About the Residents' Association

The Raynes Park and West Barnes Residents' Association is a group of local people who act on behalf of the community.  We are not resistant to change but we strive to have a positive influence to ensure that the evolution of the area is in keeping with - or enhances - the character of our area.  We are opposed to developments which would result in the irreversible loss of the tangible and intangible assets that combine to make Raynes Park and West Barnes an attractive place to live, in particular our community green spaces.  We wish to retain and extend the diversity of local shops and businesses, varied local health care facilities and provision for the elderly and for children. We want to maintain a safe, clean streetscape within which our families and friends can live and enjoy life.

In short - we think that Raynes Park and West Barnes are great places to live and grow.

The area covered by the Association consists of the whole of the West Barnes ward of the London Borough of Merton, the part of Raynes Park ward south of Coombe Lane, and a small part of Cannon Hill ward (Southway and the lower parts of Parkway and Elm Walk). However, it does sometimes concern itself with, for example, planning applications just outside this area, if they are likely to affect Association members.

The boundaries, clockwise from the north-west corner, are : the Beverley Way/Coombe Lane roundabout ; east along Coombe Lane to Raynes Park station ; Stanton and Wyke Roads, south along Grand Drive, taking in Prince George's Playing Fields, Cannon Close and Berrylands ; Parkway ; west along Cannon Hill Lane ; across the playing fields to Arthur Road and Marina Avenue ; the Sir Joseph Hood Memorial playing fields ; north-west along West Barnes Lane and Stanley Avenue, then across to Rookwood Avenue and back north along the Beverley Brook (the borough boundary). Map.

The objects of the Association are :

  • to protect and enhance the character and amenity of the districts of Raynes Park and West Barnes, with the aim of improving the quality of life of their residents
  • to foster a spirit of good fellowship among the residents of these districts in pursuit of service to the community
  • to produce a periodical magazine to inform the members about the activities of the Association.

The Association is non-party-political and non-sectarian.

Details of annual membership can be found here . Members receive a copy of the Association's newsletter, "The Guide", every month. You may find that joining the Association saves you money on your household insurance, as the Association is recognized by the police as a Neighbourhood Watch scheme.


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