Action in Merton (AiM) – an initiative run by the Merton Partnership, which includes Merton Council, the Metropolitan Police Service (Merton), Safer Merton, the Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust (PCT), the fire brigade and other agencies – helped residents to tackle anti-social behaviour at an event held in Mitcham on Saturday 21 March.
AiM used Home Office cash to help fund a day raising awareness of the many anti-social behaviour services there are in the borough that tackle graffiti, environmental crime and behaviour problems as well many other residents’ concerns. Members of the Merton Partnership were on hand to offer help on quitting smoking, eating healthily and crime prevention, and Radio Jackie was also there to support the event. Both residents and AiM partners commented on how successful the day had been. Further such events are being planned, building on the success of this one.
Mr Yeoman, who won £50 worth of vouchers in a prize draw held on the day, said: “The AiM day was really good. I found it very interesting and I think the area would benefit from having similar events again.’
Chief Inspector Mark Payne of Merton Police said: “This was all about making sure residents know what we are doing to deal with the issues that matter to them. I am committed to tackling the problems that residents want us to work on and AiM is a great example of how we work together to achieve what our communities want.”
Merton Council’s cabinet member for community safety and engagement Councillor Tariq Ahmad said: “Merton Council regards the security and safety of our residents as a priority, and in recent years we have strengthened our joint working with the police, the PCT and other partners.
“March’s AiM day was a huge success, and through talking to residents at the event I know it was very well received by the local community. Merton is one of the safest boroughs in London and this initiative is an example of how we are all working together to keep it that way.”
Notes to editors
– Safer Merton is a partnership made up of Merton Council, the police and other agencies.