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War on unwanted takeaway leaflets

PUBLISHED: 16:35 30 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:32 03 July 2010

Waste: Robert Mills with troublesome leaflets.

Waste: Robert Mills with troublesome leaflets.

HOLIDAY park manager Robert Mills sits surrounded by nine binbags full of thousands of takeaway flyers.

It's just a week's worth of leaflets which are hand-delivered to Haven's Seashore Holiday Park in Great Yarmouth - creating litter and prompting security concerns from holidaymakers.

Security concern: The delivery of leaflets to caravans has prompted security concerns at Seashore Holiday Park.

HOLIDAY park manager Robert Mills sits surrounded by nine binbags full of thousands of takeaway flyers.

It's just a week's worth of leaflets which are hand-delivered to Haven's Seashore Holiday Park in Great Yarmouth - creating litter and prompting security concerns from holidaymakers.

Takeaway workers bombard the site - sometimes three times a day - wrapping leaflets around caravan door handles and under window wipers of holidaymakers' cars.

The troublesome takeaway menus are a continuous nuisance to site workers who have the daily task of clearing the menus from the site.

Now Mr Mills is working with officers from the North Yarmouth safer neighbourhood team to combat the problem.

Mr Mills said: “They come round the caravans at all times, even in the early hours. We've had numerous complaints because when the menus are put on the door handle they often make a lot of noise and people think their caravan is being broken into.”

Mr Mills explained the park had been forced to pay for specialist cleaning on four caravans after print from the menus had washed on to the caravans in the rain.

“It is ludicrous and it is continuous,” he said.

In January 2007 Seashore obtained a 12-month court injunction to stop workers delivering leaflets to the site - but despite the threat the leafleting continued.

“We tell them every single day they are not welcome but they just come back.

“Obviously it causes a problem with litter because the flyers are blown across the site in the wind but it's also a security concern.”

He said caravans would often be left with five leaflets wrapped around the door handle while others were stuffed through hooks.

Delivery drivers from the Yarmouth takeaways have been caught speeding in cars and on mopeds at 25mph on the site which has a strict speed limit of 10mph.

Takeaway deliveries have now been banned from the site.

Mr Mills contacted police after attempts to solve the problem with the takeaway owners failed.

Police will issue fixed penalty notices to anyone caught leafleting in the holiday camp for litter offences.

Holidaymaker Chris Trickett, from Halifax, has been staying at Seashore with his family for the week and said the leaflets were “an absolute pain”.


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