A no-nonsense anti-littering campaign will be trialled in Merton following a proposal by Cllr Paul Kohler. It aims to tackle an increase in littering in the borough as lockdown restrictions have eased.
Anti-littering signs will carry robust messaging similar to that used in a successful campaign led by York’s Lib Dem Council (see right). The trial will run in Trinity ward after Cllr Kohler secured cross-party support from his fellow ward councillors from the Conservative Party, and Merton’s Labour-led council.
Cllr Kohler said:
"The easing of the lockdown has led to an increasing amount of litter in our streets and open spaces. A small minority of thoughtless people need to think about the consequences of their actions and I am convinced these signs will help.
“Reducing litter should not be a party political issue and I would like to thank the Labour administration and my fellow Tory councillors for agreeing to this Lib Dem initiative."
The council is now preparing to print the signs and display them across Trinity and if effective, a decision will then be made on whether to roll them out across the borough.
The trial is the latest initiative from Merton Lib Dems’ ‘Cleaner, safer streets’ campaign which has recently seen the local party challenge Merton Council to urgently review the contract it holds with waste contract Veolia after repeated failings.
For more information on the anti-littering trial, or to report litter problems in their area, residents can contact [email protected].