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Roads: Litter

House of Lords written question – answered on 19th March 2008.

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Photo of Lord Marlesford Lord Marlesford Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will arrange for the Highways Agency to take steps to ensure that those responsible for litter clearance on the A11 trunk road between the M11 and the A14 fulfil their obligations.

Photo of Lord Bassam of Brighton Lord Bassam of Brighton Government Whip, Government Whip

Under Section 86(9) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (code of practice on litter and refuse), responsibility for keeping all-purpose trunk roads free from litter falls to the local district and borough councils. On the A11 between the M11 and the A14, South Cambridgeshire and East Cambridgeshire District Councils are responsible for the collection of litter.

The Highways Agency monitors the cleanliness of its network and, where it considers that the standards set by the Environmental Protection Act are not being met, contacts the relevant local authority asking for action to be taken to cleanse the area of accumulated rubbish. On safety grounds, any material that is a hazard to traffic is removed directly by the Highways Agency as a matter of priority.

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