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West Norfolk Council plans to spend more money to meet extra bin demand

Spending more time at home appears to have created a greater need for bins in West Norfolk, a report has suggested.

Plans will be considered today which could see borough council chiefs spend tens of pounds more on providing bins for residents and businesses in the borough during the coming financial year.

The proposal is contained in a proposed capital programme for the coming financial year, which will go to West Norfolk Council’s ruling cabinet this afternoon.

King's Court. Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk.. (37640532)
King's Court. Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk.. (37640532)

The report said: “£92,000 has been added to the capital programme for additional bins for all refuse services.

“This additional budget is required for:

Additional brown bin sales requiring the purchase of bins as a result of Covid-19;

Additional green bin requests as more people are at home and recycling more as a result of Covid-19;

Wear and tear on bins which are between 8 and 14 years of age becoming end of life;

Additional trade bins for increased numbers of homes going in to NNDR (national non-domestic rates) as a result of Covid-19 financial support measures.”

The bin measure is among a range of measures set out in the programme for the year ahead.

The programme also includes the near £600,000 cost of preparing buildings and facilities at Lynn’s College of West Anglia campus for the launch of the town’s new school of nursing.

Funding for the school, which is expected to welcome its first students this autumn, was confirmed by the government last September.

More than £330,000 is earmarked for infrastructure intended to help maintain social distancing in public spaces, while £150,000 is set to be spent to replace vehicles used by parking staff.

The report says that money is being provided by a third party.

And the plan also proposes the authority investing more than £27,000 from its reserves in the refurbishment of public toilets at Heacham’s South Beach.

The project is expected to cost around £75,000 to complete, with the remaining funding being drawn from other parties.

Today’s cabinet meeting will also consider plans to raise the borough council’s share of council tax by £4.50 for an average band D home during the 2021-22 financial year.

The authority’s financial plan also sets out proposed increases to the charges imposed for many services, including the hire of venues such as Lynn Town Hall and the St George’s Guildhall.

But parking charges and admission to attractions like Stories of Lynn are expected to be frozen at their present levels in the year ahead.

Officials have said charges would be kept at current levels wherever possible.

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