Dozens of bottles of urine and boar carcass cleared from A2

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The clear up of the A2 cost £20,000

Canterbury City Council has now finished its clear up of the A2.

Among the items found were plastic bottles filled with urine, road signs and the carcass of a wild boar.

The £20,000 work was paid for by the council and carried out by contractor Serco with the help of Highways England who closed the road and provided a giant vacuum cleaner. It finished on Friday.

Council leader Simon Cook joined cleaning crews Serco for one of the clear up days.

He said: “It’s very sad that we should have to put such an amount of money and staffing resources into this kind of work.

Cllr Simon Cook joined Serco for the clear up

“The lack of respect people have for the environment is staggering. One bottle of urine would be one too many but dozens of them have been picked up over the two weeks.

“We’ve received lots of comments about the state of the A2 verges and people have been very understanding about the fact it’s not easy to close off part of such a major road.

We’re pleased with the end result and will be discussing with Highways England ways in which we can work together in the future to make jobs like this easier to do and cheaper for the taxpayer.”

Three miles of verges on the A2 were closed every day with around a tonne of rubbish collected each day.

Other items collected included traffic cones and lorry tyres alongside litter such as fast food containers, drinks bottles and food packaging.

Cllr Cook praised the Serco employees who carried out the work. He said: “I absolutely take my hat off to them. It’s an exceptionally tough job but their spirit and dedication to the task was plain to see, even as huge juggernauts roared past just a few metres away and the latest roadwork sign frame was pulled out of the undergrowth.”

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