A31 Dorset Cleaning

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Dear Dorset County Council,


In April 2012 Michael Penning (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Roads and Motoring), Transport; stated that:
The Highways Agency regularly monitors cleanliness of the all purpose trunk roads. Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse, the responsibility for litter collection on trunk roads falls with the local authority. On the A31 trunk road, between the Hampshire border and the Canford Bottom roundabout, litter is the responsibility of Dorset Waste Partnership/East Dorset District Council.

Each week, the Agency issues local authorities with a road space report, enabling them to identify opportunities to use Agency traffic management creating a safe working environment for their litter clearance.

Where the standards set by the Environmental Protection Act are not being met, and no contact has been received regarding sharing traffic management, the Agency will write to the relevant authority asking for appropriate action to be taken.

I have spoken to the Dorset Waste Partnership and they told me that they and not the East Dorset District Council are responsibel for the cleaning the trunk roads referred to by the Minister.

I understand the DWP comes within the aegis of Dorset County Council which is why I am contacting you.

Information request:

Could you please let me have a copy of the last 4 communications between the Highways Agency and the
and Dorset Waste Partnership regarding the littered state of, and/or the need to clean, the A31 in Dorset. Please do not go back before 1st April 2011.

Advice and assistance:

I am assuming that these documents are stored electronically and can be easily identifed and extracted. If this is not the case please contact me with a view to my modifying my request to simplify the task.

Yours faithfully,

Peter Silverman

Dorset County Council

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Dear Mr Silverman
I am writing further to your email below.

I have attached the last few communications we have had from the Highways
Agency concerning the A338.  As you will see, these are simply
notifications of work on the road network which included roads within
Dorset with no specific reference to litter.

There may have been other similar notifications over the period but due to
the nature of the document they are deleted once they are out of date.
 There has been no other communication from the Highway Agency over the
past few months other than this ‘road space’ notification.

I assume from your request that you have concerns about littering on the
various roads in the area, specifically the A338 and other high speed
traffic routes.  I can therefore advise you that work will commence within
the next 14 days on the A338 where we will be carrying out a litter
cleaning operation during several nights around the Easter period.

I am sure you are aware that it is necessary to work on these routes when
traffic volumes are reduced in order to limit the congestion and
specifically when cleaning the central reservation.  We have now made
those arrangements.

Longer term arrangements are being made to carry out similar exercises
several times throughout the year in order to prevent deterioration to
current levels.

If there is any further information that I can assist you with please
contact Mike Bell, Acting Head of Operations, on (01305) 225789 or by
writing to him at the following address: Dorset Waste Partnership, Grove
House, Millers Close, Dorchester, DT1 1SS.
If you are not completely satisfied with my response, please contact me
again, or write to the complaints officer at: Dorset County Council,
County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1XJ.  Or you can follow
the complaints procedure that can be found on our website
www.dorsetforyou.com at  
[1]   If your appeal is
not resolved to your satisfaction, you have the right to apply to the
Information Commissioner for a decision.

Yours sincerely

Freedom of Information Team
Dorset County Council

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