Clean sweep for major road

One of Northumberland’s major roads is to undergo a deep clean as the council works to clear tons of rubbish from laybys and hedgerows.

The work to clear the A189 will take place over five days, with Highways Services staff working through the night to clear the roadsides of debris.

To ensure the safety of the workforce and allow the job to be done thoroughly, the A189 will be closed to traffic at different sections between 8pm and 6am, with diversions in place around the affected areas.

The clean-up will start at the Moor Farm Roundabout end of the Spine Road overnight on Monday, February 2, finishing at the Ashington end overnight on February 6.

The council’s Traffic Management team will be supplying flood lights to provide as much visibility as possible to enable workers to remove all the industrial litter and clear as much out of the trees and shrubs as possible.

Council Policy Board Member for Streetcare and the Environment Ian Swithenbank said: “We are rightly proud of the beauty of our county, but the actions of a small minority can sometimes create the wrong impression.

“Whether it’s fast food wrappers thrown out of car windows or plastic that’s blown off the back of a wagon, it all ultimately ends up at the side of the road or caught in trees, creating an unpleasant eyesore for motorists, whether they are daily commuters or holidaymakers.

“This concentrated clean-up over five nights should make a substantial improvement to the look of the Spine Road and highlight our commitment to cleaning up the county.

“In the coming weeks we’ll have teams returning to the Spine Road to carry out further maintenance and repair work to the road surface, streetlights and anything else that needs attention.

“We’d also remind people who cause litter that we are targeting them. We’ve already taken 14 people to court this month and won’t hesitate to take enforcement action against those who have no respect for the county.”

Works are also underway on sections of the A1, with planning underway for clean-ups of the A1058 and the A19.

The council already works in partnership with national charity Keep Britain Tidy to look at new ways of tackling the problem and challenging the behaviour of people who litter in the county.

Later this year it will be launching its own littering campaign to raise public awareness of this problem.