Action in Merton comes to Carters Estate

The Action in Merton (AIM) team will be visiting the Carters Estate in Raynes Park the week of 10 November as part of its campaign to make Merton a cleaner and safer place.

During the week Merton’s reassurance bus will be at the Carters Estate each day between 10am and 4pm. Residents will be able to drop in to talk to the team about giving up smoking as well as find out about crime prevention. They will also be able to find out about housing benefits, tenancy management and dealing with anti-social behaviour. Advisers will be on hand to answer questions about housing transfer options and registered social landlords.

As well as providing advice, the AIM team will be carrying out several enforcement activities including graffiti removal, litter patrols, monitoring illegal motoring activities, tackling knife crime, dealing with fly tipping and visiting local businesses to ensure they are meeting the relevant trading standards.

AIM is a week of action bringing together various local public services and members of the community to address the concerns raised by residents. The AIM team will be visiting different locations around Merton over the coming months.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for the environment Councillor David Simpson said: ‘We want to put our residents first and make sure they are getting value for money from the services we and our partners provide. This is a great example of different local organisations coming together to make the borough a safer and cleaner place and improve the quality of residents’ lives. AIM will make a real difference.’

Merton deputy mayor Councillor Krysia Williams who will launch the week said: ‘It is wonderful to see all these organisations with specialists covering a variety of issues coming together, doing something practical for the good of local people. AIM weeks concentrate on specific areas of Merton and follow a timetable which includes personal contact with residents and improvements to the area. It’s great that we’ll be seeing more of these in other locations across the borough in the foreseeable future.’

Chief Inspector Mark Payne said: ‘Action in Merton is about giving our communities real ownership of the neighbourhood they live in. It’s about working with local people to make sure the issues of crime and disorder that matter to them are being addressed. That’s why we spoke to over 200 people on Carters Estate so we could make sure that we were delivering what the residents wanted. I want to maintain the dialogue between police and local people and that is why we want residents across the borough to sign up to our community safe system that keeps people informed by email about what their police teams are doing to keep communities safe in their streets. You can sign up to community safe at http://www.communitysafe.gov.uk/home’

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Notes to editors
Action in Merton was launched in July 2008 by Mayor of Merton Councillor Martin Whelton.

To find out more about AIM: http://www.merton.gov.uk/aim

The partner agencies which are part of AIM are the London Fire Brigade, Merton Council, the Metropolitan Police Service, Safer Merton and Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust.

Safer Merton is a partnership between the council, the police and a number of other agencies aimed at reducing crime and disorder in the borough. Safer Merton has the responsibility for developing and implementing methods to reduce crime, anti-social behaviour and alcohol and substance misuse in Merton.

A photo call will be arranged for Monday at 10.00am.