Image: Tim Adams, leader of North Norfolk District Council. Credit: Liberal Democrats.
North Norfolk District Council has said they should not have to meet the costs of installing disposal facilities across the district to tackle the problem of motorhome owners dumping waste into public toilets.
At a council cabinet on Tuesday (September 6), it was concluded that North Norfolk taxpayers should not bear the “burden” of providing facilities for campervan and motorhome waste.
Tim Adams, council leader, said: “I feel the costs should be borne by the users of those facilities.”
He added that the council would take on board a recommendation of the council’s overview and scrutiny committee, that all options for campervan waste disposal should be considered.
Nigel Lloyd, portfolio holder for environmental services, climate change and environment, said that dumping the waste in public loos was “a disgusting thing to do”.
Examples of motorhome owners emptying waste cassettes into public drains that run onto beaches were “unacceptable”, he added.
He said it was a difficult problem to resolve and that providing waste facilities was not the answer.
“People who buy these should make their own provision,” he said.
Richard Kershaw, portfolio holder for sustainable growth, said the council received a “negative response” from campsites that had been contacted to see if they would provide a disposal service at their own cost.
Mr Kershaw said it would cost the council more than £10,000 for a station to treat the extra waste itself.
He said: “I don’t think it’s fair that people driving expensive vehicles should burden local taxpayers of north Norfolk with this facility.”
It follows a recent warning not to ‘wild camp’ from North Norfolk District Council amid a rise in complaints of incidents where people are disposing of campervan and motorhome waste in public toilets, which it claims causes damage and blockages.
Cllr. Richard Kershaw said: “The district has a lot of places for you to camp legally with your motorhome or campervan from five pitch certified locations and seasonal sites through to large commercial sites with onsite leisure and retail facilities – so something for everyone.
“All these sites need to provide basic facilities such as water, refuse and wastewater.
“We, therefore, ask that you use these approved campsites rather than “wild camping” when visiting North Norfolk, so we can ensure that the amenity of our permanent residents and communities are respected and that our public toilets can remain open for all, throughout summer.”
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