Clearing up debris, leaking chemical container or oil tank, spillages or mud on the road, highway obstructions, property overhanging the highway, skip or scaffold outside property and report a nuisance vehicle.
The council is responsible for removing debris, following any incident, on the public highway. We do not deal with motorways and trunk roads which are looked after by the Highways Agency on behalf of the Department of Transport.
The responsibility for dealing with a spillage on private land lies with the landowner but advice and assistance can also be sought from the council’s environmental control team. The Environment Agency should be informed immediately as they will want to assess the risk to groundwater and surface water. Read more about pollution and how to report it.
Spillages of any sort are treated as an emergency and contact should be made with the highways helpline on 01482 395739. If it is oil or diesel this can cause a slippery surface and lead to traffic accidents. These are dealt with by sanding the area, by hand if it is localised, or using a gritter if it extends for a long length such as that from a leaking fuel tank. Warning signs are erected at the side of the road. Chemical spillages are dealt with by a private contractor in partnership with the council due to the specialised nature of determining what the substance is and the clean up.
This depends on the type of obstruction. If it is a vehicle blocking a vehicular access or blocking a footway then the matter must be reported to the local police on the non-emergency number, 101, as they have the sole enforcement powers.
You can report hazards on the highway such as overhanging vegetation, shop goods / displays or advertising boards to Highways Customer Care on:
Telephone: (01482) 395739
Responsibility for clearing up mud lies with the person who deposited it and the police should be informed as they have the power to take immediate action. Should they deem it to be unsafe then they will close the road and only then will the council undertake the clean up and recharge the person responsible.
Yes, subject to writing to the council’s Legal Services Unit at:
Legal Services Unit County Hall Beverley HU17 9BA
Please ensure you outline your proposal and attaching a drawing. If it is satisfactory they will issue a licence. It is an offence, under the Highways Act 1980, to alter any building such that any part overhangs a public highway or to place any overhead beam, cable wire or similar apparatus along or over a highway without having a licence. You would also need to ensure that the proposal meets current planning requirements. Read more about applying for planning permission.
You must contact a skip or scaffold company of your choice. You can find these from your phone book or by an internet search. If it is to be placed on the road, footpath or verge it will need a licence but the company you choose will deal with that.
If the vehicle in question is parked blocking a vehicular access or footway, then the matter should be reported to the police.
Certain other types of nuisance vehicles can be reported to the council. These may include: trailers or caravans left on the highway, not affixed to a vehicle; cars for sale on the highway, if there is more than one vehicle offered for sale by someone at the same location and vehicles being repaired on the highway for monetary gain.
You can report these types of nuisance vehicles to the council online (opens in new window).
As Highway Authority for this area the council expects caravans and trailers to be stored on private land when they are not in use. They should not be stored on the highway where they may pose a nuisance or danger to highway users and may obstruct the highway.
The maximum court penalty for wilfully obstructing the highway contrary to Section 137 of the Highways Act 1980 is currently a £1000 fine.
The council may take action in relation to nuisance vehicles on the highway which may include the removal of the vehicles under Sections 143 or 149 of the Highways Act 1980 which also allows us to recover removal costs.
The legislation website contains full details of the Highways Act 1980:
Legislation - Highways Act 1980 Chapter 66 (external website)