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Campaign to stop fly-tipping steps up in West Norfolk




A campaigner is stepping up his efforts to combat fly-tipping and litter by sending emails to all headteachers and parish councils in the borough.

Lynn Businessman David Goddard is sending the emails as part of his campaign called Love Norfolk Hate Litter, aiming to prevent litter within West Norfolk.

Mr Goddard, who is also a Castle Rising parish councillor, helped to collect more than 10 bags of litter from the roadside in Castle Rising earlier this month.

He said: “I have been on this pick for a number of years and the items of rubbish found never cease to amaze us.

“It’s disgusting what people actually discard. The level of litter is appalling and it can be batteries, car parts, cans, bottles and garden rubbish.”

Fly-tipping on Lodge Lane, Castle Rising, found during a parish council litter pick. Larger items of litter have to be cleared up by a special team from the borough council
Fly-tipping on Lodge Lane, Castle Rising, found during a parish council litter pick. Larger items of litter have to be cleared up by a special team from the borough council

As well as the Love Norfolk Hate Litter campaign, the Norfolk county council has launched a SCRAP fly-tipping campaign this year.

This aims to fight against fly-tipping in the county and cut the annual clear up cost of around £1million.

Mr Goddard believes such campaigns help to spread the word, but an increase in prosecutions is necessary to really crack down on offences.

“If the punishment can really start to fit the crime, hopefully that might ease the problem,” he said.

Bags of roadside rubbish collected in Castle Rising earlier this month during a parish council litter pick
Bags of roadside rubbish collected in Castle Rising earlier this month during a parish council litter pick

The Castle Rising litter pick, organised by John Taylor, takes place four times a year with around 15 people helping out.

“Litter is a county wide problem and we are trying to encourage every parish council to do something,” Mr Goddard added.

“It is not so easy to always get willing volunteers but there are enough people around who hate the site of litter spoiling the countryside and towns.

“It is very rewarding that people do so but the sad thing is that they have to do it because people are selfish and irresponsible.”



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