Regular litter pick needed on rural road grass verges

Diana Van Der Klugt (Con, Chantry), Lord Lieutenant of Sussex Susan Pyper, David Sedaris, and Andrew Baldwin, pictured in 2014

Diana Van Der Klugt (Con, Chantry), Lord Lieutenant of Sussex Susan Pyper, David Sedaris, and Andrew Baldwin, pictured in 2014

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Celebrity writer David Sedaris and partner Hugh Hamrick are the only people to have litter picked one road in five years, according to a councillor.

Former cabinet member for the environment Andrew Baldwin (Con, Holbrook East) says the pair collected more than 70 bags of litter on the B2139 between Houghton and Storrington in December 2014 and January 2015.

Although Horsham District Council’s budget would cover it, Mr Baldwin says the road has not been litter picked in at least five years.

In a notice, due to be considered at a full meeting of Horsham District Council next week, he has proposed that the road should be litter picked twice per year.

“Whenever District residents are asked what local issues concern them the most, one of their top priorities is always to see less litter and for streets and open spaces to be kept clean,” it says.

“This Council has an excellent record of dealing with litter and the tremendous response from residents signing up as Adopt Street volunteers proves that the vast majority of residents do not like to see litter.

“Some of the roads in the District do not have pavements or grass verges to allow them to be safely litter picked without the need for traffic management and adherence to strict health and safety regulations.”

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