Call for Northumberland’s roadsides to be tidied

Julie Porksen wants Northumberland's roadsides to be cleaned up.
Julie Porksen wants Northumberland's roadsides to be cleaned up.

A would-be MP is calling for Northumberland’s roadsides to be cleaned up.

Liberal Democrat Julie Pörksen is calling on Northumberland County Council and the Highways Agency, which is responsible for the A1, to take action on the state of the county’s roadsides.

Following a number of complaints from residents, Julie has written to the two authorities to clear up debris including roadworks, general rubbish and old road signs.

“The state of our roads is an issue raised frequently with me by local residents concerned about both potholes and the state of the verges, which are not only unsightly but distracting when driving,” she said. “I have asked the Highways Agency and the county council to clear up the debris left after roadworks and also general rubbish.

“Northumberland is dependent on tourism and given most visitors come by car, our roads do not create a good impression. I hope the authorities will take action and clear up our verges before they get overgrown in the spring.”