THE first-ever intensive blitz of litter along the North Devon Link Road has yielded more than 700 bags of rubbish. During 22 days, teams of North Devon District Council collected an assortment of rubbish from the 34-mile length of the A361 between Bidefo

THE first-ever intensive blitz of litter along the North Devon Link Road has yielded more than 700 bags of rubbish.During 22 days, teams of North Devon District Council collected an assortment of rubbish from the 34-mile length of the A361 between Bideford Bridge and Stonelands Cross, near Tiverton.Among the waste crews found wheel trims, car bumpers, carpets, fridges and shrink wrap from pallets, but most of the litter proved to be old drink and food containers.Staff liaised with the Highways Agency to clear both sides of the busy road, but were annoyed and frustrated to see careless drivers hurling more rubbish from their cars within hours of the clean-up."The North Devon link road is an important gateway into the region and is often the first thing people see when visiting so it's important it gives the right impression," said Councillor Rodney Cann, lead member for waste and recycling."We have worked really hard to clean up the road in time for the busy holiday season but some drivers are continuing to act irresponsibly and undo all our hard work."The council has installed wheelie bins at the roadside lay-bys and the lay-by areas are cleaned on a monthly basis.