Dear residents, I hope that this finds you well. As you can imagine, things have been very busy of late with the rapid easing of restrictions and myself and Dan have had various duties across South Area. As tomorrow (4th July) sees a further loosening of restrictions please familiarise yourself with the latest news by following this link:
One of our main problems have been with large gatherings in open spaces on the ward, particularly Wickham Common, Hayes Common, Pickhurst Park and Norman Park. In some cases we have had to disperse upwards of forty people in one group and these were all groups of young people. If you have a youngster who is going out for the day or in the evening please make sure that you know where they are going, who they are with and that they are aware of the rules.
In all of these cases groups have left a lot a rubbish and in some cases started fires. I want to thank the many volunteers that work around the ward to keep our greenspaces clean and people friendly. They really have had their work cut out recently and I think we all owe them a debt of thanks.
Please also remember that face coverings are now compulsory on public transport. This is to help stop the spread of the infection and for everybody’s safety. If you do not have a face covering when you travel you will be refused entry or ejected and run the risk of being fined. Unfortunately, this has had to happen a few times in the past week and those been exclusively young people. There are a few exemptions which include:
- Children under the age of 11
- If you have a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means you cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering
- If putting on, wearing or removing a face covering would cause you severe distress
- If you are travelling with, or providing assistance to, someone who relies on lip reading to communicate
The full list of exemptions can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#exemptions-face-coverings
It is also advised to wear face coverings where you cannot social distance, such as when visiting shops. A lot of buildings (including police buildings) are still adhering to the 2 metre rule so please respect the guidelines according to where you visit and ask if you are not sure.
We have also been made aware of some incidents that have been circulating on social media, including an assault in Pickhurst Park and an incident in Norman Park where someone was verbally abused. Both of these have been reported and are being actively investigated.
We have been made aware of a few scam calls doing the rounds on the wards. One company calling themselves “Data Protection” have been calling residents telling them that they can guarantee a complete block on nuisance calls for a small monthly fee. They then of course ask for your bank details…Please don’t fall for this! There are lots of reports on this company and all are of a similar nature.
There have also been reports of someone purporting to be a police officer (using a false name and warrant number) ‘phoning people and telling them that a family member is trying to get money from the account. The end game appears to be the officer asking for account details to release your money back to you. Again, please do not fall for this. If you have money that has been stolen and then recovered police will NEVER ask you to pay to get it back. Please circulate these scams amongst your communities, particularly those who you might consider more vulnerable than others.
With the relaxation of some of the lockdown rules a few of the charity shops have started taking in collections by appointment or even having limited opening times. Please do not leave donations dumped outside on the pavement. These are treated as flytipping and disposed of rather than taken in as donations. If you want to make a donation please contact the charity shop beforehand and find out what their current policy is rather than risk a fine.
It was also sad to see that some groups of youngsters have been using the grounds of the village hall and St. Mary’s in Hayes Street to congregate and drink. Unfortunately, this has also resulted in the “silent soldier” memorial in front of the village hall being defaced with a large expletive scratched into the surface. If anyone has any idea of who did this or any local businesses with CCTV that may have any footage please contact us on 020 8649 3548 or 07921 067413.
Thank you for your help and assistance and if you are venturing out this weekend please stay safe!