Link road litter blitz gets under way
Council operation to clean up after inconsiderate motorists and passengers.
THE North Devon Link Road is to get three-week litter blitz starting today (Monday).
The operation on one of North Devon’s busiest roads will cover a 34-mile stretch between Bideford Bridge and Stonelands Cross, near Tiverton.
North Devon Council teams are expected to have their work cut out – last year, 830 bags of rubbish were collected, the majority of which was fast-food packaging, thought to have been thrown from moving cars or dumped in laybys.
Other items cleared included old signs, wheels, hub caps and builders’ rubble.
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The council’s lead member for environment, Councillor Rodney Cann, said: “Litter along the A361 gives a terrible impression to both visitors and residents who travel around North Devon.
“It also damages the environment and can be a hazard to wildlife.
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“It’s simply not acceptable that some drivers continue to dump their rubbish along the road, which subsequently costs us taxpayers money to clear up. The message is simple - either put it in a bin provided in the lay-bys or take it home with you.”
The sixth annual litter pick is being carried out on top of regular monthly lay-by clean-ups, where wheelie bins are also provided for drivers to use.
Traffic flow will not be affected by the clean-up operation, but motorists are asked to give space to the cleaning crew, to slow down and pass with caution.