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E-mail to Mike Penning – 25th February 2011

On February 25, 2011, in Mike Penning, by PeterSilverman

From: Peter Silverman []
Sent: 25 February 2011 07:37
To: Mike Penning (Under-secretary of State for Transport)
Cc: Will Gates (CPRE); Nick Hurd (MP For Ruilsip Northwood); Holly Greig (PA Highways to Mike Penning)
Subject: Our Littered Motorways


Thank you for your letter of 17th February and for continuing to take an interest in my campaign.

EPA S 91 Warning Notices

I understand your concern about my recent EPA S91 Warning Notice regarding the littered state of  M40J8A.  However, the offending refuse has now been cleared and I have written to Philip Hammond confirming that I will not therefore need to proceed further.  In the event of any similar legal actions on my part please accept this communication as my undertaking not to raise them with you at any meeting.

Meeting with CPRE

I hope I have dealt with that concern to your satisfaction. In which case, can we now arrange to meet with the CPRE to discuss my report Our Littered Highways?

Current funding constraints

You made reference to what can be done “within the current funding constraints”.  However the whole thrust of my report is that the problems highlighted in your inspirational  March 30th speech arise from the failure of the Highways Agency to get its contractors do the job for which they are already being paid.  Implementing my proposals would not therefore involve any additional burden on the taxpayer.

Helping to manage the change

I would be happy to volunteer my services free of charge to work with you to help bring about these reforms.

I am also e-mailing you separately asking to be considered for the post of non executive chair of the Agency and membership of the proposed performance-monitoring group announced by Theresa Villiers MP.

Handling of EPA S 91 Litter Abatement Warning Notices

Lastly I feel obliged to point out a further example of deficient management at the DfT / Highways Agency.  As you will see from this link neither body has taken up DEFRA’s advice on publishing their procedures in respect to EPA S91 complaints. Also, the time taken to respond to Warning Notices is now as high as 45 days.

Mike, I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

Peter Silverman



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