At the moment there is a lot of litter along the road side. The winter undergrowth dying back has revealed last years crop of discarded bottles and fast food wrappers along the verge of every main road in the country. This year though it has been worse as cleaning crews have not been able to get out and clear it as promptly. This is due to several recent fatalities in roadside clearing crews on high speed roads and the need to agree new working practices with Unions, Contractors and the HSE (Health and Safety Executive).
The new rules require revised traffic safety arrangements on any roads with a speed limit above 40MPH which are now being implemented. This needed new equipment and training for operatives, the safety of whom is of course the paramount concern.
Officers and staff at EHDC are very sorry this has been a highly visual problem early this year but are confident residents will notice a quick improvement. Ensuring the safety of the people who work for us is the first priority.
Finally, we need to remember that this litter comes from someone – generally a very small portion of the community who have no regard for where they live or who has to go behind them and clear up. Even with the safest of working practices clearing litter along the highways is one of the more hazardous jobs going.
EHDC is responsible for clearing the A3 including the slip road at Junction 1. The Highways Agency is responsible for clearing the A3M carriageway.