King’s Lynn rubbish sparks anger

Loke Road, King's Lynn. Rubbish piles up. ANL-151016-121930001
Loke Road, King's Lynn. Rubbish piles up. ANL-151016-121930001
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West Norfolk Council chiefs are due to meet in the near future to discuss the esculating litter problem in North Lynn.

A Loke Road resident has expressed her concern claiming that her rubbish-strewn neighbourhood is getting worse and becoming an eyesore.

Mrs Susan Sexton, who lives in the area, said: “I am in despair and our local council litter pickers are in despair as the accumulation of rubbish in the alleyways off Loke Road continues.

“The rubbish starts to build up the day after collection and I think the litter pickers do an amazing job, but it’s a thankless task for them.

“I have had one letter from the council stating that they are aware of the problem a couple of years ago, but the problem continues.”

Mrs Sexton, who lives close to the alleyway at George Street which backs on to the recreation ground, said the rubbish problems have deteriorated over the past few weeks.

“The bags of rubbish have just been building up over the past three weeks and the pile is just getting bigger and bigger.

“It’s not just the alleyway at the back of George Street, there are other streets where rubbish is accumulating, too.”

“I think the dustmen are just as dismayed at the situation as the residents are.”

Councillor Brian Long, cabinet member for environment, said: “We are aware of the issues in the alleyways at North Lynn.

“Due to health and safety concerns residents were recently contacted and asked to put their waste out for collection at the front of their properties and not in the rear alleyways.

“Staff from Kier and the council have been advised not to enter the alleyways to collect waste and fly-tipping and we have been out to provide advice to householders in the area.

“Staff from Kier and the council will meet next week to further assess the situation and to see what can be done to resolve it.

“We understand that this is not ideal for local residents but we have a duty of care towards our staff, as do our contractors.

“While we work on a solution, we would urge residents to assist by making sure they put their waste out on the appropriate days at the front of their properties.”