Merton Leader hands out bacon butties to thank winter maintenance teams

Leader of Merton Council Councillor Stephen Alambritis with director of environment and regeneration Chris Lee were up at the crack of dawn serving egg and bacon butties to Merton’s teams of street cleansing and waste collection crews this morning.

Those in the teams involved in gritting Merton’s streets have spread over 200 tonnes of grit over the past few weeks, covering almost 3,000km of the borough’s roads and pavements.

Councillor Alambritis said: “We wanted to show our appreciation for the hard physical work our crews have been doing to keep our main roads and pavements as clear as possible during the snowy period. During the latest cold weather, they were out around the clock keeping Merton moving. I was with one of the gritting teams last week and saw first hand how hard they work. We know sometimes people are frustrated because not every road is treated, but the unpredictable nature of the weather means we have to prioritise the main routes and ensure we have enough grit for the whole winter season.”

Chris Lee said: “During the latest cold snap we managed to grit the roads and keep the refuse and recycling collections going with minimal disruption. This is our way to say thank you to the teams which we rely on to keep the borough clean and tidy in difficult conditions.”