This stretch of the road is our (MSDC) responsibility to clear of litter and along much of the length this happens regularly, where it is reasonably practicable for us to do so. This work is done on a regular basis, sometimes a number of times a week. However there are some stretches, where it is simply too dangerous for our contractor’s staff to clear litter without there being a road closure in place including the newly completed Northern section (Handcross to Cuckfield Road, Warninglid). The section from Hurstpierpoint to Hickstead, the side of the verge is extremely narrow and with traffic travelling at high speeds it would be irresponsible of us to put our workers in jeopardy without lane closures.
The Highways Agency (HA) has responsibility for the maintenance of the verges and the carriageway of the A23. Road closures on the A23 are very expensive; therefore we have been pushing for better coordination and communication between us and the Highways Agency to enable our teams to undertake this important litter clearance work at the same time that the HA carries out their maintenance on this trunk road.