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Will new bins stop rubbish piling up in King’s Lynn?

PUBLISHED: 12:03 01 April 2014 | UPDATED: 12:03 01 April 2014

Rubbish piled up in North Lynn. Picture: Chris Bishop

Rubbish piled up in North Lynn. Picture: Chris Bishop

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New bins are being trialled in a bid to stop black bin bags being piled up on the streets of King’s Lynn.

People living in terraced streets in North Lynn can’t use wheelie bins for their waste or recycling, because they have no front gardens and their front doors open directly onto the street.

So rubbish collects in piles on street corners and down alleyways, along with fly-tipping, blighting the North End of the town.

New 240-litre black bins are being delivered to all properties in Burkitt Street and one side of Cresswell Street, this week as part of a trial, to see whether they can help to cure the problem.

The issue has been raised by residents at recent Safer Neighbourhood Action Panel meetings in the North Lynn area.

Brian Long, West Norfolk council cabinet member for the environment, said: “There have been problems in this area for years and there are no easy answers.

“The back alleys are narrow and properties have only a small back yard. Access by the bin lorries is also difficult.

“We have been liaising with residents through the local SNAP meetings and it is clear that we need to try to do something, so we are replacing the existing bag collections with black bins to see if this does indeed improve the situation.

“The trial will begin with the delivery of bins this week and the first collection taking place on April 10.”

Bins are being delivered to houses in both streets, along with leaflets and calendars ensuring that householders have all the information they need to use the service.

Black bins will be collected every fortnight, with recycling sacks being collected on the alternate weeks.

The trial will be in place for three months to see if this does improve the situation and help to prevent the area from becoming a communal dumping ground.

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