Removing Stalham Staithe bins ‘absurd’ says councillor


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Community chiefs in Stalham are praying boat users and motorists make use of a new bin, following the removal of others in a decision condemned as 'absurd'.

North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) has taken away two bins from Stalham Staithe as part of cost-cutting measures.

To plug the gap, Stalham Town Council has bought a large replacement bin which is due to be installed on the staithe picnic area shortly.

NNDC Conservative member Robert Stevens, who represents Stalham and Sutton, said he could not understand why the district council had decided to remove bins from boating areas.

'In my opinion it's absurd that we should be taking bins away when there is such a problem with fly-tipping everywhere,' he said.

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'It's a completely retrograde step. People are not going to take a week's load of rubbish away with them.'

Susan Wellerd, clerk to Stalham Town Council, said the cost of the new bin, its installation and charges for emptying it, would have to be borne by the town council in future, rather than NNDC.

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Conservative-controlled NNDC says it is doing the same as both Great Yarmouth Borough and Broadland District Councils in reducing the number of facilities provided.

It claims very few of the affected sites are on land that NNDC owns or for which it is responsible.

Angie Fitch-Tillet, cabinet member for environmental services, said: 'Boat waste is an important issue and we are working with local organisations and the Broads Authority to ensure new procedures are understood.

'The district council had been collecting boat waste for a number of years, despite it being beyond our statutory responsibility.'

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