A charity has explained the closure of its re-use centre at Norwich's former tip, as bosses urged people to keep making donations.

Norfolk-based charity The Benjamin Foundation had run the Swanton Road Reuse Centre, in the former Mile Cross household waste recycling centre, since the summer of 2022.

People had been able to take items such as furniture, televisions, children's toys, books, bric-a-brac, sports equipment and electrical items to the centre.

The Benjamin Foundation, which supports children, young people and families battling challenges, sorted the items and sold them at shops in the county, including in Oak Street in Norwich.

More than 10,000 donations were made, with more than 100 tonnes of items reused as a result.

But, the centre closed in October, initially temporarily, and last month the charity confirmed it would not be reopening.

The closure was discussed at a recent meeting of Norwich City Council, which owns the building.

Eastern Daily Press: Cate Oliver, independent city councillorCate Oliver, independent city councillor

Independent councillor Cate Oliver asked what the Labour-controlled authority had done to try to keep the service running.

Emma Hampton, cabinet member for climate change said the lease of FCC Environment,, which had let the former tip to the charity, ended in January.

Eastern Daily Press: Emma Hampton, Norwich City Council cabinet member for climate changeEmma Hampton, Norwich City Council cabinet member for climate change (Image: Labour Party)

She said: "The council had been in discussions with The Benjamin Foundation about continuing the facility and had offered a new lease at a peppercorn rent whilst the future of the property was considered further.

"Unfortunately, despite this offer, the Benjamin Foundation wrote to us in December advising that they would not be able to continue to run the facility and that, sadly, they had made the decision to close the premises."

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Eastern Daily Press: Kirsty Pitcher, interim chief executive officer of The Benjamin FoundationKirsty Pitcher, interim chief executive officer of The Benjamin Foundation (Image: Archant)

Kirsty Pitcher, interim chief executive officer at The Benjamin Foundation, said: "The Swanton Road Reuse Centre was a fantastic opportunity for us, but, unfortunately, it was not possible to continue on a long-term basis from these premises.

"We are looking at ways to continue and grow our refurbishment projects in the future.

"For the time being, we are focusing on our existing furniture and electrical stores in Norwich, Holt, Dereham and King's Lynn and have expanded the refurbishment operations within them.

"Customers who have good quality items of furniture or white goods to donate can benefit from free collection and can find out more on our Facebook pages."