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CleanHighways’s Peter Silverman

On July 30, 2021, in Peter, by Daniel O'Neill

Sadly, Peter Silverman passed away on Tuesday 29th June 2021.

Peter’s wife and daughter were with him in hospital, holding his hands, when he slipped away peacefully in his sleep.

I’m sorry to have to bring you this sad news, which follows the head-on car crash involving Peter and his wife in January. Peter’s funeral was held in Ruislip on 16th July 2021.

In his retirement and over recent years Peter turned his attention to doing good and making changes to society and improvements to the environment.  He did that first locally with the Ruislip Residents Association and then his own “Hillingdon Watch” campaign where he influenced the local council around our hometown of Ruislip.  He investigated and lobbied for improvements around Ruislip Lido, for rubbish collection and improved litter picking around Ruislip, and it was he who forced TfL into cleaning up the railway embankments of both Ruislip and Ruislip Manor.

With what he learned about the laws surrounding different authorities’ responsibility for litter and rubbish picking, he went on to form this Clean Highways campaign – which occupied so much time in his later years.  He achieved great things and became a leading expert nationally – as this website, and your attention to this post testifies.

Inevitably, thoughts are with Peter’s family including his wife (who is home and recovering from her own injuries from the January crash), daughter, granddaughter and other close relatives.

This post was made on Peter’s family’s behalf by Daniel, a local neighbour and long-time IT assistant behind the scenes of the CleanHighways website.

If you are interested in helping Clean Highways to continue please contact me by email on

Daniel O’Neill
30th July 2021


49 comments so far

  1. On behalf of the A27 Clean Up Campaign, I would like to express our sincere sorrow at Peter’s passing, and our condolences to his wife and family.

    We first contacted Peter in 2019, recognising that he knew more than anyone about the issues we were campaigning against. He was immensely supportive, travelled down to Sussex numerous times to join our meetings, and was instrumental in formulating our strategy. He in turn gained access to councils and Highways England via our campaign, a new angle which he enjoyed.

    A lovely guy, very passionate and determined, and a friend to us all. He will be very sorely missed.

  2. Piers O'Connor says:

    I, too, was shocked and saddened to read that Peter had died. Like others, I am continually appalled at the state of our roads and the filth that local authorities ignore. I came across his campaigning site, spoke on the phone a few times and found him friendly, patient and helpful. He will be greatly missed but let’s all double our own efforts to clean up the country.

    • Chris.grunsell says:

      Happy to continue support, but like others perhaps, I’m not sure how I can best contribute my time and interest.

  3. Jane Goodger says:

    Such sad news. I came across Pete’s campaign a few year’s back and was so heartened that others felt the same about litter as I do. I do hope the campaign continues as a wonderful legacy to his hard work. Sincere condolences to his family and friends.

  4. Dave Brooker says:

    Very saddened by the news of Peter’s death and in such tragic circumstances. He ran a great campaign and I hope his efforts can be continued.

  5. W Gates says:

    My sincerest condolences to Peter’s family and friends. I worked closely with Peter on litter abatement some years ago now. He was knowledge, generous with his time and clearly very, very passionate. I followed his web updates with interest and it always struck me that he was a force to be reckoned with. His work on environmental quality was a personal battle for him, but it brought benefits to many including his local community. His specialist knowledge will leave a big hole. RIP Peter. Go well.

  6. Mr Raymond Krystofiak says:

    Such very sad news. Peter had such passion and determination for cleaning the litter from our roads. I spoke to him on many occasions to offer my support and even accompanied him and his movie camera to record the litter around some local hot spots. It was so frustrating for him to try and deal with Highways (Don’t care about) England, the numerous useless quangos, MPs and councils.

    My only wish is that someone takes on Peter’s legacy.

  7. Annette Kirby says:

    Such a rotten thing to happen to anyone but for Peter to be involved in a road accident and lose his life is ironic and so deeply, deeply sad. Maximum respect to him for all he has done. To step forward and take a stand takes a special person. I have spent years grumbling about the filthy roads on my journeys up and down the M1 and yet have never stepped forward to do anything about it. I was delighted to have happened upon Peter’s website and always appreciated the newsletters. I was optimistic that his passion would yield results, so clear sighted was he, so this is devastating but – the bigger loss is to his family – heartbreaking. Thank you Peter for making a difference.

  8. Chris grunsell says:

    Sincere condolences to Peter’s family, I’d be pleased to meet up and campaign with like minded persons.

  9. Mark Godfrey says:

    So very sorry to hear this sad news R.I.P. Peter and deepest sympathy to all his family & friends , you were a inspiration to us .
    You will be sadly missed , thank you for all your hard work and dedication in showing us how this once green and pleasant land has deteriorated into one the dirtiest places in Europe sad to say

    • Graham Willis says:

      Your so right our once green and pleasant land has been turned into by our local authorities Beirut Adur district council in west sissex hasto be one of the worst. There are now bushes growing in the detritus in the channels ie gutters.

  10. Iain Ambler says:

    Hi there

    Extremely sad to hear this news. I got to know Peter a little through email exchanges as part of the Clean Highways campaign. He made a great contribution to public life. He was knowledgeable, tenacious, challenging, and fought for what’s right and the common good. I will miss him.

    Sincere condolences to all his family and friends, and wish his wife a full and speedy recovery.

  11. Alice Blogg says:

    I am deeply shocked and saddened to hear this. It is a tragic loss and so out of the blue. My thoughts are with his family.

  12. andrew Owen stevenson says:

    Hi I thought the same, but not knowing about “obituaries” I sent the details of Peter to the Daily Telegraph, including Daniel O’Neill of course. In the hope that they would contact him.

  13. Frances Knight says:

    Thinking about it, I feel that there should be an obituary for Pete. Here is the email of the Guardian obituary page. I don’t feel I know enough to do it myself but I hope somebody will contact them or another paper.

    • andrew Owen stevenson says:

      Hi I thought the same, but not knowing about “obituaries” I sent the details of Peter to the Daily Telegraph, including Daniel O’Neill of course. In the hope that they would contact him.

  14. Raymond Towey says:

    Really sorry that Peter has passed away. The work he did voluntarily to try to keep the authorities in line was outstanding and inspiring. Please accept my condolences

  15. Ellie Phillips says:

    I am so saddened to hear of Peter’s passing. He was a true environmental warrior and really influenced me to take up the cudgel here in my local area. Please pass on my sincere sympathy to his wife and family and my hope that his work will continue through the website in Peter’s memory.

  16. As a long term anti litter campaigner, I started OxClean in Oxford, and went on to be for a time on the steering committee for the Keep Britain Tidy annual spring clean, I know how valuable Peter Silverman’s work for Clean Highways has been. While I sincerely hope someone does replace him, I suspect he wil leave a great void for some time.
    Peter’s efforts to improve our highways and keep our beautiful country clean I suspect have led to the present government talking about putting cctv caneras at roundabouts to catch litter throwers.
    I did have the pleasure of meeting Peter and was hoping he would get better. I send Peter’s family my deepest sympathy who I am sure will miss him. Sadly the whole country will miss him whether or not they are aware of Peter’s efforts to focus on keeping our highways litter free.

  17. Mrs Liz Storey says:

    May this wonderful, dedicated man R.I.P. Sincere condolences to his wife, family, friends and colleagues. A great loss to the country. We should all try to continue his work and hold all litterers (and fly-tippers) and the authorities to account. R.I.P. Peter. 😢😢

  18. Derek Gilman says:

    Sorry to hear this sad news and condolences to his wife and family. Peter tirelessly fought against local authorities and Highways England about the increasing litter problems along our highways, with great success. Hopefully, we can all continue his good work within our local areas.

  19. I had the honour of meeting Peter at his house about 3 years ago, as, like him, I shared a passion for wanting a litter-free environment.

    Was truly sad to hear of his car accident and then passing.

    My thoughts are with his family, especially Mrs Silverman.

    Will continue to do all that I can to address littering, especially working with local authorities including Highways England, etc

    RIP Peter

  20. Brian Fowle says:

    So sorry to hear this sad news. Peter was dedicated to cleaning up our lovely country. My thoughts are with his wife and family at this sad time.

  21. Jacky Mattam says:

    I am so sorry to hear that Mr. Silverman passed away, and for the previous trauma that he and his family must have suffered.
    He has been a great and well informed campaigner,

  22. Dave Formstone says:

    So very sorry to hear of Peter’s passing. My sincere condolences to his wife and family. He was champion in the fight against bureaucratic councils who should be doing more in the collecting of litter and waste. The country
    will be a poorer place without him. Let’s hope someone can carry on his legacy and improve our roadsides and motorways against this modern evil.

  23. Peter Chiverton says:

    Rip Peter, your good work trying to keep our country clean has been outstanding.

  24. Graham willis says:

    please accept my condolences for pete , and wish his family well,
    i used to read his e mail’s with great interest , i fight a lonley battle with Adur district council down here in west sussex, the MP tim loughton is just as useless they are almost in denial that cleaning the a27 and a259 is still there responsibility and it still is im almost ashamed to live in the area where the highways look so bad where the detritus has built up after years of neglect with now shrubs growing in the channels,ie gutters. its an absolute disgrace.

  25. Mark David Woolley says:

    Very sorry to hear this news. My thoughts are with his family.
    A great man doing a great job helping the environment

  26. Sarah Butcher says:

    What sad news. Peter was a warrior in the fight for the environment. He was patient and knowledgeable, determined and persistent. Where many would have given up in frustration he carried on fighting. I didn’t know him but followed his posts and videos online, finding inspiration in his words and deeds. I hope his family can find consolation from all the wonderful messages posted here.

  27. George says:

    I never had the pleasure of meeting Peter in person but chatted with him on numerous occasions about his campaigning. I was his Scottish advisor and waste management insider. His death is so, so sad and a huge loss to his loving family and the community who cared about the environment and his powerful work. Unfortunately, his death occurred before he was able to witness the success of his submission to the United Nations, Aarhus Convention Compliance Cttee in support of John Hemming. That cttee has held that the UK govt was breaking the law by not allowing the publicto challenge breaches of environmental laws and decisions in a way that is affordable and accessible. Peter would have been at the forefront of pushing for the changes required by ACCC “as a matter of urgency” His great work must be continued.

  28. Brenda Shore says:

    He was thorn in the side of HE and cared deeply about our country that in many places is mired in litter. He did something with his life that mattered. Condolences to his family.

  29. Anthea Dempsey says:

    I am so sorry to hear this news. Peter was a terrific campaigner and inspired so many.
    All the very best to his family.

  30. Una says:

    I’m so sad to hear this news, my thoughts go to Peters family at this very sad time for them.

  31. Sarah Lambirth says:

    This is the saddest news, for his family, for his friends and for all who care about the environment. We must continue his work and let cleaner roads be his legacy.

  32. Marie Timmins says:

    Peter Silverman spoke for the silent majority and was a true hero of the people.
    Such a great loss. Condolences to all the family who must be so proud of him .
    Rest I peace

  33. Andrew Edgington says:

    So very sorry to hear that terrible news. He was a valiant campaigner and a very nice chap. Sincere condolences to his family and close friends.

  34. andrew Owen stevenson says:

    Wow, How very very sad to know this, I emailed him a few times, and it was so good to know I hoped I was in some way showing him others cared and supported him in the cause.

    Words are not enough, but that is all we have to the family I can only
    repeat what all have written before & after me for his family & friends.

    We MUST continue his work, I & others will think of him when ever we pick up litter.

    Very Best Wishes to the Family

    Andrew Stevenson.

  35. R A Cooper says:

    Desperately sad. Peter was without doubt one of the great campaigners and will be greatly missed (in some cases I dare say with a slight sigh of relief) I fervently hope thast his work continues. Condolences to all.

  36. Carol Haigh says:

    We were so very sorry to hear the sad news of Peter’s passing and send our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

    Wishing Mrs Silverman a full recovery.


    Carol & Quin Haigh

  37. Martin Brigghouse says:

    My condolences to Mr Silverman’s family: having spoken with him last year I know he was a tower of a man and his loss for them must simply be devastating. His dedication and intellect were by no means restricted to this campaign for he touched the lives of many.
    My appreciation and gratitude to Mr O’Neill as well: Mr Silverman spoke fondly and gratefully of your formidable ability and assistance.


    Very,very sad to hear the news of Peter. He was a lovely man, and the dedication and great work he had towards getting politicians,councils, to try and get things done on all our roads. He will be sadly missed, and he will never be replaced. A great and gracious man. REST IN PEACE PETER 🙏

  39. Patricia Nelson says:

    From across the Pond I send my sincere condolences to Peters friends and family. Equally, my abundance of gratitude for the environmental passion Peter shared with so many like minded people who benefited from his wealth of knowledge and energy to this cause. I will miss our coffee chats Peter and the support you offered to the cause.

    Rest In Peace and Power my friend.

  40. Mrs Colette Jones says:

    This has been so sad to read. Sincere condolences to his family. I hope they find confort in knowing that Peter was a wonderful man admired and respected by so many for his dedication, passion and campaigns against littering.

    R.I.P Peter Silverman.

    Best wishes,

    Colette Jones.

  41. Frances says:

    I am so sorry to hear this. Please send my condolences to his family and wishing Mrs Silverman a complete recovery. Although I never met him, Peter was a shining example to us all with his determination and activism.

    • Andy slade says:

      Sad news. He put a voice and campaigned for the silent majority of the nation over their concerns for the cleanliness of public spaces and highways. Thank you Peter.

  42. John West says:

    I am very sorry to hear this. I once spoke to Mr Silverman on the phone and was very impressed with his determination to make our roads free of litter. My thoughts are with his family at this sad time. I also wish Mrs Silverman a speedy recovery.

  43. Jane Lloyd says:

    This is such sad news and condolences to Peter’s family.
    Peter was a beacon of dedication and determination in a sea of apathy to the dreadful
    Litter situation in this country.
    He stood up to the over paid incompetent shambles that is Highways England. Plus many other quangos and organisations who couldn’t care less about their responsibilities regarding the environment that ordinary people live in.
    God rest his soul -m

  44. Catherine Blandford says:

    I am so very sorry to hear this sad news. Please send my condolences to Peter’s family. He was a force to be reckoned with and did so much for the environment. I will continue to urge the authorities to clear up the mess around the A41 and M25 area where I live.
    I hope Mrs Silverman makes a full recovery.
    Best wishes,
    Catherine Blandford

    • Roland says:

      What a terrible loss. First and foremost to his family and friends, to whom I offer my sincere condolences, but also the environment and the social good his work brought about.
      Very few would have his incredible depth of knowledge and attention to detail (more especially the authorities he held to account), so continuing to campaign against and challenge the scourge of littering the best way we know how/can would seem to me the most fitting tribute to him.
      R.I.P Peter Silverman.

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