Transport written question – answered on 30th April 2012.

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Photo of Christopher Chope Christopher Chope Conservative, Christchurch

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to ensure that the A31 between the Hampshire border and the Canford Bottom roundabout is cleared of litter; and if she will publish the arrangements that are in place for litter clearance.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

holding answer 24 April 2012

The Highways Agency regularly monitors cleanliness of the all purpose trunk roads. Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse, the responsibility for litter collection on trunk roads falls with the local authority. On the A31 trunk road, between the Hampshire border and the Canford Bottom roundabout, litter is the responsibility of Dorset Waste Partnership/East Dorset District Council.

Each week, the Agency issues local authorities with a road space report, enabling them to identify opportunities to use Agency traffic management creating a safe working environment for their litter clearance.

Where the standards set by the Environmental Protection Act are not being met, and no contact has been received regarding sharing traffic management, the Agency will write to the relevant authority asking for appropriate action to be taken.

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Peter Silverman
Posted on 3 May 2012 2:19 pm (Report this annotation)

I find this all very difficult to believe. The Highways Agency do not even regularly monitor the cleanliness of the motorways even though they have direct responsibility for their cleanliness. The responsibility for cleaning this stretch of the A31 lies with the local authority even though it is part of the Highways Agency's Network.

I am putting in an information request to see if there has been any communications between the Agency and the local authority drawing their attention to the littered condition of this road. To see it go to:

Peter Silverman