Council meetings

Agenda item

Community Safety Update


2.1    Kevin Hern introduced himself and explained that the chair of the Safer Neighbourhoods Ward Panel for Perry Vale and would be giving the update in Richard Bailey’s absence.


2.2    Crime Update


Both burglary and robbery crime figures during the past three months for Perry Vale Ward are still on the decline.


Motor Vehicle crime i.e. Theft of motor vehicle and Theft from motor vehicle were on the increase in October 2015. As a result, this was discussed at the Ward Panel meeting and was approved as a tasking for the next three months.


The Local Policing Team have conducted both high visibility and plain clothes patrols around motor vehicle crime hotspot areas within the ward with a view to disrupting criminals.


As a result of these patrols, there has been a significant reduction in the number of motor vehicles stolen on the lead up to the Christmas period.



General Update


2.3    School Activities


Due to a number of complaints from parents and teachers about illegal parking and speeding in the vicinity of some of the Primary Schools on the ward, Perry Vale SNT have conducted a number of speed detection initiatives along Perry Vale, outside St Georges School. A number of motorists were issued verbal warnings for exceeding the speed limit.


A Road Safety Initiative at Kilmorie School during the first week back from the Christmas break also took place.


PCSO Andrea Woolrych held road safety classes with the pupils at the school, whilst PC Richard Bailey and Lewisham Parking Enforcement Officers remained outside of the school to prevent motorists parking on the school zigzag markings.



2.4    Search Warrants


Perry Vale LPT have recently executed a number of search warrants for various offences.


  • A recent search uncovered a quantity of both Class A and B drugs. These are still to be formally analysed but there were three arrests made resulting from this warrant.
  • A search warrant under the Dangerous Dogs Act was also executed which resulted in seven dogs being seized from the venue. The dogs are currently waiting formal identification of their breed.



2.5    Ward Promises


·        Fly tipping in Woolstone Road


Due to the number of incidents of rubbish being dumped on the pavement at the junction of Woolstone Road and Vancouver Road, this has been highlighted as a ward promise.

We have been working in partnership with Lewisham Council regarding this issue. Signage has now been put up in the area shown, warning potential offenders about the consequences of fly-tipping in the area.


·        Motor Vehicle Crime


Further to the previous update, this has been retained as a ward promise for a further three months. Patrols to continue along with leaflet drops in relevant areas affected by this type of crime.


·        Night Time Economy (Vicinity of Forest Hill Station)


This promise has also been retained from the previous meeting and concerns complaints of Anti-Social Behaviour and noise in the vicinity of Forest Hill station (Perry Vale side).  A public meeting was held at the Civic Centre just before Christmas regarding this issue. A number of problems were raised at the meeting for the management of J K Banquets to action.


Lewisham Council Crime Enforcement & Regulation Service, Lewisham Police Licensing Unit and Perry Vale SNT are all working together on this issue and will update residents when the results of the Acoustic Survey of the building have been released.



2.5    Begging in Foot Tunnel


We have also received complaints about beggars congregating in the foot tunnel between Perry Vale and Dartmouth Road. This issue is currently being investigated by Forest Hill SNT as a ward promise.