Watton housing estate with persistent flytipping problems to be targeted in eyesore clean-up

Residents on the Lovell Gardens estate in Watton previously formed an association with the aim of im

Residents on the Lovell Gardens estate in Watton previously formed an association with the aim of improving its public areas. Pictured are Paulena Igelska, Rob Brett, Adam and Sarah Hollis, Claire Blake, Ky Reeve and son Alfie, and Christine Nye. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY - Credit: Archant

A housing estate in Watton which has a 'persistent problem with flytipping' is to be targeted as part of a clean-up are eyesore sites in Breckland, councillors have pledged.

Paul Claussen. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

Paul Claussen. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY - Credit: Archant

Breckland Council's cabinet agreed a plan of action to help tackle the blight of unsightly and derelict buildings in the district at its July 10 cabinet meeting, many of which have become litter and flytipping hotspots.

Sites they identified included grassed areas in Lovell Gardens, Watton, which it said has a 'persistent problem with fly tipping, bins and parking' affecting 170 homes, and land behind the Spar shop in Vulcan Place, Carbrooke, which has become a litter hotspot.

Council officers are also going to contact the owner of a derelict building in Bury Road, Thetford, as well as dealing with an increasing amount of scrap encroaching onto the verge between Mundford and Weeting.

The list was discussed by Breckland's overview and scrutiny commission on July 6 and their recommendations and a plan of action were agreed by cabinet.

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Members agreed that resources should be focussed on buildings suffering from serious long-term neglect, and those that are unsafe or whose state of disrepair is attracting anti-social behaviour.

Paul Claussen, Breckland Council executive member for place, said: 'These neglected sites can be a real blight, spoiling the appearance of their neighbourhood and attracting anti-social behaviour.

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'We want to help provide a clean, safe and well-kept district for our residents, and our plan is to contact the owners and work with them to improve these sites.

'However, if there are cases where owners do not cooperate, I am determined that we make the most of the powers we have to ensure that action is taken.

'To achieve the greatest impact, it is important that we prioritise resources and focus on those sites which are a major problem for local people, where using our powers can help make a real improvement.'

Council officers are now starting the process of contacting the owners of prioritised sites.

Ongoing progress will be recorded on an action plan so councillors can monitor the progress at each site.

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