‘Respect and not abuse West Norfolk countryside’

Some of the large amounts of rubbish which has be dumped around the woodland area surrounding Bawsey Lakes ANL-160426-171108009
Some of the large amounts of rubbish which has be dumped around the woodland area surrounding Bawsey Lakes ANL-160426-171108009

Calls have been made to put up a gate along a pretty country lane in a bid to stop the “constant pilgrimage of ne’er-do-wells”.

Landowners around Sandy Lane in Bawsey are demanding action is taking to stop the ‘constant stream’ of rubbish and other inappropriate behaviour.

Flytippers are dumping bags of rubbish,tyres, pallets and even an old television cabinet along the lane rather than going to Lynn’s recycling centre, which is about 15 minutes away. Condoms and needles have also been found.

Bawsey Pits owner Stephen Bacon has been handed needles by angry walkers and says there is a “huge problem” with flytipping and litter.

Mr Bacon, who has also had to foot the bill to remove tyres, said: “The flytipping is dreadful and I am concerned about the needles. What if a child picked one up? It is disgusting.

“I have found more than 20 used condoms and wrappers down there since October.

“This is inappropriate behaviour.

“I am calling for a gate to allow public access to walk their dogs, ride their bikes and horses but to stop vehicles.”

Quarrying firm Sibelco also owns land along Sandy Lane.

Spokesman Nigel Canham said: “We are very disappointed that flytipping continues to be a problem in the area. It is something we have tried to tackle in the past when it has affected our property.

“We would welcome the chance to discuss a way forward with any relevant parties but in the meantime call on those responsible to respect rather than abuse the West Norfolk countryside.”

Another landowner, who did not wish to be named, said: “I hope common sense prevails by someone to stop this constant pilgrimage of ne’er-do-wells dumping rubbish along that lane.”

West Norfolk councillor Allistair Beales, who is the ward member, is working on the issue.

He is holding talks with landowners along with Norfolk County Councillor Toby Coke to find a solution.

But he warned that it is not clear who owns the site and said it was too early to say what the solutions could be.

Mr Beales said: “It is a huge drain and waste of resources just to clear up flytipping in the countryside.

“In my view something has got to be done and there must be some way to resolve it.”

The issue has also been raised with nearby Leziate Parish Council. Chairman Tony Crane said: “Clearly it is anti-social, people are getting rid of their rubbish and expecting the tax payer to pick up the tab.”