About the Merstham estate
The Merstham estate is one of the most disadvantaged parts of the borough. It has been identified as one of four priority places in Surrey. This page provides some background information about the estate.
In 2009, Merstham was identified by the Surrey Strategic Partnership (Surrey County Council website) as one of four Priority Places in Surrey. It is also identified in our Corporate Plan as a key regeneration area. As a Priority Place, the Merstham estate has a one-off opportunity to benefit from more focused and coordinated public and voluntary sector service provision, and will help to tackle the problems experienced by some local residents.
The Merstham estate has a population of approximately 4,500 living in approximately 1,900 households. Most of the estate is either owned by Raven Housing Trust or in private ownership. The estate benefits from substantial areas of open space, including Brook Road Open Space and Merstham Recreation Ground.
Merstham Estate Regeneration Plan
Actions are set out in the Merstham Estate Regeneration Plan (PDF document [967.8Kb]) . The Regeneration Plan has been produced by the Borough Council in partnership with other public and voluntary sector agencies. It identifies the vision for Merstham as:
Residents of the Merstham estate will benefit from the provision of appropriate and effective services and facilities. The estate will be a cleaner and safer community. Vulnerable people will be helped to lead positive lifestyles, and families will be supported to break the cycle of deprivation. Local people will be empowered to develop their skills, confidence and self-esteem.
The Regeneration Plan identifies a number of objectives and the actions that will be taken by partner organisations to try to achieve these objectives over the next few years.
The Plan has five themes:
- Children and Young People - Aiming to support vulnerable young people and families, and to increase educational attainment and employability
- Health and Well Being - Aiming to improve health and mental health, and to support vulnerable residents
- Economic Development - Aiming to increase skills, aspirations and employability
- Housing, Infrastructure and Environment - Aiming to improve local facilities and housing
- Safer and Stronger Communities - Aiming to reduce anti-social behaviour, crime and fear of crime.
Progress will be monitored by the Borough Council and its partners. The Regeneration Plan will be periodically updated as circumstances and opportunities continue to evolve.
Last updated : 29/03/2011