Liberal Democrat councillors are calling on the District Council to get serious about keeping North Norfolk clean and tidy.
The Conservative-run Council is threatening to remove bins from a number of Broads villages which could result in rubbish piling up. District Councillor Barbara McGoun says:
“It's a penny pinching measure which threatens to leave boating visitors with nowhere to dispose of their rubbish in villages that are popular tourist destinations. North Norfolk residents will suffer more mess and local businesses will suffer if tourists are deterred from visiting.”
The Council’s short-sighted approach to keeping the area clean and tidy was exposed by North Walsham councillor Nigel Lloyd last summer. His questions to NNDC revealed that the Council has just one member of staff working half their time to tackle dog fouling and other dog related issues such as strays. The council has not issued a single fine for dog fouling in the past three years and there have been no prosecutions since 2013. Councillor Lloyd called on the Council to at least double its investment in dealing with dog fouling by employing someone full time to address the problem.
“Volunteer dog wardens work hard to deal with fouling but more action is needed. No one wants to see North Norfolk covered in mess – it is unsightly and dangerous,” says Councillor Lloyd.