The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) headed up by the author Bill Bryson is planning legal action against Network Rail in an attempt to get litter removed from certain railway sites, including Clacton-on-Sea. The CPRE plans to use Litter Abatement Orders (LAO) to make Network Rail clean up certain specific sites.
Mr Bryson said: "Network Rail has a legal obligation to clean litter and, in most places, as far as I can see, it's not just they don't do it often enough - they don't do it at all."
Network Rail responded in a statement saying "As one of Britain's biggest landowners we remove thousands of tonnes of litter every year. If reported by the public, we aim to remove litter within 20 days.
"Our dedicated maintenance teams regularly remove litter as part of their day-to-day responsibilities and we work closely with our contractors and projects to keep the areas in which they are working free of litter."
Many would probably disagree with the assertion that litter is regularly cleared and although the CPRE has targeted Clacton specifically the problem exists all over the region.