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Have your say on plans for new recycling centres for the Norwich area

17 February 2020

From today, Monday 17 February, people will be able to take a look at plans for a brand new £1.9million recycling centre to the south of Norwich.

A new larger modern recycling centre at Harford could replace the current site at Ketteringham. This site would complement the planned new recycling centre to the north of the city which is needed to replace the current Mile Cross site in 2021. This first look at the Harford plans is to allow people to give their views, and for those to be taken into account, before a formal planning application is made in the summer.

And plans for the £2.75million recycling centre to the north of the city, off the A140/Broadland Northway junction, are further along in the process with a formal planning application opening for comment later this week. A consultation on the plans for this site late last year led to some changes in the scheme before the layout was finalised for the planning application.

Cllr Andy Grant, Norfolk County Council Cabinet Member for Environment & Waste, said: “Together the two new recycling centres represent an investment of £4.65million by Norfolk County Council to provide a service fit for the future and that can meet the needs of a growing population. The planned moves are part of a range of improvements to recycling centres across Norfolk which will see new, revamped or larger sites for Norwich, Wymondham, Sheringham and Morningthorpe over the next three years.”

At Harford the plans would see a recycling centre built on an underused part of the Harford park and ride site using available spare space.

Both the new recycling centres would be designed to have low level bins with no steps, plenty of parking for cars, bicycles and vehicles with trailers, and one-way traffic systems to smooth traffic flow and reduce queues. The sites are at locations with good transport links to make them accessible to as many people as possible in the growing Norwich area.

New large reuse shops would also be an important feature as each existing Norfolk County Council reuse shop stops on average 100 tonnes of reusable items being thrown away every year.

The consultation on Harford will be open from 17 February to 30 March. The planning consultation for the Norwich north site opens later this week and will run for a 21 day period.

People will be able to see all the plans and feed back their views online here:

www.norfolk.gov.uk/wasteprojects

There will also be two drop-in events where people can see the Harford plans and respond in person:

  • Monday 2 March 10.30am - 1.30pm The Forum, Millennium Plain, NR2 1BH
  • Thursday 12 March 4pm - 8pm Tesco Superstore, Ipswich Road, NR4 6DZ

Other recycling centre improvements:

Norfolk has been expanding its network of reuse shops with 14 now at recycling centres across the county. In addition to the five new reuse shops that have opened in 2019 at Wells-next-the-Sea, Bergh Apton, Heacham, Snetterton and Wereham, the reuse shops at Dereham and Caister recycling centres doubled in size.

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.

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