Norwich councillor in call for litter louts to respect Mile Cross

Litter louts have been urged to stop treating Mile Cross as a rubbish dump and put their waste in bins.

Norfolk county councillor Richard Edwards armed himself with a grabber and a green wheelie bin yesterday to clear up an alleyway near the Norman Centre.

The Green Party councillor said he also spent time throughout the year clearing away rubbish in other areas of his Mile Cross constituency, including Bowers Avenue.

Mr Edwards said: 'I personally do it off my own back.

'It's not part of my council job, but I do it as I am proud to be from Mile Cross.

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'As far as I am concerned it's the best place you can live.'

Mr Edwards said council litter picks did take place to clear away rubbish, but it did not take long for louts to strike again.

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He said: 'Within a week it's back to the way it was and you have to wait for it to get picked so I step in to clear it up.

'I love living in Mile Cross.

'I think it's so beautiful and it shouldn't be treated like a dump.'

Concerns were raised in January of a worrying spate of incidents in Norwich, which led to the Evening News launching our Focus on Fly-tipping campaign.

This called on readers to send photographs to flagging up illegal dumping. Mr Edwards is standing as the Green Party candidate for the Mile Cross ward at the Norwich City Council elections on Thursday, May 3.

There are three other nominees. They are: Deborah Gihawi, Labour Party; Oscar Pinnington, Conservative; and Ian Williams, Liberal Democrat.

Has your street being affected by litter louts? Email your pictures to or call Evening News reporter Richard Wheeler on 01603 772474 or email

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