Agency is considering closing lay-bys to beat litter problem

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HIGHWAYS England has confirmed it is considering closing four lay-bys on the Tilbury Dock Approach Road (A1089) in a bid to beat the problems of litter, but has yet to explain how it plans to help clean up the road.
Last week the Enquirer reported on a call by the Port of Tilbury, which offered to contribute to the cost, to come up with a solution for the road which has had massive problems with litter from lorries.
Thurrock Council told us they wanted a solution too, but were being prevented from acting by delays from Highways England, the Government Agency which has responsibility for the road.
A Highways England spokesperson said: “We are committed to keeping our network clear of litter and will always look to use existing roadworks closures to litter pick. We are considering closing four lay-bys on the A1089 as a result of the large volume of litter from the drivers using them and inappropriate parking causing safety concerns.”
Thurrock Conservative Group leader and his party’s spokesperson for the environment, Cllr Rob Gledhill said: “I have lost count of the number of requests for action I and other Conservatives have made on behalf of residents on this.
“So far all we have received is empty promises of action and excuses when those promises have been broken.
“It is now at the point if Highways England and their contractors fail to deliver, they should be fined and the work, along with the money to complete it, passed to the Council. That way there will be local accountability and no more excuses for leaving our major roadways looking like a rubbish tip.”

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