Council leads day of action in Mitcham town centre

Metropolitan Police officers offered bike marking during the day

Officers from across the council and from partners such as the Metropolitan Police took part in a day of public engagement in Mitcham town centre last month. This followed reports of crime and anti-social behaviour issues and was in response to concerns raised by residents and members.

Staff from Waste Management, Trading Standards, Parking Services, the rough sleepers action group and youth engagement teams braved freezing temperatures alongside environmental enforcement officers to meet residents, visit businesses, offer advice and carry out enforcement activities.

Trading Standards visited businesses in the area and while most demonstrated a good understanding of their responsibilities under the law, enforcement officers also found and removed from sale approximately 200 toys not complying with safety requirements.

Approximately 100 counterfeit products and 3,000 non-compliant disposable nicotine inhaling products (vapes) were also taken, all of which could have posed a danger to the public. The team have provided advice and guidance and arranged follow up visits where required.

The Licensing Team made useful visits to premises where they were able to advise on the correct process for an application for a pavement licence and found one retailer selling alcohol irresponsibly, leading to enforcement action against them.

Our Waste Management Compliance team were busy visiting over 45 businesses, the majority of are managing their waste responsibly. Nine businesses, however, were flagged for follow-up to ensure they had proper waste agreements in place or risk a potential £300 fine.

To help discourage irresponsible parking six penalty charge notices were issued on the day.

The freezing conditions meant that only one bike was security marked by the Met police team and, unsurprisingly our Youth services did not have any takers for what would have been a very chilly football match in Lavender Park!

They did however meet with people at the library to explain the purpose of their work, to support and help young people become part of a stronger, safer and more inclusive community.

Happily, our Rough Sleepers team did not find anyone in or around the Town Centre as it appeared that due to the severe cold weather everyone had been found accommodation. The whole day emphasised the importance of collaborative working and information sharing to improve the wellbeing of local residents.