Nearly 200 residents call on Solihull Council to clean up main road plagued by litter - The Solihull Observer

Nearly 200 residents call on Solihull Council to clean up main road plagued by litter

Solihull Editorial 27th Feb, 2019 Updated: 27th Feb, 2019   0

A PETITION signed by 200 people has demanded Solihull Council clean up a main road plagued by fly-tipping and litter.

Smiths Wood Litter Pickers started the petition only a week ago and slammed the ‘disgraceful’ condition of of the dual-carriageway on A452 Collector Road.

The group has called for an urgent clean-up, a removal of fly-tipped items, new bins and repairs to fencing to prevent potential litterers reaching the ridge embankment.

The petitioners wrote on “The Collector Road behind Castle Bromwich and Smiths Wood urgently needs to be cleaned up.

“There is litter and fly-tipping on all sides. It looks disgraceful!

“We are also concerned about the state of the lay-bys and lack of bins on the road.”

Scores of residents also commented on the petition mirroring concerns about the state of the area.

Rebecca Mitchell said: “It’s disgusting and an eye sore. In Smiths Wood we do community litter picking saving the council time and money so they should focus their cleaning where we request them to, as we pay for the service via our council tax.”

Resident Mike Hawks said: “The A452 collector road has to be one of the dirtiest I’ve encountered travelling in the midlands, please clean it up.”

Lisa Pritchard said: “I live in this area and it is becoming a disgrace.

“This needs urgently sorting out before it becomes more of a hazard and danger to the public.”

A Solihull Council spokesperson said: “We are aware of the online petition in relation to clearing litter from the side of the Collector Road, however it has not yet been submitted therefore the matter has not been formally considered.

“Once this is received it will be taken through the petition reporting process, whereby it will go to the Environment and Housing Cabinet Member Decision Session for consideration.”

In 2017/18, there were 411 fly-tips on council land which resulted in nearly £150,000 of taxpayers money being spent to clear it.

Voluntary litter picking teams have sprung up all over the borough to combat the issue.


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