The Apostles is a great place to live but it's not the tidiest place at times - particularly after the weekly refuse collection. We have been liaising with the Council to improve the standard of service we receive from our street cleaners. The Council have promised that each Apostles street will receive a litter pick on the day after the refuse collection. We'll be monitoring this to ensure that standards do improve with this new commitment from the Council. If you notice excess rubbish, fly tipping, overfull bins, graffiti etc you can report this to the Council. You can either report an incident on the Council's webiste by visiting their litter, fly-tipping and street cleaning page (goo.gl/pEX4Su), or by calling them on 020 8274 4901.
Update as at 30 September 2017
Representatives from the Council recently visited the Apostles and met with the Road Representative for Vernon Avenue, Edward Clark. They discussed the frequency and standard of street cleaning. The Council have outsourced the street cleaning facilities to Veolia, but will continue to monitor and inspect the Apostles area and take action with either enforcement issues (if appropriate) or engagement with residents. Residents can assist the Council by reporting unsatisfactory street cleaning to them using the contact details above.
The ARA is aware that some local residents have recently had to deal with the plant called
Japanese Knotweed, which has colonised a part of their garden. This is a non-native invasive herbaceous plant species the control and removal of which has legal ramifications of which all
householders should be aware. The following Merton council and government web pages give guidance on identifying the plant and what you need to do should you find this plant is present on your or a
One of the most effective ways of reducing the risk of burglary is by installing a locked gate to the alleyways thus
preventing burglars from gaining access to the rears of our properties. (Most break-ins occur from the rear.) A majority of the alleyways in the Apostles' roads now have gates. For this protection to
work effectively, it does require all alleyways to be locked in this way.
The London Borough of Merton provides a grant of 45% of the cost to assist in erecting such gates. The conditions for the grant are 1) That it is not Council property 2) At least 90% of people should agree with the proposals 3) There should be no objections. For more information contact Joe Adigwe at Merton Council (020 8545 4786).
As we go into autumn, please be aware of how you can keep your property and belongings secure. Dundonald Safer Neighbourhood offers FREE home security surveys on your property giving crime prevention advice on your property. Call 020 8721 2450 or email Dundonald.firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a visit.
In an emergency (e.g. the suspect may still be at large) 999. The police non- urgent number is 101. To contact our local Dundonald Safer Neighbourhood team 020 8721 2450.
We believe that builders must act responsibly and sensitively to neighbours and these are rules we would like to see adopted in our roads:
The London Borough of Merton maintain a webpage with details of the Raynes Park Community Forum meetings.
Link to Raynes Park Community Forum (links to www.merton.gov.uk)