Roadside littering frustrating council

EXTRA staff are being employed to clean up litter dumped by motorists as they drive along the main roads in Suffolk.Two more cleaners have been taken on by Suffolk Coastal District Council after a huge increase in the amount of litter spoiling the countryside around the A12 and A14.

EXTRA staff are being employed to clean up litter dumped by motorists as they drive along the main roads in Suffolk.

Two more cleaners have been taken on by Suffolk Coastal District Council after a huge increase in the amount of litter spoiling the countryside around the A12 and A14.

Between 50 and 60 bags of rubbish are picked up daily by the council and yesterday offenders were warned they would be fined if they were caught.

Andrew Nunn, cabinet member for the environment, said: ''We have always carried out daily clear-ups along the A12 and A14 but in the last few weeks we have had to double our workforce because of the appalling increase in general litter and other items being strewn along these roads.


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''There are now two teams of two people whose sole duties are to try and keep these main roads clear of rubbish. It is a heartbreaking task because the thoughtlessness and selfishness of others mean they will probably have to return to exactly the same spots within the next 24 hours to clear it all up again.

''I would appeal once again to motorists to stop throwing their newspapers, food cartons and wrappers, cans and bottles out on to the roadside, and to commercial vehicle operators to ensure that their loads are secure and do not litter the roads with packaging and material.

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''Not only is it an eyesore, and an increasingly expensive one, but it also can cause potential road hazards as it blows around these busy roads.''

Since April 2005 the council has issued 46 fixed penalty notices and has so far received payment on 33 of these, with a further five still pending. Some have been cancelled after further investigations.

Cllr Nunn added: ''Anyone spotting people throwing litter or waste from vehicles, or fly-tipping waste can report it to us so we can take action. If we are given information such as car registration details, date, and time of incident then we will do all we can to take legal action against those responsible.

''Just call SCS on 01394 444000, or visit http://www.onesuffolk.co.uk/reportaproblem, and help us clear up our district. This month's Spring Clean Suffolk is an important initiative to get the community to clean up their areas, but equally it is about highlighting the need to change the current attitude to littering that so many people now seem to have.”

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