Merton Council has organised a series of litter picks across the borough as part of Keep Britain Tidy’s Big Tidy Up campaign – and we had hoped that one would take place right here in our micro-community on Sunday March 5, 2017.

But lack of resources – we understand that no local councillor was available to coordinate the session on that date – means that the Haydons Road/Regents Place litter pick has had to be dropped from the list. Shame.

Does that mean we should give up, however? No way! The extremely helpful folks on the end of the phone at Merton’s waste department told us that we are very welcome as residents to organise our own litter pick separately from the Big Tidy Up weekend – and on an ongoing basis if we wish.

Here’s how: we choose a date, give the council a few weeks notice, and they will provide us with all the resources we need: reflective jackets, gloves, picking tools and bags. Full bin bags will be collected by a borough refuse disposal team. We are advised to aim for a maximum two-hour slot eg 10am-12 or 11am-1pm to ensure full bags can be picked up on the same day.

Volunteers needn’t stay for the whole period: even a 15-minute stint would be a big help in keeping our community clean.

So here’s the big ask: any North Haydons Road residents up for it? Perhaps a monthly litter pick to help keep our neighbourhood spick and span? – It’s also the perfect opportunity to network, share info and get to know your neighbours!

If anyone would like to volunteer to be the North Haydons Road coordinator for litter picks, please get in touch (post message below or use contact page).