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