A Lynn councillor speculated on what visitors from another planet might think if they saw the state of a town waterway as he called for a new clean-up of the area.
Complaints about rubbish, even including mattresses, being dumped in the Bawsey drain were raised during West Norfolk Council’s meeting last night.
The waterway has faced repeated fly-tipping problems, often with shopping trolleys being dumped there, in recent years.
And Labour deputy leader Andy Tyler, who represents the North Lynn ward, asked whether more could be done in a bid to deter fly-tippers from making the area a “general tipping ground.”
He said: “I’m afraid it is one of those areas where if Martians came down and saw the state of the Earthlings’ domain, we might be rather ashamed.”
Brian Long, the council’s cabinet member for environment, said that, while extra bins and CCTV had been provided in the area, the primary responsibility for keeping the drain clean lay with the town’s internal drainage board (IDB), who regularly inspected the area.
He claimed the board sometimes spent as much as £30,000 on clearing rubbish out of waterways.
He added: “The way to stop repeat fly-tipping is to keep on top of the problem and I will make certain the IDB are on top of it.”