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Council explores plans to clear rubbish on stretch of the A66

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Council explores plans to clear rubbish on stretch of the A66

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Friday, 22 April 2022

North Yorkshire Police

A LOCAL authority says it will explore options to clear rubbish beside a trunk road dubbed the "corridor of shame" after being accused of overlooking it for 15 years and an agreed initiative to clean up the area's verges.

Richmondshire District Council's long-serving chief executive Tony Clark told a full meeting of the authority while one stretch of the A66 had been cleansed last year, safety concerns had previously impeded action on other areas of the major A1(M) to M6 route in North Yorkshire.

Mr Clark was responding after Councillor Angus Thompson related how residents had dubbed a stretch of the single carriageway of the A66, near Browson Bank and the junction for Dalton, "the corrdior of shame" as it reflected badly on both the local authority and Rishi Sunak's Richmond constituency.

Coun Thompson told the meeting if the most littered 100-metre section was cleaned this year "at least the present administration would be seen to be making some progress to fulfilling their obligation".

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