Category Archives: Chairman’s Address

The 20 mph debate

Thanks to all of you who have replied- for and against! So far there has been overwhelming support for a lower limit in the Grid area.

Those who see it as a very bad move make many fair points, but occasionally reveal some interesting contradictions. The most common one being that because of the nature of the Grid streets most local people drive at 20 anyway, but reducing the speed limit from 30 will increase carbon emissions. Obviously that would only follow if part one of that sentence wasn’t true! I also decided to check what the RAC has to say about carbon emissions and fuel consumptions at lower speeds and they were adamant that 20 mph is better or as good as 30mph in short streets with many junctions, but worse where there are speed humps.

Another feature of the responses so far is that people on faster moving and noisier streets, such as Revelstoke, Elsenham, Heythorp and Replingham seem more concerned about speed than in the more tranquil spots. One of my arguments in favour of seriously thinking about trying to reduce the speed of cars across the Grid area is that it is much better to have an area with a distinct identity and character making the change than going for a piece-meal approach, with each street fighting its own corner. All of you who only drive 20mph anyway will have no problem if there is a change!

Safer Neighbourhood Team Meeting August 2nd

9 people attended, including PC James Elvy who gave the report you can see below. One matter that was of particular concern was an unsubstantiated rumour that was doing rounds on Face- book, suggesting that there was a gang of criminals who having got hold of some-kind of master key were able to circumvent the locking systems of Audis and BMW’s  and were indulging in a spate of thefts from high-end cars. James told us that no such activity was known to him, although there are criminals who have jamming devices which can be used to cancel your attempts to lock your car, but only if they are present and nearby when you try to do so, as they have to operate their device at exactly the same time. Even such devices can be dealt with by the simple expedient of checking your lock and making sure it has worked. James reminded us that random checks by the police reveal that a surprising number of residents do leave their cars unlocked and with valuable items in sight! The simple message is check your car doors, don’t leave anything lying about to tempt the opportunist, and don’t believe everything you read in Face-book!

Safer Neighbourhood Report

1.0 Welcome & Introductions

  •   PC James Elvy apologies from APS Alastair Adams who is   leaving us to be DWO for Thamesfield and PCSO Don Lopes who is on a career   break until November 2014.
PC James Elvy
2.0 NPT update

  •   We have had 10 new police officers start in Putney since   we last spoke with new officers joining steadily until the end of the year,   with some officers moving on being replaced by new officers.
  •   We have a new Sgt starting on Southfields his name is Sgt   Mark Coates and he is starting on Monday 4th August and has transferred from   Croydon, he will hopefully be coming to the next meeting.
PC James Elvy
3.0 Crime Figures –

  •   Crime has fallen, Burglary is still falling although as we   come into the summer months please remember to keep windows and doors locked   or closed when you are not near them as all it takes is for someone walking   past to see you are not there and to grab something through the windows, 5   burglars were arrested the other week having been stopped by officers having   just broken into houses along Engadine Street, during the arrest a stolen   vehicle was recovered, all persons arrested where charged with Burglary.
  •   There has only been 6 burglaries reported to police that   have occurred in Southfields in the last 12 months.

We have also been working with WW Safer Transport   Team in Bike Marking events which have been running since February , we have   been marking, on  average , 80 bikes   per session with our next event on Saturday 16th   August outside Southfields Tube Station between 1030-1430hrs.

PC James Elvy
4.0 Ward Priorities & Promises PC James Elvy
In Engadine Street and Elsenham Street there have been a   number of theft from MV’s and theft of m/v’s normally mopeds, some mopeds stolen   from around the “GRID” and surrounding areas have been found a very short   distance away, please make sure that you lock your mopeds with appropriate   locks. 
5.0 ASB & Partnership

  •   We have received few emails from residents around   Coronation Gardens regarding “No Ball Games” this has been passed onto Parks   Police to be aware if we are not on duty.


7.0 DATES OF NEXT MEETINGS – Saturday 15th November 2014 11am   at St Barnabas hall PC James Elvy 502






Progress with Hanford Close

Malcolm Brereton and myself have got into a routine of working on the garden weekly, and we are delighted that 3 residents have already got involved with doing small patches, so flowers are appearing in sunny spots, and some intriguing wild plants are beginning to emerge. And today we planted our first shrub; a butterfly attracting Buddleia. The new trees planted by the Council are doing well too and we know from residents that they are being regularly watered.

Dementia Friends talk all welcome. 2nd July.

Local Dementia Friends Champion to run dementia information session for people in Southfields.

Hannah Piekarski, a local Dementia Friends Champion, is looking for members of the public to sign up to attend a Dementia Friends information session on 2nd July.


The one-hour session, that will take place in St Barnabas Church at 8pm is part of Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends programme, an initiative launched in February 2013 to help members of the public understand what it might be like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action. Alzheimer’s Society is aiming to have one million Dementia Friends by 2015, to help make England more dementia friendly and improve the lives of the 670,000 people currently living with the condition.


Having volunteered to be a Dementia Friends Champion, Hannah will be delivering  Dementia Friends sessions to people across Southfields over the coming months. She said:

‘I signed up to be a Dementia Friends Champion because I want to show people how it is possible to live well with Dementia and it begins with understanding and support from the local community.  It’s easy to get involved. I signed up through the website and attended a one day training course on how to deliver the sessions. I’m so proud to be part of a growing network of people helping to create dementia friendly communities across England.’


Less than half of us think we know enough about dementia. Dementia Friends is the perfect opportunity to be able to invite everyone up and down the country to improve their knowledge. Dementia Friends isn’t about creating experts, it’s about helping people understand a little bit more about what it’s like to live with the condition and then turn that understanding into action – anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend.


Join Dementia Friends today and be part of social movement to help create more communities that are dementia friendly. Go to to find your nearest Dementia Friends information session or to volunteer as a Dementia Friends Champion.


Anyone who wishes to register themselves on the session can by going to