Freeze hits bin collections and toilets in north Norfolk

Bin collections and public toilets have been hit by the continuing Arctic weather in north Norfolk.

Refuse crews are currently trying to catch up with a backlog caused by frozen lifting gear on the lorries.

Frozen and burst pipes had also resulted in the closure of eight of the 50-plus toilets across the district.

Among them are the Runton Road toilets at Cromer, where council staff are working hard to get them repair burst pipes in time for the thousands of people expected to visit the town on New Year's Day for the annual fireworks display.

Other toilet blocks affected are at Holt Country Park, the butchery at North Walsham, Highfields at Fakenham, Walcott, Marina Road at Mundesley, and Stalham.

Meanwhile refuse crews are tackling the backlog of collections in the revised festive refuse rounds.

Collections were scrapped on Saturday because of the broken down vehicles. Garden waste collections were also suspended at the start of the week to concentrate on waste and recycling collections.

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A spokesman for North Norfolk District Council and asked people to 'show the patience they have demonstrated already' and to put their bins out on the days listed in the festive collection schedule, and leave it there until it had been emptied.

Updates on bin collections and other weather hit services are at www.northnorfolk.org/updates/default.asp