Day of action gets results

Action Day

Lewes District Council is continuing its high profile approach to tackle one of the causes of litter on the verges along the A26 and A27.  By working in partnership with Sussex Police, DVSA and Trading Standards vehicles carrying waste were stopped and the security of their loads checked. Their waste carrier licences were inspected, along with the condition of the vehicles to make sure they were roadworthy and fit for purpose.

Councillor Paul Franklin, Lead Member for Waste and Recycling at Lewes District Council said: “We know that vehicles carrying waste materials do not always contain and protect their waste to prevent it escaping in transit. We are committed to tackling the problem of litter resulting from unsecured loads. I attended the first joint operation that took place on Tuesday 12 July, with more being planned, demonstrate what can be achieved when organisations work together. We are sending a strong message to waste carriers to make sure they have secured their loads and are properly registered with waste carrier licences that should be kept available for inspection.”

Thirty four vehicles in total were stopped and checked at two locations:  the Hollow at South Heighton and the weighbridge at Beddingham on the A27.

Two vehicles were found to have faults and were issued with rectification reports by the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). They immediately had the faults fixed and returned for inspection.  Another driver failed to produce his record of driving for the day and was held until his company complied.  A long established jobbing gardener carrying landscape waste was unaware he needed a waste carrier’s licence and was referred to the Environment Agency website to apply for the licence. We will be checking within 14 days to make sure he has complied.

Lewes District Council has and will continue to issue fixed penalty notices to companies or individuals who allow loose rubbish to drop from their vehicles.

New litter bins are also being installed in some laybys along the A26 and A 27.

Story published on 15 July 2016