Clean up blitz

A seven-week clean up operation is being launched to clean up litter in hedgerows and verges on the busiest high-speed roads across our district.

Bath & North East Somerset Council’s cleansing teams will pick up unnecessary rubbish thrown from vehicles onto verges of A and B roads in a blitz starting this week.

Traffic management will be in place as the teams clean up more than 150 miles of verges at a cost of £18,000 to the council.

Last year crews collected more than 188 bags of unnecessary waste weighing in at 3.5 tonnes, the equivalent of a light goods vehicle.

Councillor David Wood, joint cabinet member for Neighbourhood Services and Climate Emergency, said: “The rubbish in our hedgerows and verges is completely unnecessary and is only there because of people’s carelessness. Most of it is fast-food packaging and items thrown from vehicles. Litter is not only an eyesore but damages the environment and wildlife too.

“Our clean-up operation is expensive, time consuming and dangerous for our crews and it’s frustrating that this time and money could be better spent on other essential services for residents.

However, we want to keep our countryside looking beautiful, which is why we have dedicated funding to carry this out each year. We apologise for any inconvenience caused to drivers during the clean-up.”

Litter picking schedule for 2021*

 * subject to change depending on weather conditions:

Road Name – In order of preference other than dual carriageway works (A4/A46/A36)StartEndEstimated Duration – Days
A4  6
Keynsham Bypass and from Globe to 3 Lamps Junction  6
A46  1
Batheaston bypass – all during night road closure by Highways England  1
London Rd to Bathford Rnd About (Box Rd)  2
Globe Pennyquick (Whiteway Rd) to Haycombe Cemetery19/02/2119/02/211
B3116 Junction A39 to Keynsham01/03/2102/03/212
Woollard Lane & Chalton Road to Keynsham03/03/2104/03/212
B3115 Tunley Road05/03/2105/03/211
B3130 Chew Magna to A37 Pensford10/03/2101/03/211
B3114 Chew Magna to Border – by Sherborne Farm11/03/2115/03/213
B3355 Hallatrow to A36216/03/2116/03/211
A362 Farrington – Old Mill Ind Estate17/03/2117/03/211
Queen Charlton Lane18/02/2119/02/212
Stockwood Lane22/03/2122/03/211
Staunton LaneAs and whenAs and when1
A363 Wilts border to Bathford Rnd About21/03/2123/03/211
Brassknocker Hill24/03/2124/03/211
B3110 Hinton Charterhouse Road25/03/2125/03/211
Claverton Down Road – Brassknocker to Uni26/03/2126/03/211
Lansdown Road to S.Glos border to Fonthill Rd29/03/2129/03/211
Lansdown Lane – Lansdown Rd to Beresford Gdns30/03/2130/03/211
A431 Kelston Road31/03/2131/03/211
A36  Lower Bristol Road Cares Centre to 3 Lamps Junc01/04/2101/04/211
A4 Globe to Car Sales Saltford02/04/2102/04/211
A36 Warminster Road06/04/2107/04/212

1 Comment

  1. You describe this problem down to “people’s carelessness”, but that’s too nice a description. Whilst gramatically correct I can think of many unprintable descriptions more suited.

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