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 - 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?


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?