From: Michael Pease
Sent: 27 February 2017 09:55
Cc: ‘Olive, Andrew’petersilvermanXXcleanhighways.co.uk
Subject: The M56
On Friday I travelled along the M56 from Manchester (M60, junction1) to Chester Zoo (junction 15 I think).
On the way there, I noticed I waste refuse lorry with an unsecured load, with rubbish flying off the top.
On the way back there was very heavy slow moving traffic, and I got to see the central reservation close up.
The central reservation for most of this stretch of M56 (save for the concreted parts) was carpeted with litter; clearly a Grade D. Much of the litter seemed to be larger or smaller pieces of industrial plastic ie the type of which might fly off the top of an unsecured waste lorry. I am disgusted that the central reservation has been able to get into this state. Is it not monitored on a regular basis? When was it last cleaned?
There was also a good deal of litter at the sides of the motorway (including large pieces of sheet plastic caught in trees etc).
Please can you let me know the plan for when and how this section of motorway (and I can’t imagine it’s any better for the rest of the M56; this is just the part I travelled) is going to be cleaned as per the Litter Code of Practice?
Andrew, I mention the waste from the lorry for your general consideration. I know that there’s only been something like one prosecution in the last 10 years? I have some sympathy for your contractors who may spend weeks cleaning a section only for all that hard work to be obliterated in minutes by a single lorry with an unsecured load. It really does need addressing. A few high profile prosecutions would presumably save thousands in cleaning costs.
I look forward to hearing from you both.