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Planned Maintenance Programme for Cycleway 31 - Raynes Park to New Malden

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Dear Merton Borough Council,

I am requesting full details of the planned maintenance programme for Cycleway 31, the new cycle track running between Raynes Park and New Malden. This includes:

- Verge maintenance
- Maintenance of the surface and drainage
- Gritting
- Leaf and debris sweeping

Yours faithfully,

George Edwards

foi, Merton Borough Council

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foi, Merton Borough Council

 

 

Dear Mr Edwards

Freedom of Information Act 2000 / Environmental Information Regulations
2004 Information request

 

We have now considered your information request as set out below. 

 

You asked:

 

I am requesting full details of the planned maintenance programme for
Cycleway 31, the new cycle track running between Raynes Park and New
Malden.  This includes:

 

- Verge maintenance

- Maintenance of the surface and drainage

- Gritting

- Leaf and debris sweeping

 

Our response:

 

London Borough of Merton (Merton) undertakes a system of regular highway
safety inspections of all its adopted highways in order to comply with its
statutory duty to maintain highways in accordance with Section 41 of the
Highways Act 1980, with regard to Cycleway 31 this forms part of Merton’s
annual inspection regime.  If ad-hoc request are received from the public
with regards to maintenance issues in relation to the surface or drainage
issues, an Highway officer will inspect the defect reported within 15
working days and advise accordingly.

 

In relation to gritting, as part of Merton winter policy its states that
segregated or shared cycleways within Merton are not treated, therefore
currently we have no intention of gritting this cycleway unless
legislation changes and dictates that Merton should be gritting cycleways.

 

The contractual standards for street cleaning reflect best practice from
Defra’s Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse. The contract is based on an
output specification requiring the contractor maintain consistent
standards across the entire borough. The output we require is for the
asset to be maintained at a ‘B’ standard as per COPLAR. This is a move
away from a frequency based approach where standards can fall between
sweeps without any obligation on the contractor to resolve the issue. This
approach measures the contractor based on their output rather than the
amount of resources they use or the frequency at which they clean the
streets.

 

In order to achieve the required standard, the contractor is required to
apply whatever resources, at whatever frequency to maintain the necessary
contractual standards. In practice, this means the contractor will apply
more resources to town centres than residential areas even though the
contract requires the streets in both areas to be maintained to the same
standard.

 

To achieve this consistent standard of cleansing, Veolia use a number of
different methods of cleaning the streets and alter the frequency
depending on the footfall and littering of the area concerned. Street
operatives conduct manual litter picking and broom sweeping alongside
mechanical and electrical sweepers which provide an efficient and
effective way to lift litter and detritus from Merton’s streets.

 

With reference to the segregated cycle path you have highlighted which was
introduced earlier this year, we are currently working with our service
provider to ascertain the most efficient method of sweeping and associated
frequency. As indicated above any schedule will vary depending on need,
and any agreed schedule will be subject to change depending on seasonal
demands, as such this stretch of the public realm will be cleaned as
required and at a frequency that ensure the required standards are
maintained.

 

Any verge maintenance issues will be tackled as required and according to
seasonal needs. On features of this nature, this typically involves two
verge cuts during the growing season.

 

If you have any queries or concerns about this please contact us.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request or wish to
appeal against the decision to exempt any part of your request, you should
request an Internal Review at [1][Merton Borough Council request email] or write in to Freedom
of Information team, Merton Council, Civic Centre, Morden, SM4 5DX.

 

If you escalate to the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) without
following the council’s internal review process, the ICO will refer you
back to the council to enable the correct process to be followed.

 

You can also appeal to the Information Commissioner at: Information
Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF.  Telephone:  0303 123 1113.  Website: [2]www.ico.org.uk

 

There is no charge for making an appeal.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Information Governance

Information Team

Merton Council

 

 

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