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Pledge to work together to tackle fly-tipping in North Lynn

Rubbish dumped in a North Lynn alleyway - next to a sign warning offenders will be prosecuted. Picture: Chris Bishop

Rubbish dumped in a North Lynn alleyway - next to a sign warning offenders will be prosecuted. Picture: Chris Bishop

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Residents and officials have pledged to work together to tackle fly-tipping down North Lynn’s alleys - as rubbish continued piling up today.

A council sign, warning fly-tippers will be prosecuted. Picture: Chris Bishop A council sign, warning fly-tippers will be prosecuted. Picture: Chris Bishop

Members of the community and the borough council have pledged to work together, to tackle the ongoing issue of fly-tipping in the privately-owned alleyways, which run between the estate’s terrace homes.

Ian Devereux, West Norfolk’s cabinet member for environment said: “Fly-tipping has been a chronic problem in this area for a number of years. We launched an intensive campaign last year to ensure that people in the area understood how and where to dispose of their waste, and understood how to report fly-tipping.

“While black bag waste is still part of the issue it would seem that tenancy change-overs and drive-by fly-tipping are also significantly contributing to the problem.

“I have now met with Mr Francis Bone a local trader, who has been heading up a local clean-up campaign group, which proved to be very useful.”

Rubbish dumped in a North Lynn alleyway. Picture: Chris Bishop Rubbish dumped in a North Lynn alleyway. Picture: Chris Bishop

At the meeting, councillors and officers explained what had already been done in the area and explained some further actions which could assist. These included potentially introducing CCTV to act as a deterrent, introducing gates to the alleyways so only residents could access them, and providing protected storage for waste.

Mr Bone confirmed he had a group of people who were willing to assist with clean-up efforts and also to help in any other ways that might tackle the issue.

The council agreed to provide litter pickers, sacks and gloves to assist with any clear-up effort and agreed to pick up any waste collected. It was also agreed that sacks would be provided in a different colour so that they would provide a visible statement of the magnitude of the problem.

Advice will be provided on how to collect evidence properly to ensure it could be used in a prosecution.

It was also confirmed that increased visits would be undertaken by council officers and police to tackle the anti-social behaviour.

Mr Devereux said: “I am delighted that so many members of the community want to work with each other and with us to tackle this issue, which has blighted their neighbourhood for so long.”

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