Wimbledon Gets Extra Clean-Up

Big Merton Spring Clean Day is success

Merton's street cleaning crews, councillors and residents came together this weekend, armed with litter pickers, rubber gloves and plastic sacks to give the borough a spring clean.

Councillors teamed up with residents and members of anti-litter campaign group, Merton Matters, to give 10 areas across Merton an extra spruce up.

The areas targeted were in the following council wards: Wimbledon Village, Dundonald, Colliers Wood, Wimbledon Park, Hillside, West Barnes, Cricket Green, Pollards Hill, St Helier and Ravensbury.

The Big Merton Spring Clean Day was an idea drawn up by Merton Matters, a group of concerned residents, and supported by Merton council. The weekend of action on April 5 and 6 received cross-party support.

Merton Matters' Dan Goode said: "The Big Merton Spring Clean Day really demonstrated how much can be done when residents and the council work together for the benefit of Merton. As a community, we removed a vast amount of litter in a very short time.

"The turnout and the result of everyone's efforts was inspiring. People are standing up to those who needlessly mar our borough with their thoughtless behaviour. We're pleased to hear the council will be taking a tough line on litter bugs. There's no excuse for anyone to drop their rubbish on our streets."

April 10, 2014