Merton AIMs high

Action in Merton (AIM) launches for 2011 next week as the council and its team of partners take to the streets for another series of localised events to make Merton a cleaner, greener and safer borough for all.

Kicking off in South Lodge Avenue, Pollards Hill on Friday 20 May, the AIM teams will be hosting a series of one-day events across the borough to take action on environmental, crime, anti-social behaviour, fire and other safety issues.

There are four events planned between now and September, covering areas such as Moreton Green in Ravensbury Ward and Clay Avenue in the Figges Marsh, Longthornton wards.

Action in Merton (AIM) is an initiative to make Merton a safer, cleaner and healthier place for all. It is a partnership approach looking to make a real difference to local communities in a short period of time, with each event preceded with a ‘walk about’ with key partners including councillors, police and housing associations to identify potential issues which can be resolved on the day.

As part of each AIM event, the AIM team will be arranging for the council’s street cleansing team to carry out a deep clean within the area and remove any graffiti. Community Pay Back (adult offenders) will also be carrying out a project at each AIM event whether re-painting areas or clearing over grown plants and shrubs

Residents who come along and take part in the day can benefit from a wealth of expertise and advice available on home and personal safety, crime prevention and information on services the Safer Merton partnership offers.

A first for this year, free dog chipping will also be available at each event and residents will be able to sign up for the new Dog Watch scheme too.

Colleagues at the police will also be conducting ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) exercises around some of the AIM days too – checking on stolen, uninsured vehicles, disqualified drivers, waste carrier licenses, and cowboy builders.

Councillor Edith Macauley, Merton Council cabinet member for community safety, cohesion and equalities said:

” Merton is one of the safest borough’s in London, but we know that it is sometimes the smaller environmental or anti-social behaviour issues which are of the most concern to our residents.

” Action in Merton is a fantastic initiative which can tackle these concerns and bring immediate benefits to the communities that we visit. I would encourage everyone who lives locally to Pollards Hill and the other areas we will be visiting over the summer to come along, get involved and take advantage of the services and advice on offer.”



Full list of events:
Pollards Avenue – AIM Day Friday 20 May, joining with MOAT Housing
Moreton Green, Ravensbury – AIM Day Thursday 23rd June
Clay Avenue locality – AIM Day Thursday 21st July
AIM Day Thursday 29th September – locality to be confirmed