Merton Council has successfully bid for more than £150,000 from the Government to secure four neighbourhood wardens.

In partnership with Pollards Hill Housing, South London Family, London and Quadrant, Wandle and Solon Associations, Merton has landed £155,475 to establish a Neighbourhood Warden Scheme in Merton.

The new Neighbourhood Wardens will operate in the Lavender, Phipps Bridge and Pollards Hill wards and their role will be to help improve the quality of life for residents in co-operation with Merton and the Police.

The wardens will try to reduce the incidences of nuisance, harassment and anti-social behaviour, reduce crime and the fear of crime and to create a sense of citizenship and social inclusion among residents in the neighbourhoods.
this month and the successful candidates will receive extensive training before taking up their positions in January 2001.

Councillor Peter Holt, Labour Leader of Merton Council, said: ‘The role of the wardens is to compliment other services provided by local agencies. It is important to make our estates even safer.

‘I am very pleased indeed that we have successfully bid for this significant amount of money and I look forward to seeing the positive results of the scheme in the future.’

Siobhain McDonagh MP has also welcomed the scheme. She said: ‘I am pleased the Government has awarded this money and I expect that the wardens will make a real contribution to reducing fear of crime and improving community life.’