Graffiti Removal Service and South Bank Clean Team
The South Bank Graffiti Removal Service has been operating since January 2007 and aims to ensure all graffiti in the area is removed within 24 working hours (or 4 hours if offensive). Operating on both public and private estates, the service has been extremely successful in controlling levels of graffiti and fly posting. As levels have decreased the service has diversified and also now undertakes pavement jet washing, removing abandoned bikes (which we donate to local young people) and gritting. The South Bank Clean Team in October 2009. The service operates seven days a week, to ensure the pavements of South Bank and Waterloo are kept clean and tidy. The Clean Team undertake a variety of other jobs in the area, including polishing street furniture, weeding and clearing landscaped borders, putting up posters and maintaining signage.
South Bank Patrol
South Bank Patrol commenced in October 2008 and was established to provide a highly visible street presence to deter crime and the fear of crime, reduce and eliminate illegal street trading, reduce anti social behavior and engage with private security teams, police and other agencies throughout the area. South Bank Patrol continues to have an increasing impact on the area and has recently been accredited for the Community Service Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) which allows the team to utilise designated police powers such as seizure of alcohol within a controlled drinking zone, along with other necessary powers that deal with anti social behavior and low level crime.
South Bank Area Wide Communications
Digital radio handsets are carried by all practitioners operating in the South Bank area including South Bank Patrol, South Bank Police Team and all Business Security Control Rooms. These radios enable real-time response and information sharing and add resilience in the event of a critical incident. The radio service went live in July 2009 and has proved extremely successful with a number of key incidents dealt with utilising the equipment as well as the everyday common use.
South Bank Hostile Vehicle Mitigation
The South Bank is one of the most crowded areas in central London, a large section of which is part of the Government Security Zone The area contains many iconic sites and visitor attractions including the London Eye, The Aquarium, County Hall, The National Theatre, British film Institute and The Royal Festival Hall as well as many business headquarters including IBM, Shell and ITV. The South Bank receives a footfall of over 17 million visitors per year and this number continues to grow. Celebrities and VIPs frequently attend performances at the theatres and other venues in this area this area. The South Bank is an increasingly crowded place and was vulnerable to a high profile terrorist attack via vehicle mounted improvised explosive device. A large scale public private partnership on the South Bank to provide a public realm solution to the very real threat of a high profile terrorist attack via vehicle borne improvised explosive device was sought. This project was developed in close collaboration between the Lambeth borough police Counter Terrorism Security Advisor, South Bank Business Watch and the Counter Terrorism Lead for Lambeth Council. Effective Hostile Vehicle Mitigation measures were installed on public highways combined with perimeter measures on private land to greatly reduce their vulnerability from terrorist attack