to be submitted by councils working with local communities. All proposals had to be approved by a panel of local people. Over 200 proposals were presented to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for consideration in December 2009.

In December 2010 the Secretary of State published their response to the proposals and issued a new call for ideas.

Communities and councils can now submit ideas at any time through the Barrier Busting website.

Contact us

Consultation and Community Engagement Team
Merton Council
Civic Centre
London Road

Telephone: 020 8545 3896

This page was last updated on Tuesday 24 February 2015

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