Barnet Council: clearing litter

MQT on 2008-07-16
Session date: 
July 16, 2008
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


As Barnet Council has failed in its responsibilities to clear Mill Hill Circus roundabout and the reservations of the A41 of litter on a regular basis, will you intervene and persuade the Council to fulfil its duties under the Environmental Protection Act 1990?


Answer for Barnet Council: clearing litter

Answer for Barnet Council: clearing litter

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I do not have power of intervention over street cleansing and Local Environmental Quality issues. Intervention powers afforded to me around waste are restricted to Part II functions of the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) 1990. The duty to keep the highways clear of litter is a function under Part IV of the EPA 1990. I am aware of this problem in Barnet. Transport for London are working with Barnet Council and are helping to resolve the problem by providing traffic management, primarily as part of their block closure programme. Improvements have been made and Transport for London will continue to work closely with the borough until this issue is fully resolved.