The survey, which was carried out by Keep Britain Tidy, assessed parts of the strategic road network where responsibility for cleaning is held by the local authority. In total, 194 local authorities were assessed. In the Chichester District, Highways England is responsible for the A27, but Chichester District Council is responsible for keeping it clean.

"Our staff work incredibly hard to keep our district looking beautiful and it is fantastic that their hard work is recognised in this way," says Councillor Penny Plant, Cabinet Member for the Environment and Chichester Contract Services. "Last year, the equivalent of over 600 refuse sacks full of rubbish was collected from the A27 alone.

"While West Sussex County Council is responsible for the maintenance of the roads in our area, including surface works and pothole repair, our teams travel the whole of the district, which spans over 300 square miles, keeping it clean and tidy. We are very proud of the work they do and would like to thank them for all of their dedication.

"As part of the council's award-winning Against Litter campaign, we have been working with our communities to encourage everyone to be mindful of our environment, and to help us keep our area beautiful by correctly disposing of, or recycling, their rubbish. We have received very positive feedback from residents about this campaign."

The 'roadside cleanliness survey' forms part of DEFRA's Litter Strategy. Published in April 2017, the strategy aims to understand the issues affecting local authorities and other land managers with responsibility for keeping the nation's highways clean.

To help reduce litter in the district, the council introduced a successful 'Against Litter' campaign. So far this has reminded people that littering is a crime; introduced litter enforcement officers; worked with the community to Adopt an Area; and, launched a Green Dog Walkers® scheme. The latest stage of the campaign focuses on fly tipping, as well as accidental littering on the highways.

Date of release: 16 September 2019

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