Maria Caulfield MP has met with Transport Minister Baroness Vere to discuss returning responsibility for litter picking along the A27 from local councils back to Highways England.
Highways England traditionally had this responsibility up until a few years ago but since it was transferred to the district councils in Lewes and Wealden they have struggled to keep the sides of the A27 clear of litter. This is not for want of trying but the councils do not have the authority to close the road, which is required, so must either request road closures or take the opportunity when it arises due to road works.
Maria Caulfield MP has taken up the issue after many residents and the local councils told her of the problems and the amount of litter that is thrown from cars along the A27.
The Lewes MP has been working to bring about the change of responsibility, which would enable Highways England to close the road overnight whenever it was required, possibly on a regular basis to keep the verges clear of litter and fly tipping.
Maria Caulfield MP said “Local councils have really been struggling to keep the sides of the A27 clear of litter as they do not have the power to close the road so are having to wait for roadworks or request the closures. With so many residents and other road users commenting on the state of the verges it seems only sensible that the body that can close the road should have responsibility for cleaning it. I have met with Baroness Vere the Transport Minister and am pleased to say that she was understanding of the concerns. I hope to have an update once the matter has been discussed with Department for Transport and Highways England officials.”
Charlotte Sarah Emily Vere,(pictured), Baroness Vere of Norbiton is a British Conservative politician and member of the House of Lords. She serves also as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department for Transport.