“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 the Highways Agency (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 one full time person 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 am grateful for the support of Andrew Gwynne MP, John Hemming MP, Christopher Chope MP and John Pugh MP. I have also recently met with the new Chairman of the Highways Agency, Colin Matthews.
We try to garner support via the media. We recently participated in BBC1’s “Don’t Mess With Me”
The latter report includes links to my recent correspondence with the Chief Executive of the Highways Agency including our DIRTY DOSSIER based on your complaints along with a raft of proposals for his consideration.
24th March 2015