'Absolutely disgusting' - Fridges found dumped along dirt track

A number of fridges were found dumped along Hall Lane, which connects East Tuddenham and Hockering, near Dereham

A number of fridges were found dumped along Hall Lane, which connects East Tuddenham and Hockering, near Dereham - Credit: Gary Wright

Calls have been made for more education around disposing of white goods after a glut of fridges were dumped beside a popular walking and cycling track.

The white goods were found discarded along Hall Lane, which connects East Tuddenham and Hockering, near Dereham. 

Gary Wright, who lives in Mattishall, shared his frustration after spotting the fly-tip while he was out riding his bike on Monday (December 27). 

Fridges dumped along Hall Lane, which connects East Tuddenham and Hockering

Fridges dumped along Hall Lane, which connects East Tuddenham and Hockering - Credit: Gary Wright

"I was out cycling on Bank Holiday Monday and came across these fridges dumped on both sides of the road," he said.

"It is absolutely disgusting to see."

Given the size of the fly-tip, Mr Wright alleged that someone had likely been paid to dispose of the fridges and dumped them on Hall Lane. 

"I just don't think the public is educated enough when it comes to the disposal of things like fridges," he added.

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"There are too many people out there who are paying others to dispose of their unwanted items and don't know what's going to be done with them.

"People realise you can take fridges to the local tip and they will take them for free, or you can pay your local council a very small fee for them to be collected."

Despite appearing to be a dirt track, Hall Lane is listed on Norfolk County Council's website as being a "council-maintained unsurfaced road". 

District councils are generally responsible for clearing up fly-tipped waste on public land.

However, Breckland Council insisted Hall Lane was not its responsibility and would instead need to be cleared by the landowner. 

Nonetheless, Breckland's cabinet member for waste and the environment, Gordon Bambridge, said he was "incredibly disappointed" by the "thoughtless" fly-tipping. 

And Mr Wright said more needed to be done to inform members of the public on why certain regulations are in place. 

He said: "The public needs to be educated a bit more by the authorities.

"People seem to blame the local tips for charging for some items, but they don't really understand why they charge. I am all for them charging for some items. 

"I am hoping that, by talking about this incident, it will educate the public a little bit more."

To report fly-tipping in the Breckland area, visit breckland.gov.uk/flytip

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