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Fri 26th July
Haig Housing Trust has opened a key part of a new housing development dedicated to the memory of one of Merton’s most popular councillors,Councillor Maxi Martin, on Friday 26 July 2019. A long-standing member of the Labour Party, Maxi served as a Councillor for St Helier Ward (in which Haig’s Morden estate lies) for 18 years. In 2003/04 she was Mayor of Merton and in 2010 she was appointed Cabinet member for children’s services, having served as Cabinet member for social services and education in previous administrations. Councillor Martin was dedicated to serving her Ward residents and to giving a voice to the young and more vulnerable in Merton. She was a passionate advocate of children and young people, always very popular with children across the borough when she frequently visited them at their schools, taking a huge interest in their learning and creating a Borough of opportunity for them. Her most recent school visit was not long before she fell ill, when she went to Abbotsbury Primary School to see all the donations the children had collected from residents to support refugees living in the borough. She was also a regular visitor to Haig Housing whose headquarters estate lay within her Ward, as well as being the Borough’s Armed Forces Champion. Sadly, Councillor Martin died peacefully in her sleep during the evening of 6 April 2016. She had been ill since the previous December. To acknowledge this dedication to local residents and to her support of Veterans generally and those who lived on its Morden estate, Haig Housing is naming one of seven housing blocks on its new 68-home development in south Morden after her: Maxi Martin Court which comprises 2 1-bedroomed wheelchair adapted flats, 2 other 1-bedroomed flats, 4 2-bedroomed flats and 4 3-bedroomed houses.