Motorists warned following link road litter blitz

Joseph Bulmer

Nearly 230 bags of rubbish collected on eight-mile stretch between Barnstaple and Bideford

LITTER pickers collected 229 bags of rubbish after only four days of a three-week roadside clean-up of the North Devon Link Road.

North Devon Council, working in conjunction with South West Highways, said the rubbish was collected between the Torridge Bridge in Bideford and the Portmore Roundabout in Barnstaple.

A 34-mile stretch of the A361 between the Torridge Bridge and Tiverton will be completed over the coming weeks.

The council said the annual blitz, now in its fifth year, costs around �10,000 and warned motorists that they could be fined up to �2,500 and face court if they are caught dropping litter.

Head of works and recycling, Gary Pilling, said: “It’s really disappointing to find that a stretch of road we left spotless one day is litter strewn the next. There really is no excuse for throwing rubbish from your vehicle and if you are caught we will prosecute.

“North Devon is a beautiful area and we are all responsible for keeping it clean – don’t throw rubbish out of your car on the assumption that someone else will pick it up.”