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18 September 2019

Wiltshire Council achieves positive result in road cleanliness survey

Wiltshire is a beautiful county and we are committed to keeping it that way. We spend £2.8m each year cleaning up litter

Bridget Wayman, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Waste

Wiltshire Council has been asked for advice on how it keeps roadsides predominantly litter-free on the strategic road network, so other authorities can learn from its experience, following an independent national road cleanliness survey.

The survey, which was independently undertaken by Keep Britain Tidy after the organisation was commissioned by Defra, aims to understand the current litter situation and the issues affecting local authorities and other land managers that have responsibility for keeping these highways clean, as part of the Defra Litter Strategy for England, which sets out its determination to tackle roadside litter.

Six different areas of roadside in Wiltshire were analysed for the survey, with each section being visited and assessed twice to give 12 ratings in total. Wiltshire's roadsides achieved one grade of B+, six B grades and five B- grades. Achieving a B grade means ‘predominantly litter free with some minor instances of the issue'.

Bridget Wayman, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Waste, said: "We welcome this rating from Defra and Keep Britain Tidy. However, we recognise that there is much more to do, which is why we have recently launched several anti-litter campaigns such as Don't be a Tosser, Bin the Butt and CleanUpWilts, with much more to come.

"Wiltshire is a beautiful county and we are committed to keeping it that way. We spend £2.8m each year cleaning up litter. That money could be better spent on other services if people didn't drop litter for example, the £2.8m could pay for 87,500 potholes to be filled, or 70 additional placements for older people."

To keep its highways as clean as possible, Wiltshire Council undertakes regular inspections for early detection of litter problems, schedules proactive litter picking, and also responds to residents' reports.

Last updated: 18 September 2019 | Last reviewed: 18 September 2019

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