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Extensive littering on A27 Brighton Bypass

Reported via desktop in the Litter category anonymously at 11:48, Friday 7 May 2021

Sent to National Highways less than a minute later

Hi There is always a huge amount of litter on the A27 roadside verges around Brighton. It never seems to be cleared and this should be done regularly. Please can you arrange to have it cleared? Some volunteer groups are picking up litter on other parts of the A27 but this would be very dangerous to do around Brighton. If it means disruption by closing lanes, so be it. It might teach people not to litter if they have to suffer this inconvenience. If it means working with Brighton Council, please can you arrange for this to happen?

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  • Thank you for contacting Highways England regarding litter along the A27 Brighton Bypass. The responsibility for this issue, on the A27 here, is that of Brighton & Hove City Council.

    We do however actively engage with local authorities to ensure litter picking and collection is better co-ordinated with other highway maintenance works on all-purpose trunk roads. We share our forward maintenance plans with local authorities on a weekly basis, detailing our planned closures and we have set up a single point of contact to facilitate this process. In addition, we also induct their staff, which allows them to work safely on our roads. This induction programme has already taken place for several local authorities in the south east.

    We’re confident that our approach is working. On 1 March 2021 Brighton and Hove City Council utilised our closure of Southwick tunnel to collect litter and clear the verges on the A27, when more than 3 tonnes of rubbish was cleared. Furthermore, they plan on being in our next closure in May to clear both carriageways. We believe this is a testament to the benefits and success of partnership working.

    I’m pleased to share with you that during 18 to 25 March 2021 our maintenance partners litter picked laybys along the A27 from Chichester to Lewes by way of assisting our local authority partners with managing their responsibilities. A total of 31 laybys were litter picked with over 100 bags of litter removed, together with larger debris covering Lewes, Brighton and Hove, Wealden, Rother, Chichester, Arun and Adur and Worthing councils.

    We're continuing to work with our local authority partners but you can contact Brighton & Hove City Council at to understand how they manage their responsibilities.

    Kind regards Highways England

    State changed to: not the council's responsibility

    Posted by National Highways at 15:40, Friday 7 May 2021

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