Dorset

Wessex Way clean-up collects 200 bags of rubbish

The mass clean-up of a busy Bournemouth road has netted 200 bags of rubbish.

Litter pickers combed the entire length of the Wessex Way as part of an after dark campaign over three nights.

The stretch of road covered runs from just beyond Cooper Dean junction down to the boundary with Poole near the County Gates Gyratory.

Councillor Michael Filer, cabinet member for environment and transport, described the level of waste dumped by drivers as "appalling".

The clean-up operation also included St Pauls Road and St Swithuns Road South.

"The level of rubbish and waste found on the Wessex Way is appalling and comes mainly from people throwing litter from their cars as they travel along this stretch," Mr Filer added.

"It is completely inexcusable and a clear example of the extent of the rubbish problem our council taxpayers have to deal with and pay for."

The Conservative-led council said it had invested more than £1m on a series of environmental initiatives across the town.

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