Plans to cut the opening hours of some recycling centres and introduce new charges are an invitation to fly tippers, it has been claimed.
Heacham Recycling Centre is one of five across the county that could be reduced to part time opening from April if Norfolk County Council goes ahead with cost-cutting proposals. It is also proposed to introduce a £2 per visit charge.
Simon Bower, of Glebe Avenue, Hunstanton, said: “It will, first of all, increase the amount of fly tipping, which is always an issue around here.
“It seems to be flying against all the positive things they have achieved.
“We pay a lot already for waste disposal services and the council needs to do its part.”
It has not been decided when Heacham Recycling Centre would be open but other centres in Norfolk that operate part time are closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
The ‘Putting People First’ consultation document said: “It is proposed that nine sites across the county will remain operational on a full-time basis, which will give those residents who are affected by reduction in opening hours at the five sites access to the service seven days a week.”
Four people are employed at the Heacham centre.
A county council spokesman said: “The changes being suggested for Heacham are part of a set of proposals for funding the recycling centre network that we wish we didn’t have to make at all, but which would avoid the need to have to permanently close any of Norfolk’s sites.”
Lynn Recycling Centre would remain full-time and there would be no charge to use it.
Under another proposal disposal of liquid paint would end at all recycling centres apart from during an annual amnesty.
The paint recycling scheme currently run in Lynn and some other sites would also end. Dry paint could still be disposed of at the sites for landfill.
Charges of £2.50 per tyre are also proposed for disposal of tyres at the centres.