Merton youth clean up

A community clean up week, which was organised by Merton Partnership Against Crime (MPAC) in conjunction with partner agencies, took place in Ravenbury from 15 – 20 March 2004.

The clean up event was part of the ‘Together – Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour’ project which is funded by the Home Office. The project focused on youth involvement in crime, abandoned vehicles, graffiti and fly tipping.

Activities undertaken during project included:
· Reparation work through the Youth Offending Service
· Local schools involvement in organised clean-ups,
· Removal of abandoned vehicles
· Dog warden cleaning in all parks and green areas
· A week long sweep across Ravensbury, targeting graffiti and fly-tipping ‘hot spots’.

The project culminated in a combined community/agency clean-up day at the Watermeads Estate on Saturday 20 March 2004. This event attracted many volunteers; both young and old, including many members of the Watermeads Residents Association Committee.

Richard Blakeley, Chair of Watermeads Residents Association, said: ‘I think it was a very successful day and one that I know the resident participants enjoyed being a part of. It was a very useful building exercise and has given us a lot of ideas for the future’.