Twelve revolutionary bins are being installed by North Norfolk District Council in Cromer and Wells to reduce litter overspill during busy times.
The ‘smart’ solar-powered litter bins are larger than a traditional street bin and when litter reaches a certain level inside, or at pre-programmed intervals, a hydraulic ram compacts the litter so levels do not overflow.
Restaurant businesses that create high volumes of packaging waste are contributing funds to the NNDC project, including Cromer’s No 1, and Platten’s and French’s fish and chip shops in Wells.
A Wells Primary School dinner lady, a young woman who works to support youngsters with learning difficulties and a local crab dresser will be among the first Homes for Wells tenants for the newly converted Old School.
This represents an astounding achievement for a group of volunteers who got together in 2006 to form Homes for Wells to help provide affordable accommodation for local people. This followed a survey which showed that as a result of the town’s popularity over 20% of houses have become second homes or holiday lets, which has pushed house prices and rents beyond the reach of many indigenous folk.