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 Tomr@lovewimbledon.org or by calling 020 8619 2012.