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Extra miles for Norfolk residents using waste facility after Cambridgeshire County Council policy

Residents are having to travel roughly 30 miles in order to use a waste and recycling site due to a new council policy.

Those living at Upwell, Outwell and Emneth are travelling to the full-time recycling centre on Willow Road in Saddlebow due to Cambridgeshire County Council revising its policy.

Speaking during a full West Norfolk Council meeting last week,Upwell resident Chris Rose said people living within Norfolk County Council’s boundaries are not permitted to use Wisbech’s centre.

The recycling centre on the Hardwick Narrows
The recycling centre on the Hardwick Narrows

He said: “A number of us have corresponded with both county councils and our local MP, however Cambridgeshire are adamant that under current arrangements we cannot use the site.

“The nearest full-time site for us is now in Lynn, and using this site adds approximately 30 miles to the round trip and between an estimated 6 - 9 kgs of CO2 for each trip.”

Environment cabinet memberIan Devereux, said he understood Mr Rose’s point and it was a county council matter.

Concerns over travelling to recycling centres in King's Lynn were discussed during a West Norfolk Council meeting last week
Concerns over travelling to recycling centres in King's Lynn were discussed during a West Norfolk Council meeting last week

Mr Rose said Conservative election candidate Liz Truss and Upwell parish council had pledged to support him with the former sending a letter to Cambridgeshire County Council.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Rose said: “I think it’s a little bit short-sighted from an environment perspective when there is heightened awareness of the climate and the need for collaboration.”

Mr Rose, who drives a Hilux truck, said many residents do most of their shopping in Wisbech so being able to use the waste recycling facility there would cut out the need for an additional journey.

A spokesman for West Norfolk Council said: “Although neither the borough council or county council has any influence on the decisions made in Cambridgeshire, this issue is being raised at the next Norfolk Waste Partnership meeting with colleagues from Norfolk County Council.”

A spokesperson for Cambridgeshire County Council said a decision was made to introduce a free e-permit to the county’s nine centres.

They added: “Surveys have shown that at some of our centres, over 30 per cent of visitors come from outside the area, leading to increased costs and congestion, in some cases stretching site capacity.

“These centres are for residents of Cambridgeshire to recycle and dispose of their household waste and are funded through their Council Tax, in the same way Norfolk County Council provides sites for its residents.”

And a spokesman from Norfolk County Council added: “We are aware of the decision taken by Cambridgeshire County Council who have the final say over who uses their recycling centres.”

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