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South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils

From: Waste Team
Sent: 15 March 2017 15:37
Subject: RE: Litter collection on the A34

Dear Mr Hawkey

Thank you for your email and I’m sorry you’ve had cause to contact us about litter on the A34.

Vale of White Horse District Council is responsible for litter on the A34 where it passes through our district.

I am aware of sections of the verge where littering is heavy however, it is not safe to pick litter in most areas without a lane or a full road closure. It is a very busy trunk road and the hard shoulder is much narrower than on a motorway.

We have accessed large sections from South Hinksey to Botley and between the Marcham and Milton interchanges recently as Highways England have closed these sections for re-surfacing overnight.

There are more overnight closures planned over the coming weeks and we have crews working within these wherever possible. Once these are complete, we will assess what sections we have been unable to access and work with our contractor Biffa and Highways England to secure further partial closures to complete the remaining sections.

Because of the strategic importance of the road, it is not possible to obtain lane or road closures during the day and even where night closures are agreed, they can be cancelled at very late notice for a variety of operational reasons.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Watson
Waste Team Leader
Corporate Strategy
South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils

Tel: 01235 422157


From: Municipal Team 1
Date: 27 March 2017 at 12:40
Subject: RE: Litter Report
To: Philip Mounstephen

Good afternoon and thank you for your email,

We are only able to clean the A34 when there is a scheduled road closure, we do have crew working nights who are attempting to clean the area but parts that are left are due to this being too dangerous which is why we are waiting for there to be a road closure so we can finish cleaning the remaining litter.

Kind Regards,

Xenia Leone
Waste Management Executive
South Oxford & Vale of White Horse
03000 610 610


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