Mayor launches new initiative: Action in Merton for a safer, cleaner Merton

Merton Council is launching a new clean-up campaign this week in partnership with the Metropolitan Police, the London Fire Brigade and Safer Merton.

Called Action in Merton (AIM), the initiative is a series of weeks of activity throughout the year targeting specific areas of the borough. The first AIM week is the 14-20 July and will be officially launched by Mayor of Merton Councillor Martin Whelton and Borough Commander Chief Superintendent Chris Bourlet.

The council and its partners will be giving a facelift to the areas around Sadlers Close, Armfield Crescent and Monarch Parade. This will include street cleaning, graffiti removal and litter picking.

Merton’s reassurance bus will be on hand daily between 10.00am and 4.00pm at the clock tower on Fair Green in Mitcham town centre. This will be where residents can seek advice on animal welfare and pest control, as well as meeting the street pastor and members of the Safer Neighbourhoods teams.

Councillor Martin Whelton said: “This is a great example of a working partnership between the council and the agencies it works so closely and effectively with, including the police and fire brigade. Partnerships of this kind are invaluable in creating a safer and cleaner environment for our residents, which in turn play a vital role in improving people’s quality of life.”

Merton Council Cabinet Member for the Environment, Councillor David Simpson said: “Actions speak louder than words. Action in Merton really shows the council and its partners at work serving the community, putting the needs of our residents first by doing very practical things to improve the local environment for all.”

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Notes for editors
Safer Merton is a partnership between the council, the police and a number of other agencies aimed at reducing crime and disorder in the borough. Safer Merton is responsible for developing and implementing crime reduction initiatives and reducing anti-social behaviour and substance misuse in Merton. The agencies include: The London Fire Brigade, the London Probation Service, the Metropolitan Police Authority, The Metropolitan Police and Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust.