29 July 2020 by Robyn White

Norfolk unveils £1.9 million in-house HWRC

Norfolk county council has invited the public to comment on plans for an in-house £1.9 million Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC) in the south of Norwich.

The new HWRC will replace the facility in Ketteringham, and will work alongside another facility the council is proposing in the north of Norwich.

The council’s in-house team has made some changes to the plans after a consultation in February, including more parking spaces

Both will be run by the council’s in-house waste company Norse Environmental Waste Services (NEWS), a subsidiary of the local authority-owned company Norse Group.

FCC currently operates the facility in the north of the city, but its contract ends in 2021 and it won’t be renewed.

NEWS will take over the HWRC contract for all of Norfolk, which the council says will allow “all 20 of Norfolk’s HWRCs to operate under the same contract conditions and to be operated on open book principle”.

South Norwich

The facility in South Norwich has been designed to have low level bins with no steps,” plenty of parking” and one-way traffic systems to smooth traffic flow and reduce queues.

The council says the proposed plans for the site are part of a number of planned improvements that “together will enhance the network of recycling centres and make them more efficient and suitable for planned growth”.

Consultations on designs for the site ran from 17 February to 30 March this year, after which several minor changes were made to the plans.

The local authority added that should the Norwich South plans get the go ahead, the site would be built on an underused part of the Harford park and ride site using available spare space, which it hopes would account for peak times.

Reuse

The plans also include a new large reuse shop, supported by East Anglian Air Ambulance, which the council says will be 8 times the size of the one already at Ketteringham.

The council added the site would also include a ‘pay as you throw’ service for disposal of construction waste, a trade service for small businesses.

‘Vital investment’

Cllr Andy Grant, Norfolk county council cabinet member for environment and waste, said: “I’m very grateful to everyone who took the time to let us know their thoughts on our plans earlier this year as this helped us to shape the scheme that we’re now seeking planning permission for.

“The £1.9m site is a significant and vital investment in making sure that we are providing a service fit for the future”

Cllr Andy Grant, Norfolk county council

“The £1.9m site is a significant and vital investment in making sure that we are providing a service fit for the future and that can meet the needs of a growing population.”

Following the plans being opened for consultation in February, Cllr Grant said that the new recycling centres represent an investment of £4.65 million by the council, and are part of a range of improvements being made to recycling centres across Norfolk, which will see new and larger sites for the area over the next three years.

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