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Winchmore Hill Residents Association is a non-political group run by residents, who seek to protect the quality of life in Winchmore Hill, now and for future generations

Recent News

Christmas Tree and Carols

As many of you will know there was a slight change of plan with the Christmas tree. We were supposed to plant one with a rootball but the position we had in mind was deemed not to be suitable and the tree that was supplied to the company to deliver was not of the quality they were expecting. They had an 18 foot cut tree that was ordered but not going to be used by someone else so they brought that along as you can see below.

It looked great when lit and was the centre piece of the St. Paul’s Carols on the Green which was a huge success with over 400 people turning up to sing carols, enjoy mulled wine and an amazing range of food. It was a real triumph and also very importantly raised lots of money for Crisis. It just goes to show that the Christmas community spirit is alive and well.

We wanted to just say a massive thank you again to the businesses below who have been very generous in donating towards the Christmas tree especially during a time when all of us and in particular businesses are under real financial pressure. Please support these and all the other businesses in the area this Christmas and New Year.

 




Parking issues near Salisbury Pub

A resident has brought to our attention a situation that he says has been happening since the beginning of the year. It is difficult to believe (although unfortunately we have seen this level of anti-social behaviour on the Green so it shouldn’t be a surprise) but on a Friday and Saturday night people coming to the Salisbury Pub are parking completely on the pavement on both sides of the road and parking literally wherever they like.

The photos to the left are a couple of the worse examples but 20 cars were parked in a similar fashion a couple of weeks ago.

The sheer tenacity of the resident when dealing with the council has resulted in a promise that they would send enforcement which did happen although it is understood that relatively few tickets were issued and instead the parking enforcement team spent more time telling the pub that it was their fault. We will be working with the pub and the council to make sure that this cannot carry on.

We feel that if there is a consistent and effective enforcement over a period of at least a month of Fridays and Saturdays then the message will be understood and they will either park considerately, not bring their cars or go elsewhere. We are happy to see a local business flourish but the increased capacity that the outside area has brought has potentially seen a surge of people descending on the pub who feel the need to drive there. There is also the issue of anti-social behaviour and noise as many of this crowd stay in the vicinity of the pub and the car park after closing as well. This many cars also raises the question of whether there is drink driving going on as well. We will update you on this issue in the next couple of weeks.

If you have been affected by this please let us know by email, info@whresidents.org




Volunteering as a station partner

Great Northern have launched a programme to engage with the communities that use their stations and work with them to provide funds and support to brighten their station up.We have such a historic and interesting station and I think we all agree there could be plenty done for not that much money to make it more appealing and pleasing on the eye. As you can see some flowers and some planters outside or on the platform could transform it.

If you are someone who uses the train station regularly or even if you just think that we can make our station better then please get in touch with us (info@whresidents.org) and the association will provide all the support we can.

Please click here for a pdf with more information on what is on offer. It isn’t a time consuming thing and there could be a group that gets together to make the application and work with Great Northern.

 




Crime prevention and policing in Winchmore Hill

Many thanks to all of you who came to the AGM, it was well attended with around 50 people making it despite the stormy day we had. There were some really interesting updates from various groups and more on that in a future email but we had a visit from our PCSO Luke Lancaster and our Police Constable Michelle Carty. It was much appreciated that they agreed to stop by, introduce themselves and update us on what is happening locally and how we can work to prevent crime.

We wanted to share the leaflets they brought with them and what they said about crime locally. We were also told to encourage our members to contact them so they know what is happening and for you to let them know about criminal and anti-social behaviour locally. They can be contacted via these emails:

Luke can be contacted at: luke.lancaster@met.police.uk
Michelle can be contacted at:  p235736@met.police.uk

If you felt it was appropriate and relevant for the association to know then please also copy in info@whresidents.org

They also said you don’t have to give your name or address when you send them an email if you are concerned about reporting something anonymously so please do let them know about issues and do what you can to make our community as safe and crime free as possible.

The main forms of crime locally are car crime and theft from property and we are not alone in this situation which is affecting many areas across London.

They have provided some leaflets and we have other resources relating to other crimes that you can protect yourself from by reading below. They said if you wanted advice on how to secure your home or your car then you can email them and they can drop by to see you and let you know what you can do.

All these leaflets can be accessed via the “Crime” page on the website here as well

Protect your vehicle from theft leaflet

Little Booklet of Phone Scams

Little Book of Big Scams

You can also keep up to speed on crime prevention and other local crime related news by signing up to the Safer Neighbourhood newsletter, you can do this via www.owl.co.uk which is an online neighbourhood watch scheme.

Here is the November Safer Neighbourhoods Newsletter for Winchmore Hill which makes for interesting reading and has lots of crime prevention advice.