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Mike Penning MP

Extracts from Hemel Hempstead MP, Mike Penning’s, speech in the House of Commons on 4th June 2019:

As I drove on to the M1 at junction 8, I might as well have been driving through a rubbish tip.

Even the downgraded M10, which is now the A414 and which Highways England still has responsibility for maintaining and looking after, is strewn with litter as it comes into my constituency. The next thing we know, Highways England comes to cut the grass and all the litter gets chopped up.

I am sure Highways England will say it has a programme and that it collects the litter every month or two, and I have written to it loads of times over the years, but it has to be named and shamed. It is an absolute mess.

It is not just litter. Street furniture was dumped at junction 8 when Highways England did some kind of maintenance years and years ago. I have written to Highways England over and again, and I am sure it thinks it can just ignore a Member of Parliament.

Well, in this case it cannot because I am naming and shaming it from the Floor of the House.

Peter Silverman
6th June 2019


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