Merton needs you – Operation ‘Blitz the Borough’

Merton residents urged to join up for community clean up days

Join up now for Operation ‘Blitz the Borough’ – Merton Council and Wimbledon Police are urging the community to pull together to fight graffiti and litter at two community clean up days on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 September 2002, between 10am and 4pm.

The clean up days aim to mark the end of the Borough’s landmark FLAG project with a fun-filled event and a sense of community involvement. FLAG is a partnership between Merton Council and the Metropolitan Police, which aims to improve the quality of life for everyone who lives or works in Merton by tackling the public nuisances of Fly-tipping, Littering, Abandoned Vehicles and Graffiti.

Six zones in the borough have been pinpointed as areas particularly badly hit. Each zone has been assigned a task force led by two corporals (a Merton Council worker and a Wimbledon police officer). The task forces are now signing up new recruits, who wish to help their community by volunteering for both days, one day or even just for a spare hour.

New recruits must report to their chosen taskforce HQ for muster, where artillery (i.e. bin-bags, gloves, paint brushes and paint), helmets (free caps) and ration cards (for free provisions) will be issued. Operation ‘Blitz the Borough’ will be heavily supervised on both days, however all children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Environmental Quality, Councillor Linda Kirby, said: “We are trying to mobilise as many residents as possible in the battle against environmental crime. The FLAG project has been extremely successful in helping Merton to be a safe, clean and green borough. I urge residents to prove that community spirit is still alive and strong in Merton and spare a bit of time to improve our borough.”

Superintendent Stephen Grainger, from Merton Police, said: “We all have a responsibility to send a clear message to those who chose to commit crime in Merton that it will not be tolerated by police, council or the community. We care about our community and with your help can improve it to reinforce that message.’

To sign up for Operation ‘Blitz the Borough’ or for further information call Vicky Lunt on 020 8545 3173