LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 07/11/2018
Written by Mike Stewart on 7 November, 2018
BANHAM POULTRY WAS SOLD WITH DEBTS OF £40 MILLION
One of Norfolk’s biggest employers, Banham Poultry had debts of £40 million when it was sold on.
The firm was bought by the Derbyshire company, Chesterfield Poultry in a pre-pack administration deal last month. The deal has saved more than a thousand jobs at Banham and Attleborough, but creditors are expected to receive a percentage of what they’re owed.
Money is owed to about 700 creditors, the biggest of which is Lloyds Bank, which will receive about half of the £19 million it is owed. Trade creditors, including local farmers and other businesses, are due a total of £15 million. The company’s pension fund is owed £5 million.
WORK STARTS ON SERVICE AREA SITE NEAR SCOLE
Workmen have moved on to the controversial site of a new service area on the A140, near Scole. They’ve started preparing the site for the construction of a BP service station, a McDonalds restaurant and a Marks & Spencer outlet.
It follows planning approval by Mid-Suffolk councillors for the project, despite some strong objections from people living nearby, including Scole parish council. The service area is sited on the busy roundabout with the A143 at Stuston.
“FILTHY” RESTAURANT IS CLOSED DOWN BY MAGISTRATES
A restaurant in Diss has been closed down, after it was said to pose an “immediate” health risk to the public.
Magistrates have granted South Norfolk council an emergency order to stop the Diss Tandoori restaurant from operating. They’d heard that the building was found to be in a filthy state and the kitchen was severely infested by cockroaches.
It was said that the restaurant had made a significant effort to clean up the building since the council inspector’s visit.
NEW MOVE OVER OLD VILLAGE CENTRE INN
An historic former pub in the centre of Pulham Market may be partly knocked down.
The owner of the Grade 2 listed building wants to return the Kings Head Inn to its original size, as well as carry out internal and outside alterations to restore it.
The boarded-up building, which dates back to the 16th century, closed as a pub more than ten years ago. It failed to find a buyer when put on the market in 2010. Since then, a plan to build new housing on the site and a move by the parish council to buy it, as a community asset, both failed.
POLICE COMMISSIONER WILL LEAVE IN TWO YEARS
Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner Lorne Green has said he plans to step down in two years’ time.
He says he won’t be looking for re-election at the end of his term, for family reasons. However, he expects to decide, before then, if governance of the county’s fire service should also move to his office from the county council, after a public consultation.
WORKS CAUSE MORE HOLD-UPS ON TOWN CENTRE ROAD
Roadworks on the main road through Diss have again been causing disruption.
Temporary traffic lights are in operation on the A1066 Victoria Road, with delays during peak-hours. The work, to install a pedestrian and cycle crossing, will last until the end of next week.