Our story so far
New Malden Town Centre Partnership
Officers from Kingston council, local community groups and individuals chose to work together to support their hometown of New Malden to recover post covid. New Malden has lost many shops, a department store and four banks, there have been marked changes in the demographic and property development of the area in a relatively short space of time and naturally concerns still exist for the physical and mental wellbeing of residents during the current crisis.
Last year the council and the GLA helped provide some seed funding to establish New Malden Town Centre Partnership. So far, the partnership has provided a Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebration and Christmas events, helped to facilitate the winter lighting in the trees and colourful banners in the High Street, provided summer activities for children, helped create the decorative hoardings on Jubilee Square and supported the re-invigoration of New Malden Business Forum and digital business directory.
Plans for 2023 include new artwork on Jubilee Square, more community events and regular activities for young and old.
We work together with the local community, businesses and the Council
Our aim is to reflect the cultural diversity and interests of the local community, to promote the attractiveness and use of the town centre by:
Developing, promoting and implementing a programme of activities, projects and events
Widening and further improving the range of uses and activities in the town centre
Identifying and securing improvements to the town centre environment and facilities.
A place where people connect
Our vision for New Malden is to build on its current strengths, for it to be a vibrant, interesting, friendly and popular place, successfully providing a wide range of local shopping, service, leisure, recreation, arts, culture and business uses in an attractive, safe and convenient environment, recognising and celebrating its cultural diversity and as a focus for local community activities.
The Partnership is led by a Steering Group, which will normally consist of up to 12 members in total. The founding Members of the Steering Group come from local organisations with a connection to New Malden and interest in the town’s future development.
The Steering Group is supported by a Community Connector, Danielle O'Shaughnessy, The Community Connector is responsible for managing community engagement for the new Town Square and other locations within the town centre boundary.
The Steering group may invite specialists or other individuals to attend meetings to advise on specific matters and The Steering Group may also establish task and finish groups, as appropriate, to deliver projects such as the Town Square events, improvements to New Malden station and precincts, High Street improvements [e.g. banners and lighting].