PICTURES: Do we live in the '˜litter bin of England'?

New traffic calming measures have been announced in Climping after a resident described Sussex as '˜the litter bin of England'.

Monday, 6th March 2017, 4:08 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 8:14 pm
Hamish Neathercoat

West Sussex County Council confirmed a 30mph speed limit will be introduced in Horsemere Green Lane, and four one-way roads in the village will be narrowed.

Work is due to start on April 10 for six weeks.

This follows the story in last week’s Gazette, which revealed how a motorcyclist collected five bags of rubbish from Horsemere Green Lane after a dumped beer can almost knocked him off his bike.

Hamish Neathercoat collected five bin liners full of rubbish along a 100-metre stretch of Horsemere Green Lane in Climping

Hamish Neathercoat, from Apple Tree Walk in Climping, described the offenders as ‘dirty, inconsiderate and lazy people’ and called for Arun District Council to toughen its stance on littering.

Within the last three weeks, Mr Neathercoat has also reported instances of fly-tipping on the Crookthorn Lane stretch of the A259, an overflowing litter bin on Climping beach and a discarded McDonald’s cup in Climping Street.

He praised the council for emptying the litter bin and clearing the waste on the A259 promptly, but said more fines should be imposed.

Mr Neathercoat regularly drove between Sussex and Scotland before moving to Climping in August 2015.

An overflowing bin in Climping Beach

As a result, he said: “I can honestly say that Sussex has become the litter bin of England.

“It would seem that it has become socially acceptable just to throw your litter out of your car window, or chuck what you can’t be bothered to take to the tip beside the road, or down some idyllic deserted country lane. I just don’t understand that mentality at all.”

An Arun spokesman said: “Arun District Council is working in partnership with West Sussex County Council (WSCC) on the issue of fly-tipping.

“We are closely monitoring all reported occurrences and where appropriate (not on private land) are working hard to clear sites as soon as possible. We are in the process of increasing the enforcement team to enable us to identify and deal with offenders quickly and effectively and, alongside WSCC, we will continue to monitor the situation.

A discarded McDonald's cup in Climping Street

“Arun is a large district so we appreciate residents reporting litter and fly-tipping as it helps us to target problem areas.”

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