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North Norfolk cleans up at awards

PUBLISHED: 09:47 12 March 2009 | UPDATED: 13:17 03 July 2010

STREETS had an extra sparkle across north Norfolk as the district basked in spring sunshine - and the glory of being named the cleanest part of the country.

STREETS had an extra sparkle across north Norfolk as the district basked in spring sunshine - and the glory of being named the cleanest part of the country.

It won the overall national award at the Clean Britain Awards - providing a big pat on the back for the council team which battles the tide of litter, dog mess, chewing gum and fly-tipping.

But as officials paraded an FA Cup-sized trophy in some spotless seafront gardens, they said it was also a reminder that everyone had a role to play in keeping the area clean.

The biggest scourge on the streets was not chip trays or cigarette ends, but “the people who don't dispose

of them properly,” said Nick Baker, North Norfolk District Council's strategic director for the environment.

Without them, the council would not have to spend £650,000 a year employing an army of people to sweep the streets, pick up litter, clear up dog mess, and tackle fly-tipping.

“If you leave a bit of litter in a lay-by, it can escalate to a dumped fridge and abandoned vehicle,” he added.

But Clean Britain judges were impressed with North Norfolk when they visited the area on a snap visit - awarding the area the award for

the top district council and the overall prize.

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