Monday, 24 June 2019

Attempted car thefts on Guildford Grove

A local resident captured video footage of a white male checking car doors on Sunday 23 June at approx 01:32. This information has been forwarded to the police. The description of the individual involved:
Hair: Short dark
Top: Light long sleeved jacket
Bottom: Dark shorts
Shoes: White trainers
Build: Slim
Ethnicity: White
Sex: Male
Other details: Holding a light or mobile phone in his right hand
Theft from car vehicles is on the increase especially within the Triangle. Make sure you are not a victim. Lock your vehicle; close all windows and NEVER leave anything on display.

A Personal Tribute to Diana Rimel

Former Security Representative and ATA Member David Scales writes:
My mother, Diana Rimel, one of the original members and an early collaborator in the formation of the Ashburnham Triangle Association in the mid 1970s, sadly passed away in the QE Hospital on 12th June 2019 aged 81.
For much of my early life, I lived with my sister Delia in Ashburnham Place from 1961 – 1981; when my family moved from Bermondsey, where my father had worked as a Stevedore in Surrey Docks, to Greenwich.
On moving into this area, my mother helped to set up the ATA along with some other neighbours who lived in Ashburnham Place at this time. The Association soon became a vibrant neighbourhood residents group and mum edited the early editions of the ‘Triangle Telegraph’ as the newsletter was named at that time.
I remember my parents churning out the first editions using a Gestetner, a type of duplicating machine and equivalent of the Photocopier of its day, in the basement of our house. We would fastidiously deliver them by hand to all the neighbouring streets and still have some of the old copies in situ.
My mother was always interested in local issues and started a campaign against HGVs and Lorries cutting though the Triangle’s narrow residential streets. She succeeded in persuading the then GLC and local Council to restrict lorry movements throughout the area. Her achievement in this regard is all the more pertinent today with the Thames Tideway Project and the increase in Lorries we are now seeing using Greenwich South Street and Greenwich High Road; a timely reminder that we still need to keep campaigning together on these quality of life issues.
But throughout her life, mum was mostly renowned and revered for her interest in and knowledge of local history. She was passionate about protecting historic buildings from development and the restoration of original interior and exterior features. She was a known local historian in her own right, ran local history courses at Goldsmiths College, where she had previously worked as an Administrator in the Department of Adult Studies. She gave talks on a variety of subjects such as the Roan School for Girls (Devonshire Drive), Queen Elizabeth’s College Almshouses (Greenwich South Street) and the Merryweather Building (Greenwich High Road) to name but a few of the buildings she really cared about in the Triangle.
Such was her interest in the history of our Neighbourhood and her fondness for the local architecture, Diana set about writing a ‘history of the buildings and community close to the heart of Greenwich, which developed in the triangle formed by Blackheath Road, Greenwich High Road, and Greenwich South Street’ namely the booklet, the Ashburnham Triangle, which was first published in 1994 and updated in 2009.
Many of you will have seen or even read my mother’s booklet which I have now discovered, is on sale on the Amazon website for £27.20! You can still read her work on the ATA website and I believe hard copies are still available for sale at the much cheaper price of £5.
It really is a fascinating read; a descriptive journey through the history of the almshouses, churches/chapels, industrial and municipal buildings, pubs, school buildings and of course the personalities and people which make the Triangle so unique in character as an area in which to live, to work and visit.
Until 2014 before her health deteriorated, my mother continued to organise and assist with local history classes and give lectures on subjects of interest at Mycenae House near to where she lived in Charlton. Her classes always proved popular and were well attended. She invited in guest speakers to cover different subjects, but the history of the Triangle was always her favourite topic from her list of talks.
As a family, we will sorely miss her boundless energy, commitment, dedication, enthusiasm and fondness for this area of Greenwich and all she contributed to it.
She was a member of and actively supported so many amenity groups among which the Ashburnham Triangle was always close to her heart. And it will be a fitting tribute to my mother for the rest of us who care so passionately about our environment and where we live, to carry on her good work in preserving our heritage for future generations to come.

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Cutty Sark poetry and live music

A reminder that the ATA's Mick Delap is putting on a performance on Friday, 24th of May, on the Cutty Sark. It will be an evening of poetry and live music, paying tribute to the age of sail, in the theatre deep in the cargo hold of the Cutty Sark. See full details by clicking here.

Friday, 17 May 2019

Lenox Project event

Anyone interested in the Lenox Project will be interested to learn that they will be at the Friends of Nunhead Cemetery open day this Saturday (May 18th). Representatives from the project will be there with their cannon and exhibition trailer, so feel free to come along to the free event to find out more about their plans for the project's new base in Deptford.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Swifts and the Cutty Sark


A message from the ATA’s Mick Delap.
The Ashburnham Triangle swifts are back, nesting again in numbers in the eaves of Davy's Wine Shop. I find the sight of a swift swooping onto a nest is one of my most exciting wildlife experiences. If the swift has bred here before, then it will not have closed its wings for a whole year. A year that will have taken these wind travellers down to West Africa, then across to East and Southern Africa. And then back. Without ever closing their wings. And if it's a Greenwich swift breeding here for the first time as an adult, it won't have closed its wings for an extraordinary three years. Until now. Go and see for yourself.
Meanwhile, I am in need of urgent help. I am putting on a performance next Friday, 24th of May, on the Cutty Sark. It will be an evening of poetry and live music, paying tribute to the age of sail, in the theatre deep in the cargo hold of that other great wind machine, the Cutty Sark. See full details by clicking here. But tickets are going slowly, and the Cutty Sark management are worried. So, do come, do book your tickets now - and do pass on the details to anyone else you think might be interested.

Monday, 13 May 2019

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Annual Ashburnham Triangle Plant Swap

The annual ATA Plant Swap will be on Saturday 25th May between 11am-12pm in the Play Street (Ashburnham Retreat, SE10 8TZ).
Please bring plants or anything plant-related to swap, or come along and pick up a bargain.
If you've nothing to swap donations are very welcome for ‘Water for Kids’.
Everybody is welcome. See you there!

Friday, 10 May 2019

Safer Neighbourhoods Update


Sadly we have to say goodbye to Sergeant Diane Hill who has been an integral part of the Safer Neighbourhoods Police Team for the last 4 years in West Greenwich. Her most recent initiative helped bring SmartWater to the Triangle. Diane has been promoted to Inspector and is transferring to Swanley in Kent to the First Response Team. We wish her all the best in her new role.  Sergeant Hill will be replaced by Sergeant Ian O’Hara on 2 June.  
The rest of the Safer Neighbourhood Police Team remains unchanged:
Police Constable John Moody
Police Constable Jaime Welch - currently on maternity leave but returning late Aug/Sept
PCSO Henry Lawton

Over the last two months burglary figures are down - we have five reported incidents in the Triangle. Motor vehicle crime, unfortunately, continues to rise throughout the borough. There have been numerous reports of thefts from vehicle and stolen vehicles - mostly mopeds and motorbikes - from within the Triangle. Knife crime in the borough is overall down but violent crime is rising. 

Outside the Triangle
Two men have been arrested in connection with the "Lebanese Loop" on the TSB ATMs within the Town Centre. Their images were captured on CCTV and will be charged accordingly. Low cost thefts in many of the high street shops are on the increase.

The number of homeless people is rising at an alarming rate across the whole Capital. Within West Greenwich there has been a sudden rise in rough sleeping within bin sheds in Tarves Way. If you see a homeless person it was suggested to contact Street Link. Street Link exists to help end rough sleeping by enabling members of the public to connect people sleeping rough with the local services that can support them. 

Within the Triangle
Just when you think you’ve seen it all, along comes a plant thief - yes Plant Thief! Last Friday morning at approx 4.15am two plants were taken from the planters outside the Ashburnham Arms. CCTV captured the thief walking down Ashburnham Place towards Egerton Drive. This individual was looking very closely in all gardens. He was also captured going up to front doors and peering inside so this is just a reminder to make sure you chubb lock your front door and do not just rely on your yale lock.

It's been mentioned before about seeing chalk markings outside properties and that these markings are code for potential burglars. However a new report suggests this is not the case and the markings are purely for potential work. Please see below - blue text is the real meaning. While it would appear there is no burglars' code, there is a colour code to look out for. Typically, different paint colours denote different messages, with red referring to electric wiring, yellow for gas mains and blue for water.  






Tina Pugh
ATA Security 

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Update on the Thames Tideway Tunnel

Thames Tideway Tunnel have just re-submitted their Traffic Management plan for the lorry traffic which will take the spoil from the next phase of Super Sewer tunnelling out on Greenwich roads. This period of increased TTT lorry traffic is expected to last for the next three months or so (there'll be another, longer phase of more intense tunnelling starting at the end of the year). You can see this TTT application on the Greenwich Planning Search site, under application no. 19/1499/G. As Mick Delap explains, the new plan replaces the previous one which Planning Committee rejected unanimously at the end of March. And the new proposal looks as if it will affect a far smaller area of the Triangle.
TTT's original Traffic Management proposal had their lorries coming onto the Norman Road tunnel site off the A2 via Greenwich South Street, then round past Greenwich Station and the Queen Elizabeth Alms Houses, and up Greenwich High Road, to turn right into Norman Road. They would then have left, full of tunnel dirt, to head on south down Greenwich High Road and back onto the A2. Planning Committee agreed with local residents that such a route would bring increased HGV traffic through an unnecessarily large area of the local residential community. Now TTT are proposing a route which keeps their lorries away from Greenwich South Street and the area of Greenwich Station. Instead, they are proposing bringing their lorries into the Triangle at the junction of the A2 and Greenwich High Road. The HGV's will then turn left into Norman Road, where they will be checked out at a Vehicle Holding Area outside Norman House. After being waved on to the tunnelling site to pick up tunnel spoil, they will return to the A2 via Norman Road and Greenwich High Road. The new proposal would require restricting the north bound lane of Norman Road, where it joins with Greenwich High Road, to TTT lorries only. So that part of Norman Road would become one way, for the three or four months that this phase of tunnelling lasts. The new scheme greatly reduces the area of the Triangle affected by the increase in HGV traffic. However, more lorries at the Norman Road junction with Greenwich High Road will make an already difficult junction even more hazardous. Pedestrians trying to cross Norman Road by the North Pole pub, to move up or down the High Road, or into or out of Lovibond Lane, will be most affected. The ATA is already working with Councillor Mehboob Khan and Greenwich Traffic Officers to provide more security for pedestrians around the Norman Road part of the junction - and for pedestrians waiting at the A2 / High Road traffic lights, where the loaded HGV's will be turning left out of the High Road back onto the A2. The ATA also hopes to work with any local businesses along the directly affected section of Greenwich High Road who may suffer from the increase in HGV traffic. Do please use the application's Greenwich Planning web page to make a comment on what is being proposed. And if you want to share it with me, my email is mick@delap.plus.com. 
And if you want to discuss their plans with Thames Tideway Tunnel, or catch up on any aspect of the Greenwich and Deptford Super Sewer activity, there is a quarterly Community Liaison Working Group meeting this Tuesday 7th May, at 7.00 p.m. in the Creekside Centre, on the Deptford side of the Halfpenny Hatch Bridge. All welcome.



Monday, 29 April 2019

Planning Application submitted for former Magistrates Court


A planning application has now been submitted by the owners, London Hotel Group of the former Magistrates Court on Blackheath Road. The proposal seems to be inline with the latest set of public exhibitions that were carried out in September last year, retention and refurbishment of the Magistrates Court and two former School Buildings with the development of 4 towers to the rear ranging in height from 4 storeys to 9 storeys (including two floors of proposed basements) to be linked with open and glazed courtyards.
The proposal provides for another 293 hotel rooms to the area, along with restaurants and bars – two taxi drop-off bays fronting Blackheath Road, with 14 car parking spaces and 26 bike spaces within the two subterranean basement areas accessed from Greenwich High Road. Concerns in September with the number of hotel rooms and the number of coaches and coach parking that was part of the September 2018 consultation seem to have been taken on board – now the application states that “the model of the hotel operator is such that they rarely attract coach party bookings” however, although no formal coach parking is to be provided, the proposal includes the ability for coaches to access the site from Greenwich High Road to turn around within the site to drop-off / pick-up guests. Although this was a similar stance that initial proposal for the neighbouring hotel on Catherine Grove made and they struggle to survive without regular coach parties filling their rooms.




As you can see from the above computer generated images, the proposed elevations on Greenwich High Road are taller than neighbouring properties (5 and 6 Storeys at ground level) and likely to be imposing from ground level. The main massing is within the inner area with the adjacent tower being a further two storeys taller. The proposed massing drops down
further in the two towers closer to Catherine Grove – whether or not this is enough to not reduce the impact of daylight and privacy to those in neighbouring Catherine and Burgos Grove’s is a concern. The design and access statements are also quite silent on the ground work required to create the additional two basement levels.
The full application can be found on the Council’s Planning Portal https://planning.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/online-applications/ using the reference 19/1367/F. There are over 80 documents including statements and drawings and the public online consultation is open until 22nd May 2019. This is significant development for the Triangle and all residents are urged to make comment.
If you would like copies of the Design and Access Statements or more information please get in touch on ATA.planningteam@gmail.com.

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Triangle Support Network

Judy and Rachael, who both live on Egerton Drive, are interested in offering support to anyone in the Triangle who is perhaps feeling isolated, lonely, or struggling to get out and about. They would love to hear from you if you think someone you know might fit this bill. Or indeed you yourself might like to get to know your neighbours better and perhaps have more people you could rely on for support when you need it.
At this early stage, we are first trying to establish whether there would be a demand for a 'Triangle support network' and if so, what people's needs are. Then we will investigate how those needs might be met.
Please get in touch with Judy (judy@delap.plus.com ) or Rachael ( rachaelharris@fastmail.fm ) in the strictest confidence.

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Burglars return for Easter

Police have informed us that burglars are again operating in the area. They are trying to gain entry through front doors. Please make sure your front door is double locked/bolted and do not just rely on a single key lock.

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Reminder, Safer Neighbourhoods Meeting this Saturday

Just a reminder that there will be a police drop-in taking place this Saturday, 13th April at Jubilee Hall. Please come by anytime between 3pm and 4pm to discuss any concerns you may have.

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Thames Tideway Tunnel update

Proposals by the Thames Tideway Tunnel contractors to make Greenwich South Street and the area around Greenwich Station a major part of the route for the lorries needed to take away the spoil from the next stage of their Super Sewer digging have been rejected by Greenwich Planning Committee.
The ATA and many worried residents attended a special Planning meeting on 28th March to voice their worries about health and safety and environmental impact. The ATA was one of a number of objectors in attendance. Planning Committee members, including West Ward Councillors Mehboob Khan and Aidan Smith, voted unanimously to reject the TTT proposal. TTT were asked instead to return to their original route in and out of the Triangle by the shorter section of Greenwich High Road between the A2 and Norman Road. Any new proposals will need to be approved. 
The ATA continues to press for improvements to pedestrian and cycle safety along this section of the suggested route. The ATA's Mick Delap is also keen to talk with those who live and work on the affected section of Greenwich High Road so please do feel free to get in touch on the following Email ATA.planningteam@gmail.com

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Safer Neighbourhoods Police Meet



ATA History Group meeting on April 11th

Please come and find out more about an exciting online London history project at the next ATA history group meeting on Thursday 11 April from 7.00pm - 8.30pm in the back room at The Ashburnham Arms. We will have two members of the project team from the Institute of Historical Research to tell us about the project and show us how we can add our own ATA history and our own stories. The project, called Layers of London, has received a substantial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Find out more on www.layersoflondon.org where you can peel back layers of London’s history to discover people and places and share your own stories, photos, documents, videos etc. The aim is to create a crowd-sourced history of London across all 32 boroughs.
Please click here to see the latest Triangle house history compiled by Margaret Luce for David Liddell, 44 Devonshire Drive and here for the related Census records.

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Important meeting this Tuesday

The ATA would like to let our members  know that we will be holding a meeting (at rather short notice) on Tuesday, 26th March at 8pm at Jubilee Hall, Blissett Street SE10 8UU.
It’s regarding the Thames Tideway Tunnel Development who are now at the stage of needing to dispose of earth. Their proposal would require a 12-month period of disruption whilst a constant flow of HGV’s use key routes within the triangle.
The ATA have put out a stream of comms about the plans updating everyone via email and Facebook but as the deadline draws nearer we thought it best to have a public meeting.
This email is to let you know when the meeting is and to ask if you could please mention it to your neighbours and friends. We will ALL be affected but some much more than others.
Please do come.

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Planning Committee Meeting, March 28th

Greenwich Area Planning Committee is being held on Thursday, 28 March 2019 at The Town Hall, Wellington Street,
Woolwich SE18 6PW starting at 6:00PM.
The following item is to be considered at the meeting:
Site: Thames Tideway Tunnel Development, Greenwich, SE10
Proposals: 18/3493/G Application for formal partial discharge of Schedule 3 GREPS1, CoCP
Part B (C415-GREPS-240) amendment to vehicular route to incorporate the following routes for the shaft excavation period of the project.

Access from:
• Blackheath Road (A2)
• Greenwich South Street
• Greenwich High Road (A206)(where the vehicle holding area will be located)
• Norman Road (B208)
Egress from:
• Norman Road (B206)
• Greenwich High Road (A206)
• Blackheath Road (A2)
18/3473/G Application for formal partial discharge of Schedule 3 GREPS9 (C415-GREPS-242) Worksite Specific Traffic Management Plan - Revised documents
18/3486/G - Application for formal partial discharge of Schedule 3 PW6 CoCP Part A, Section 5, paragraph 5.1.9 (C415-GREPS-243) Worksite Specific Construction
Logistics Plan
The agenda and the reports for the meeting, and the relevant procedural information, can be
accessed at the Council’s website at http://committees.royalgreenwich.gov.uk.
Please note the following:
Let Committee Services know in advance of the meeting by
telephoning 020 8921 4350 or e-mailing
committees@royalgreenwich.gov.uk if you wish to speak at this meeting on an agenda item; advise if you are speaking in favour of or objection to the proposal. Your name will be added to a list of speakers.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Update on Thames Tideway Super Sewer

Please click here for the latest news correspondence from the ATA’s Mick Delap on the Thames Tideway Super Sewer.

The Magna Carta in Greenwich

On Monday 25th March 2019 at 7pm the Greenwich Society is unveiling the authorised facsimile of the important historical document Magna Carta, together with  a translation, in its new home in the heart of West Greenwich, the location of the estate of Geoffrey de Say, one of the rebel barons who confronted King John. Attendance is free at West Greenwich Library (146 Greenwich High Road, West Greenwich, London SE10 8NN).
Also, in June 2015 the Greenwich Society celebrated the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta at Runnymede with an event at the University of Greenwich. Join the Officers, Executive Committee and other members - as well as representatives of the Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust and Greenwich Leisure Limited - for conversation and a drink to mark this occasion, where Magna Carta can now be viewed by all.

Friday, 15 March 2019

Greenwich Park Revealed

Greenwich Park Revealed is a multi-million pound project that will look to conserve and enhance Greenwich Park’s natural environment and heritage, fund a sustainably built learning centre and develop training, leisure and volunteering opportunities for a growing and diverse local audience.
In December 2017, the project received a Phase 1 pass that has given development funding for a Phase 2 bid in August 2019.
Public feedback sessions were held in February and there are two more planned for April. These are an opportunity to meet staff and consultants involved in the Greenwich Park Revealed project, see plans and give them your thoughts.
The next consultations will be held in the park near the Bandstand from 10am – 4pm on the following days:
Thursday 11 April 2019          
Sunday 14 April 2019
For more information check the project website

Thursday, 14 March 2019

The Cutty Sark 150 Challenge

Here’s news about an exciting event to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the iconic Cutty Sark. In her anniversary year there is to be a special Cutty Sark 150 Challenge, on 2 April. Hosted by comedian and impressionist Jon Culshaw this quiz style event will launch the fundraising campaign to secure her future for generations to come. Tickets are £65 each or £585 for table of 10, ticket sales support the future fund and include a free beer or soft drink on arrival and a two-course meal as well as the chance to win prizes and have a great night of entertainment, you don’t have to know a lot about the ship to be in with a chance to win!
Further details of which you will be able to find here: https://donate.rmg.co.uk/Event/cs150challenge

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Safer Neighbourhoods Update

Burglaries within the Triangle have dramatically reduced over the last couple of months. Although this is good news, the police are unsure as to why and where the culprits have moved onto. Our area is still under surveillance by the Police so please continue to be vigilant, double bolt your front door at night, don’t advertise when you will be away i.e. on social media. 

Some good news regarding a burglary in Langdale Road last year which was captured on a Ring Doorbell Video. The individual was caught, charged with receiving stolen goods and Class A Cocaine and has been charged with 25 months imprisonment. Proof that home camera security really does work.
One area for real concern within the Triangle is the increase of drug dealing which is blatantly taking place at anytime of the day. It’s very hard for the police to tackle this problem so they have asked for our help. If you see any individual(s) passing packages and money exchanged can you send a description of that person(s) (a photo if safe to do so) make a note of any car or bike registration number and email the details through to our Safer Neighbourhood Team on:

I’ve heard some residents say “I’ve told the police but they don’t do anything”. All emails of this nature are sent through to the intelligence team. The police rely on us to send these details through so they can build a report and then act accordingly. Successful policing depends on the correct statistics. If we don't report this type of crime then there won’t be the correct statistics for them to act on or the correct intelligence to capture the individuals involved.

Outside the Triangle

There has been numerous reports of phone snatching along the Thames footpath between the Cutty Sark and Waitrose supermarket, usually around 4pm. Young women, especially if they are pushing a pram have been especially targeted. The majority of the culprits are believed to be teenage boys from local schools, ranging form 14 to 16 in age. They tend to wear large dark hoodies to cover up their school uniform. Police have put extra resources in this area and have caught some of the individuals. Police advise not to take or make a call in this area and just be aware of your surroundings if you do need to make a call. 

The TSB in the town centre is still being targeted known as Lebanese Loop  [a device used to commit fraud and identity theft by exploiting automated teller machines (ATMs)].There are two individuals that have been captured on CCTV, the same two every time who the police are searching for. I suggest using a different ATM if you need to withdraw money in the Town Centre for the time being.

Greenwich Market has now employed their own security and patrols the perimeter of the market on all busy market days. It’s proving to be successful with some shoplifters already caught.

For your information, please find attached minutes of the last Safer Neighbourhoods Panel meeting held on 9th January 2019 here.

And finally…….
No-one can do everything, but everyone can do something.

By working together we can achieve a safer place to live……Remember, if you see anything suspicious call 999 immediately.


Greenwich West Safer Neighbourhood Police Team
Telephone: 020 8284 5494 (not 24 hour service)
eMail: westgreenwich.snt@met.police.uk

Tina Pugh
Police Liaison / ATA Security

Friday, 8 March 2019

Are we really living in a violent area? Response to the recent MyLondon news article


MyLondon, a local on-line news service published an article recently entitled 'The most dangerous and safest parts of Greenwich to live in revealed'. This article has been widely circulated via social media and has also appeared on the ATA facebook page. The article stated that there were 857 reports of theft last year with 645 violent crimes, 276 burglaries and 139 criminal damage offences with Greenwich West Ward apparently the 3rd most crime related area in the borough. 

Although these figures are correct [all figures were taken from the Met Police UK website] you must remember that there are only a few categories to choose from when inputting an incident on the computer system i.e. a disagreement over a cab fare will come under the same category as someone being actually physically assaulted but the cases are completely different. It would have been beneficial for the reporter to have found out what some of the ‘violent’ cases actually were and then the article may have been worded differently.

Sergeant Diane Hill, from our Safer Neighbourhood team, contacted the reporter in question regarding this article:

“I am the safer neighbourhood sergeant for Greenwich West and Peninsula – Your article has resulted in some residents contacting me as they are worried they are now living in a very violent area, some of the roads highlighted are in West Greenwich and perceived to be generally safe roads.

I’m guessing you got your stats from Police UK - whilst it provides an overall view of crime in the area – it is not the best. For instance the two ‘violent’ crimes in Westgrove -  were an argument over facebook and a very minor assault over a cab.

Unfortunately your headline gives the impression the crimes are ‘most violent or sexual assaults, enough to worry anyone.

I thought it is important for you to know that the stats are sometime a little misleading and perhaps your headline could have been better worded. 

Diane Hill
Sergeant
Greenwich West & Peninsula Local Policing Teams
Greenwich Parks Police Station
0208 284 5494”

I hope this is some clarification that Greenwich is still a great and safe place to live. With respect to the amount of thefts, you must remember we have thousands of visitors every year to our town centre and where there are tourists, unfortunately there are opportunist thieves. 


Tina Pugh
Police Liaison / ATA Security

Friday, 22 February 2019

This weekend's Six Nations live on the Ashburnham Arm's giant screen

Saturday 23rd at 2.15pm
France v Scotland

Saturday 23rd at 4.45pm
Wales v England

Sunday 24th at 3pm
Italy v Ireland

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Mapping our local history

Interested in local history? Layers of London www.layersoflondon.org is a unique, free, historical and geographical resource for Londoners. It brings together a significant collection of digitised historic maps, photos and other information provided by key partners across London. It’s funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and based at the University of London’s Institute of Historical Research. The project explores London’s development, history and heritage with reference to local areas, streets and neighbourhoods. It’s open to all to contribute to the history of London’s places.
If you are interested in finding out more there’s a free workshop offering training and resources on 28 February 10.00 - 1.00. If you can’t make it Barbara and Mick will report back on the workshop at the ATA history group meeting, also on 28 February at 7.30 in the back room at The Ashburnham Arms.

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Six nations rugby at the Ashburnham Arms

It’s almost time! Andy and Pepina will have all of this year’s Six Nations matches live on the big HD screen at the Ashburnham Arms, starting with Friday’s France v Wales opener at 8pm. On Saturday it's Scotland v Italy at 2.15pm and Ireland v England at 4.45pm.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Another burglary

There was another burglary reported on Monday 28th January in Ashburnham Grove. The burglars gained entry via the basement door which had glazed toughened glass panels. Not many people realise but toughened glass has no security value at all as it can be broken easily with a sharp implement, makes very little noise and causes little, if any, injury.

The burglars removed the exterior light and broke the pane of glass and opened the door by turning the interior handle. The door was not bolted from the inside. The burglars stole various items including the owners car all whilst they were asleep upstairs. Fortunately no harm came to the homeowners. They kindly agreed that I could share this information with you all to help prevent this happening to someone else.
  • Did you know that if you broke an ordinary pane of glass the sound can travel to the third or fourth house along the street. Sometimes burglars use a suction cup or newspaper to avoid making a noise. When toughened glass is broken it makes a dull ‘thud’ noise which doesn’t travel.
Please always:
Laminated glass does not break
unlike toughened glass
  • Bolt your door from the inside.
  • Do not leave keys in the door lock.
  • Think about using laminated glass in vulnerable doors or windows such as the the ground floor or basement.
  • For a low cost yet effective solution to vulnerable glass panels add security window film. When professional installed it will hold your glass together on impact and is extremely difficult to break through. 

Tina Pugh
Police Liaison / ATA Security

Another local fishmonger

Last week we told you of the excellent fish stall in Deptford High Street, this week we have one closer to home. Phil's Grimsby Fish Emporium is a van selling fresh fish and shellfish that is parked outside the old Pryke's shop at the Royal Hill end of Circus Street on Wednesdays. Well worth a look.

Monday, 28 January 2019

Suspicious Behaviour

Three hooded males were captured on various cameras trying car doors and peering into basement windows along Ashburnham Place and Ashburnham Grove this morning - Monday 28th January - between the hours of 00:23 and 03:15 today. They were obviously looking for vulnerable properties / cars to break-in to.  Don’t let them easily get your valuables. Ensure you car is locked when you leave it and DO NOT leave ANYTHING on display in your vehicle.

Also, I have just been advised there was a burglary in Brand Street where entry was made via the front door. PLEASE ensure you bolt your door at night. Entry can be made easily via just a Yale lock.

Can I also remind you that we are trialling SmartWater in the Triangle this Saturday, 2nd February. There are still kits available to reserve. Please email me if you would like one - ata.secureteam@gmail.com.

WHAT IS 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 are 100 kits to be given to residents within the Triangle. To receive your kit you will need to be available on Saturday 2nd February between the hours of 10am and 2pm so a member of our Safer Neighbourhood Team can visit you and provide you with your unique SmartWater kit. They will also happily provide general crime prevention advice at the same time.

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Local fishmongers

Since the sudden closure of Prykes fishmongers on Circus Street late last year locals may be interested in venturing down to the fish stall in Deptford Market as an alternative while we wait to see what Michael is planning.
The stall is run by Bob and his son and is open on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. To find them, walk up Giffon Street, past Wavelengths, then when you get to Deptford High Street, turn left. The fish stall is a few stalls along, next to a fruit and veg stall. It’s quite big so you can't miss it. Great quality fish, wide selection and very reasonable prices. Worth a look.
Posted by Imogene Russell

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Burns Night at the Ashburnham Arms


Deptford Creek developments

Mick Delap has been active recently about Thames Tideway Tunnel traffic plans. But for a while now he has his sights set much wider. For the last few years he has been working to try and ensure that the current and planned wave of building along the Greenwich side of Deptford Creek (including the Thames Tunnel works) fulfils the Greenwich Planning vision of creating a new Creekside Pathway. Greenwich Planning envisages a public pathway that will allow old neighbours like the ATA to join the Creek's growing number of new residents in enjoying the Creek's rich environment, and even richer past.
Mick needs new ideas and new helpers if his campaign is to get anywhere (so far the new developments are literally locking the Creek away, not unlocking it). Mick is starting a new stage of discussion on Thursday, 24th Jan, at 7.30pm in the Ashburnham Arms, with a meeting to exchange campaigning ideas. Do please drop in if you are interested.
Mick will be giving a thumbnail sketch of the Creek's history, then looking very briefly at prospects for a new publicly accessible Creekside Pathway: Greenwich planning targets for the Creek, how current building projects there affect things, what's planned, and what has been done so far to try and advance the prospects for public Creekside access.
As Mick says, "There is so much that I know could be done to unlock the Creek, if we come together to work for it. And much much more that I haven't thought of. Which is where you all come in - with your own ideas for how to campaign more effectively, and how you might help. " Mick adds that, if you are interested, but can't make it to the Ash this Thursday, he would like to hear from you by emailing him at mick@delap.plus.com.
Wearing another hat, Mick will be talking about the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, and reading his favourite Hopkins poems, this coming Sunday 27th Jan, at Choral Evensong in St Alfege, starting at 6.30pm.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Criminals Beware....SmartWater comes to the Triangle

FREE SMARTWATER KITS
100 kits to give away 
In an attempt to reduce crime, it has been agreed with the Metropolitan Police to trial SmartWater within the Ashburnham Triangle.


WHAT IS 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%. 

To recap:

  • It is only visible under UV light.
  • Easy to apply and almost impossible to remove
  • Recognised by criminals – SmartWater THIEVES BEWARE deterrent signage sends out a powerful warning to any would-be thieves
  • 100% conviction rate in contested cases, when used as evidence
  • Each application is guaranteed to last a minimum of 5 Years
There are 100 kits to be given to residents within the Triangle. To receive your kit you will need to be available on Saturday 2nd February between the hours of 10am and 2pm so a member of our Safer Neighbourhood Team can visit you and provide you with your unique SmartWater kit. They will also happily provide general crime prevention advice at the same time.

Please note the kits will be on a first come first served basis - once they have gone, that's it.

Interested?  If you would definitely like a kit then please email ata.secureteam@gmail.com with the following details:

Name
Address
Please also ensure that you will definitely be available on Saturday 2nd February between 10am and 2pm

Tina Pugh
Police Liaison / ATA Security

Greenwich West
Safer Neighbourhood Team 

The history of an Ashburnham Triangle house

If you were unable to attend the last meeting of the ATA's History team last week but would like to read Margaret Luce’s research on 21 Ashburnham Grove's history, please click here for the fascinating and informative investigation she's done on her house.

Monday, 21 January 2019

Thanks from Shelter

Janet and Robin Stott have received the following letter from Shelter, thanking everyone for the £400 donated to the charity from last month’s Christmas Carols night:
“On behalf of everyone at Shelter, thank you so much for your amazing donation of
£400! This amount will really help make a difference to Shelter’s work with homeless and badly housed people throughout the UK. Please pass on our thanks to everyone involved for their support and generosity.
“Shelter believes everyone should have a home. We help 170,000 people a year fight for their rights, get back on their feet and find and keep a home. We also tackle the root causes of Britain’s housing crisis by campaigning for new laws, policies and solutions. We can only do this with your help.
“Bad Housing Wrecks Lives. We are the fourth richest country in the world, and yet millions of people in Britain wake up every day in housing that is run-down, overcrowded or dangerous. Many others have lost their home altogether.  Bad housing robs us of security, health, and a fair chance in life.
“Your contribution is invaluable to the continuation of our work and we really appreciate your support.”
Well done, everyone.

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Thames Tideway Tunnel update

The Thames Tideway Tunnel “Super Sewer” project on Norman Road is just about to start some serious tunnelling - which will require a considerable increase in lorry traffic along the ATA’s boundary roads, to remove the spoil created by TTT’s excavations. TTT want to start 3 months of new tunnelling in March. They have recently amended their “traffic management plan” (Planning Application No. 18/3486/G), and have just discussed it with local West Ward and ATA residents, including the ATA’s Mick Delap. 
Now the TTT need to get Council approval for their traffic plans and are due to apply for this approval on 19th Feb at Planning Board. Mick Delap reports that TTT have responded to some local resident concerns and are clearly trying to listen, but he feels they are missing the point in two areas: not providing a noise and pollution monitor where problems for West Greenwich residents are likely to be at their worst; and not working hard enough to inform key pedestrian and cyclist road users about what is happening). 
On a third issue - persuading Greenwich Council to slap a 20 m.p.h. speed limit on Greenwich South Street and High Road - Mick reckons TTT needs as many ATA residents as possible to express their support to the Council. 
If you want to tell the Council what you think, on these three issues and any others, Mick says your views should ideally be with the Council before Jan 30th. He explains how to lodge your views and gives the latest background in his latest update - click here to read it in full.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

ATA History Group

The next ATA History Group meeting will be on Thursday 17 January at 7.30 in the back room at The Ashburnham Arms (25 Ashburnham Grove). Do come, have a glass of something and share your thoughts or stories.
The meeting will focus on local history research and how we can make it available on the ATA website. It will include a look at Margaret Luce’s 21 Ashburnham Grove history, a fascinating and informative investigation she's done on her house.
Posted by Barbara Reid

Friday, 11 January 2019

Security update

 In the run-up to Christmas, Ashburnham Triangle was the target of numerous burglaries, both business and residential. From 8th November to 6th January there were over 20 reports of burglary.

There have been two arrests for non-residential burglary from D’Luxx and the Kebab House in Blackheath Road. They have been charged and are currently remanded in custody. There has also been an arrest for theft of bikes but the individual is currently out on bail.

In relation to the residential burglaries, due to the unprecendeted amount and the similar types of entry to homes, CID have been brought in to thoroughly investigate and to establish if there is a link to similar burglaries that occured in King George Street during November. This investigation is currently on-going. 

Ring Video -
recognise this person?
The Ring video footage of the attempted break-in last month has been circulated on the metropolitan police website. This individual is still wanted for questioning, so once again I appeal for you to be vigilant and contact our local police if you know or see this individual.

Last year, the Triangle was also the victim of numerous bogus callers. One particular bogus caller was a young white female pretending to be from a chairity. She has long dark hair and is known to become aggressive if you don't donate any money. It is reported this individual is once again in our area and I ask you to be once again vigiliant. DO NOT give her any money or any bank detail accounts. She is is not from a registered charity and the police are very keen to “talk” to her.  Contact our local team if you see her. 

Greenwich Trading Standards have also just reported numerous British Gas uniforms have been stolen in the area and for customers to be extra vigilant. If anyone purporting to be from British Gas comes to your home ensure you check their ID thoroughly before you let them in. If you are unsure in any way, do not let them into your property; all legitimate staff will be happy for you to contact British Gas and confirm their identity. This advice applies to all cold callers, you must be confident they are who they say they are before allowing them into your home.
check the ID of anybody who claims to be a British Gas worker

Remember: 
Say No to univited callers.

Say No to cash payments.

Say No to unnecessary repairs.

Always ask for official company paperwork when receiving quotes or getting contracts.

You do not have to agree to work being offered to you on your doorstep.

Remember your 14 day cooling off period when buying on your doorstep.

If anyone attempts to enter your home without your permission, call 999.

New security signs were printed and displayed around the Triangle in an attempt to foil further crime. The response from residents has been very positive so it was disappointing to see some of the signs, particularly in Greenwich South Street, have purposely been removed. These signs have been designed and displayed in the interest of all residents.
I just want to say thank you to all the volunteers who have signed up to be a security rep in their respective road/flat. Volunteers communicate via a WhatsApp group of anything suspicious. We now have volunteers in the following parts of the Triangle: Langdale, Ashburnham Place, Ashburnham Grove, Egerton Drive, Greenwich South Street, Blackheath Road, Sycamore Court on Blackheath Road, Guildford Grove, Barnstaple House and Plymouth House on Devonshire Drive.  The more reps the more chance of us seeing and stopping crime. If you would like to join our growing community contact me here. 
I will shortly arrange a police/neighbourhood watch meeting, but in the meantime, if you need advice on home security or would like to discuss any other policing matter directly to an officer our Safer Neighbourhood Team have a police drop-in surgery at St. Alfege church on the following days:
Fri 18 Jan - 12 - 1pm
Tue 22 Jan - 11 - 12pm
Mon 28 Jan - 7 - 8pm
Sun 3rd Feb 12 - 1pm
Sat 9th Feb 2 - 3pm

I’ll continue to inform you of all future days and times of these surgeries. 
Other news outside the Triangle
A 16 year old has been charged with the murder of 18 year old Aron Warrren from Topham House, Royal Hill on 8th December. It is believed the incident happened inside the flat.

For your information, please find attached minutes of the last Safer Neighbourhoods Panel meeting held on 8th November 2018 here.

Greenwich West Safer Neighbourhood Police Team
Telephone: 020 8284 5494 (not 24 hour service)
eMail: westgreenwich.snt@met.police.uk


Tina Pugh
ATA Security