Clean on me: Champions take to the streets to tackle Merton’s mucky pups and litter louts

Volunteers inspired by the Wombles will join Merton Council to make a clean sweep of Wimbledon streets on Saturday October 11.

The Street Champion team will clean up after Merton’s mucky pups and litter louts between 10am-12pm.

Street Champions volunteers act as the eyes and ears of the community by reporting environmental problems to the council as well as running clean-ups.

Councillor Judy Saunders, cabinet member for environmental cleanliness, said: “Merton is a great place to live but a small minority of people continue to litter our streets.

“We want to crack down on the few who spoil the local environment for the rest of us.

“We are encouraging residents to stand up to those who litter by getting involved in their local area and becoming a Street Champion.”

Those involved can take part in clean-ups, report issues such as broken street lights or signs and make suggestions for areas that need improvement.

Through the Street Champions scheme the council wants to make it clear that dropping litter on Merton’s street is unacceptable.

The council spends more than £5m a year to clear the streets of litter, fly tips, graffiti and other environmental crimes, which they feel could be spent on other services to improve the community.

One of the clean ups will take place in Wimbledon and will start at Haydons Road Recreation ground, moving through Plough Lane, Wandle Meadow Nature Trail, and North Road before returning to their starting point.

The second clean-up will be in Raynes Park where people will begin on West Barnes Lane at the junction of Bodnant Gardens before covering Coombe Lane, Raynes Park town centre, Grand Drive, Bushey Road and back to the starting point at Tesco in New Malden.

To become a Street Champion or for more information call 020 8274 4902 or email [email protected]

Video courtesy of the BBC, via YouTube
Featured picture courtesy of Infrogmation of New Orleans, with thanks

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