Concerns over waste on Broads

Ranworth Broad, where Broadland District Council withdrew its waste collection from near moorings. P

Ranworth Broad, where Broadland District Council withdrew its waste collection from near moorings. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

Riverside rubbish collections on the Broads could be scaled back even further.

Documents reveal North Norfolk District Council may no longer remove bins at all of its mooring sites except four.

When Great Yarmouth Borough Council stopped its services after the government reclassified the rubbish from domestic to commercial in 2012 there were fears it would have an environmental impact and put holidaymakers off.

Other councils on the Broads followed suit, removing some sites in Broadland and South Norfolk.

Yet while the impact does not seem to have been as bad as feared, the situation is still of concern for the Broads Authority and its members will discuss a way forward at the navigation committee today.


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A spokesman for the organisation said it was not resourced to run a waste management service as councils did.

'The withdrawal of facilities is based on the assumption that the waste comes from hire boat users when in fact the bins are used by everyone: private boaters, walkers, picnickers, land visitors, anglers and residents,' he said.

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'We hope that a sensible solution can be reached for the sake of everyone who lives in and enjoys the Broads.'

In papers for the navigation committee, it was revealed that North Norfolk District Council could withdraw more services – except at Hoveton, Neatishead and Irstead. There is no collection at Horning Ferry.

No formal decision has been made but the change would make coverage increasingly patchy as there is no collection at Waveney and Norwich.

The Broads Authority has seen an increase of rubbish at Yarmouth and Norwich Yacht Station over the last season, costing an extra £1,000.

It has increased the number of bins and collections at its facilities.

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