Waterside rubbish collections on Broads set for further cutback

. Ranworth Broad, where Broadland District Council withdrew its waste collection from near moorings.

. Ranworth Broad, where Broadland District Council withdrew its waste collection from near moorings. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

Plans to further reduce riverside rubbish collections on the Broads look set to go ahead.

The likely move by North Norfolk District Council would see bins retained at just three of the current 16 mooring points.

The authority is set to follow in the footsteps of other councils on the Broads that have scaled back or stopped services.

The cutbacks followed the government reclassifying rubbish from domestic to commercial in 2012 which let to a £10,000 charge by Norfolk County Council for removing the waste.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council stopped its services after the government reclassified the rubbish from domestic to commercial in 2012 and Broadland and South Norfolk followed suit in removing sites.

The latest cutback, which is due to come into force before the holiday season, would leave refuse facilities in place at Hoveton Station Road,

Irstead and Neatishead.

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Horning parish council chairman Ian Davis claimed the removal of the rubbish collection point could led to an increase of fly tipping in the village.

Mr Davis said: 'The proposed removal of the waste disposal facility in Horning for use by boat users will be very detrimental to one of the most attractive villages on the Broads.

He added: 'If this does go ahead then the timing of any information is appalling, as the parish council has already set the budget and precept for 2016/2017 so it would be 15 months before the parish council could respond financially to the repercussions of this move.'

The council is due to save £14,000 by scaling back the service which currently costs £17,500. Most of the compounds are on private land and in a poor state of repair and need investment to be of a good standard.

Cabinet member for environmental services Angie Fitch-Tillett said: 'In 2012 Norfolk County Council started to charge district councils for the disposal of waste from the waste and recycling facilities on the Broads.

'Since then all district councils have had to consider whether they should continue to operate the facilities. A lot of our neighbouring authorities have now pulled back from offering the service and we are now following suit. We are encouraging private land owners to take over responsibility for the sites wherever possible.'

The issue is due to be discussed at a district council scrutiny committee meeting on January 13.