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SPRING 2018         NEWSLETTER                      ISSUE NO: 41

Welcome to the latest edition of your Newsletter!


 Hello to all.  Please put the date for our AGM on Monday 30th April at 7:30pm at Collingwood School, Springfield Road in your diary now – a great opportunity to hear and question the council representative, Mark Dalzell, Head of Neighbourhood Services,  on parks, streets and waste collection services provided over the past year.

 We would still like to see more residents joining Springboard, so please if you know anyone new to the area, please ask them to contact Peter Atkinson on mail@springboard-news.com so he can welcome them to our Residents Association.

 We are posting details of all meetings on the website as they happen which can be viewed on “springboard-news.com” as can this Newsletter. This is therefore a summary of those meetings and other issues.

 Paper copies of the Newsletter will still be delivered where this has been previously requested.

 AGM 2018

Please make every effort to attend. It is only for two hours once a year and demonstrates to the guest speakers that our Residents Association is worthwhile, productive and active.

 Action Points of AGM 2017

 1.  Here is a summary of the main points raised at the meeting;

2.  Concerns raised over the lack and deterioration of the yellow lines on Park Lane and at the end of Springfield Road – This has been raised with the council.

3.  Membership fees:  This is covered later in this Newsletter.

4.  The question of parents inconsiderate parking when dropping off or collecting their children from Collingwood School was raised and as a result, traffic wardens carried out visits at the appropriate times and we hoped this would achieve the desired result but behaviours have remained the same

Springboard Resident’s Association: Committee Meetings 

to April 2018

· 1.  1.  A polite notice was placed on a van about the dangerous place to park on the corner of Acre Lane and Springfield Road and this has worked.

·      2.  An update on the vegetation was provided along with discussions on fly-tipping and graffiti on the back lane from the station and footbridge.  Network rail continue to be difficult to get hold of but a letter to both Network Rail and the council on behalf of the committee was sent to suggest further improvements as well as waste bins along with a dog waste bin being provided. Graffiti continues to be “painted out” by the Committee as and when it appears.

·    3.  The Committee discussed the litter left outside of the Kebab shop at the end of Grosvenor Road and at the flats outside the bowling club.  A polite letter asking the shop and flat owners to clean up was delivered. 20 shops were contacted by letter, regarding rubbish issues, with no response, but we will continue to monitor the situation.

·      4.  On the theme of litter, since the change in the bin collection, the waste bin on Parkgate is continually overflowing.  It was agreed to escalate this to the council and the contractors, Veolia.         

WA Also   agreed to mention in the letter that the contractors are carelessly returning the recycling boxes and in particular the lids going missing.  Furthermore, often litter is spilt during collection and simply left on the street.  This point as well as the growing use of the end of Springfield Road being used as a dumping ground will be mentioned. We are in contact with N. Bulger, Chief Exec LBS regarding detritus in general.

·     5.  Speed Gun volunteers – names have been provided and we still awaiting further dates although this has already taken place on three separate occasions over the past years.

·         6.  No update with regards to Marston Court 98/106 Manor Road– the current planning application runs until 3 October 2019.

·       7.  An idea was proposed that we suggest to the local council that local schools could take on a town manager project to help escalate and promote issues within the town and for the betterment of the town.

·       8.  We are contacting the council to ask for the school signs in Springfield Road to be replaced as the current ones are past the end of their lives.

·      9.  Concerns were raised for safety of children where Springfield Road is used for cycle proficiency and we thought that other local roads would be more appropriate as this road is heavy used.

 10  To restate our position with Shell, a very constructive meeting was held with Shell's Territory Manager, South. As an outcome of the meeting a proposal will be put forward to install number plate recognition technology (at Shell's cost) that would capture the number plates of those driving away without paying. 

The information captured on this system would then be held on a database which would in turn alert Shell stations NOT to serve that customer on any of its stations in the future. This data would also be made available to the DVLA.

 Treasurers Report 

We proposed at the last AGM in April 2017 to collect the £1 per annum subscription from 2017 as it had been some time since this was last undertaken. Thank you to those who paid on the night. Unfortunately attempts to complete this task during the year have not been successful so Kit and Barry will be making a focused and concerted effort to finalise this by the date of the AGM and at that time will be able to provide an update as to the result.

 Beddington & Wallington Local Committee (BWLC) - extracts from the meetings held up to April 2018

 There is nothing of significance that has arisen that directly affects our area. I will continue to attend/monitor and will report back should anything arise.

Safer Neighbourhood – Wallington North Community Panel Meeting September 2017 – April 2018.

 The major item has been in respect of the following announcement/statement released a few months ago:

 METROPOLITAN POLICE SERVICE ANNOUNCE CHANGES TO LOCAL POLICING FOR SUTTON AND LONDON

1.  The Metropolitan Police Service has announced changes to the way local policing is delivered in London through the introduction of Basic Command Units (BCU).

A BCU is a larger police command unit that will replace the Met’s current 32 borough model, by merging local policing in boroughs.  As part of the changes Sutton police will come together with Bromley and Croydon police to form 1 of 12 BCU’s.

2.  Sutton Police station has issued the following statement:

“The Met continues to face a significant financial challenge and must make savings of £325m by 2021/2.  Our police officer numbers are expected to fall to 30,000 by April, and further by 2021.

 3.  In the current model, boroughs vary in size, have different ways of doing things and have different resources and issues.  This can mean that demand is difficult to manage and our flexibility to meet new policing challenges is limited.

4.  BCU’s will each deliver the same core local policing functions – neighbourhoods, emergency response, CID and safeguarding – in a more consistent way.  Each will be led by a chief superintendent who will be in the BCU Commander.

5. On a BCU, people, building and resources will be shared across the borough boundaries meaning greater flexibility in how these are used and the change will allow us to improve the service we provide to London in several ways.

5.  We need to plan for a future with less and become more resilient so we can continue to meet our financial and operational challenges, and our current and future policing challenges – terrorism and safeguarding in particular.  Without significant changes in how we manage our resources we will be unable to meet these challenges.

 NEIGHBOURHOODS

1.  As well as saving money and increasing efficiency, we want to invest in other areas of policing which the new model will enable us to do more effectively.

 2.  Increasing community confidence is a priority and these changes will build on the success of Safer Neighbourhoods, where local officers are visible in each London ward.

 3.  We have met our commitment to put two Dedicated Ward Officers (DWOs) and one PCSO in every London ward.  These officers will work with local people on local priorities and won’t be taken away to help with policing elsewhere in London.

4.  In BCUs there will be more police officers working with young people, educational establishments and care homes.  We will bring the management of issues such as anti-social behaviour and licensing into one team so we are working more closely with the local authority and our other partners.

 SAFEGUARDING

1.  We are changing the way we help safeguard vulnerable people by investing more resources in preventing and investigating domestic abuse, sexual offences and child abuse.

2.  We will introduce ‘multi-agency hubs’ where police officers and child safeguarding professionals from other organisation will sit side-by-side.  This means all safeguarding referrals about children we will be made through the same team, improving our joint working and information sharing to protect London’s most vulnerable children.

3.  Through BCU safeguarding teams we are increasing our work to prevent harm coming to those with mental health issues or those who go missing, alongside the management of offenders, especially those who pose the highest risk.

4. BCUs will also bring together the investigation of these crimes and deploy specialist officers and detectives directly to the scene of serious incidents at an earlier stage.  This means they can set the investigation strategy early on and make contact with the victim, reducing the number of different officers they have to deal with.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND CID

1.  With calls to 999 on the rise, the new BCU structure will see more officers responding to emergency calls across borough boundaries to fit with local needs and help those people who need us the most.

2.  Response officers will also be trained to investigate some of the crimes they attend rather than passing them onto other officers.  This will provide a better service to victims and allow CID colleagues to concentrate on more serious crimes and proactive work.

 3. We will continue to deal with a greater proportion of crime online or over the telephone, to give the public greater choice about how they contact us, and reduce demand on response officers.

 TESTING THE MODEL

1.  The BCU model has been tested in two areas bringing together Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge boroughs, and Camden and Islington boroughs since late 2016.

2.  These two pathfinders allowed us to see in action the benefits of the BCU model as well as identifying and dealing with any problems.  We have closely worked with officers, staff and partner agencies, including leaders of local councils, to identify the key lessons learnt.  All these views have helped shape our decision to move forward with the BCU plan.

 3.  Leading work is Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Mark Simmons.  He said: “Local policing is at the heart of what the Met do every day and we will improve it further by offering a service which is more personal and responsive to the needs of Londoners.

 4.  “BCUs will allow us to put victims of crime and those people who need us the most at the heart of everything we do.  Our new structure will also give us the resilience and consistency

5.  We need across the whole of London, so we can continue to respond to large scale incidents, and meet the financial and operational challenges we are facing.”

 6.  Sutton Borough Commander, Robyn Williams said:

“This will be a new way of working for police and we will keep our residents updated as the changes are made in Sutton but please be assured our priorities do not change.  I am proud that Sutton is one of the safest places where residents are some of the most satisfied and we will be working with our partners to keep it that way. 

The roll out across London would be staggered over the next 12 months following the decision.

 Motor Vehicle Security.

This still appears to be ongoing so please make sure your vehicles are locked and secure every night.


LATEST NEWS

Fly Posting.

This is becoming unacceptable with the amount of times throughout the year and the number of posters that are spoiling Wallington!!  The circus/fairs are the worst offenders and advertise at least 4/6 times a year plastering all railings, vacant shop windows and any wall they can find!

Flyposting is already illegal and against council policy, unless permission has been granted by the owner of the site which is rarely, if ever, the case!

I have discussed this in depth with the council and the long and short of it is that we can use the "Report It" function on the website and the posters will then be removed by the councils  contractors. They will also undertake regular inspections of the area and where appropriate the fly posting will be removed.  

 

Illegal posting is not reported by the majority. It is becoming a problem and if, like me, you are fed up with the town being plastered with these banners and posterboards, the sight of flyposting can be reported each time to:  https://www.sutton.gov.uk/info/200491/street_cleaning/1202/graffiti_or_fly_posting

 Street Cleaning

Veolia have taken over responsibility for keeping the borough’s streets clean, and they are required to maintain them to a certain set standard. Whilst most of our streets are being maintained, there are a few areas that persistently fall well below standard and the council  have had to chase Veolia to do a proper clean. One of the key issues has been clearing up the debris left by leaf fall.

Please do let the Ward councillors know if your street is not being cleaned to a good standard as they will inform the council which has the power to levy fines if Veolia are not meeting the standards in the contract.

 Bins

Most households are now receiving a regular collection, with just an occasional missed bin due to the weather or roadworks. However, there are still a few persistent problem areas, usually flats. In the first instance please report a missed collection online, however, if the bin is not collected after a couple of days then please let your ward councillor know. 

We can escalate the matter and ensure that the council is aware that Veolia are not performing and penalise them accordingly.

Veolia are no longer issuing new bins or recycling boxes in response to new requests. However, if you put in a request prior to November 2017 let us know as they should still be honouring these requests. The same goes if you never received the correct receptacle in the first place.

 

Planning Applications.

An application to develop the Wallington Public Hall site has been submitted. You can view and comment on the application on the council’s website. We have just learnt that it will be decided by the Planning Committee.

There is an application in respect of Wallington Square to have construction work between the hours of 6pm and 11pm over a six week period to allow the installation of the canopy over the square. This is to prevent having to close the square during the day which would impact on businesses. To view the application or comment visit the council website.

 NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

If you are considering joining our local Neighbourhood Watch, you can submit an application directly through the Sutton group website.

To find out more about Neighbourhood Watch go to the website www.suttonneighbourhoodwatch.co.uk. To join, click on ‘Join Us’ on the top left of the home page. Scroll down the page, fill in your details on the form & click on ‘submit’. You will then receive a welcome pack.  

As always, it costs nothing, and the purpose & benefits of membership are described on the website.                      

 COUNCILLORS DROP IN SURGERY

Councillor’s surgery takes place the first Saturday of every month between 10am -11am at The Trinity Centre Holy Trinity Church Maldon Road Wallington so please pop in if you wish to talk about any issues you have with our councillors.

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 Looking forward to seeing you all at the AGM 

on 30th April 2018

Regards and all the best

 Keith Knight

Chairman, Springboard Residents’ Association