Liberal Democrats on Merton Council are already fighting to clean up Mitcham and Morden, and I will champion that cause.
In February at an extraordinary meeting of Merton Council, the Liberal Democrat councillors put forward an amendment demanding that Merton Council, together with the South London Waste Partnership, immediately review its processes in managing and monitoring waste management services - so that lessons could be learned.
After the debate, the Liberal Democrat amendment was ultimately supported by Conservative councillors. But despite this, it was blocked by Labour Council bosses who shockingly claimed there were no problems.
Speaking after the meeting, the leader of the Lib Dem group, Cllr Anthony Fairclough said:
"The Liberal Democrats on the Council want to see real action now. That's why we’re demanding an immediate review of how Merton could better manage waste and recycling contracts - whether the contractor is Veolia or another company in the future - to keep our borough clean and the bins emptied.
"We need to look and learn what works - Merton must get better at being a Council that commissions services, rather than one that provides services directly.
"I'm pleased we won over the Conservatives to our way of thinking on this in the end. But it's frankly extraordinary that Labour councillors are unwilling to consider new ways of tackling the problem!"
I say that Siobhain McDonagh and the thirty Labour Councillors in Mitcham and Morden (that's all of them) have failed for years to deal with increasing rubbish and poor performance by the contractor.
It's time for a Fresh Start For Mitcham and Morden with the Liberal Democrats!