Merton Council says: “Stay safe, warm and updated about council services”

As the severe weather continues, Merton Council is prioritising the clearing of roads and pavements ahead of other non-emergency services.

For up-to-the-minute information about changes to services provided by the council residents should go to the severe weather link on the council website homepage: http://www.merton.gov.uk or telephone 020 8274 5940

The council is advising people who are experiencing difficulties travelling in the borough to call its help line on 020 8545 3133 or 020 8545 3700.

Crews of council staff gritted the roads yesterday before the heavy snowfall. Crews were also out until 4.30am and 7.30am this morning. Snow ploughs are being used where possible.

Leader of Merton Council Councillor David Williams said: “Our main message to people is to stay inside, stay warm and check on neighbours to see that they have what they need, especially if they are elderly, infirm, rely on services such as Meals on Wheels or have young children to look after.

“We are doing everything we can to make sure the roads and pavements are safe. I am very grateful to our gritting teams who have been up all hours of the day and night. Thanks to them the main roads in Merton were gritted ahead of the heavy snow. As snow continues to fall we will continue to monitor the situation and clear the main highways.

“I would ask residents for their patience as we deal with these weather conditions. Services such as waste collections will be disrupted and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”

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