GET ON THE BUSES TO MEET YOUR NEW NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

Merton Council will host the official launch of the Neighbourhood Wardens Scheme this month using a double decker bus roadshow.

The innovative project will see dedicated wardens operating in four areas of Merton. Their role will be to help improve the quality of life for residents in co-operation with the Council and the Police.

The targeted areas the wardens will be based in are Sadler’s Close, College Fields, Labernum Estate, Phipps Bridge and Pollards Hill.

The wardens will try to reduce 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.

The scheme has come to fruition following a successful bid led by Merton Council and including key partners, of £155,475 from the government. Pollards Hill Housing, South London Family, London and Quadrant, Wandle and Solon Associations, together with Merton made up the partnership.

The support of local residents was also crucial to the success of the bid.

Monday 23 July is the first date in a four-day launch programme designed to give residents the chance to officially meet the wardens.

 A white double decker roadshow bus will visit Haslemere Avenue in Phipps Bridge on Monday 23 July from 4pm-7pm. Residents will be able to meet their warden and find out more about the scheme with council and police officials over food and drink.

 The roadshow bus will then visit Donnelly Green in Pollards Hill on Tuesday 24 July between 4pm-7pm.

 Mitcham Fair Green, Sadler’s Close will be the next location on Wednesday 25 July again between 4pm-7pm.

 On Thursday 26 July at 10am-12noon an official launch will take place at the Civic Centre hosted by the Chief Executive, Roger Paine.

Councillor Andrew Judge, Leader of the Council, said: “Having followed the progress of this scheme, I am very pleased it is now up and running and we are in a position to get out into the communities and introduce the wardens formally.

“What an interesting scheme this is, bringing people closer and helping to create stronger links with the Police and the Council. I am very pleased that our bid was successful and I am sure that we will see very positive results of this scheme in the future.”

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Photo call: 5.30pm Monday 23 July, 2001. Councillor Andrew Judge, Leader of the Council will visit the roadshow at Haslemere Avenue, Phipps Bridge.

PRESS CONTACT – Jason Hill