THURROCK Council is calling on Highways England to clean up the litter-strewn Dock Approach Road, the A1089.
On Monday (7 March) this week council officers took representatives of Connect Plus – Highways England’s contractor – on a tour of the road asking why nothing was being done.
And of Tuesday next week, council Chief Executive Lyn Carpenter is meeting with Highways England about the issue.
In January 2015, Ms Carpenter’s predecessor complained to his Highways England counterpart about the state of the A13 and A1089 and got agreement the situation was “unacceptable”.
A month later Thurrock Council followed up six nights cleaning the A13 from the Dock Approach junction to the Five Bells by cleaning up lay-bys where the agency had left bags of rubbish – and billed the Highways Agency for the work, although the bill was never paid.
Cllr Gerard Rice, the council’s portfolio holder for environment, said on Wednesday (9 March): “Local people, quite understandably, have had enough, in fact anybody who cares about Thurrock has had enough.
“We, the council and local businesses including the Port of Tilbury, are trying to promote Thurrock as a great place to come and do business, the fact the visitors see major roads strewn with litter and worse does not help us.”
Ms Carpenter added: “I will be making that point quite forcibly on Tuesday next week.
“I known it is difficult and time consuming to litter pick the whole stretch of the A1089 and the A13 from there to Wennington, but we take every opportunity to do our bit.”
Cllr Rice said: “Overnight on Monday next week our highways teams will be repairing the east-bound carriageway of the A13 and that means we are having to shut the road from The Manorway to the Five Bells.
“Because we’re a joined up organisation, the environment team will be out litter picking that east-bound carriageway at the same time.
“Connect Plus’ excuse for not cleaning the A1089 is that Highways England won’t give permission for lane closures while the road works are going on at the A13 around Junction 30.
“I’m afraid that doesn’t wash, the distance between Junction 30 and the Asda roundabout, or even the A1089’s junction with the A13 is long enough to allow the occasional lane closure overnight.”
Thurrock Council is responsible for the A13 from the Dock Approach Road east to the Five Bells intersection; Highways England controls – and their contractor Connect Plus cleans – the A13 from Wennington and down the Dock Approach to the Asda roundabout.
On Monday night next week (14 March), Thurrock Council will be closing the A13 eastbound from The Manorway to the Five Bells for urgent repairs and is taking advantage of the closure to litter-pick that stretch of road.