The Merton Neighbourhood Warden Scheme has won first place in both the regional and national finals of the ‘Clean and Tidy Awards 2003’, held the 13th November in conjunction with the Annual Neighbourhood Warden Conference in Harrogate.
The Merton Warden Scheme were informed in October that they were a finalist for the prestigious ENCAMS award with seven other finalists, following a check-up on the Pollards Hill to judge whether the cleanliness of the area had been sustained over a six month period after an initial ‘Safe and Sound Clean-Up Day’. The first place award for both the southern and London region and national warden schemes were presented to Ian Fall and Alan Davies of Merton Warden Scheme in front of 250 representatives of warden schemes across the nation, by director of ENCAMS Brian Johnson and Alan Riddell, Deputy Head of the Neighbourhood renewal unit OPDM.
The Scheme won a prize of £500 and another special award for the initial ‘Safe and Sound Clean-Up Day’ held in Pollards Hill in February 2003, where a hundred people including wardens, residents, the fire brigade, the police, local MPs, school children and council representatives took part. Graffiti was removed, over two skips were filled, 50 bags of rubbish were collected, and nine abandoned cars were cleared off the streets in the joint effort.
The warden scheme was also awarded with a Neighbourhood Renewal Unit ODPM Quality Standard, which indicates high standards of practise and performance amongst national warden schemes. Merton’s Warden Scheme is one of the first in the country to be awarded this award.
Councillor Andrew Judge, leader of the council, congratulated the neighbourhood warden team and said, “This is a great achievement for the wardens and the borough, which shows our continuing efforts towards making Merton safe and sound on our journey to excellence.”