Norfolk recycling centre cuts ‘unfair to all except Norwich’, says councillor

Docking Recycling Centre
Docking Recycling Centre
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A West Norfolk councillor has described proposed cuts to the county’s network of recycling centres as “disproportionately unfair” – unless you live near the centre of Norwich.

Under current Norfolk County Council proposals, which were backed by its environment, development and transport committee (EDT) in September, Docking’s recycling centre is set to close next year.

Three other sites across the county, including those at Heacham and Ashill, will see their operations slashed from seven days a week to four.

And all centres will see their hours reduced by an hour a day during the summer and on bank holidays, except for the Mile Cross facility in the heart of Norwich.

But, during Thursday’s borough council meeting, Gaywood representative Thomas Smith asked whether shutting one tip would turn the countryside into “one big tip.”

Brian Long, the borough authority’s environment portfolio holder and county councillor for Fincham, said he would oppose the measures when the county council’s budget is set in the new year.

He said: “I think it’s disproportionately unfair to everyone who lives other than near Mile Cross in the middle of Norwich.

“People will travel more miles to access a service that is critical and the shutting of Docking is, in my mind, far from satisfactory.

“Unfortunately, the bulk of members of EDT don’t think that but as a saving it’s my understanding it will appear as a measure when Norfolk County Council sets its budget and I will be opposing that.”