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Rubbish blown into front garden

Reported in the Flytipping category anonymously at 23:31, Wed 20 May 2015

Sent to Merton Borough Council 4 minutes later

Dear Sir/Madam,

As a result of poor policing of the amount of litter dumped on Figge's Marsh across the street and inadequate public receptacles for rubbish I have suffered a frequent stream of wrappers, crisp packets, fag packets, juice cartons, plastic bags and other flotsam and jetsam blowing into my front garden.

Just over a month ago I was forced to bag up all the rubbish (at that point there was almost two full bin bags in and around my front garden) and take it down to the dump myself - perhaps I should bill Merton council for my time on my day off for having to do so. The most disgusting item I have so far fished out of my garden is a used nappy wrapped in a plastic bag - perhaps this wasn't blown by the wind from across the road, but nevertheless it's disgusting and antisocial to chuck such items into people's private property.

I appreciate there is nothing that can be done about the prevailing wind direction but Figge's Marsh is and always has been well below the standard of cleanliness I'd expect of a public common, and has been since I moved into the area over two years ago. Less than a mile up the road Garratt Green is always immaculate, something I put down to proper enforcement and easier access to public bins. Fly tipping also seems to be rife in this borough, with Mitcham Common and Figge's Marsh no exceptions.

I'd be interested to know if anti-social behaviour is why Merton Council seems to have given up on Figge's Marsh, or whether the anti-social behaviour (fireworks every couple of weeks, hoodies huddled in groups in the middle of the common, drunks staggering about) has followed the councils lack of authority and leadership in keeping the place free of conspicous amounts of litter, making it look run down and neglected.

I'd be happy to spend a couple of days a month helping to pick up litter on Figge's Marsh if the council could act to try and get local residents involved. Litterpicking groups in other boroughs have been a success - as Merton Council seems to be overwhelmed by keeping Figge's Marsh in respectable condition some leadership to organise local residents would be much appreciated from this local citizen.

Regards,

A concerned local citizen.

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