THE DISTRICT council has collected more than 600 refuse bags of rubbish from the A27 in the last year.
Now, Chichester District Council has been recognised for its efforts in keeping the A27 clean and litter-free.
In an independent assessment, commissioned by The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the A27 achieved consistently high standard of cleanliness.
The survey, carried out by Keep Britain Tidy, assessed parts of the strategic road network where responsibility for cleaning is held by the local authority.
In total, 194 local authorities were studied. In the Chichester area, Highways England is responsible for the A27, but the district council is responsible for keeping it clean.
Keep Britain Tidy chief executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: “We applaud the efforts of Chichester District Council in clearing up this busy section of road, which takes considerable effort and resources and all because of the actions of a few careless motorists.
“Our roadside littering campaigns are aimed at encouraging drivers to keep hold of their litter and take it home.
“Not only do they risk a fine but littering of roadside verges kills millions of our best loved small mammals every year as shrews and voles get trapped in cans and bottles.”
Cllr Penny Plant, cabinet member for the environment and Chichester contract services, said: “Our staff work incredibly hard to keep our district looking beautiful and it is fantastic that their hard work is recognised in this way.
“Last year, the equivalent of over 600 refuse sacks full of rubbish was collected from the A27 alone.
“While West Sussex County Council is responsible for the maintenance of roads in our area, including surface works and pothole repair, our teams travel the whole of the district, which spans over 300 square miles, keeping it clean and tidy. We are very proud of the work they do and would like to thank them for all of their dedication.
“As part of the council’s award-winning Against Litter campaign, we have been working to encourage everyone to be mindful of our environment, and to help us keep our area beautiful by correctly disposing of, or recycling, their rubbish. We have received very positive feedback from residents about this campaign.”
The ‘roadside cleanliness survey’ forms part of DEFRA’s Litter Strategy. Published in April, 2017, the strategy aims to understand the issues affecting local authorities and other land managers with responsibility for keeping the nation’s highways clean.
To help reduce litter in the district, the council introduced a successful ‘Against Litter’ campaign.
This has reminded people that littering is a crime, introduced litter enforcement officers, worked with the community to adopt an area and launched a green dog walkers scheme.
The latest stage of the campaign focuses on fly tipping, as well as accidental littering on highways.
Kate McNicol, from EcoChi group, said: “It is a shame that some people don’t take responsibility for the disposal of their rubbish.
“Even with all the raised awareness of plastic pollution, there are still people who see it as someone else’s problem.
“However, it’s not always easy to work out what can and can’t be recycled and where to take it. The recycling offered by councils varies around the country and for many items, such as crisp packets, you have to look for private schemes.”
More information about the council’s anti-littering campaign backed by the Chichester Post, can be found at: chichester.gov.uk/againstlitter