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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 08/08/2019

Written by on 9 August, 2019

HOPES THAT BIRD CLEAR-OUT COULD HAPPEN SOON

A move to clear pigeons from part of Diss town centre could well start in a few weeks.

It’s part of an initiative to keep streets near the Mere cleaner, by reducing the amount of bird mess on pavements.  More than 25 businesses have now agreed to pay a small weekly fee for a bird-control company to frighten the pigeons away.

The company is hoping to start the service, using trained birds-of-prey, by the end of the month.  However, a street-cleaning machine offered to the town council to clear the droppings has been sent back, after not proving very effective for the job.

NEW WARDS COULD BE OPEN FOR WINTER AT LOCAL HOSPITAL

A £14 million building project to improve services has been launched at the Norfolk and Norwich hospital.

Work on a new three-storey block of wards is underway and should be ready in time for the winter.  It’s the biggest development there since the hospital opened in 2001.  Since then, the number of patients receiving emergency treatment has increased from around 60,000 to 140,000.

The number of ambulances arriving at the hospital’s Accident & Emergency department has also increased by 50 per cent.

STRONG WINDS WARNING STILL BUT AREA IS TO MISS HEAVY RAIN

It seems that the Waveney Valley is still set to miss the worst of the stormy weather on its way to much of the country.

Forecasters are now predicting heavy rain and then thundery showers for the middle of the morning tomorrow locally.  Then on Saturday, strong winds are expected throughout the day, increasing to gusts of around 50 miles an hour in the afternoon.

INQUIRY INTO CONVERTED BARN BLAZE

An investigation is underway after fire badly damaged a house on a farm at Finningham.

The blaze broke out in the large wooden converted barn on Gislingham Road on Tuesday evening.  A total of 15 fire crews tackled the flames and some had to return yesterday to douse areas that were still smouldering.

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