By Caroline Cook

It was a full house in Raynes Park this week, as over 40 businesses joined Merton Chamber and the Raynes Park Association for an informative business breakfast.

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After a delicious English breakfast courtesy of Jo and the team at Bar 191, it was down to business.

Firstly, guests heard from the Consultation Manager at Crossrail 2 who is responsible for Network Rail for Raynes Park and beyond.  Whilst they are still at the early stages of developing their proposals, Crossrail 2 are working with the Department for Transport (DfT) to revise the business case before they go ahead with further formal public consultation later this year – hopefully in the summer.  The Raynes Park Association said that they have been working with Crossrail 2, and would like to feed into the consultation process.

To find out more about Crossrail 2 you can visit their website We will share any information and updates we receive with our members and clients.

Merton Council’s Neil Milligan updated the meeting on current Planning issues.  The main development in the area is the retail park on Bushey Road, next to the new Next store.  This has recently been granted planning permission, and they have three years to implement this.  Because of the potential Crossrail 2 development, the plans for the Rainbow Industrial Estate are currently on hold.

Dates for the Diary

  • 8thMarch – is the next Raynes Park Community Forum at the Raynes Park Library
  • 23 June to 2 July – is the Raynes Park Summer Fair
  • 30 July – sees Prudential Ride London passing through the town centre once again
  • 4 March – is part of Merton’s Big Clean.  Why not pop by and given the Raynes Park team a hand.

Bags of Help!  – Pop into the New Malden Tesco branch before the end of February to vote for Raynes Park!  They can win money which will be used to help improve the town centre.

The Raynes Park Safer Neighbourhood team are working on moving on the homeless people in the town centre, which has resulted in associated anti-social behaviour.  And keep them peeled!  It has been reported that individuals have gone into local businesses, posing as employees who have come to collect the days takings, and walked off with the cash.  They asked all businesses to be vigilant, and always to check ID of anyone posing as an employee.  The team for Raynes Park will soon be on social media #raynespark!