Thetford is getting a big boost to help it tackle fly-tipping after the Pride in Breckland project agreed to invest £20,000 in a pilot scheme.
The Thetford Community Association was awarded the funding by the Pride in Breckland Board, overseen by Breckland District Council Cabinet, for a year-long project to address the issue across the town.
The substantial financial boost, which was granted in a meeting on November 25, will allow the association to employ a full time member of staff to focus on controlling the problem and deterring potential offenders.
Association chair Andrew Richardson said: “It has been a problem from some particular time, and there had obviously been a perceived need to tackle it.
“I am aware that the issue has moved around the area. It is not out of control, but this is to try to put a lid on it and act as a deterrant.
“It may seem like a large investment, but if it makes the problem go away then it has been money well spent.”
The funding will pay for a Community Support Officer to tackle fly-tipping, with high profile public information and publicity campaigns throughout the project period.
The new officer will work closely with Breckland Police, Norfolk Constabulary, registered providers and local schools.
Mr Richardson said: “If you are going to tackle problems like this you need to have an active presence ground and be able to ask questions.
“Based on past successes, it is something we feel we can deal with and take forward.”
Breckland deputy leader Cllr Lynda Turner is welcoming Pride in Breckland’s investment in the pilot, and the active support for the project from the Pride in Breckland Board members.
“I am always pleased to see local communities taking responsibility for tackling local issues such as fly-tipping,” she said.
“The determination of Thetford Community Association to address what is a growing blight should be commended, as should be the additional support being offered by Thetford Town Council and Flagship Housing.”
The association met on Wednesday to further discuss the scheme, which will be evaluated at the end of the 12-month period by the Pride in Breckland Board.