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… but these pale into insignificance when compared to the litter found on the verges, hard shoulders and central reservations of our motorways here in the Midlands.

Is it not time that you, the paymasters and law enforcers, demanded that the Highways Agency did the job they are paid, contracted and required to do by law? The Agency seems to be a law unto itself – hiding behind a plethora of H&S excuses

Please find below John Woolmer’s e-mail to Daniel Kawczynski MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham and to the Transport Select Committee

From: John Woolmer
Sent: 04 February 2014 14:00
To: transcomXXXparliament.uk; mailXXXdaniel4shrewsbury.co.uk; petersilvermanXXXcleanhighways.co.uk
Subject: Roadside and Motorway Litter

Sirs

Eleven years ago I founded the Church Stretton Pride of Place Group, in an attempt to keep our tourist-dependent little market town – the only one in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – as neat, tidy and free of litter as possible.

Our group of between 15 and 20 volunteers meets once a month throughout the year and we largely work with both Streetscene & Network Rail officers to clear the streets, railway station & pavements of litter. Additionally, I try to clear litter from the roadside verges on the main roads close to Church Stretton – including sections of the trunk road, the A49.  We fight what we sometimes feel is a losing battle in combating the ribbons of filth that line the verges…but these pale into insignificance when compared to the litter found on the verges, hard shoulders and central reservations of our motorways here in the Midlands.

We cannot understand the discrepancy between the litter-strewn English motorways and the clean & maintained ones found in France, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Scandinavia and even countries in Southern Europe. The Highways Agency has a duty to keep our main roads and motorways clear of litter yet fail to do so. They are paid large sums of money, are well equipped and well manned, yet they consistently leave very long stretches of motorway verges & central reservations littered with plastic, rubbish, cones and uncollected signs & metal structures. They also fail to keep any accurate records of collection – yet no-one takes them to task.

Is it not time that you, the paymasters and law enforcers, demanded that the Highways Agency did the job they are paid, contracted and required to do by law? The Agency seems to be a law unto itself – hiding behind a plethora of H&S excuses. Please treat this as a matter of urgency: litter breed more litter and it is high time we stopped having to be ashamed as the dirtiest country in Europe – and the most littered.

I would appreciate an acknowledgement of receipt of this email…and a hope that you make take on board the points I raise and actually take action over them.

Sincerely

John Woolmer  

Peter Silverman
6th February 2014

 

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