“Motorway (and other) roadside litter is a disgrace to the country. Keep up the good work”. AF
“Whole journey on the M6 from Junction 18 to 13 was blighted by litter”. JR
“Keep it up! I watched your video clip. You have restored my faith in humanity”. E.H
Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 bodies such as Highways England (motorways and most trunk roads) and local authorities (other roads) have a statutory duty to “ensure” that their highways are “kept” clear of litter and refuse. (EPA Section 89(1))
However in 2010 Mike Penning MP described our motorways as being “blighted by litter” and in 2015 a Commons Select Committee concluded that that “England is a litter-ridden country compared to most of Europe, North America and Japan”.
The mission of Clean Highways is to hold duty bodies to account for not complying with the legislation on litter. This means getting them to pick up litter more promptly and to use the wide range of powers available to deter and punish the perpetrators of littering and fly-tipping.
No one else is doing this. DEFRA only employ two full time people to deal with litter, fly-tipping and graffiti. Keep Britain Tidy whose income comes from central and local government are understandably unwilling to bite the hand that feeds them.
What we do
We act as a focal point for those people around the country who share our concerns.
Increasingly we are taking our message to Westminster and I have had positive meeting with MPs Andrew Gwynne, John Pugh, Kevin Hollinrake and Tom Brake. I met with the new Chairman of the Highways Agency, Colin Matthews in January and with several HE executives on May 1st.
The latter report includes a link to the DIRTY DOSSIER complied from your complaints and a raft of proposals I have put to Highways England .
20th September 2015