Anger over litter on Gloucester verges on gateway roads to the city
LITTER strewn across roadside verges in Gloucester has been labelled an "eyesore of epic proportions".
Problem hotspots have been identified along the Hempsted bypass and he A40 between the Over and Longford roundabouts. Drivers have reported all manner of litter, as well as bin bags full of rubbish, dumped on the verges.
The verge along the A40 is only litter picked twice a year.
Commuter Scott Russell, believes Gloucester City and Gloucestershire County Councils should dig deep in their pockets to sort the problem out.
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He said: "Surely a part of any spare cash granted to Gloucester has got to be spent on a massive litter collection along the bypass. It's an eyesore of epic proportion. The priority is to attract people to enjoy the centre of this ancient city, and to explore on foot the Docks and new shopping/eating venues, not to allow this mess to put people off."
Driver Jemma Lewis, 24, said: "I had a friend stay from Bristol recently and was really embarrassed by all the litter on verges."
The problems on both roads is now being looked at by the county council.
Sally Godwin, manager of the council's highways team, which is responsible for the Hempsted bypass, said: "Now we have been alerted to the debris on the Hempsted bypass, we will send someone out to take a look and arrange any action necessary."
She said drivers can report issues to www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/reportit."
The A40 is the responsibility of the city council.
A spokesman said: "As this is a major road, to undertake a litter pick means the closure of lanes, which causes traffic disruption and inconvenience."