Poll result: It’s a resounding no to any plans to charge to use Norfolk recycling centres

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Thursday, March 6, 2014
1:13 PM

Proposals which would see Norfolk families charged for using some of the county’s recycling centres have been given the thumbs-down by EDP24 and EveningNews24 online readers.

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Earlier this week we revealed how Tory ministers have sent a strongly-worded letter warning Labour council leader George Nobbs that any move to makea a £2 charge would increase the risk of fly-tipping.

The intervention, in a letter co-signed by local government minister Brandon Lewis, MP for Great Yarmouth, and waste minister Dan Rogerson, also suggests that under the law waste should be accepted free of charge.

Recycling centres in Ashill, Bergh Apton, Docking, Heacham, Snetterton, Strumpshaw, Wells, Worstead and Wymondham could introduce a £2 charge under the council's plans to cut costs and make £189m of savings.
Following the story, 464 people took part in an online survey asking what people thought of the plans.

Of those, 91pc of those who took part said they wouldn’t pay £2 to use their recycling centre and that the plan should be scrapped, but 9pc said they would.

In response to the original story, Norfolk County Council said 11 of Norfolk's other main recycling centres would still be free
"Charging a small fee at nine of our smaller sites from 2016 is one way of keeping all 20 open in the face of very significant cuts in Government funding that our county is having to deal with," the council said.
County Hall says it needs to bridge a spending gap of £66.5m in 2014/15 and £189m over the next three years.
There has already been opposition in some quarters of County Hall with the charge to visit the smaller recycling centres apparently only saving around £280,000.
And in a report detailing the consultation responses the council said 268 out of 394 of those who responded did not support this proposal, with most of the responses that were against it citing concerns about fly-tipping.


11 comments

  • The EDP should have asked "How many of you responded to the NCC consultation proposing this cut?". My guess it would not be that many. I'd urge readers to participate in the proper consultation processes that can influence decisions BEFORE they are made and not limit themselves to newspaper surveys. Also vote in local as well as national elections if these issues concern you.

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    Jonny

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • The EDP should have asked "How many of you responded to the NCC consultation proposing this cut?". My guess it would not be that many. I'd urge readers to participate in the proper consultation processes that can influence decisions BEFORE they are made and not limit themselves to newspaper surveys. Also vote in local as well as national elections if these issues concern you.

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    Jonny

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Norfolk County Council (NCC) is proposing to excuse the introduction of an illegal tax on recycling by suggesting that it 'has' to find ways to balance its books following central government spending cuts. How often in court cases have we heard the defendant try to excuse their illegal actions by citing that they had 'no choice' as their benefits weren't enough etc, etc. If we can't expect NCC to abide by existing legislation then action needs to be taken against the Councillors responsible for advocating breaking the law!

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    Bad Form

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • Surely the plan is to discourage people from using the smaller sites so that they can be classed as "unviable" and closed? Some users will much rather spend more than £2 on petrol to travel to a free site than pay a charge - and lots more will just fly-tip.

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    Cyril the Canary

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • Of course the path Norfolk County Council is on is to burn its waste on the outskirts of King`s Lynn.

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    democrat

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • I responded to the consultation and look where it's got us. Sorry!!!

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    bedoomed

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • The answer 'MR' Cameron Whateveryournameis, is all of them, it is time that this country adopted a user pays philosophy and stopped waste the tax payers money. There are only two things I want from my council, my black bin empty every week and the roads to be improved. I am happy to pay for both. By the way, these are tips and not 'recycling centres'.

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    Norfolk John

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • Poll was unnecessary. Any such charge would be illegal; end of story.

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    Dictate

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • I also did a survey at our local pub. 98% were happy to pay a £10 charge if the council tax was reduced by 50% for that element and 100% said they would never fly tip even if the fee at the gate was £100. These are all bare faced liars of course like all those that respond to surveys.

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    Inactive account

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Isn't this why I pay Council Tax?

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    Norfolk John

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Of course it's a resounding no. You are asking a loaded question. If you're asking people if they want to pay for something which previously was free the majority of people will say no. The saving of "only" £280,000 needs to come from somewhere. As stated in the article there are still a number of free sites people can use. The cuts have been imposed by central government and have to be made. We as the public were consulted on all proposals and the findings of the consultation are publicly available. More lazy anti NCC reporting from the. EDP.

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    djones939

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

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