Town Ranger: Update On The Streets Of Wimbledon

As Wimbledon blossoms back to life, our Town Ranger has been working especially hard to ensure that the streets of Wimbledon Town Centre remain safe, attractive and clean

Love Wimbledon is continually active in helping our town centre stay clean and be an area we can all be proud of, and the work of our town centre ranger, Tom is vital to this. In the past month alone, he has resolved a staggering 235 issues on our streets. Generally these include fly tipping and fly posting, graffiti removal, water leaks, blocked drains, waste issues and helping businesses to reduce the level of crime.

By working with Veolia, Merton Council, TfL and utility companies and more, we are able to ensure issues are resolved quickly often before the public notice them.

On Tom’s recent adventures around the town, he has found the likes of a mannequin, pushchair, sofa and a suitcase all fly-tipped in various locations around the town centre.

Wimbledon is one of the safest town centres in Greater London and we are working hard to keep it this way as the town adapts to a new normal. By continuing our work to connect retail businesses with local police and CCTV via our Town Link Radio and Littoralis (anti-social behaviour secure information sharing system) these systems help businesses to reduce crime and facilitate joint working with all key partners across the area.

Without this work, the businesses and the town wouldn’t have a voice to stay on top of these day to day issues. Tom’s daily reporting and investigating, allows Love Wimbledon to stay up-to-date with what issues are affecting businesses and work to resolve these.

The Love Wimbledon team have been instrumental in helping businesses as they re-open or prepare to do so, by dishing out our funky new floor vinyls to help businesses manage socially-distanced queues, and posters to let customers know which stores are open and which stores will be opening again soon.


“I have received such a lovely, positive response from businesses recently, who have really welcomed Love Wimbledon’s support as they prepare to re-open. Having strong relationships with local businesses in the town centre, has helped them to feel comfortable to discuss the issues they are facing and many have said that the community feels more connected now than ever before. ” 


– Tom Ruffell, Love Wimbledon Town Ranger


Tom has even turned into our resident photographer… Check out some of the great pictures he’s got of our businesses recently to let customers know that they’re open and ready to welcome visitors back in safely.

Love Wimbledon has been preparing the town centre, so that it is ready to welcome consumers back to shop safely and responsibly, as well as maintaining Wimbledon as an attractive, vibrant, and well cared-for town to visit. In addition to the work mentioned above, we contract with Community Clean to provide graffiti removal and deep cleaning of areas of the town centre once a month.

Incidents can be reported directly to our Town Ranger by emailing or by calling 020 8619 2012.

Online Training:
Display Screen Equipment Awareness Course

Working from home?  Is your PC or laptop set up correctly?  This course is aimed at users of display screen equipment (DSE).  

DSE is a term that covers a wide range of equipment. If it is not set up correctly, users are at increased risk from certain disorders. As an employer, you share the responsibility to keep people safe at work. That means undergoing relevant training and ensuring that rules are followed.

These courses are aimed at users of display screen equipment (DSE) and those responsible for assessing display screen equipment. A ‘user’, is anyone who regularly uses display screen equipment for a significant part of their normal work. In practice, if you use display screen equipment continuously for more than one hour a day, then you’re a ‘user’. So what do we mean by display screen equipment? The first thing most people think of is a computer monitor. But that’s not the only thing it refers to Display screen equipment could also mean laptops, tablet PCs, televisions, smartphones, CNC control pads, portable diagnostic screens or equipment containing cathode ray tubes, or CRTs. The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations contain special directives covering DSE safety.

Both employers and employee-users have responsibilities under the legislation. These courses fulfill your statutory training obligations and covers among other things, the correct way to set up and use your display screen equipment safely. Reducing the risk of work related conditions.

This course can be undertaken at any time and any place.


Merton Chamber of Commerce launched a suite of affordable online training to support employers in meeting their legal duties.

  • All courses are certified and are completed online.
  • Certificates will be issued upon completion.
  • Additional courses available upon request.
  • Course price: £35

Click here to book or contact if you want more information.

Online Training:
Mental Health Awareness Course

This course, held by Merton Chamber of Commerce will provide practical advice on supporting those with mental health conditions.

What is the difference between mental health and mental illness? This course covers the symptoms of a number of the most common mental illnesses so you will know what to look out for or what to expect if you are working with someone with one of these conditions.

As well as providing some practical advice on how you can work effectively with those affected by these conditions.

This course can be taken at any time and any place.


Merton Chamber of Commerce launched a suite of affordable online training to support employers in meeting their legal duties.

  • All courses are certified and are completed online.
  • Certificates will be issued upon completion.
  • Additional courses available upon request.
  • Course price: £25

Click here to book or contact if you want more information.

Merton Discretionary Grant Fund Scheme Opens for Applications


Small and micro businesses with ongoing fixed property costs may be eligible for a grant from the Discretionary Grants Scheme if they were not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund.

This fund is significantly smaller than the previous coronavirus related grants and will only be available to support a small number of businesses in Merton.

Merton Council will administer the scheme in two phases and the deadline for phase 1 applications is 5pm on 24 June 2020.


For more information about eligibility and to apply, CLICK HERE 

We are hosting a webinar, 16th June 10-11am,  to assist businesses with understanding the qualifying criteria, in partnership with Merton Chamber of Commerce and Merton Council. Register for the webinar here.