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Meet your local police

As part of Operation Big Wing the local police Safer Neighbourhood Team will be holding two sessions tomorrow (Thursday 23rd April 2015) where members of the public can come along and meet their local officers.
The first will be at the Worcester Park Hello Club coffee morning at Christ Church with St Philip on the corner of Cheam Common Road and Ruskin Drive between 10-11:00.
The second will be at Bronco’s in Central Road from 11-12:00. An opportunity for parents to bring little ones along to meet Police Officers and PCSO’s.

KTM motorbike owners – Police warning

Four KTM motorcycles – known for their distinctive orange colour markings – have been stolen in the borough over the last six weeks.

Three of these off-road bikes were stolen from sheds or garages in Wigmore Road, Wrythe Lane and Butter Hill – all Carshalton addresses. The other KTM bike was stolen from a back garden in Grove Lane, Coulsdon. They were all stolen overnight.

Police believe these bikes are the current bike of choice for thieves and owners are being urged to take extra security steps to protect their vehicles.

1. Use a security chain to attach your motorcycle to a fixed point.

2. Use a security device on both wheels if possible. Consider a chain lock for the rear wheel and a disc lock with an audible alarm at the front.

3. Try and use products with the highest security ratings.

4. Forensically mark your motorcycle as it will improve the chances of your motorcycle being found and returned if stolen.

Remember – Lock it, don’t lose it.

Health and social care in Sutton – what matters?

This month Healthwatch Sutton are launching their new feedback system called What matters to you? When it comes to health and social care for you and your family, what do you think is most important?

They want to hear your views and recent experiences of using local health and social care services. You can share these with them by completing a new “What matters to you?” form. You can do this online at www.whatmatterstoyou.org.uk. It literally only takes a minute and all feedback is anonymous. You can complete the form as many times as you like.

The information you give them will help shape their work plan and ensure local people have a strong voice. By sharing your views and experiences they can build a picture of the services that are doing well and those that need some improvements. Your input will help build strong evidence that will support them in influencing decision makers to improve local services.

Please ask all your friends and relatives who live or work in Sutton to fill one in too.

Free Grit for Sutton residents and businesses

Sutton Council are offering free grit to residents and local businesses for the fifth year running.

Each household or local business can collect 10kg of free grit courtesy of Sutton Council to use on footpaths, pavements or roads in front of their homes or business premises.

They can also collect grit for their elderly friends and neighbours or residents/local businesses who don’t have cars.

Proof of residency for any resident or local business is required in order to collect the grit.

By collecting and using grit appropriately our residents help the borough keep moving and help the gritting team reach the places in the borough that are hard to reach with the gritting lorries.

The free grit can be collected on the following weekends:

· Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 and Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 November

· Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 and Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 December *

It is available at:

· B&Q, Carshalton Road, Sutton: 7am – 5pm Saturday, 10am – 4pm Sunday

· Woodcote Green Garden Centre & Nurseries, Woodmansterne Lane: 8.30am – 5pm Saturday, 10am – 4.30pm Sunday (*please note the grit is not available from this site on 13 & 14 December).

· Clockhouse, The Green at the Mount: 9am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday

· Kimpton Park Way Reuse and Recycle Centre: 9am – 5pm Saturday, 9am – 2pm Sunday

Please take a suitable bag or container to collect the grit at Kimpton Park Way. Grit at the other locations will be ready bagged.

B&Q are offering 10% off the cost of a snow shovel when you collect your grit from them – subject to availability and closing date of Sunday 14 December 2014.

Elderly or disabled residents who currently receive an assisted bin collection can have the grit delivered to them. Please call 020 8770 5070.

Temporary closure of ‘Pig Alley’ footpath

Pig Alley, Worcester Park
Pig Alley, Worcester Park

The section of public footpath running between Boscombe Road and Trafalgar Avenue, known locally as Pig Alley, will be closed from Monday 10 November 2014 for approximately one month. The closure is necessary while a shared use footpath for pedestrians and cyclists is constructed along this section of the footpath.

This will form the first section of a new cycle route which will eventually run from the Garth Road / Green Lane junction in the London Borough of Merton along Green Lane to the stables then via the current footpath to Trafalgar Road and onwards towards Sutton. Subsequent sections of the route will be constructed as funding is identified and allocated. It is hoped the section from Boscombe Road to the stables in Green Lane will be constructed next year.

Cycle route plan – section 1

Cycle route notice – section 1

Nominations open for Sutton Council’s Community Awards 2014

Who is your Worcester Park community hero?

The hunt is on to find the people who make the most difference to their communities in Sutton.

Sutton Council’s 2014 Community Awards are now open and they want to hear your nominations.

The awards, which are run annually, are designed to make sure that local “heroes” get the recognition they deserve for what they do.

Sutton’s Community Awards are a way of recognising and saying thank you to the local heroes, volunteers, carers, charity workers, club and event organisers and good neighbours who have made a difference in Sutton’s community.

Nominations are open to anyone who lives, works, studies or volunteers in the borough.

Ray and Vi Donovan were winners in 2013 for their work visiting prisons/schools and conferences to campaign about restorative justice.

Ray Donovan said:

“The awards are a fantastic event for the community, celebrating positive people that don’t always get the recognition they deserve.

“To win an award last year absolutely blew us away, it was very nice to have people recognise the work we had done. It was also great to meet so many kind people; Councillor Dombey is now an ambassador for our trust after we spoke at last year’s event.

“It really means a lot to be acknowledged and I urge everyone to nominate their community heroes.”

You can make your nomination online by e-mailing communityawards@sutton.gov.uk  or by picking up a freepost nomination form at your local library, Civic Offices, or other council or partner building. You can make as many nominations as you like.

The closing date for nominations is Sunday 11 January 2015.

The categories for nominations are:

  1. Safer Borough Award: Given outstanding service to the borough by keeping Sutton safe
  2. Improving Lives Award: Made a difference to people’s lives by going the extra mile
  3. Community Spirit Award: Brought the community together through community events, clubs or project.
  4. Business in the Community Award: Increased prosperity, employment or access to the borough through business initiatives
  5. Outstanding Achievement Award: Brought credit to the borough through outstanding achievement – e.g. academic, sporting, artistic or cultural

Council Leader Ruth Dombey said:

“Sutton’s Community Awards are our chance to recognise people who make a real difference to our borough. The awards depend on nominations so if you know someone who goes the extra mile for their community, whether they are carers, volunteers, community organisers, charity workers then please nominate.”

The Awards Process

Once the deadline for nominations has passed, a panel made up of representatives including Councillors and the Sutton Guardian will pick a shortlist from nominations.

All those shortlisted will be invited to a celebration event in February 2015, where the winners will be announced.

Winners will receive a commemorative certificate and £100 in high street vouchers

Runners up will receive a commemorative certificate.

Nominations are now open and will close on Sunday 11 January 2015. Please complete the online form, send in a special nomination form or send in full details by email.

If you have any queries on the nomination process please email communityawards@sutton.gov.uk or call 020 8770 5131.

Contactless payments on bus, train and underground

In case you hadn’t noticed, you can now use a contactless payment card for travel in Greater London, there is no need to top-up or buy a ticket, meaning you can get on board quicker. Your bank may have already issued you with one of these.

When using Contactless payment cards you will be charged an adult-rate pay as you go fare, the same as Oyster. Always touch in and out as you would with an Oyster card.

Daily and Monday to Sunday fare capping automatically works out the best value for contactless travel based on when and how you use it. You will need to use the same contactless payment card for all your journeys.

To see your contactless journey and payment history, as well as to apply for refunds, add your contactless payment card to your online account. For more details, including how to set this up, visit tfl.gov.uk/contactless

Do you use Kingston Hospital? Read on…

Do you want to give something back to your local hospital and give something back to your community? Make a difference and become a Governor for Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Elections are taking place this autumn.

Governors play a vital role in making sure that the hospital and its services are being run effectively and have direct access and influence on strategic decision making.

There is currently a vacancy for a Governor to represent members and patients of Kingston Hospital in Sutton Borough (mainly in the Worcester Park area) and the deadline for sending in a nomination is THURSDAY 16 OCTOBER.

To find out more:
Email: lucy.carter@kingstonhospital.nhs.uk
Call: 020 8934 2145
Visit: www.kingstonhospital.nhs.uk/media/137246/e2811_p0-kingston-hospital-nhs-ft-postcard-staff.pdf

Should McDonald’s open until 01:00?

McDonald’s at North Cheam have submitted a planning application to extend their closing time from 00:00 to 01:00 seven days per week.

Is this a good idea? What impact will it have on residents living nearby?

Visit Sutton Council’s web site at http://gis.sutton.gov.uk/FASTWEB/detail.asp?AltRef=A2014/70341 to view the application and submit your comments.

Dealing with anti-social behaviour

We have received a press release which provides an interesting, and comforting, insight into the joint approach adopted by Sutton Police, Sutton Council and other agencies to deal with anti-social behaviour in the borough. Although not specifically relating to Worcester Park it is useful to understand how this problem is being dealt with in the Sutton Council part of our area.

Press release:

This month (August) marks the first anniversary of a police and Sutton Council led group which was set up to deal with Sutton’s most serious and complex cases of anti-social behaviour (ASB).

This high risk, multi-agency ASB group, is run by the Safer Sutton Partnership Service (SSPS) – a joint team of police and Sutton Council staff who manage the borough’s community safety services.

The group brings together Police, Council, Social Landlords, Health and other agencies to look at the most difficult and complex cases. They are supported by the borough’s dedicated Anti-Social Behaviour Unit, run by the Police and Council together with Sutton Housing Partnership.

These steps were put in place to make sure public bodies gave a rounded and joint response to residents’ concerns about ASB in the borough.

Twenty complex cases have come to the group, which meets fortnightly, and uses a mix of supportive and enforcement measures to change perpetrators’ behaviour and reduce the harm and impact they have on the wider community. Solutions are tailor-made to each case but can include supportive measures such as:

– understanding and support for the many issues faced by both victims and perpetrators. These issues include mental health, drug and alcohol use and housing instability

This works alongside…

– enforcement such as Anti-Social Behaviour Contracts and Orders, harassment warnings, arrest, court proceedings and even eviction.

Here are three of the cases dealt with by the group:

Case 1:

A resident in her 50s, who waged a campaign of noise day and night against the male resident in the flat below. This included her banging on the floor with her wardrobe doors, which she had removed from their hinges for this purpose. Her victim, aged in his 30s, was forced to live his life in almost silence afraid to turn up the TV or play music for fear of retaliation. At times, he suffered sleep deprivation, which caused him to be off work. She was issued with a harassment warning and then arrested and charged to court for breach of the order.

The multi-agency group worked with mental health professionals to ensure she understood the court proceedings against her and to ensure her anti-psychosis medication was taken under supervision as well as working with a homeless charity to understand her housing history. Although she moved out of her privately rented flat a month before her appearance in court, she was sentenced to a Restraining Order not to contact the male resident for 12 months. During this unavoidable period of court action, the multi-agency group ensured the victim was supported and provided with regular updates on the legal action.

Case 2:

A 27-year-old man placed a significant burden on emergency service teams by making a huge number of repeat 999 calls to Met Police and London Ambulance Services – effectively restricting legitimate callers access to life-saving services. His calls escalated when he realised he could get more than one vehicle to his address if he claimed he had a particularly serious problem. He avoided attempts to ban his mobile number by buying a new sim card or using the local payphone. The man suffered with a fixation for blue flashing lights which could be attributed to his spectrum of autism.

The multi-agency group, on the advice of mental health professionals, decided to issue an Anti-Social Behaviour Contract, which is a voluntary agreement between all parties involved including the perpetrator. Since then, the Met Police and London Ambulance have not received any calls from him. He had also made nuisance calls to his landlord – Sutton Housing Partnership. But these too have stopped.

Case 3:

A 15-year-old male youth was getting in trouble with police for increasingly serious offences. With his parents often out of the country, the youth was being looked after by relatives or by foster parents after Social Services became involved. He was often reported missing to police and he had a poor attendance at school. He was arrested, charged and brought before the juvenile court for criminal damage at his foster parents’ address, which resulted in an assault on a police officer. At the same time he was convicted of a common assault on a man, aged 50s.

On the back of this conviction, the multi-agency group succeeded in obtaining an Anti-Social Behaviour Order against the youth for two years to stop him from being in a public place with three or more people unless accompanied by a family member aged over 18 – unless he was taking part in a sporting activity arranged and supervised by a person over 18.

In each of the above cases, neighbours or other residents have not had cause to report these individuals to the police again.

Sgt Graham Rice, who runs Sutton’s Anti-Social Behaviour Unit, said: “These cases are examples of our well-rounded approach to understand why people are doing what they are doing, but also to maintain a determination that their anti-social behaviour has to stop.

“In my opinion, the only reason why we have achieved long-lasting outcomes to these cases is that we have involved organisations with a wide range of expertise and used their skills and knowledge in the right way at the right time. The result is that the nuisance has stopped for the benefit not just of their victims but for all residents whose lives have been touched by these individuals.”

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