Hundreds of people have sent an "overwhelming" message to Norfolk County Council bosses that they object to its plans to shut a recycling centre to cut costs.

Almost 900 people responded to County Hall's six-week summer consultation over its plans to shut Mayton Wood Recycling Centre, near Coltishall - with more than 90pc against the closure.

Eastern Daily Press: Mayton Wood Recycling CentreMayton Wood Recycling Centre (Image: Antony Kelly)

The consultation results, published this week, showed nearly 92pc of people stated they either disagreed or strongly disagreed with the plan to shut the tip.

Two petitions against the closure, one set up by Liberal Democrat county councillors Dan Roper and Steve Riley, also garnered hundreds of signatures.

A decision over the fate of the recycling centre will be made by the council's Conservative-controlled cabinet in October, with the council saying shutting it would save £70,000.

Eastern Daily Press: Liberal Democrat county councillor Dan RoperLiberal Democrat county councillor Dan Roper (Image: Dan Roper)

But Mr Roper, who represents the nearby Hevingham and Spixworth division, said the consultation results showed how important the recycling centre is to people who use it.

He said: "I am not surprised by the overwhelming opposition to the proposed closure.

"What is particularly compelling is the number of older residents who responded and reported that they would have real difficulties if this facility closed."

Council officers said if Mayton Wood is shut, Norwich North is a six-mile, 15-minute car journey away and Worstead Recycling Centre is eight miles away - 20 minutes by car.

In the consultation response, 777 people said Mayton Wood was the recycling centre they had used most in the previous 12 months, with 37 saying Norwich North and 27 Worstead.

One respondent, a widow in her 80s, said: "I certainly wouldn’t drive to the new recycling centre near the airport from Horstead, so it does not bear thinking about what would happen if Mayton Wood closed."

While a decision will be made in October, the consultation results will also get an airing at a meeting of the council's scrutiny committee next week (September 20).

Steve Morphew, leader of the Labour group at County Hall and chair of scrutiny, said: "I’ve no doubt we’ll explore how the proposed closure of Mayton Wood fits with the council’s desire to increase recycling and reduce landfill."