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Conservative Manifesto 2017 - shock announcement on litter

Councils (but not Highways England?) to be forced to remove roadside litter and prosecute offenders.

Government’s Litter Strategy already abandoned by Mrs May?

The 88 page pdf of the Manifesto  covers litter /re-cycling etc in just this one sentence:

“We will do more to reduce litter, including by supporting comprehensive rubbish collection and recycling, supporting better packaging, taking new powers to force councils to remove roadside litter and prosecuting offenders”

“We will do more to reduce litter, including by supporting comprehensive rubbish collection and recycling, supporting better packaging..”  is fairley non-committal. However:

.. taking new powers to force councils to remove roadside litter and prosecuting offenders” commits a future Conservative government to a major new initiative and begs the following questions:

How would they check if a council was removing roadside litter in a satisfactory manner?

How would recalcitrant councils be penalised?

Would additional funding be made available?

Why only councils – why not all duty bodies including Highways England?

Where did this proposal suddenly come from?  There was no hint of it in the Government’s new  Litter Strategy. (See Andrea Leadsom’s summary for Conservative MPs )

The absence of any reference whatsoever to the Government’s new Litter Strategy and the substitution of this major new initiative implies that the strategy has already been binned.

Peter Silverman
22nd May 2017

 

 

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