Roads: Litter

Department for Transport written question – answered on 12th January 2016.

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Photo of Daniel Zeichner Daniel Zeichner Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the powers local councils hold to prevent littering on roads.

Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The responsibility for clearing highway litter and sweeping carriageways is governed by the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Each individual highway authority is responsible for clearing litter on the roads for which they are responsible. In the case of some all-purpose trunk roads, the responsibility for clearing litter falls to the local district councils.

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Peter Silverman
Posted on 14 Jan 2016 1:57 pm (Report this annotation)

Andrew Jones says:

"The responsibility for clearing highway litter and sweeping carriageways is governed by the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Each individual highway authority is responsible for clearing litter on the roads for which they are responsible".

This is another example of the government down playing the responsibilities of councils and Highways England with regard to litter.

They do not just have to "clear litter" (eg whenever they get round to it) the have to ENSURE, SO FAR AS IS PRACTICABLE, THEIR HIGHWAYS ARE KEPT CLEAR OF LITTER AND REFUSE EPA S89(1)

See http://www.cleanhighways.co.uk/highways-agency/highways-engl...

Peter Silverman
www.cleanhighways.co.uk