LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 06/08/2019
Written by Mike Stewart on 6 August, 2019
BIG CASH BOOST FOR LOCAL HEALTH SERVICES
Health services in Norfolk and Suffolk are getting a cash boost of £135 million.
The extra cash is part of the Government’s injection of funds nationally into the NHS, totalling £1.8 billion. Just over half of the local funds will help establish a major diagnostic assessment centre at the Norfolk and Norwich hospital, as well as similar new facilities elsewhere in the county.
£25 million will go to the South Norfolk CCG to develop and improve primary care services across Norfolk and Waveney.
CHARITY HIGHLIGHTS OFFENCES AGAINST THE YOUNG
Latest figures show that more than 200 offences of a sexual nature against young children were recorded by police in Norfolk last year.
The details have been released as the NSPCC charity re-launches a campaign to help parents talk to their children about sexual abuse. A total of 208 offences were noted by police in the county, in the year to the end of March, against children under the age of eight.
The charity says that it is very concerning that offences are at such a high level across the whole country.
MID SUFFOLK TO HOLD DROP-IN SESSIONS ON THE DRAFT LOCAL PLAN
A series of public drop-in events is set to take place in Mid Suffolk, as part of a public consultation on a draft Local Plan for the area.
The afternoon sessions are being held, in collaboration with Babergh council, to provide information and answer any queries about the Joint Plan for the two areas. A total of 18 meetings are scheduled, including at Stradbroke Community centre on August 13th, Rickinghall village hall on August 29th, and Eye community centre on September 10th.
Details of the draft Joint Plan are available on the councils’ websites, but the events are aimed at providing face-to-face contact with councillors and officers.
NEW INTER-CITY TRAINS GET TEST RUN-OUTS
Greater Anglia have been testing their new inter-city trains over the weekend.
The new carriages, which will provide extra seating on journeys, are due to go into service in the autumn on the Norwich to London line. The new trains were given a run-out on the line between Norwich and Colchester.
Meanwhile, Greater Anglia say they’ll be putting on extra services to and from Ipswich to assist people going to Ed Sheeran’s concerts in the town, later this month.
DISS TOWN ADD BETTS TO THE SQUAD
Diss Town have announced the signing of goal-scoring midfielder Owen Betts from Harleston Town, following Harleston’s relegation back to the Anglian Combination last year. It’s the latest addition to the squad for the new season.
The Tangerines are back in action tonight with their first home game of the season in the Thurlow Nunn first division north. They take on Debenham in a local ‘derby’ at Brewers Green Lane.