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Norfolk’s Recycling Revolution is plastic fantastic

recycle plastic bottles photo: cARTerART

In just three weeks’ time, residents across Norfolk will be able to recycle a whole range of additional plastic materials in their kerbside recycling collection.

Norfolk’s councils have been working with Norfolk Environmental Waste Service (NEWS) to revolutionise the way we recycle in the county and from 1 October residents will be able to include plastic pots, tubs and trays in their recycling along with their plastic bottles and bottle tops.

£8m of investment by NEWS in the Materials Recycling Facility at Costessey has enabled high tech equipment to be installed which makes it possible to accept and effectively sort a much wider range of materials for recycling.

Cllr John Fisher, Chair of the Norfolk Waste Partnership, explained: “This change to the recycling service will make it so much easier for people to recycle their plastics. We will be able to recycle many of the items that people regularly pick up in their shopping each week – yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, pots used for soups and sauces, plastic meat or vegetable trays. From October, all these items can be placed in the recycling bin, as can bottle tops if they are left on the plastic bottles.

“We have been encouraging people to recycle plastic bottles for many years, although we notice that often bottles that live in the bathroom don’t get recycled – so we would encourage people to think about the plastics they have in every room in their home.”

Residents are being reminded to rinse all foodstuffs from plastic bottles, tubs, trays and pots as this helps to reduce contamination, improving the value of the end materials. It also means that recycling bins stay fresh.

The better the quality of the recycling that goes into the processor, the higher the
value as it can be turned into useful, saleable materials. These include replacement
woods products for the garden such as fencing and garden furniture along with plastic bins and buckets, clothing and toys.

In addition to the new plastics, from 1 October 2014, residents will also be able to
recycle glass bottles and jars, and cartons such as the ones used for soups and juices in their kerbside recycling collection.

More information about the Recycling Revolution campaign and the new recycling
service will be available from 22 September 2014 at recyclefornorfolk.org.uk. Additionally you can follow the campaign on Twitter using #RecyclingRevolution.

In addition to household recycling collections, residents can recycle a very wide
range of materials at Norfolk’s network of 20 recycling centres. For more information
visit norfolk.gov.uk/recyclingcentres

 

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King’s Lynn parks among the best

green flag award 2014

Two parks in King’s Lynn have been recognised as being amongst the best in the country by the Green Flag consortium.

Tower Gardens and The Walks have been awarded Green Flags this year.

In the West Norfolk area, Boston Square and the Esplanade in Hunstanton also received awards..

The Green Flag scheme is operated by a UK consortium comprising Keep Britain Tidy, the Conservation Volunteers and GreenSpace. This year 1,476 parks, cemeteries, universities, shopping centres and community gardens have met the high standard required to receive a Green Flag.

The Green Flag Awards are judged by volunteer experts who visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.

Cllr David Pope, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Public Space, said: “We are delighted to be able to retain four Green Flags in the borough. They are a symbol that these spaces are well-managed, safe and inviting places for the community to enjoy and demonstrate our ongoing commitment to providing high quality public spaces.”

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Bus station improvements – Have your say!

Improvements would include new bus bays and shelters.

Improvements would include new bus bays and shelters.

Consultation begins this week on a major £1.2m project to enhance and improve the bus station area in King’s Lynn and the links between King’s Lynn railway station and the town centre.

Proposals are on display at the bus information office and are also available in Sainsbury’s town centre store.

Kings Lynn Transport Interchange - plan

Scheme highlights include:

• Installation of new modern canopy to provide an extended waiting area and shelter for passengers

• Increased public space/pedestrian area in front of bus station office and Sainsbury’s to relieve pedestrian congestion at peak times.

• New street furniture including cycle storage, seating, bins and lighting

• New exit onto Albion Street/Railway Road for north-bound bus services

• Increase in arrival bays from 1 to 2

• Refurbished toilets including ‘external facelift’ to the bus station

• Refurbished information office with improved digital travel and visitor information

• Reduction in the number of layover bays for buses and coaches to improve the efficiency and use of the bus station area

• Widened pavements along Old Market Street and Waterloo Street

• Waterloo Street changed to ‘access only’ for residents

• Widened bus lay by at the railway station to cater for increased bus services

• Improvements to pedestrian crossing at Blackfriars Road and Railway Road

The scheme is being funded by Sainsbury’s and Tesco Stores. It is designed to mitigate the impact of out-of-town retail developments by providing attractive gateways and arrival points into the town centre.

The works will also ensure that it is easy for people to find their way into town and that routes from the bus and railway station are accessible.

Cllr Alistair Beales, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Commercial Assets, said: “This is a really exciting project for the town. I hope people will take part in the consultation and let us know what they think of our initial designs.

“They have been developed based on feedback from a survey we carried out with bus station users last year, so we hope we’ve got the ideas right.”

The consultation runs until 20 July. Comments and feedback will be considered and the proposals refined in order for the final planning application to be prepared.

It is likely that a planning application will be submitted in August, with a view to work beginning on site in October/November.

Drop-in sessions where people can speak to a council representative about the project will take place at the bus station information office as follows

1 July 10am – 12 noon
3 July 3pm – 5pm
5 July 10am – 12 noon
7 July 12 noon – 2pm
8 July 2pm – 4pm
11 July 8.30am – 10.30am
14 July 1pm – 3pm
15 July 11am – 1pm
18 July 9am – 11am

For more information on the proposed changes, see the King’s Lynn Transport Interchange brochure (pdf 4mb).

Feedback on the proposals can be made using the council survey.

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Seaside Award for Hunstanton

Hunstanton keep britain tidy blue flag

Hunstanton’s main beach has been awarded a Seaside Award for 2014 by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

Hunstanton is one of 112 beaches to gain this standard in 2014.

Keep Britain Tidy’s Seaside Award recognises and rewards beaches in England that achieve the highest standards of beach management. Judges consider aspects such as the quality of facilities, information and presence of beach patrol as well as environmental management.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “We’re delighted that Hunstanton will be flying the Seaside Award Flag in 2014. It assures visitors of the quality of the beach and its facilities and confirms that Hunstanton is one of the best beaches in the country.”

Richard McIlwain, Programmes Director for the charity Keep Britain Tidy, which is responsible for the Blue Flag and Seaside Awards in England, said: “It’s fantastic news for everyone who loves visiting the seaside that over 160 beaches will be flying a flag that guarantees the public the best facilities and the cleanest beaches this summer. ”

Last month Hunstanton’s main beach was also noted by the Marine Conservation Society, which gave it the highest classification of ‘recommended’ in its Good Beach Guide 2014. The rating is based on the quality of water samples taken throughout the year.

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Community-led coastal clean-up

Community clean-up

Over 1.5 tons of rubbish was collected from the West Norfolk coastline during a community clean-up on 27 April.

The clean-up, which was organised by the King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Wildfowler Association (KLWNWA) with the assistance of the borough council, covered the stretch of coastline from Wolferton sea wall to the River Ouse in King’s Lynn.

Plastic bottles, general rubbish and debris from the winter’s tidal storm surge were amongst the items collected by the 25-strong KLWNWA team. Local businesses provided tractors and trailers to assist and the borough council collected and disposed of the rubbish appropriately.

Cllr Brian Long, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “This has been a really impressive effort by local wildfowlers and we were keen to help. Their work will help to protect the landscape that they, and other members of our community, enjoy.”

Nathan Reed, King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Wildfowler Association spokesman, said: “The clean-up operation is a vital tool to ensure litter build up from seasonal big tides does not impact on wildlife and people using our marsh.

“We would like to thank the council for their support.”

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Get out to the Gaywood !

get out to gaywood

The Norfolk Rivers Trust are inviting you to join them for a day learning about your local river, the wildlife it supports and how we can work together to solve the threats it faces.

The Trust is keen to hear:

● what you know about the Gaywood river

● the problems the river faces

● what work you’d like us to do in the future

● everything and anything else!

Visitors can come for the day, take part in the free activities or just pop in for five minutes. The Trust would love to meet you and hear your views.

Alongside stands from Norfolk Rivers Trust and several other key organisations inside the hall, there will be various activities for the whole family.

At 10am there will be Guided river walk along sections of the Gaywood river, taking in impressive wildlife and built heritage. Visitors are advised to bring suitable walking shoes and waterproofs in case of rain. Free transport is provided.

From 12pm – 1pm Lunch will be served with free food and refreshments provided.

From 2pm – 5pm there is an tour of historical and archaeological sites in
Gaywood and Reffley led by Dr Clive Bond from the King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Archaeological Society, where visitors can find out more about the rich and colourful history of the Gaywood valley. Once again, bring suitable walking shoes and waterproofs in case of rain. Free transport is provided.

All day children’s activities will be led by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust.

Spaces for the walks are limited so please email or call Gemma at gemma.clark@norfolk.gov.uk ● 07768031629

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Stalls available at craft and horticultural event

Local crafts people and horticulturalists are being invited to take stalls at a special plant sale and craft event being held in The Walks on Saturday 10 May.

The event, which is being organised by the Borough Council, will give people the opportunity to find out more about the town’s Anglia in Bloom campaign as well as offering them inspiration for their own craft, environmental and gardening projects. The King’s Lynn in Bloom annual Front Garden Competition, sponsored by Hayes and Storr Solicitors, will also be launched at the event.

The event will be free to attend and open to the public from 11am until 4 pm.

People who provide crafts opportunities or products, or items and services related to horticulture, gardening or wildlife conservation are invited to apply for a free stall at the event.

Stallholders will be expected to provide their own stalls (tables and gazebos). Stallholders will need to be on site by 10 am at the latest on 10 May. Applicants must be 18 or over. Pitches will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

To apply please contact: Rob Wiseman on 01553 782021 or via email: Robert.wiseman@west-norfolk.gov.uk.

As well as exploring the stalls and exhibition stands by the Norfolk Master Composters, Norfolk Wildlife Trust and others, visitors will be able to take part in craft workshops, meet the King’s Lynn Community Allotment team based in The Walks and find out how to get involved in King’s Lynn in Bloom.

www.westnorfolkinbloom.co.uk

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Get to know your local river

gaywood river walk

The Norfolk Rivers Trust are offering a 4.5 mile on Sunday March 23 which follows the River Gaywood as it winds its way from Reffley Wood through King’s Lynn to the Great Ouse.

The River Gaywood provides a vital wildlife corridor to link green spaces and bring wildlife into the heart of the town.

Spring fed chalk rivers are a globally rare and declining habitat and King’s Lynn is fortunate to have one flowing through the town.

In the company of an expert guide, walkers will follow the river, find out about the
pressures facing chalk rivers, what can be done to help the natural functioning of them, look out for wildlife along the way, and finally see how man has historically used the river at Mill Fleet at the end.

The walk takes place from 10am to 1pm, staring at the Sandy Lane entrance to Reffley Wood and finishing at Boal Quay, followed by coffee and cake at Marriott’s Warehouse.

The walk and refreshments are free but booking is required. Contact Gemma Clark at gemma.clark@norfolk.gov.uk or phone 07768 031629.

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FLOOD WARNING for King’s Lynn

Flood Warning Area shown in RED. Fllod Alert Area in ORANGE.

Flood Warning Area shown in RED.
Flood Alert Area in ORANGE.

The Environment Agency has issued a FLOOD WARNING for the Tidal River Great Ouse along the Kings Lynn river frontage.

Among the areas included are the South Quay, and most of South Lynn.

High tide in King’s Lynn is 7.15 pm.

Police officers will visit homes that need to be evacuated.

Latest details available at:

Environment Agency Flood Alerts

Live Flood Warning Map

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King’s Lynn scoops Anglia in Bloom award

Custom House and Flowers

King’s Lynn has scooped a Gold Award at the annual Anglia in Bloom Award Ceremony.

Each year entrants work to make improvements to their local environment, undertaking a range of projects from annual clean-up initiatives and bulb-planting events to innovative and sustainable planting schemes and community projects. The competition rewards horticultural excellence, environmental responsibility and community participation.

West Norfolk has an impressive record in the competition and this year has been no exception. Hunstanton was once again named the winner of the coastal category. Heacham and South Wootton also gained Gold. Downham Market was awarded a Silver Gilt and took the award for the best Community Project for its Worldwide Garden. Greater Ringstead gained a Silver Gilt, improving on last year’s Silver performance.

This has been an especially busy and successful year for the King’s Lynn in Bloom committee. The Community Allotment, housed within The Walks public park, has flourished and two of the team, Lally Lee and Herbie Knight,s have been given the accolade of Master Gardeners by green charity Garden Organic.

The team has also linked up with French artists to create thought-provoking landscaping projects as part of a cross-border Arts, Cities, Landscapes project with the Maison de la Culture d’Amiens. A two-year project funded by the European Union Intereg IVA programme.

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Work begins on Tuesday Market Place revamp

tuesday marketplace revamp

Work has started on the £900,000 revamp of the Tuesday Market Place.

Under the plans two streets will be pedestrianised to increase the area around the square. This means there will be greater pedestrian access and less car parking.

It is hoped the project will improve the attractiveness of the area, help develop a cafe culture and increase opportunities for events.

Work is planned to be completed by mid-October.

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New recycling project for West Norfolk

recycle recycling computers 300

West Norfolk Voluntary & Community Action (WNVCA) are setting up a new recycling initiative in partnership with COVER – A charity based in Cambridgeshire.

The project, called GREENGO, is a new recycling supply chain in West Norfolk, which can take delivery of old computers and laptops which will re-enter the supply chain by being refurbished, re-used or recycled by COVER.

Cables, DVD players, Games Consoles, Mobile Phones, Flat Screen TVs, Monitors, Printers and Fax Machines can also be taken for recycling.

There is a zero percent policy on donations going to landfill – so everything donated will either be refurbished, recycled or re-used.

Donors will get up to £5 for every computer or laptop donated, so this would be a great way for schools to raise funds.

Computers will be kept at a safe storage facility near the WNCVA office, and all data will be wiped from the hard drives and a certificate of destruction of data can be issued if needed.

To get in touch for further information, contact Marie Connell on 01553 760 568 or email marie@westnorfolkvca.org.

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Remembering the 1953 floods

1953 flood ~ High tide marks at St Margarets Church, King's lynn

1953 flood ~ High tide marks at St Margarets Church, King’s lynn

Memorial services are being held to mark the anniversary of the 1953 floods.

60 years ago on 31 January a combination of forceful winds, atmospheric pressure and high tides created a storm surge that was to devastate local communities. Flooding along the east coast claimed lives and destroyed property.

On Thursday at 11 am the flood memorial at North Beach, Heacham was re-dedicated and children from Heacham Junior School layed a special tribute. (story and pictures to follow)

A special service incorporating representatives from the emergency services and voluntary organisations, led by Reverend Canon Chris Ivory, will also be held at King’s Lynn Minster on Thursday at 7 pm. Borough Mayor, Cllr Geoffrey Wareham, and mayoress, Mary Wareham will both attend. The public is welcome to attend.

Borough Mayor, Cllr Geoffrey Wareham, said, “The flood had an enormous impact on our communities and tragically claimed the lives of over 80 people locally. It is both fitting and important that we remember people who lost their lives during that terrible night and celebrate the bravery of those who fought to save the lives of others and the resourcefulness of people in coping with the aftermath.”

Classic archive image showing woman carrying child along Wisbech Road during the 1953 flood.

Classic archive image showing the scene along Wisbech Road during the 1953 flood.

Robert Flute, Chairman of the Norfolk Resilience Forum, said: “The floods of 1953 and the aftermath are etched into the minds of people living in the east of England. For those who remember and those who have heard and learned about the tragic events, they serve as a reminder of the power of the elements, the bravery of individuals and the need to be prepared. It is important that anniversaries such as this are marked and communities remember.”

Nigel Dixon, Cabinet Member for Community Protection at Norfolk County Council, said: “What happened in 1953 is something Norfolk people will never forget. It may be 60 years ago but for the communities hit by those devastating floods that January and especially in those where lives were lost, the memories are all too fresh. It is right that we remember and it is right that we do our best to make sure such events cannot be repeated.”

For more information about areas at risk of flooding and to sign up to receive flood warnings, please call Floodline on 0845 988 1188 or visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood.

For more information about preparing for an emergency please visit: www.norfolkprepared.gov.uk.

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Feedback needed for new recycling technology

recycle plastic bottles photo: cARTerART

People in West Norfolk will be able to have their say on the borough council’s proposals to press ahead with a new technology which could lead to most of the borough’s general waste being recycled.

The ground-breaking technology, which has been developed by consortium Material Works, processes general waste from black bins into an inert, safe, strong and long-lasting extruded material which can be used for hard landscaping, construction, pallets and packaging.

Negotiations are currently ongoing between the borough council and Material Works and it is anticipated that the borough council’s cabinet members will be asked to make a decision regarding proceeding with the contract later next month. In the meantime, to help inform that decision, the borough council is seeking feedback from local people about the proposal.

Cllr Brian Long, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “The technology that has been developed by Material Works represents a major change to the way that waste can be handled. It’s environmentally friendly, affordable, sustainable and could put West Norfolk at the very forefront of recycling. We are interested to know what local people think and hope they will get involved either by responding to our survey, should they receive a call, or by coming along to one of our drop in sessions or our open meeting.”

Get involved:

Survey
A telephone survey of around 1,000 is currently taking place and will continue until the middle of October. The independent company undertaking the survey is MEL Research.

Public drop-in sessions
Members of the public will be able to attend public drop in sessions to find out more about the proposed recycling technology. Sessions have been arranged as follows:

Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 12.30pm to 7pm – Hunstanton Community Centre, Avenue Road, Hunstanton

Friday, 5 October 2012, 12.30pm to 7pm – Downham Market Town Hall, Bridge Street, Downham Market

Thursday, 11 October 2012, 12.30pm to 5.15pm – Borough Council offices, King’s Court, Chapel Street, King’s Lynn

Open meeting
Members of the public will be able to attend an open meeting at the town hall in King’s Lynn on Thursday, 11 October 2012. The meeting starts at 7pm.

Feedback from the survey, drop-in sessions and open meeting will be collated and analysed, so that it can be taken into account when they make their decision at their Cabinet Meeting on 30 October 2012.

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Behind the scenes at East Winch Wildlife Hospital

East Winch RSPCA

East Winch RSPCA Wildlife Hospital

Special Report by Katie Moyle (age 9)

This summer I was really lucky to be allowed behind the scenes at the RSPCA animal centre at East Winch to see some of the seals. I had met one of the supervisors, Jo Mead, at the Kings Lynn park run.

The centre started in 1988 when the RSPCA along with Greenpeace, responded to the Seal distemper virus which struck common seals in the North Sea. An emergency seal assessment centre was set up in Docking, Norfolk.

After this emergency, the RSPCA continued to treat sick and injured seals and started to take in other British wildlife.In 1992 the centre moved to their permanent site at East Winch which became known as the RSPCA Norfolk Wildlife Hospital. The facilities and workload increased dramatically following the move.

east winch seal baby

Baby Orphan Seal

The centre is renowed for its care of orphaned, sick or injured seals. Centre staff developed a great deal of expertise during the seal distemper virus epidemics of 1988 and 2002. Vets are part of the team of trained and dedicated personnel. Staff have detailed knowledge and wide experince of wildlife care, rehabillitation.

When I visited with my Mum and Dad we had to put on a white suit and welly boots -mine were absolutely massive on me and I could hardly walk! First we saw the tanks with some baby Grey Seals in them.Then we saw the tanks that had slighty larger seals in them,followed by the outdoor release tank. Finally we saw the intensive care unit with the very sick seals and a slightly mad fox in the different rooms.

Jo Mead helping a seal

Jo Mead helping a seal

After the visit, I met Jo Mead again and interviewed her about her work with the seals.

When did you start working with seals?

I started working at the centre just over 10 years ago.

What do you enjoy about your job?

The best part about my job is when we release a seal when we have had to spend so much time getting them better

If a member of the public found a poorly seal?

First of all you should not go near it, because they can bite. Sometimes they can look poorly when they are not. Then they should call the RSPCA on 0300 123 4999 and tell them and we will send an RSPCA inspector to have a look.

What happens when you rescue a seal?

We bring it to the centre and then we get the vet to check it over. Then we give it some anbtibiotics and lots of food and fluids until its feeding better and then it is allowed to go swimming. It puts on lots of weight and then we can release it.

How long before you can release a seal again?

To get a seal better from really poorly until it can go back to sea, it can take about three months. Sometimes if they are really poorly it can take longer.

Two cute!

Two cute!

Katie’s website All About Seals can be found at greatsealinfo.wordpress.com

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Norfolk’s recycling network ~ New online map

Recycling Map

A new interactive web-based map to help residents pinpoint their nearest recycling facility has been launched by Norfolk County Council.

The map allows people to search for places where they can recycle their rubbish in a variety of ways: by location – ie entering their postcode or by clicking on their local area – or by type of recycling facility.

Speaking about the new service, Bill Borrett, Norfolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste said: “When it comes to recycling, Norfolk is leading the way, with over 1000 different facilities, making it one of the largest recycling networks in the country, I am really pleased that anyone can now find their nearest site with a click of a button.

“The vast majority of these are in the heart of local communities, run by community groups, volunteers and local councils and supported by Norfolk County Council with cash payments made through our recycling credits scheme.

recycle plastic bottles photo: cARTerART

“This new online tool has been designed to help people find out exactly what recycling facilities are near them, or where they need to go to be able to reuse or recycle different household materials.

“People are far more likely to recycle if it’s convenient to do it. That means higher recycling rates and less waste being sent to landfill and this new web-based map will help Norfolk achieve that.”

The new map reveals that there are 153 Recycling Centres in Norfolk, plus another 832 Recycling Points and 128 charity shops.

The map also explains the different types of waste each site can take.

The map can be found at www.norfolk.gov.uk/recyclingcentres

Community organisations, voluntary groups or charities which run local recycling operations that would like to add them to the map should contact recycling@norfolk.gov.uk or call 0344 800 8020

Organisations that would like to find out more about Norfolk County Council’s recycling credits scheme should visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/communityRRR or call 0344 800 8020

People can also access the new service using the internet facilities which are available at all Norfolk libraries, free of charge to members. Joining Norfolk’s libraries is also free.

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