Questions to Merton Council

Merton Green Party members have been asking questions ahead of Merton's Full Council Meetings. Some members have also been attending these meetings to ask supplementary questions.

 

Full Council meeting - 22 September 2019  

 

Questions and responses can be found here.

Members in attendance: Pippa Maslin and Tom Killick.  Chris Stanton also submitted a question.

Tom Killick: How much money, if any, has the Council withheld from Veolia UK for unsatisfactory performance under the terms of the contract for waste and recycling services which began on on 1 April 2017?

 

Pippa Maslin: Is it true that the £90,000 earned by the Council from the controversial Eastern Electrics Festival held in Morden Park this year is to be invested in the borough’s parks more widely? If yes, please provide the details. If no, where is the money going?

 

Chris Stanton: Pollinators are essential to the stability of our ecosystem but their numbers are much depleted. What are idVerde and the Council doing to help them? 

 

 

Full Council meeting - 10 July 2019  

 

Questions and responses can be found here.

Members in attendance: Pippa Maslin and Susie O'Connor

Tom Killick: Further to the answer to question 12 on 12 September 2018, what is the Council's position on Heathrow expansion in light of the current consultation?

 

Pippa Maslin: Part of the justification for outsourcing waste management to Veolia was that it will improve recycling rates, yet there is no discernible link to any concrete evidence when one visits the Council's website. How about a clear hyperlink to a regularly updated dashboard on the home page?

Full Council meeting - 3 April 2019

 

Questions and responses can be found here.

Members in attendance: Tom Killick, Pippa Maslin, and Stephen McKeever on behalf of Chris Stanton.

Pippa Maslin - On 6 February I asked the Council to declare a climate emergency and review its current carbon reduction plans in order to become carbon neutral by 2030 and thereby help to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees C.  The answer received was encouraging but non-committal.  Has there been any progress?

Tom Killick - What does the Council estimate would be the cost of introducing 20mph speed limits on all residential roads in the borough in one go rather than piecemeal as is currently planned?

Chris Stanton - Will the Council be reinstalling bins in Wandle Park following their 'trial' removal?  If reinstallation is on the cards, when will this happen and how many bins will there be?

 

Full Council meeting - 6 February 2019

 

Questions and responses can be found here.

 

Members in attendance: Tom Killick and Pippa Maslin.

Pippa Maslin - In line with the London Assembly, Lambeth Council, Bristol City Council, and a growing number of other councils, will Merton Council declare a Climate Emergency and review its current carbon reduction plans in order to become carbon neutral by 2030 and thereby help to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees C?

Tom Killick - Will the Council make it a condition of major public events in the borough requiring their permission or which they themselves organise that such events be free of single-use plastics?

 

Full Council Meeting - 21st November 2018

 

Questions and responses can be found here.

Members in attendance: Tom Killick and Pippa Maslin.

Tom Killick - Further to the Council's answer to question 2 at 4 July Council meeting, what has the Council done since then to promote the use of reusable coffee cups and decrease the sale of single use plastics on its premises?

Pippa MaslinPlease could Council state the projected shortfall in funding for Adult Social Care between now and 2022, and outline the measures that they are taking to mitigate the impact of the underfunding on those who rely upon the services concerned?
Answer from Officers and approved by Councillor Tobin Byers, the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health:
'The King’s Fund have estimated there is a shortfall at £2.5 billion. In addition, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has estimated that the care home market across the UK (therefore excluding domiciliary care) is underfunded by around £0.9-£1.1 billion a year. The Local Government Association puts the current gap at £2.5bn rising to £3.5bn by 2025. Growth in demand adds a further £400m pa according to Association of Directors of Adult Social Services estimates, with the National Living Wage also adding a further £466m to the cost of care. Based on Merton’s share of the Settlement Funding Assessment, that would equate to a shortfall for Merton of around £6.6m rising to £9.3m by 2025. We await the Green Paper on the future funding of Adult Social Care and the Comprehensive Spending Review in 2019, as the solution to the funding lies with Central Government. Back in 2011, the Council agreed to try to protect services for vulnerable people (referred to as the July Principles), which means that social care for adults and children are allocated a lower proportion of savings.' [Omitted from published questions in error.]

 

Full Council Meeting - 12th September 2018

 

Questions and responses can be found here.

Members in attendance: Tom Killick, Pippa Maslin, Chris Stanton and Alban Thurston 

Alban Thurston - Why have Merton's pensions trustees ignored Divest Merton's requests  to update the Pension Advisory Committee's webpage, still now - in June 2018 - showing appointments in December 2016 & March 2017 as 'future' (sic) meetings?  Why the misleading, clumsy, incomplete subsumation into the finance committee's webpage?

Tom Killick - what assessment has the Council made of the impact of the South London incinerator on air pollution in Merton, and what steps will the Council take to monitor its impact on air pollution once it starts operating?

Pippa Maslin - Many residents welcome the cancellation of the Diynamic festival and hope that the Eastern Electrics festival never returns. Please could Council explain exactly how the views of residents will feed into the process of deciding whether or not the already advertised 2019 Eastern Electrics festival goes ahead?

Chris Stanton - Are Veolia's roadsweepers and idverde's staff required to recycle waste they pick up from streets and parks respectively?

 

Full Council Meeting - 4th July 2018

 

Questions and responses can be found here.

Members in attendance at the meeting: Tom Killick, Philippa Maslin, John Boyd, Alban Thurston

Tom Killick - Will the Council provide drinking water fountains in public places, thereby reducing waste and litter from single-use disposable plastics?

Laura Collins - Will the council ban single use plastics in its premises as Parliament has done?

Sonja Timpson - When can the people of Merton expect to see Morley Park opening to the public, in accordance with the conditions of the planning consent awarded to the developers of the Atkinson Morley land?

John Boyd - Will the Council now ban the use of single-use plastics on its premises, in the same way as Parliament has done?

Philippa Zielfa Maslin - #changingplaces facilities were included in the original architect's plan for Morden Leisure Centre and now, shockingly, we are being told that there will not be any. Will Merton Council acknowledge the error of its ways and honour the original plan to ensure equality of access and opportunity?

Alban Thurston - When will Merton commit to 100% divestment of London’s highest share of fossil fuels, worth £54 million, from its pensions investments? In January 2018 Divest Merton submitted an evidenced draft Climate Risk policy. In March after 18 months’ correspondence, the full pensions committee met us off-record. When will trustees commit?