Should road at Bawsey near King’s Lynn be closed to cars to stop fly-tipping?
PUBLISHED: 14:38 22 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:00 24 May 2017
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A consultation is being launched over plans to close a road to cars to stop fly-tipping.
West Norfolk council wants to make a Public Space Protection Order preventing any motor vehicle from using the road which runs from the B1145 along the southern side of Bawsey Country Park.
An alternative route is being proposed, while pedestrians, cyclists, and horse riders will continue to be able to use Mintlyn Wood Road.
The closure is proposed as a measure to prevent waste being illegally dumped from vehicles in the area.
Alistair Beales, West Norfolk council cabinet member for corporate projects and assets and ward member for Gayton, said: “Fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour has been a long-term issue in this area. “As ward member, I have worked with local landowners and Norfolk County Council highways to get us into a position where we could proceed with a public space protection order.
“It is good to have so many people working together for the benefit of the local community and I hope people will view the draft order and come forward with constructive comments.
“Then we can get the order in place and see an end to this eyesore which has blighted people’s quality of life for some time.”
Ian Devereux, the council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “What we’re proposing is that this road be closed to all motor vehicles as it’s the best way to tackle this problem of persistent fly-tipping.
“We’re confident that the proposal has a lot of support among local residents, but we want to hear from anyone who has an opinion about it.
“Fly-tipping can make people’s lives a misery and we are keen to show that we can and will take action to try to prevent it and to catch the culprits”.
Officials are also cracking down on people parking on the B1145 where it runs alongside the park.
So far, 30 drivers have been issued with £70 penalty notices for parking on verges or the gateway to the country park which is now closed to vehicles.
The public consultation will run from Monday, May 22 to Tuesday, June 20.
To view the details of the proposed order and have your say click here.