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Council tackles litter hotspot

West Berkshire Council has tackled a litter and fly-tipping hotspot along a section of the A339 in Newbury.

Nearly 2.5 tonnes of litter and waste was collected, including a cooker, a washing machine and numerous shopping trollies!

A section of the footpath and embankment along the A339 in Newbury had become polluted with litter and illegal waste dumping, impacting the environment and upsetting local residents. The Council, in partnership with its contractors Veolia and Volker Highways, undertook this major clean-up operation at the end of October.

Over five days during the half-term week, crews worked hard to clear the area, using specialist equipment, and supported by temporary lane closures to safely remove litter and waste from the embankments. Litter was also cleared from the central reservation of the A339. The Council was also able to utilise the road closures to carry out some required vegetation clearance work.

West Berkshire’s Executive Member for the Environment, Steve Ardagh-Walter said: “The waste team and our contractors have done a tremendous job to clean up two and a half tonnes of rubbish in a difficult to access location.

“It is important for our local communities to continue working with us to keep areas clear of litter. This will help reduce environmental damage and keep West Berkshire as an attractive place for us all to enjoy.”

The clearance work was well received by local Councillors who had been talking to the Council about this issue.

Councillors Billy Drummond, Martha Vickers, Phil Barnett and Erik Pattenden said: “We were pleased with the much needed clean-up of a rubbish dumping hotspot. We would encourage all local people to manage their waste using the appropriate routes e.g. using available kerbside collection services or taking their rubbish to the Household Waste Recycling Centres."

The Council has also attached new posters along the footpath near the clearance area to help deter and reduce littering. It is hoped that residents will continue to keep the area clean. CCTV cameras may also be installed be help gather evidence for potential enforcement or prosecution of offenders.

Residents are reminded that they’re able to book collection of bulky items such as sofas and white goods at https://info.westberks.gov.uk/bulky or book a time to take their waste directly to the household waste recycling centre at https://www.westberks.gov.uk/clickandtip .

West Berkshire Council is responsible for managing fly-tipped waste within the district. 

Report fly-tips or litter issues to the Council online at: www.westberks.gov.uk/reportaproblem

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