Thursday, 2 April 2020

Salute our superheroes

Cllr Danny Thorpe, Leader of Greenwich Council writes: 
Tonight at 8pm, as they did last Thursday, millions of people will stand on their doorsteps, go onto balconies or open their windows and clap for our carers. It’s a simple way to show appreciation for our health and social care workers, emergency services, shop workers, teachers, waste collectors, cleaners and all those making a difference to our lives.
If you are able to, the we hopes you can take part.
You may have noticed that lots of homes are displaying pictures of rainbows in their front windows  – they cheer up passers-by and offer a message of hope (as well as being a fun  activity  for kids to get  involved in).  You will no doubt have seen that the Government has set up a new hospital at the Excel Centre, NHS Nightingale, which will support up to 4,000 patients. Matthew Trainer, the Chief Executive of Oxleas NHS trust, which is based in Greenwich, has been seconded to run the hospital, which is a huge and daunting task.
We would like to show our support for Matthew and the hundreds of people working away from their families to transform the huge blank space of the Excel Centre into a working hospital that will save thousands of lives. To do this, we want you to join us in creating a wall of rainbows and messages of encouragement.
If you would like to get involved, please tag us into your rainbow pictures and messages on social media and use #GreenwichRainbows so everyone can come together and show our support for the people working so hard to keep us safe over at NHS Nightingale. We’ll share them with Matthew and the team to let them know that we’re all behind them.
You can subscribe to the Council's excellent daily email updates on the local impact the pandemic is having here.

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Refuse Collections, Greenwich Park and Military Aircraft

Here at the ATA we are conscious of not overburdening you with endless information. However, in these strange times our daily lives are continually changing and we need to adapt fast. We will continue to deliver important information for both the Triangle and Greenwich in general to help you continue your daily lives. Please see below regarding waste collection, behaviour in Greenwich Park and the possible increase of military aircraft.

Waste Collection & Street Cleaning
Refuse collection is still continuing but with reduced numbers of staff the council have asked for everyone's help to ensure this can continue. 

Waste needs to be kept to a minimum. Now is not the time to spring clean and fill your recycling bins creating extra waste.

Garden waste (grass) should either be composted or bagged up and kept aside until collections are back to normal when you can deposit the grass into your green bin.  

If your bin is not collected on the normal designated collection day, please do not contact the council. They will collect bins as and when they can. Please continue to place bins on the kerbside ready for collection as this speeds up the collection process. 

The Reuse and Recycle Centre at Nathan Way is closed until further notice. 

Street cleaning is currently suspended. PLEASE do not litter if leaving your home for essential reasons or daily exercise. 

Greenwich Park

If you visit Greenwich Park for your daily exercise please make sure you do not congregate in groups, sunbathe, play football or even sit and talk on the park benches. Poor behaviour in the park will have consequences for us all. The park police are regularly patrolling and will be enforcing this too.

City Airport

City airport has temporarily suspended all commercial and private flights, effective from Wednesday 25 March. This is expected to last until the end of April and will be kept under review. The airport has become ‘RAF Nightingale’ and you may see military aircraft and movement around the airport. This is normal and is to support the new NHS Nightingale Hospital at the Excel Centre

Friday, 27 March 2020

Be Alert - increase in Covid-19 Scams

If life wasn't difficult enough scammers are taking advantage of the Covid-19 crisis. We're hearing growing reports of a range of new scams you need to watch out for.

Don’t believe bogus text messages saying you’ve been fined for stepping outside during the coronavirus lockdown. It is the latest in a series of scams related to the virus that claims to be from the UK Government. This scam claims that your movements have been monitored through your phone, and that you must pay a fine or face a more severe penalty. Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) advises that ‘Anyone who receives this text should ignore it. It is simply another ruse to steal the payment details of users. 

Bogus message from the UK Government
Other bogus messages currently being circulated are:

HMRC goodwill payment. The MET police are warning of a fake message designed to steal your account details that says ‘As part of the NHS promise to battle the COV-19 virus, HMRC has issued a payment of £258 as a goodwill payment’. 

Free school meals. The Department for Eductaion has issued warnings about a scam email designed to steal your bank details saying: ‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported.’ 

In all of these cases, do not click or tap any links that these messages ask you to.

So what can you do to protect yourself against scams and misinformation? 

The main things to watch out for in emails and other messages are: 
  • Unsolicited emails and texts: be careful of anything you weren’t expecting that claims to be from an organisation such as a bank, BT, Sky, PayPal, Microsoft, the BBC and other large, trusted organisations. And at the moment, particularly watch out for unsolicited emails claiming to come from health bodies such as the NHS, the WHO and the CDC. 
  • An urgent tone: phishing and smishing messages are designed to scare you into clicking on their links.  
  • Grammar and spelling: the phishing email claiming to come from the WHO is clumsily written and has typos such no spaces after commas. 
  • No name: legitimate emails from services you have accounts with will always address you by name. Phishing emails and smishing texts usually start with ‘Dear Sir’ or ‘Dear Customer’. 
  • Fake domains: scammers often set up website addresses that look legitimate in order to trick you. Security researchers Digital Shadows says that more than 1,400 domains linked to the Covid-19 disease caused by the coronavirus have been registered in the past three months. While many of those may well be legitimate, others will almost certainly be used to trick anxious consumers into thinking they’re genuine. 
When it comes to claims circulating via social media, there are a couple of things you can check. Snopes is the original fact-checking website: if it’s not true, Snopes has probably written it up. Other fact-checking websites are also worth keeping an eye on: Full Fact is a British website that can be trusted, while Channel 4 News has its own FactCheck website.  

Above all, make sure your computers, mobile phones and tablets are up to date, and for Windows, Macs and Android devices, you should install antivirus software and keep that up to date, too. Antivirus will protect you from threats such as the banking Trojan contained in the Italian emails, and can also warn you if you’re visiting a website that’s been reported for phishing or that contains malware. If you’ve been scammed, report what’s happened to Action Fraud, the UK’s national centre for reporting fraud and cybercrime. 

For further details or advice on coronavirus scams go to either Royal Borough of Greenwich Website or Which? provide a very useful Coronavirus Advice hub

Tina Pugh
ATA Security / Police Liaison
Emergency dial 999
Non Emergency dial 101
Greenwich Safer Neighbourhood Team: 020 8284 5494 (not 24 hour)

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Urgent Public Appeal

Cllr Danny Thorpe appealing for donations of PPE
Greenwich Council leader Danny Thorpe has made an urgent public appeal for personal protection equipment for our frontline workers. Can you help? 

"Our PPE equipment for social care staff has not arrived for days. We have flagged up across London and through our command structures and not heard anything.

The situation is now extremely serious. We have at least 1 patient in the QE who could be discharged into a home if the staff had the kit they need to keep safe. They don’t, so a bed is blocked.

We have been told for days it is coming and it doesn’t arrive.
We urgently need the following:

  1. FFP3 Face Masks
  2. Aprons
  3. Gloves (Long sleeve and short if possible)
  4. Protective eye goggles

The type of masks we are after are often used in construction, garages, nail bars and spray painting.

I need this to be shared across your networks please. 
Many thanks


Councillor Danny Thorpe
Leader, Royal Borough of Greenwich

Tweet: @DanLThorpe
Office: Town Hall, Wellington Street, London, SE18 6PW

The council leader has asked for any messages regarding donations to be directed via his email at

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

IMPORTANT Coronavirus (Covid-19] news updates

The Ashburnham Triangle Association recommends that residents subscribe to Greenwich Council’s daily email for the latest information on how the pandemic is impacting our daily lives:

Tuesday, 24 March 2020


Tubes, trains and buses are still rammed on day one of our lockdown. Please only travel if absolutely necessary.

Friday, 20 March 2020

Bars and restaurants in the Triangle

As you will have no doubt seen, the Government has said that cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants must close now as we attempt to minimise the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Guildford Arms will be joining forces with Hand Made Foods of Blackheath to supply takeout and delivery services for local customers. More details and the menu at the Guildford Arms website. Also, The Hill does a full takeaway service including its excellent pizzas:

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Coronavirus Scams

Be aware of various Coronavirus scams.  Fraudsters are sending out Coronavirus themed phishing emails in an attempt to trick people into opening attachments or revealing personal information. Full details from Action Fraud here: Action Fraud - Coronavirus Scam

Locally, it has been reported there are scammers pretending to be from the Health Authorities and are going door to door carrying out mass testing for the Coronavirus. Please note there is NO mass testing and these fraudsters are just trying to get into homes. Please inform all elderly friends, neighbours and family members to be wary and not to let anyone they do not know into their home. Remember, if in doubt, keep them out. 

I've also been asked to confirm the authenticity of the volunteering form from Greenwich Council. I can confirm this is legitimate and it is once again below. Also, you can sign up to Greenwich Council for regular updates on the Coronavirus.  Link also below.

Stay safe everyone.

Tina Pugh
ATA Security / Police Liaison
Emergency dial 999
Non Emergency dial 101
Greenwich Safer Neighbourhood Team: 020 8284 5494 (not 24 hour)

Sunday, 15 March 2020

RBG asking for volunteers to help with Covid-19

This is a Royal Borough of Greenwich community response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

We are trying to prepare and organise for the challenges ahead that we are going to face.

Many people are keen to volunteer and coordinate action in these challenging times so we can support people in a number of different ways.

Please note that this is a community response and you should continue at all times to follow the advice being given by Public Health England, which can be found here: 

Public Health England - Coronavirus (Covid-19) what you need to do

Royal Borough of Greenwich Volunteering Form