Cash Bid For More Residential Street Cleaning Is Turned Down

Councillors fail to back motion for more funds on cleaning

A call for street cleaning on residential roads following the regular refuse and recycling collections was turned down at a Merton council meeting.

Lib-Dem Councillor Mary-Jane Jeanes asked for money to be made available to clean residential roads in Merton after the regular collections, and also to monitor the "weekly" street sweep.

She noted at the full council meeting on Wednesday (July 9) that there had been a £1m underspend in the council's 2013-14 waste budget.

But her motion did not get a seconder, so was not debated at the meeting.

She said: "We all know that people in Merton are concerned about litter and mess on the streets and that things have got worse since the Labour administration ended the practice of street sweeping following refuse and recycling collections.

"But when they're not even willing to have a debate on the issue - which so many residents mentioned during the local elections - how can Merton's Labour and Conservative councillors be serious about street cleaning?"

July 10, 2014