Parish council ask for more to be done over roadside litter issues in Northamptonshire

Litter on the A45 approach to the M1, junction 15
Litter on the A45 approach to the M1, junction 15
  • Litter on the A45 and rouondabout at junction 15 has been an issue for years
  • Responsibility for the area is divided between local authorities and the Highways Agency
  • Highways Agency says regular litter picking is costly and dangerous

A parish councillor has appealed for large amounts of roadside rubbish to be cleared up from busy roads and a roundabout in Northamptonshire.

Malcolm Brice, chairman of Collingtree Parish Council, said that litter left along the side of the A45 approach to the M1 at junction 15, and on the roundabout there, has been an ongoing issue for more than three years.

If this was in France, this area would be a matter of civic pride or there would be manure scattered on the steps of the town hall

Malcolm Brice, Collingtree parish council chairman

He said: “The whole are is disgustingly littered.

“This has been the subject of many complaints over the years but nothing gets done.

“Residents of Northampton are being exhorted to take pride in Northampton, but why should they when the local authorities fail to do so? If this was in France, this area would be a matter of civic pride or there would be manure scattered on the steps of the town hall.”

Responsibility for this part of land is ambiguous as some belongs to the Highways Agency, while some is property of South Northamptonshire Council and Northampton Borough Council.

Mr Brice said he had also raised the issue with David Mackintosh, leader of the borough council, but said that nothing has been done, even though another layby on the other side of the road has been recently tidied.

A spokeswoman for the Highways Agency, which is responsible for land on the roundabout itself, explained that the regular litter collections are avoided because of the danger to workers and the cost to taxpayers.

She said: “We recently conducted a litter pick in this area and we continue to monitor the situation on the roundabout with the local authority.

“The Highways Agency currently removes around 180,000 bags of litter from its motorway network over the course of a year, costing approximately £10million.

“Litter clearance, sweeping, and the collection of debris continues to be carried out on a regular basis.”

A South Northamptonshire Council spokesman said: “South Northamptonshire Council is responsible for litter picking the west side of the M1 – A508 Junction, the east side is the responsibility of Northampton Borough Council.

“The sections SNC are responsible for were litter picked just after Christmas and are scheduled for another litter pick next week.”

More information can be found here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/highways-agency-litter-strategy