The Exchange Meeting review
Thank you to our members and partners that attended Tuesday’s Exchange meeting. See below for a review of the key discussion points and actions.
Acting Police Sargent Mark Naylor discussed the ease of access to office buildings. Tailgating is one common tactic.
Mark encouraged staff to challenge people who they do not recognise. Additionally, to be aware of individuals using hi-vis jackets to gain entry to buildings. Members can use the new Police reporting forms. Dedicated Ward Officers can visit for site specific crime prevention advice. Follow MPS Events on Twitter to view live information about events.
Westminster City Council (WCC) update:
Councillor Mark Shearer continues to work on busking and pedicab licensing. Heart of London are feeding into Westminster’s City Plan. An update on Oxford Street access times was also provided.
Members are encouraged to use the WCC’s reporting forms to highlight any issues. Ormond Yard which remains a problem area, a priority for WCC.
WCC are working on a “looked after” scheme for 250 children in social or foster care. The scheme donates Christmas presents from West End businesses. To get involved please contact Mark on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, WCC are receiving requests to remove tents. A court order is needed for the councils enforcement team to take action.
Safer West End:
An overview was provided by Georgie Henley, Business Crime Reduction Manager for Safer West End. Georgie outlined the benefits of sharing intel on their secure intelligence sharing platform. Business intelligence from the platform is used to build cases against some individuals. Members are encouraged to sign up to the free service.
Members are advised to be diligent about staff room theft. They are often not locked and are easy targets.
Outreach and TAP London:
On 28 November, the TAP London initiative was launched. To date, £4,000 has been raised across London. Louise Kennard, Street Engagement Adviser at Heart of London, discussed the benefits of the extra income from TAP. The day centre at The Connections at St Martin’s, seeing 190 individuals per day, is one of the Mayor’s chosen charities that will benefit from the funds.
Members are encouraged to use the new Street Engagement Referral form to highlight concerns about vulnerable individuals.
Rachel Peacock, Senior Marketing Manager at Heart of London, gave an update on Piccadilly marketing activities. The late night shopping and Christmas light switch on event on 15 November was was well publicised, and overall feedback has been positive.
We are working on a post Christmas campaign, looking to do a Valentine’s day piece through the Evening Standard and our digital channels. The Hart of London was also discussed. See the sustainable art installation in St James’s Church gardens. Made from members recycled plastic milk bottles, the piece is on display until 6 January, raising money for the church’s charity.