A month-long public consultation started this week into a proposal to close a road to traffic to stop it being used as an access for fly-tippers.

West Norfolk Council launched the consultation on Monday in a bid to end a long-running illegal waste dumping problem in Bawsey.

The proposal is to close Mintlyn Wood Road to vehicles but leave it open for pedestrian use and for cyclists and horse riders.

The road, which runs along the side of Bawsey Country Park, has been used as a cut-through for people to dump rubbish in that area.

Alistair Beales, borough council cabinet member and ward member for Gayton, said: “Fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour has been a long-term issue in this area.

“As ward member I have worked with local landowners and Norfolk County Council highways to get us into a position where we could proceed with a public space protection order.

“It is good to have so many people working together for the benefit of the local community and I hope people will view the draft order and come forward with constructive comments.

“Then we can get the order in place and see an end to this eyesore which has blighted people’s quality of life for some time.”

Cllr Ian Devereux, borough council cabinet member for Environment, said: “What we’re proposing is that this road be closed to all motor vehicles as it’s the best way to tackle this problem of persistent fly-tipping.

“We’re confident that the proposal has a lot of support among local residents, but we want to hear from anyone who has an opinion about it.

“Fly-tipping can make people’s lives a misery and we are keen to show that we can and will take action to try to prevent it and to catch the culprits”.

Members of the public have until Tuesday June 20 to make their views known.

Details of the proposed order can be seen online and comments can be made at: www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/haveyoursay