A young artist from Wimbledon Chase Primary School has been announced winner of Merton Council’s anti-litter poster competition.
Eight-year-old Lola’s colourful design includes children using playground equipment and a cheeky squirrel enjoying a clean park. Her poster will now be displayed across the borough to encourage people to keep Merton clean. Lola also won a family ticket to the council’s sell-out fireworks display at the beginning of November.
Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Local Environment and Green Spaces, Councillor Natasha Irons said: “We had a fantastic response to our poster competition, for five to 11-year-old’s, which is part of our Keep It Clean Love Merton campaign. I’d like to thank everyone who entered for their incredible art work and hope residents visit our online gallery to see the entries. I’m looking forward to seeing Lola’s winning design across the borough and hope it encourages everyone to Keep Merton Clean.
View all the wonderful poster entries:
The council’s recent residents’ survey revealed that our community were most proud of Merton’s green spaces and sense of community, but that they were concerned about an increase in littering and dumped rubbish. This is why the council is targeting areas of the borough known for having rubbish left on the streets, with increased enforcement patrols. Anyone caught dumping rubbish will be issued with a fixed penalty notice of up to £400 and could face prosecution.
Litter and dumped rubbish takes time to clear and costs the council almost £1m per year, money that could be used for vital services like social care for our most vulnerable residents. We know that the majority of residents do not dump their rubbish or drop litter but, sadly there is a small minority who think it is okay.
You can report instances of dumped rubbish anonymously on our website. Visit merton.gov.uk/LoveMerton