Anger over lack of bins on the Broads

Bins at Repps parish car park, adjacent to the Broads Authority 24hr moorings.

Bins at Repps parish car park, adjacent to the Broads Authority 24hr moorings. - Credit: Archant

Fresh concerns have been raised about overflowing bins by the Broads.

A complaint has been raised by a private boater to Great Yarmouth Borough Council after he pictured overflowing bins at Repps parish car park, adjacent to the Broads Authority Moorings, last week.

The issue is over the council's withdrawal of waste hides back in 2014.

Geoffrey Bishop of Potter Heigham who took the photos said: 'It is incumbent on GYBC and the other members of the Norfolk Waste partnership to arrive at a swift and effective solution to what is becoming a public health issue.

'The bin I pictured was overflowing. Amongst the rubbish lying around were several soiled nappies and some blood stained material.


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'This was not cleaned until 12.15pm that day and had obviously been accumulated over the weekend.

'I am a resident near the area and a private boater and it is disappointing to see the state they are in, it is a problem, it is unsightly and it will also attract vermin.'

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In 2012 government legislation altered the charging regime that local authorities must operate within for the collection and disposal of waste.

This meant that Norfolk County Council reclassified the majority of waste collected from waste hides along the Broads from domestic to commercial waste.

'I am a resident of the area and a private boater and it is disappointing to see the state they are in.'

The borough council which only has a legal responsibility to collect domestic waste decided it could not go above its statutory duties and pay for both the collection and disposal of commercial waste.

The waste hides were removed in June 2014.

A borough council spokesman said: 'These incidents are in no way linked to the removal, of the riverside waste hides within the Great Yarmouth borough.

'The waste hides were removed in June 2014, and boat users were asked to take their waste back to their hire point for disposal. The council has continued to monitor the situation and this approach has worked well. The council has a regular collection and cleansing routine in place to address any issues that arise.'

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