LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 19/7/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 19 July, 2018
AGREEMENT REACHED IN GREATER ANGLIA GUARD DISPUTE
Workers at Greater Anglia have accepted an offer to settle the long-running dispute over the use of guards on trains.
It should mean an end to intermittent strike action, taken by members of the RMT union, against a move by the rail company to introduce driver-only trains.
The union says the agreement will mean a guard remaining on train services in future.
MAN DENIES ARSON AT HALESWORTH
A man accused of arson, following a major fire in Halesworth town centre, has denied the charge.
31 year-old Stephen Wilson, from Langley, near Loddon, will go on trial on December 4th. He also denies an assault charge.
The fire happened on June 11th, when flames swept through several buildings near the Market Place, including a newsagent’s shop in Chediston Street, causing the roof to collapse.
FIRE CHIEF URGES PUBLIC TO BE VIGILANT
Suffolk’s fire chief Mark Hardingham has called on the public to be extra vigilant.
He says people need to be absolutely aware of the current fire risks in the open, as the dry weather continues.
His warning comes as local firemen continue to tackle large field fires, including an incident at Lion Road in Palgrave yesterday.
Crews from Diss, Harleston and Eye fought the flames as they swept through acres of straw and stubble.
Latest on the weather outlook is for possible light showers early on Saturday morning.
SHOCK AS MENTAL HEALTH BEDS ARE OUT OF USE
Around 25 per cent of hospital beds for mental health patients in Norfolk and Suffolk are not currently in use.
The beds have been closed off temporarily because of staff shortages, but it’s not expected that the situation will improve until the autumn at least.
Union leaders say that they are very concerned at the “shocking” situation.
COUNCIL MOVE ON FREEMASONS
County councillors in Norfolk may soon have to declare if they are also freemasons.
The council will discuss whether being a mason should be declared as an interest when it meets next week..
Suffolk county council already made this a requirement last year.