Leader of Merton Council praises staff for keeping services running

The Leader of Merton Council Councillor Stephen Alambritis has praised council staff for keeping services running during the current severe weather.


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Councillor Stephen Alambritis meets a member of the gritting team at the Merton Recycling and Reuse Centre at Garth Road.


Despite the sub-zero temperatures and snowfall to have hit the borough this week, the vast majority of services have continued to operate. Whilst some schools have closed to ensure the safety of staff and pupils, day centres and a number of libraries have remained open, providing residents with much needed warmth and shelter from the cold weather and snow showers.

Nonetheless, highway officers and the Council’s waste management contractor Veolia have been working around the clock, making sure that Merton’s main roads and other essential services are able to function as normal. Street cleaning staff have been gritting footpaths outside schools, hospitals and major footways with the aim of keeping residents safe from the icy pavements. Gritting teams continue to be in operation and will be targeting key areas across the borough.

Meanwhile, Veolia have been working hard in the adverse weather conditions to collect residents’ waste. Due to the conditions, some roads have been inaccessible and residents are advised to leave their waste out, as teams attempt their utmost to reach all areas.

Merton Council’s Leader Councillor Stephen Alambritis said: “I have seen first-hand how our contractors  and council staff have been working tirelessly to keep our roads safe and our transport operations on the go, all doing their bit to keep Merton moving.

“We have experienced some of the worst weather in recent years, but the commitment demonstrated by our residents and staff to carry on as normal has filled me with immense pride as the leader of this borough.

“The safety of all our residents, including those who are vulnerable and elderly remains our number one priority and I am grateful to all the teams and council staff who are working to help local people during this unpredicatable weather.”

More information on how the severe weather is effecting the Council’s services, including information on gritting and school closures can be found on the Merton Council website.