Merton sees improvement in street cleanliness – but more to do

Merton Council has seen an improvement in the cleanliness of the borough’s streets following investment in its street cleaning service and improved street monitoring. However, the council acknowledges there is still much work to be done for our residents.

Latest figures show that the percentage of officially clean streets has improved from 64% this time last year to 88% this quarter. The percentage of streets clear of litter has also seen an improvement rising from 86% this time last year to 94%. Merton is planning to plough further funds into new street cleaning machines this autumn.

Merton’s team of litter enforcement officers has stepped up issuing fines to people dropping litter in our streets. The council’s community engagement officers have been out and about talking to people about the potential risk they run if they drop litter on the street. The council has also installed more of its dual litter bins encouraging people to not only bin their rubbish, but, where possible, to recycle it too.

Merton Council Cabinet Member for Performance and Implementation, Councillor Mark Betteridge, said: ‘These are encouraging signs but we know, and residents know, that there is still much more work to be done. It is clear that many local people have been unhappy with the cleanliness of our local area. We are working hard to change this and remain focused on delivering real improvements so that residents can be proud of our streets and neighbourhoods.’

For more information about Merton’s street cleaners residents can take a look at the film about a day in the life of a street cleaning team: http://www.merton.gov.uk/streetcleaningvideo

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