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Three and a half years after the Litter Strategy promise to:

  1. Publish cleanliness reviews of HE trunk roads (APTRs) by local authority.
  2. Set a deadline for underperforming authorities to improve their performance and
  3. Reallocate responsibility for cleaning away from failing local authorities to Highways England.

and, almost 3 years after the survey was carried out, the results have not been published, no deadlines have been set nor any responsibilities reallocated

Instead we are told “The results have been shared with relevant local authorities and will be used in policy development”.

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An e-mail from the A27 Clean Up Campaign to Highways England cc DfT and MPs. The A27 is an APTR.

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Highway Robbery – DBFO Roads in the UK

On December 9, 2020, in DBFO companies, DfT, by PeterSilverman
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I have recently come across this article from 2005. As we shall see the lessons from it were ignored by the DfT.

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In 2014 the then MP for Yardley John Hemming  applied to the Magistrates Court for an order under EPA S91 Summary proceedings by persons aggrieved by litter (Litter Abatement Order) requiring Birmingham City Council to remove bags of green waste they had allowed to accumulate on the roadside. See Green waste problem in Birmingham.

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The Aarhus Convention

On December 3, 2020, in Aarhus, Legislation, by PeterSilverman
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The Aarhus Convention was set up in 1998 under the auspices of The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

It grants the public rights regarding access to information, public participation and access to justice, in governmental decision-making processes on matters concerning the environment.

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Highways England employ 929 Traffic Officers according to the reply to a Parliamentary question from Labour Shadow Transport Minister, Jim McMahon MP.

With their dash-cams they are ideally equipped to enforce the new Littering from Vehicles Regulations and catch waste transporters spilling their loads onto the motorways.

However:

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HE’s updated Litter Strategy

On November 24, 2020, in Highways England, Legislation, by PeterSilverman
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Highways England have updated their Litter Strategy.

Here are some of its main points followed by my reactions:

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Jim O’Sullivan

Roads chief who built ‘death trap’ smart motorways pocketed £487,500 last year… including a £75,000 bonus for good performance

Link to Tom Payne’s article in the Daily Mail

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