Improved street cleaning in Merton

A raft of customer focused, street cleaning enhancement measures have been introduced in Merton.

The first of the measures, a Saturday street litter picking service, was introduced in Mitcham on Saturday 22 July and will visit other areas in the borough over the forthcoming weeks. Members of the street cleaning team have been trained to capital standards, meaning they now know how to clean streets to a very high standard, as set by the government.

The second measure is a nighttime response cleaning service for Mitcham, Morden and Wimbledon, which will operate up until 3am as opposed to 10pm. The aim of the service is to help eradicate the litter that accumulates, as a result of late night social activities. It is anticipated this new addition will commence at the end of 2006.

An increase in deep cleansing crews completes the trio of measures and will operate 4 times a year, on a ward basis. The intention of this service is to target vegetation and detrititus.

Councillor Tariq Ahmad, cabinet member for Environment and Traffic Management said:

“One of the commitments of the new administration was to ensure we put into place immediate measures to tackle street cleaning. The new measures do just that. They target our town centres and also ensure more regular and effective cleaning across all wards.

“It demonstrates our commitment to a cleaner Merton and our responsiveness to putting resident concerns at the top of our agenda. These new measures will complement the existing street cleaning programme and provide for cleaner streets across Merton”.

If you would like to find out more about the street cleaning enhancement measures, please call the Street Management Division helpline on 020 8274 4902.