Merton Council Extraordinary Meeting 6 February 2019

Venue: Council chamber – Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden SM4 5DX

Note: To meet at 9.30pm or on the rise of the Ordinary meeting of the Council, scheduled for 7.15pm the same evening

No. Item


Apologies for absence


There were no apologies for absence.


Declarations of Pecuniary Interest


There were no declarations of interest made.


Notice of Motion – Waste and Recycling arrangements pdf icon PDF 41 KB


The motion was moved by Councillor McLean and seconded by Councillor Holden.

The Liberal Democrat amendment as set out in agenda item 4 was moved by Councillor Fairclough and seconded by Councillor Kohler.

The Labour amendment as set out in agenda item 5 was moved by Councillor Brunt and seconded by Councillor Attawar.

Councillors Allison, Moulton, Qulliam, Macauley, Dean, Southgate, Gretton, Byers, Ormrod, Braund, Benbow, Alambritis, Andrew Howard, Cooper-Marbiah, Crowe, Whelton, Janice Howard, Draper, Barlow, Stringer, Omar Bush, Mark Kenny, Williams, Fraser, Holmes, Dehaney, Latif, Chung, Adam Bush, Pearce, Simpson, McCabe and Makin spoke in the debate.

The Liberal Democrat amendment was put to a vote and fell – votes in favour: 23 (All Liberal Democrat and Conservatives), votes against: 33 (All Labour), abstentions: 3 (All Merton Park Independents).

The Labour amendment was put to a vote and was carried – votes in favour: 33 (All Labour), votes against: 23 (All Liberal Democrat and Conservatives), abstentions: 3 (All Merton Park Independents).

The substantive motion (as amended) was then put to a vote and was carried – votes in favour: 33 (All Labour), votes against: 23 (All Liberal Democrat and Conservatives), abstentions: 3 (All Merton Park Independents).


To discuss and debate issues relating to the refuse and recycling arrangements provided by Veolia since 1st October 2018 and the response of Merton Council. To include:

  1. a) The continuing role of the South London Waste Partnership in contract management;
  2. b) Financial penalties levied against Veolia for any contractual shortfalls;
  3. c) Why the ‘Mucky Merton’ campaign continues to be promoted by the Conservative opposition despite improvements in recycling rates and street litter as a result of the new waste service;
  4. d) The facts of the ‘step in’ clause in the Veolia contract which was entered into in 2013 in conjunction with Croydon, Liberal Democrat-led Sutton, and the then Conservative-led Kingston Council;
  5. e) The pressure on and cost of the reporting mechanism for service failures generated by Councillors and members of the public as well as the pressure on Veolia’s response times;
  6. f) The next steps required of Veolia to deal with the increase in fly-tipping in the borough, London and the country, and what the government should be doing to tackle this national problem.
  7. g) The improvement in street litter performance resulting from the introduction of wheeled bins with lids, which contain litter, as opposed to the previous black-bin led waste removal system, which regularly led to bags splitting and litter being left on the street, and led to Merton being named Britain’s dirtiest borough in 2010.
  8. h) The increase in the Borough’s recycling since the introduction of wheeled bins.
  9. i) The dramatic cut in funding to councils from the Government, of more than 50%, which has led to the need for councils like Merton to make savings in their waste services contracts.
  10. j) The increased efficiency of Merton’s waste services arising from its partnership working with the South West London Waste Partnership, the economies of scale this has generated, and the savings that have been achieved for council taxpayers as a result.
  11. k) The role of scrutiny in Merton in supporting these objectives, through the Sustainable Communities scrutiny panel, and the role of all councillors in supporting the borough’s waste services.

and this Council resolves

  1. To recommend that the Cabinet undertakes to continue to hold to account the waste services contractor, Veolia, whilst also recognising that the new service has led to an increase in recycling and a decrease in landfill.
  2. In an acknowledgement of political responsibility, the Leader of the Council, and the Cabinet Member for Environment and Street Cleanliness, the Sustainable Communities scrutiny panel, and all Members are urged to redouble their efforts in achieving a good value level of service, holding Veolia to account and challenging the government to provide sufficient funding to local authorities like Merton to tackle fly-tipping, littering and other anti-social behaviour.
Notice of Motion – Waste and Recycling arrangements

Want to hear what you councillor said at the Meeting?

0:01:42 Nick McLean
0:04:55 Daniel Holden
0:09:02 Anthony Fairclough
0:11:45 Paul Kohler
0:15:24 Mike Brunt
0:19:43 Laxmi Attawar
0:24:08 Mark Allison
0:26:17 Oonagh Moulton
0:28:34 Carl Quilliam
0:30:16 Edith Macauley
0:32:47 David Dean
0:34:38 Peter Southgate
0:36:45 Edward Gretton
0:38:55 Tobin Byers
0:40:56 Hayley Ormrod
0:42:05 Kelly Braund
0:44:26 Nigel Benbow
0:47:35 Stephen Alambritis
0:49:47 Andrew Howard
0:52:10 Caroline Cooper-Marbiah
0:54:16 Stephen Crowe
0:56:16 Martin Whelton
0:58:28 Janice Howard
1:00:30 Nick Draper
1:02:27 Thomas Barlow
1:03:51 Eleanor Stringer
1:05:35 Omar Bush
1:07:23 Mark Kenny
1:09:40 David Williams
1:11:55 Brenda Fraser
1:13:45 James Holmes
1:16:03 John Dehaney
1:18:12 Najeeb Latif
1:20:02 David Chung
1:22:25 Adam Bush
1:23:45 Dennis Pearce
1:25:19 David Simpson


About Mark Gale

A Ravensbury resident fed up with mistakes being made at council meetings, my local Councillor preferring to complete a Sudoku Puzzle rather than listen to comments made at a scrutiny meeting, not having an accurate record of council meetings. Merton Council needs transparency to expose the childish behaviour, and blind party loyalty from our elected members. I have setup this website and will do my best to make as many council meetings accessible for ALL. With the help from other committed residents of our borough, we can keep a close eye on Merton.
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