Council reacts to petition calling for streets to be tidied up

A commitment to keep the streets of Merton clean has actually been made by the council in response to a petition. In February this year, a complete council conference existed with the petition requiring more routine street cleaning in the borough. The regional authority’s action was launched on Wednesday (June 27), as part of its agenda for the next full council conference due to occur next week. Merton Council has dealt with criticism for litter on the streets considering that Veolia took over the street cleansing agreement last April. The response acknowledges that a street cleaning schedule has actually not been followed but stated that enhancements were being put in place, along with ensuring the 570 litter bins in the district are regularly cleared. The petition on, called ‘Campaign for weekly street cleaning in London District of Mucky Merton’, has gathered more than 1,200 signatures. It states: “We pay significantly greater council tax costs than Wandsworth residents who benefit from reputable weekly street cleaning. “We, the citizens of Merton, require a dedication to a set frequency of street cleansing, i.e. weekly or fortnightly instead of relying on residents reporting separated cases of littering prior to actioning.” In response, the council said it “fully values” the significance of maintaining clean streets. It included: “We note that a large percentage of the petition’s signatories were from outside the district and we recognise that our street cleaning up service is critically important for visitors and companies in the district along with for residents. “It is of fantastic issue that the signatories of the petition feel that the streets of Merton are listed below their expectations in terms of tidiness. “Our new contractor, Veolia, began to deliver the street cleaning company in April in 2015. The contract is not yet performing as we would expect and we are working hard to make sure that it does as rapidly as possible.” To attend to the issues, the council stated it was holding meetings with Veolia and even withholding payments when tidiness does not satisfy the standards required. It added the introduction of wheelie bins in October was anticipated to help the scenario. The council is due to satisfy at Merton Civic Centre in Morden on Wednesday July 4 from 7.15 pm.


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