Message lost on link road litter
Hundreds of bags of rubbish collected during three-week roadside blitz.
LITTER-dropping drivers dumped more than 800 bagfuls of rubbish on the North Devon Link Road in the last 12 months.
Rubbish including general household waste, builders rubble, wheel hub caps and fast food wrappers was collected during a three-week blitz along a 34-mile stretch between Bideford Bridge and Stonelands Cross, near Tiverton.
The sixth annual clean-up has cost North Devon Council tax payers around �9,000.
This year, 815 bags of rubbish were collected, compared to 830 bags last year. This was on top of regular clean-ups carried out every month in the lay-bys, where wheelie bins are provided for drivers to use.
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Executive member for environment, Councillor Rodney Cann, said: “Despite raising awareness every year of waste being dumped along this busy route, it seems the message is simply being ignored.
“Not only does the rubbish give a bad impression to visitors and residents who travel along the road, but it damages the environment, and costs the taxpayer.
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“Therefore, I again urge drivers to be responsible and to take rubbish home. Remember, if you’re caught throwing litter out of your window, dumping your waste in a lay-by or fly tipping, we will take action and prosecute you.”
If caught dropping litter, drivers can be fined up to �2,500 and even face court. There are also heavier fines for larger amounts of fly tipping.
To report fly tipping on public or council land, telephone 01271 374776 or visit www.northdevon.gov.uk/lgcl_fly_tipping