Local Brownies helped to spread the Love Your Street message this week by sprucing up Cannon Hill Lane.
With help from the council’s litter enforcement team, the Third Morden Brownies (from St John Fisher) picked litter from Cannon Hill Lane, Cannon Hill Common and Joseph Hood Recreation Ground. As well as signing up to the Love Your Street pledge to take pride in their local area, the Brownies regularly do their bit to keep Merton clean by being ‘litter monitors’ in their school. The Brownies got in touch with the council to organise the clean-up through the Love Your Street campaign, something which many other local residents and groups have done since the campaign launched earlier this year.
The council has also been out and about leading community clean-ups with residents and community groups as part of a programme of spruce-up events over the spring and summer months. Clean-ups have already taken place in Lowry Crescent, Western Road, St Helier Avenue, Fieldgate Lane, Figges Marsh, Framfield Road and Manship Road. Upcoming sessions taking place across the borough can be found on the Love Your Street webpage.
The Love Your Street campaign marks the council’s new approach in its ongoing fight against people littering and fly-tipping by boosting the positive work it does with residents, businesses, community groups and schools across the borough. As well as spending over £5million keeping Merton’s streets clean every year, educating people about the effects of environmental crime and being tougher on people who drop litter, this campaign is the latest initiative in the council’s anti-litter campaign. This follows the council’s partnership with environmental enforcement specialists, on-the-spot £80 penalty charge notices, the use of Glutton machines in town centres, the installation of special gum and cigarette butt bins across the borough and new high tech smart bins in parks.
Merton Council’s cabinet member for environmental cleanliness and parking Councillor Judy Saunders said: “It’s fantastic to see the Brownies spreading the Love Your Street message and taking pride in their local area. A huge thank you to the Brownies and all the residents and community groups who have taken part in spruce-up events as part of the Love Your Street campaign. Merton is a great place to live but a small minority of people continue to litter our streets. We know that many residents work hard to keep their neighbourhood clean and the Love Your Street campaign is about recognising that commitment and taking a stand against litter.”
One of the Brownies at the clean-up, Heidi Bounds (9) said: “Littering is a horrible habit and everyone should make sure they keep their local area clean. Whenever I go out for a walk with my Mummy we bring a bag and gloves to pick up any litter we see because we think it’s important for people to care about where they live. I have an environmental friendly badge from the Brownies which I’m very proud of!”
To make the Love Your Street pledge and to find out about local clean-up events, visit www.merton.gov.uk/LoveYourStreet.
Photos from the Brownies’ litter-pick can be seen on the council’s Flickr page.