New representative, Mr Earl Peacock, was recently appointed as Neighbourhood Warden for St Helier, in addition to six other Wardens currently enforcing the scheme in areas throughout Merton.
Since his appointment in past weeks, Earl has been familiarising himself with the area and community of St Helier Avenue and members of Gifford Housing, being based at the rear of Gifford House.
The scheme, introduced in July 2001, was established by the Council in response to residents’ calls about anti-social behaviour, and following MPAC’s Crime & Disorder Audit which identified areas in the borough that could benefit from community support.
Scheme Supervisor, Ian Fall, said the Wardens were placed in specific areas to watch out for and report on incidents of wilful damage, anti-social behaviour, racism, drug abuse, environmental issues, nuisance and safety issues.
“The Wardens are there to maintain a presence in specific areas to provide support and be the eyes and ears for vulnerable people, act as confidante, professional witnesses and generally help the community,” he said.
“It should be understood that Wardens do not have enforcement powers like police or security guards, but that they are there to help residents and speak on their behalf.
“The Wardens work closely with local resident associations and housing providers to personally advise people and deal with their concerns.
“With this scheme, we hope to improve the quality of life for residents ensuring whether at work or play, the people of Merton are safe and sound.”
For further information, please contact Ian Fall, Warden Supervisor on 0208 545 4605
Press Officer: Georgina Hart 0208 545 3483
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Notes to Editor: Other Neighbourhood Wardens include:
·Alan Davies (Snr Warden) – Sadlers Close, Armfield Cresnt, Laburnaham Estate & College Fields
·Eric Crane – Pollards Hill
·Vivianne Cockman – Phipps Bridge
·Nadine Latibeaudiere – Pollards Hill & Cricket Green (Phipps Bridge)
·Joanne Brooks – Wimbledon Town Centre Warden
·Patrick Whelan – Lavender Warden
NOTE* Two further Wardens are currently being recruited