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Chance to have say on new recycling centre set to feature county’s largest reuse shop

04 November 2019

Norwich’s new recycling centre is moving a step closer this week as people are being urged to give their views on plans for the brand-new site that is set to see the opening of Norfolk’s largest reuse shop.

The plans released today also include plenty of parking, a one-way traffic system, and easy access bins with no steps.

Cllr Andy Grant, Norfolk County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste, said: “Creating a new site from scratch has given us the opportunity to shape it to meet people’s needs. We asked people last year what they would like to see at the new recycling centre. The feedback was clear - people wanted easy access bins, smooth traffic flow through the site, plenty of parking and a reuse shop, so this is what we’ve done.

“We are yet to start a formal planning process as that would follow in the coming months. At this stage we’d be particularly keen to hear if there’s anything we have missed or may need to change. We’ve set aside £2.75m for the project and I’d urge everyone who lives and works in and around Norwich to take a look at our plans as we’d love to hear your thoughts.”

A site near Norwich airport, off the A140/Broadland Northway junction, has been earmarked for the brand-new recycling centre. Work has been underway over the past year to secure a new site for the city as the contract on the current site at Mile Cross expires in 2021.

The four-week consultation opens on Monday 4 November and closes on 2 December.

Details of the plans and online survey can be found at www.norfolk.gov.uk/wasteprojects.

People are also invited to two drop-in public consultation events where they can see the plans and talk to officers for more information before giving their views.

  • Thursday 7 November 2-7.30pm The Pavilion, Norfolk Cricket Club, Manor Park, Holt Rd, Horsford, Norwich NR10 3AQ*
  • Monday 11 November 11am-1pm The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1TF

Further information

In June 2018 the County Council asked people what they would like to see at a new site. Eight-hundred and eighty-four people responded to the consultation with around 90% of respondents saying that they thought plenty of parking, easy traffic flow through the site, low level bins or raised platforms, and a reuse shop were important.

In selecting the preferred site councillors have made sure the current Norfolk-wide requirement that people are within a 20-minute car journey of a recycling centre is maintained. The preferred site also meets required criteria as it’s a large site, not too close to residential areas and has good road access.

*People attending the event on 7 November at The Pavilion, Norfolk Cricket Club will also be able to see plans by a developer for a business park and petrol filling station on land near to the proposed recycling centre. Separate planning applications will be brought forward by the developer for these elements, which are not linked to the recycling centre application.

Timetable for the development of a new site

  • Our consultation is open 4 November to 2 December
  • Planning application submission in winter 2019/20
  • Planning decision expected spring 2019
  • Access road construction commences summer 2020
  • Recycling centre construction in 2020/21
  • Recycling centre opening September 2021

Other recycling centre improvements

Norfolk has been expanding its network of reuse shops with 13 now at recycling centres across the county. New reuse shops at Bergh Apton, Wells, Wereham, Heacham opened this year and one at Snetterton will be opening in the new year.

Relocating the Ketteringham recycling centre to a new site at Harford Bridge 2021. It is proposed this new, bigger site will be on an available part of the Harford Park and Ride site providing easy access for residents in South Norwich to a new facility.

People are urged to keep a look out in the new year for an upcoming consultation on the relocation of the Ketteringham recycling centre.

A new recycling centre for Wymondham by 2022. The current Wymondham Recycling Centre is very small with a single-track access road and due to proposed housing growth around Wymondham and Attleborough, we’re proposing to build a bigger site that is more accessible.

Improvements to the sites at Sheringham and Morningthorpe by 2022 to increase the size of these sites, or relocate them, to improve recycling and access onto these popular recycling centres.

Background to the project

Norfolk County Council’s Environment, Development and Transport committee heard in September 2015 of the need to find a new site for a recycling centre to replace the one at Mile Cross when the current contract runs out in 2021 and as the site is not owned by the County Council. 

At the May 2018 Environment, Development and Transport committee meeting councillors agreed that a member task and finish group would focus on overseeing the process to secure a suitable site for the delivery of the replacement recycling centre.

Members of the Environment, Development and Transport committee have had further updates on the project on 9 November 2018 and 8 March 2019.

Remember that people can take all their household waste for free to any of Norfolk’s network of 20 recycling centres. It’s free to take things like sofas, white goods such as freezers, fridges and washing machines, all free-standing furniture including tables, chairs and wardrobes, plus carpet and underlay. More information here: www.norfolk.gov.uk/recycling.

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