Added on: 10th June, 2019 by O1
To improve the appearance of the high street and its feeling of safety. Take a look at some of our activity during the year 2018/19.
We began the season with a community clean-up day in partnership with McDonald’s and LBB and with assistance from staff at the Walnuts Shopping Centre and our waste collection provider CD waste.
It provided us with the opportunity to remove large dumped items as well as carrying out a general litter pick across all areas of the high street on both public and private land.
New litter bins are also in the process of being delivered which have the addition of spaces for the BID to promote events and activities.
We once again provided the summer floral display towers and barrier baskets for the high street and complemented the Council’s hanging baskets with additional displays in the conservation area.
This year we entered the town into the London in Bloom competition and were delighted to be awarded silver. The judges highlighted the excellent partnership working with local communities and the efforts being made by individual businesses in reducing their impact on the environment.
In November, the BID funded the installation of Poppies in trees across the high street ahead of Remembrance Sunday in act of commemoration.
Our waste management partner, CD Waste, continues to add new customers and strengthen its position in the town centre meaning that along with reduced costs to levy payers there is improved waste management across the high street, and we recently agreed a further reduction in the cost of food waste bins to further incentivise responsible disposal.
This year saw the launch of OBAC (Orpington Businesses Against Crime), with an online information sharing system through which members can view mugshot galleries to search for known offenders, read an add incident reports and keep up to date with any relevant news.
Members using the app benefit from quick and secure login with a pin code, the use of voice-to-text to complete free-text elements of reports quickly, the ability to transfer images from CCTV to the DISC system using a phone's built in camera, and the option to receive push notifications for urgent, important alerts. The system enables local businesses to more effectively share information in the fight against crime.
With the introduction of the new BCU as part of the Met’s restructure, town centres no longer have dedicated SNTs and the cost of additional officers has increased to an unaffordable level, we therefore need to use all resources available to us to support the security of our town.
Orpington 1st takes every opportunity to represent the concerns and needs of businesses and the Executive Director chairs the SNB Board for the Borough as well as being a director of LCP2 London’s Community Policing board.