Friday 6 December 2019

Local Art Exhibition

Ashburnham Triangle residents Patrick Morrissey and Hanz Hancock are currently curating an exhibition in the University of Greenwich's Stephen Lawrence Gallery at 10 Stockwell Street. The exhibition features a number of established local artists and is called Possible Architectures. It runs until December 17th,

Wednesday 4 December 2019

National Plant a Tree Day


Eleven residents planted nine tree on Saturday 30th November in beautiful sunshine. The trees are good for the environment as they will capture carbon and pollutants. We planted:

  • A crab apple and flowering cherry by each of Barnstaple and Plymouth Houses.
  • Weeping silver birches in private gardens on Ashburnham Grove and Greenwich South Street.
  • Three  small bay trees in the front garden of a house on Greenwich South Street.

It was a great way to get to know local people.

Tuesday 3 December 2019

Road Closure Reminder

Road Closure consultation
Just a reminder that the Councils consultation on the Hills and Vales streets closes on the 8th December. Do have you say on the effects and if you think there are better options.

This year's Advent Windows

Please join us in December to see the 2019 Advent Windows in Greenwich, which is now a beloved Christmas tradition and is in its 13th year. This year’s theme is “Waiting.” Read more about it here. 
Every year St Alfege Church, in the heart of Greenwich, London, runs an “Advent Windows” event whereby the town centre is brought alive by 24 unique offerings in the lead up to Christmas.
Shops, homes, schools and pubs use their imagination and artistry to produce the living Advent Calendar. A newly decorated window will be revealed, or “opened”, on each day of Advent (1st to 24th December) in different parts of Greenwich. A variety of media will be used, including paper art, models, light installations and paintings.
Once all 24 Advent Windows have been opened, seeing all of them usually takes around 3 hours on foot. You can view a programme of the window locations, or read about the window openings after each event on the St Alefege blog
The windows will stay up until Friday, 3 January 2020.

Saturday 30 November 2019

Poetry Party

Come and hear the ATA’s Mick Delap and his SE London poetry colleagues at Greenwich Library, 7.30pm Tuesday 3rd December. Admission free. Seven poets including Mick, Lorraine Mariner, Sarah Westcott, Kelley Swain and Richard Meier will be reading their work, and selling their books. Interval glass of wine. The event sees the Nevada Street Poets, who Mick invited to join him in a regular poetry writing workshop, celebrating ten years together by publishing a short anthology which provides a useful introduction to their poetry

Saturday 23 November 2019

Ceramics at Made In Greenwich

Greenwich Park Ceramicists are having a selling exhibition at Made in Greenwich, 324 Creek Rd SE10 9SW from 28th November to 8th December (closed Monday 2nd Dec), 10am-5pm.
You are invited to come along for one-off Christmas presents and to see a diverse range of ceramic work, some by residents from the Ashburnham Triangle. Private view and ‘Meet the Makers’ on Friday 29th November 6 - 8.30pm

Friday 22 November 2019

The Guildford Arms re-opens on Saturday, November 23rd

The Guildford Arms on Guildford Grove is re-opening on Saturday, November 23rd.
There are new dining rooms and an open kitchen where you can see the chefs make their magic.  The bar is getting an overhaul as well for casual drinkers and diners and the garden has had a makeover as well.

Free entry to the Cutty Sark this weekend for residents

When Cutty Sark was launched on 22 November 1869, it was only meant to last 30 years. 150 years on and the ship is still here in Greenwich, open to explore and experience what life was like on board the world's fastest tea clipper.
Celebrate this extraordinary survivor over its birthday weekend, between 22-24 November; for the whole birthday weekend anyone living or studying in Greenwich will be able to visit Cutty Sark for free.
They will also be offering the 150th visitor each day a year's membership to Royal Museums Greenwich. If that's not enough, anyone who joins as a Member at Cutty Sark over the weekend can also enjoy a special discount!
More details:

Monday 18 November 2019

Join us on National Tree Planting Day

The ATA’s Environment and Green Hub need help to plant nine trees in the Ashburnham Triangle on Saturday 30 November. If you think you can help please email Sara at

Also, at the recent Climate Concern meeting at the Haddo Community Centre a range of  ideas to help save the planet were presented:

Together we can make a difference.

Wednesday 13 November 2019

Burglary Alert

There has been another burglary in the Triangle between the hours of 5pm on 7th November and 7am on the 8th November in Devonshire Drive. Entry was gained once again via the basement sash window.

The police are asking all home owners with sash windows, particularly basement sash windows, to ensure suitable locks are installed. They have also suggested to install and display window alarms. One particular alarm that has been recommend is the GHB Window Alarm which can easily be purchased via amazon and is very affordable. See link here.

GHB window alarm

The more obstacles for a burglar, the more likely they are to leave your home alone. 

Tina Pugh
ATA Security / Police Liaison

Emergency dial 999
Non Emergency dial 101
Greenwich Safer Neighbourhood Team: 020 8284 5494 (not 24 hour)

West Greenwich Traffic Reduction Consultation

The Council are conducting a short consultation on two possible options to reduce traffic in the Hills & Vales streets of West Greenwich - whilst it doesn't cover the Triangle, Greenwich South Street would be set to suffer with increased traffic and there doesn't seem to be any mention of improvements to junctions at either end of South Street to deal with the increased volume or any other traffic calming here. The proposal's might kill off the rat run of Catherine Grove/Devonshire Drive/Blisset Street/Winforton St/Point Hill at peak times
Two options are up for consideration and neither has to be the right one. Looking at other social media platforms this consultation doesn't appear to have gone far and wide. There is a link to the online consultation below, and there is also an engagement drop-in session on Wednesday 20 November, 5pm to 8pm at James Wolfe School, Royal Hill, SE10 8ZR.

Sunday 10 November 2019

Climate change meeting

What On Earth Can I Do About Climate Change? is an open meeting at New Haddo Greenwich Community Centre, 29 Tarves Way SE10 9JU on November 14th, starting at 6.15pm
More details can be found at

Friday 8 November 2019

Safer Neighbourhoods November Update

Within The Triangle

In the last two months burglaries within the Triangle are once again on the increase. We’ve had 8 burglaries in this period. One was an outbuilding and another was at St Marks Hostel but the remaining burglaries are all residential houses with the main access point being the basement sash window. Last year the Triangle was particularly targeted and with this sudden rise in just our area - the rest of West Greenwich has had hardly any burglaries reported in comparison - our Safer Neighbourhood Team are going to roll out SmartWater again to residents who did not receive a kit earlier this year. If the police issue the kits they are completely free and there is no ongoing fee. I highly recommend anyone to obtain a kit if offered as they are a preventative measure against crime and if you are the unfortunate victim of a burglary your possessions can be easily identified and given back if recovered by the Police. The Ashburnham Triangle is the first area in West Greenwich to trial SmartWater. I will let you know dates of when SmartWater will be issued in due course.

A quick re-cap on SmartWater:

SmartWater is a way for police to definitively link your valuable items to you. Almost invisible to the naked eye, the advanced liquid glows yellowy-green under UV light and every bottle has a unique forensic code. This means if an item is recovered by the police which is marked by SmartWater, such as a bicycle, the police can use forensic analysis to identify the address and return the bike to its rightful owner. It can be used to invisibly tag all your valuable items, from watches and jewellery to laptops and mobile phones. The application will last approximately 5 years and it's almost impossible to remove. To date, the use of SmartWater has had a 100% conviction rate in court and has been proved to reduce burglaries by 85%. 

There is also a new initiative being rolled out shortly by the police whereby vulnerable areas will be monitored with plain clothes police officers. Ashburnham Triangle is flagged as a “vulnerable area” with regard to burglaries so I’m expecting more patrols. However, please can you all remain extra vigilant at this time of year. Always lock windows, especially sash basement windows with proper sash bolts and always double bolt your front door at night. If you live in a flat please ensure your main entry door is closed fully after you enter or exit to stop anyone from entering your block.

See attached link which gives advice from the Met Police on how to protect your home.

The theft of motorvehicles including mopeds and motorbikes has also risen. We have seen a hugh spike in the rise of keyless car crime recently. There are many desirable vehicles in the Triangle. To keep your vehicle safe, DON'T leave keys near the front of the house as their signal can easily be copied to a remote device. Keep them stored in a signal blocking pouch or metal tin. I’ve even heard people keeping their keys in the Fridge! 

There has also been numerous reports of theft from vehicles. Please DO NOT leave anything on display. If there is nothing to tempt the opportunist thief then they will walk on. Individuals have been captured on CCTV recently looking into the windows of all cars and trying car doors. Don’t give them a reason to break-in.

Outside the Triangle

There was a stabbing at the Post Office on Thursday 17 October. This incident occurred during the day at approx 12:30pm. The victim knew the assailant and this was a deliberate attack. It was not a random act of violence. The victim was taken to hospital and his injuries were not life threatening, however he is not co-operating with the police. The investigation is on-going.

At a recent football match between Charlton v Leeds, some Leeds supporters caused problems at the Royal Navy College including one assault. CCTV footage has been sent to Leeds Police to identify the individuals.

Bikelife have once again been causing trouble for residents and tourists within the Greenwich Town Centre. This groups initial aim was to bring young bikers together to ride, perform tricks and share videos and photos on social media. However, recently the large groups of bikers are just disrupting traffic and generally causing chaos. Police continue to monitor the situation and swiftly move them on when they are in the area. 

Safer Neighbourhood Police Visibility

Due to recent events happening locally including the Extinction Rebellion Protest in central London last month, our Safer Neighbourhood Police are being pulled off their normal duties to patrol other jobs outside Greenwich Town Centre. This is expected to continue until after the General Election. They find it very frustrating and apologise in advance if they do take longer to respond to any enquires. However, our team are dedicated and do read and action any emails you send so please do continue to send any concerns directly to them.

For your information please find attached the minutes of the last meeting held in September here.

Tina Pugh
ATA Security / Police Liaison

Emergency dial 999
Non Emergency dial 101
Greenwich Safer Neighbourhood Team: 020 8284 5494 (not 24 hour)

Thursday 7 November 2019

History Talk

The ATA’s Mick Delap is giving a talk to the Mycenae House local history group about the linked histories of the Ashburnham Triangle and the Creek. It’s on Monday 11 November from 10.15am to midday. You are very welcome to attend, there’s a charge of £3 for visitors.
The venue is Mycenae House, 90 Mycenae Rd Blackheath SE3 7SE

Wednesday 6 November 2019

Maitland Close Telecommunication Equipment Upgrade

As some of you may already be aware, our neighbours at Maitland Close are in the process of having the existing telecommunications equipment on their roof upgraded to 5G equipment by a contractor working on behalf of the equipment owner and operator EE Ltd and H3G UK Ltd.
Unfortunately Maitland Close falls outside of the boundaries of the Ashburnham Triangle Conservation Area for planning purposes, and with the government support of the roll out of 5G across London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast during 2019 under the Electronic Communications Code from 2017 the operators and owners of existing telecommunications equipment outside of conservation area’s benefit from Permitted Development Rights to replace, upgrade, enhance their equipment without the need for full planning permission to be sought or for the need of public consultation.
Waldon Telecom Ltd the contractor working on behalf of EE and H3G did submit plans to the Council and notified them of their intention to enhance the existing equipment (which currently provides 4G) back in March this year, but as the project falls within permitted development, such notifications do not constitute a planning application and only permit the Council 28 days to respond themselves.
Unfortunately it would appear that these enhancements are rather large and visually unappealing – both officers from the Planning and Housing teams are monitoring the progress and ensuring that the equipment is as per the original notifications. Affected residents are in contact with Cllrs’ Kirby and O’Mara.

Tuesday 5 November 2019

Do you want to do more for the environment?

The ATA Green Hub is transforming into the “Environment and Gardening Hub”. We will encourage residents to take action to deal with the Climate Crisis as well as continuing with the community gardening. We hope that more people will take part in environmentally friendly activities locally and, more importantly, will urge the Government and Council to do more.
The first thing we are planning is to plant as many trees as possible on National Tree Planting Day 30 November. Did you know that a mature tree can absorb 48 lbs of carbon dioxide per year? So tree planting is a really positive thing we can do to start dealing with the Climate Crisis.
Would you like to plant a tree in your garden? If so we can help by ordering and planting it. The ATA will pay for the compost and stakes.
In addition we will be planting trees in public spaces on Devonshire Drive. We will need lots of people. Would you like to help plant trees on 30 November?
We are also planning to:
  • Continue to work on the Play Street Planter and other street patches of green. Can you join us? It’s enjoyable and good exercise in the open air.
  • Plant more daffodils every year  
  • Encourage people to have beehives
  • Visit the roof gardens on the Stockwell Street building of Greenwich University
  • Hold the annual Plant Swap.
  • Encourage the writing of letters to MPs and Councillors and share them as Mattew Pennycook MP says that he gets very few letters urging the government to take action against the Climate Crisis.
  • Engage with other local climate change activities.

Would you like to receive emails about our activities? If so please email Sara Emanuel

Thursday 31 October 2019

Scam Alert from Royal Borough Greenwich Trading Standards

Please be aware that if you receive a telephone call from mobile number 07405 489347 and they purport to be a Police Officer or Trading Standards Officer calling regarding recent works carried out at your property this is a SCAM.

The Police and Trading Standards always advise businesses or residents to check IDs of callers. If they do not have ID or you are suspicious of an ID they show you, ask them to wait whilst you verify their credentials.

You can then check if they are a genuine Royal Greenwich member of staff by telephoning the Royal Greenwich Council main switchboard number on 020 8854 8888 and ask to be put through to the department they are claiming they are from. For the Police, Call 101 the non-emergency number to report.

Tina Pugh
Police Liaison /ATA Security

Rugby World Cup Final at the Ash

The rugby World Cup final between England and South Africa will be live on the Ashburnham Arms’ massive screen from 9am on Saturday morning.

Monday 28 October 2019

Halloween in the Ashburnham Triangle

Following the success of past years we are once again organising for our children to be able to safely celebrate Halloween by trick or treating in the Ashburnham Triangle on Thursday, October 31st between 5.30 and 7.30pm.
Participation is of course absolutely voluntary. We do hope that your children would like to join in to trick or treat and, whether you have children or not, that you would like to give out sweets. For safety and hygiene please only give out wrapped or packaged sweets.
If you are interested, on Halloween night please place a pumpkin or sign by your front door or window so that the children know at which houses to stop, and so that anyone not interested in participating is not inconvenienced.

Wednesday 23 October 2019

Police Drop-in Surgery Thursday 24th October

Greenwich West Police Team will be holding a drop-in meeting at Frank Smith Room, St Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, SE10, tomorrow, Thursday 24th October 2019 from 9am until 10am. Please come down and discuss any issues you may have.

Wednesday 16 October 2019

Bakerloo extension consultation

This is not quite a Triangle matter, but probably of interest to many residents: Transport for London (TFL) has begun a 10-week public consultation on the proposed extension of the Bakerloo Line which would extend the line from Elephant & Castle to Lewisham.
The consultation can be found at  along with information on why the extension is needed, the new capacity it would provide and the area’s that it will open up (notably, according to the London Borough of Lewisham, one area being Deptford Creek and Greenwich Riverside).
There is also a public exhibition this Saturday 19th October between 10;00 and 16:00 at Lewisham Shopping Centre, Central Square, Molesworth Street, London SE13 7EP where you can find out more about the proposals and talk to members of the project team.

Wednesday 2 October 2019

Update on the proposed redevelopment of the former Magistrate Courts

The ATA has been notified that LHG owners of the former Magistrates Court have submitted further information as part of their planning application to redevelop the site and refurbish the former Magistrate Court and school buildings. To read more the revised planning application please see this update from the ATA’s Planning Team.
If anyone wishes to receive a copy of the revised Design & Access Statement please get in touch as we can email a copy to you. Deadline for the public consultation is 20th October. Any questions feel free to get in touch with the ATA Planning Team on

Friday 27 September 2019

Complaint made against the ATA - please may we solicit your opinion?

Dear Ashburnham Triangle Residents,
As you know we held our annual ATA Summer street party on 7th Sept. It was a great success and it seemed a good time was had by all. That is with the exception of one resident living in Ashburnham Place.
This resident has written an official letter of complaint to The Environmental Health, Pollution & Residential Services with a complaint. “Complaint of noise nuisance - raised voices, shouting, screaming and loud music from a street party organised by the Ashburnham Triangle Association.” Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 RBG are obliged to investigate. Hence this post and call for your feedback and input into the complaint.
We believed the noise was within acceptance levels for a Saturday afternoon public gathering. What is interesting is that noise is completely subjective and can only be defined by a decibel test which the Greenwich Council environmental team could have done on the day. However the complainant decided she would wait for a week to make the complaint before writing a letter to the Council on September 13th, 2019.
The ATA has been running the street party for over fifteen years and this is the first time someone has complained, but everyone of course is entitled to a view and a voice.
As this is a community event we would like to solicit feedback from other residents as part of our official reply to Greenwich Council.
Please send comments / feedback / views on the street party noise levels to We shall collate all of them without prejudice and write a formal reply.  

Tuesday 10 September 2019

Thames Tideway Tunnel Meeting

The next Community Liaison Working Group meeting to discuss Thames Tideway Tunnel matters in on September 12th, from 6 to 8 pm, in the Creekside Environment Centre. Please come along if you can. The meeting will report on how the excavation of the drop shaft is proceeding and the operation of the traffic management arrangements in and out of Norman Road, both present and future. It will be the first chance we have had to discuss our experience of the new lorry arrangements on Norman Road and Greenwich High Road. If you can’t make the meeting but would like to make a comment on the lorry arrangements please send an email to Barbara Reid, or Neil Sinclair, who will both be attending the meeting. Mick Delap who liaises with Thames Tideway on behalf of the ATA is away. We’ll also ask for an update on bookings for visiting the Pumping Station on Open House weekend (21 September) and find out if there’s a waiting list or other days when the site could be open to local residents.

Monday 9 September 2019

Safer Neighbourhoods September Update

Following the recent Safer Neighbourhoods Panel meeting the main point of concern is the dramatic increase in phone snatching.
Our local police are organising for the above Met Police poster to be displayed in shop windows, cafes etc following the sudden rise in crime. Groups of youths have been seen in and around Cutty Sark Gardens wearing hoodies and puffa coats even in hot temperatures and targeting lone females for their phones. Most phone snatching has been on foot or bicycle. With the new student year about to commence phone snatching is predicted to continue with the town centre and Thames Path being the most vulnerable areas.

This is what the police advise:

Criminals are using mopeds and bicycles to snatch mobiles and handbags in this area, often riding up behind the victim and even mounting the pavement to grab them. Police are carrying out operations to target these offenders, but there are some simple steps you can take to protect your property.

Be aware of your surroundings
Don’t text while you’re walking – you won’t notice potential thieves approaching.
• Try going hands free or stand away from the roadside close to a wall so no one can come up behind you.

Use the security features on your phone
Your phone comes with a range of security features, such as keypad locks
and remote data wiping. Make sure they are all activated to stop thieves from accessing your phone and personal data.

Know how to identify your phone if it’s stolen
Find your IMEI number by dialling *#06# from your phone and keep a written note of it. If the phone is stolen, report it to the police and your mobile provider to stop it being used.
• Register your phone on to help police return recovered stolen property and combat the sale of stolen goods. Police recover more than 2500 items registered to the website on average every month.

Never confront a thief or risk your own safety for the sake of your mobile device.

In an emergency call 999. To report to police after your phone has been stolen, or for other police enquiries call 101 or visit Follow us on Twitter @metpoliceuk.

Other News:
Following the dramatic tasering of a male who held a bread knife to the throat of a woman in Cutty Sark Gardens last month, the police confirmed this is still under investigation. The incident is due to mental health problems and a disagreement between neighbours.

Inside the Triangle
Motor vehicle crime continues to be a problem within the Triangle. We have seen an increase in motor vehicle theft by keyless car crime and there has also been many reports of attempted theft of both cars and mopeds. I can only reiterate the following advice to ensure you keep your vehicle safe:
  • Keep cars keys aways from the front of your house and instead keep keys in either a metal tin or key signal blocker pouch such as Faraday which can stop the car key being cloned remotely and the theft of your vehicle.
  • Steering wheel locks are becoming more popular as this is another obstacle for a thief. If they see a steering wheel lock they are more likely to move on.
  • Do NOT leave any valuables on display inside your vehicle. 

There were six reports of burglaries within the Triangle between the months of July and September with the main point of entry being basement sash windows. Again, make sure all windows are locked using window bolts on sash windows before you leave your property. 

Reports of various drug dealing operating around the Triangle includes outside St.Marks Hostel and along Egerton Drive (near Greenwich High Road and near the church). Can I please ask if you see a drug transaction to report the crime to 101. Today's policing is managed by statistics and act accordingly to what is reported. If we ALL continue to report such activity then more police will be sent to investigate the problem. Just make a note of the date, time, location and a rough description of the individuals involved and either dial 101 or email:

Fly tipping appears to be on the rise within the Triangle. To keep our area looking clean can you please report any fly tipping to

In my last update I mentioned we were looking into how Lambeth Council managed to ban nitrous oxide canisters within the borough and whether Greenwich could follow suit.  We understand a fixed amount of penalty notices (FPN) need to be issued to be able to go forward with this plan. We are therefore still investigating how to proceed and will report back accordingly.

For your information please find attached minutes of the meeting held in July here.

Tina Pugh
ATA Security / Police Liaison

Friday 30 August 2019

It's all go this September......

....While summer may be drawing to an end, the Ashburnham Triangle is kicking off September with a big bang. Next Saturday 7th September sees our annual Street Party starting at 1pm, Ashburnham Retreat, aka "Play Street". Lots of great entertainment including live music, climbing wall, bouncy castle, magician and as usual all those finger licking foodie treats so make sure you come along.

Then on Thursday 12th September the Ashburnham Arms will once again be releasing those numbered balls for another fun night of Bingo. All proceeds raised will be going to the charity Tommy's. Fantastic prizes to be won together with a raffle.  Remember, you've got to be in it to win it!

Hope to see you there.

Wednesday 28 August 2019

History Group Meeting

A reminder that our next history group meeting is on Thursday 29 August, 7.30pm in the back room of The Ashburnham Arms.

Tuesday 27 August 2019

Two Stabbings in Greenwich Town Centre

An incident took place in Greenwich Town Centre at around 3:30pm this afternoon, Tuesday 27th AugustOfficers were called to Norman Road in relation to a stabbing and then to the Cutty Sark in relation to a male holding a knife up to a female's throat. Police attended and the male suspect was tasered and arrested. The full details are still being gathered by the police but at present I can confirm there were two female victims, one of whom is the mother of the suspect. The mother has stated the suspect has mental health issues.

Enquiries continue and a crime scene remains in place. If you have any information regarding this incident please contact either our Safer Neighbourhood Police or dial 101.

Tina Pugh
Police Liaison / ATA Security

Greenwich West Safer Neighbourhood Police
Telephone: 0208 284 5494

Sunday 18 August 2019

Car crime in the Triangle on the rise

Car crime within Greenwich has been rising steadily over the last year and sadly we have noticed a dramatic rise within the Triangle.

Over the past couple of weeks there has been numerous reports of damage to vehicles in Guildford Grove, Langdale and Catherine Grove where cars have been broken into and items stolen from inside. Last week, between the hours of 20:00 and 06:50 on 14/15th August a BMW X5 was stolen from Guildford Grove. The key for this vehicle must have been cloned as there was no smashed glass where the vehicle was originally parked. High spec vehicles are desirable and are stolen to order. Car keys need to be kept away from the front of the house and ideally stored in a “car key blocker case". (click here for link to best signal blockers from car buyer). If the signal is blocked it makes stealing your car that much harder.  

A local resident has repeatedly captured images on their home security camera of potential car thieves. They walk in parallel down the roads, looking in vehicles and are described as wearing thick builders / garden gloves which they are probably wearing to smash open car windows. They appear to be in the area between midnight and 06:00. 

To discourange theft from vehicles please DO NOT LEAVE ANYTHING in your vehicle overnight. The police suggest you leave your glove box open showing there is nothing in there to steal.  Pictures below show images captured from a home security camera of potential thieves looking into vehicles.

Please remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to the police.

Tina Pugh
ATA Security / Police Liaison

Greenwich West Safer Neighbourhood Police: 0208 2845494 (not 24 hour service)

Sunday 28 July 2019

Save the date - don't make any other plans!

 7th September 2019 – THE ATA SUMMER STREET PARTY

  • 1pm 'til 6pm, Ashburnham Retreat Play Street
  • Live Music, Food, Entertainment & of course superb raffle prizes
  • Sponsored by Felicity J Lord – Greenwich

We are looking for volunteers that would be happy to have a promotion board outside their house to promote the event. If you are happy to have one please contact ChrisWard,

We are also looking for volunteers to make and donate a cake on the day. If you are a budding Bake Off fan please contact Anastasia Graham-Yooll,

See you on the 7th!

Friday 19 July 2019

Bogus Tree Surgeons

We have been notified by the Council that there has been a spate of rogue tree surgeons operating in the Triangle and surrounding area’s who have taken some works to trees without the benefit of planning permission, by posing as qualified tree surgeons offering to cut down or provide maintenance to garden trees in exchange for cash (at highly inflated levels). False addresses, mobile numbers and websites have been used on materials provided and vehicles used.
The Triangle is protected by a Conservation Area designation in addition, some trees (including trees located in private gardens) may be subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) – which protects specific trees, groups of trees or woodlands in the interests of amenity. The Council must be notified six weeks in advance of intended works to a tree located within a Conservation Area or covered by a TPO unless a specific exemption applies (such as where a tree poses a risk to the public). To cut down, uproot or destroy a tree covered by a TPO or within a Conservation Area, or to authorise such an action to take place, is considered an offence under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. Rogue tree surgeons are therefore leaving landowners potentially liable to criminal prosecution.
More information can be found on the Council’s website on the following link:
It's strongly recommended NOT to use the services of any cold callers claiming to be tree surgeons or any other trades – we are aware that one elderly resident (not from the Triangle) was forcibly taken to the bank to get money for works. Please only use recommended trades people known to neighbours, friends or relatives or do get in touch with the ATA’s planning team at
If you do see works being carried to trees which may not have planning consent to be pruned/felled please contact the planning enforcement team on 020 8921 5559 or Work to trees will often require careful consideration by an experienced Arboriculturalist or a person who is practiced in assessing the health of trees and their appropriate management. Tree works should also ideally be undertaken outside of the bird nesting season (March – October) to prevent destruction of eggs and harm to birds protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Thursday 18 July 2019

Safer Neighbourhoods July Update

We welcome Sergeant Iain O’Hara to the Safer Neighbourhoods Team who joined on 2nd June. Iain has been with the Metropolitan Police for over 19 years and specifically requested to join a Safer Neighbourhood Team in his next role. We look forward to building on our close relationship with the SNT Team.

The rest of the Safer Neighbourhood Team remains unchanged:

Police Constable John Moody
Police Constable Jaime Welch - currently on maternity leave but returning 24th August
PCSO Henry Lawton

Outside the Triangle
There has been numerous reports of bag and phone snatching near the Cutty Sark boat. Police advise not to walk and talk on your phone around this area and to be vigilant of your surroundings if you do need to make/take a call. 

There are new beggars within the Town Centre. Please note that many of these beggars are known to police and are not actually homeless.  Police advise NOT to give money to anyone begging.

Drug dealing and drug taking at Point Hill is on the increase. Recently teenagers were approached asking if they would like to buy drugs and when they declined a knife was pulled out on them. The teenagers got away without injury.

At the end of June there was a robbery down Bardsley Lane. The victim was stabbed in the head and his vehicle (Land Rover) was stolen. Bardsley Lane is behind Tesco Metro and the back entrance of St.Alfege Church Park. The robbery took place at 11pm. The victim has been treated for his injuries. The car has not been recovered.

There was another attempted robbery approx 2 weeks ago along Gloucester Circus at 2am. A man and woman approached a man on his way home from a night out asking him for the time. As they came closer they pulled a knife and demanded his wallet. The victim went to get his wallet out and then ran. Fortunately for him there was a passing police car. The police chased the criminals, caught them and secured the knife and charged them. Proof that police on our streets does catch criminals!

Within the Triangle
16 July at 2:45pm a lady was mugged along Devonshire Drive by two young black males on a black moped. They pretended to ask for directions and once they had the ladies attention snatched her bag.

Over the last two months burglary figures continue to decrease with hardly any reports within The Triangle. Outbuildings (sheds/garages) have been the main target recently. Motor vehicle crime within the Triangle is also down but there is still too many reports of thefs from cars. Please DO NOT LEAVE ANYTHING ON DISPLAY.

Local Councillors have contacted the demolition company working along Norman Road (Opp North Pole) as many vehicles have been seen to park in the emergency access bay along Egerton Drive. The company has been warned to cease parking here.

Nitrous Oxide Canisters
Local Councillors are looking into how we can ban the use of Nitrous Oxide canisters within the borough of Greenwich. The small silver cannisters (supposed to be used for whipping cream but are used for a legal high when inhaled), have been creating a littering hazard for many years now.  The London Borough of Lambeth has successfully banned these annoying canisters and hopefully Greenwich can follow. Watch this space.

The police are aware of a man dealing drugs outside Davy’s Wine bar and are currently monitoring the situation.

Drug dealing and the use of drug taking is increasing at an alarming rate. Often residents say they see dealers and users, especially outside or near the North Pole.

If you see drug dealing, and in order to help the police can you….

- Take a picture (if safe to do so)
- Note the time and date
- Forward to your ATA Rep or the safer neighbourhood police team

Trading Standard has issued three alerts recently.  See below and attached.
Tina Pugh
ATA Security / Police Liaison