LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 10/7/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 10 July, 2018
FREE SCHOOL TRANSPORT CUTS SET FOR 2019
Plans to cut free school transport in Suffolk now look set to go ahead in 2019.
The county’s Scrutiny committee has found that the correct process was followed by the ruling
Conservative group in deciding to bring in the cuts.
Opposition councillors had asked for a review to check whether the figures used were accurate.
It now means that children will only be given free transport to the school nearest to them, from September next year.
SURVEY TO MEASURE DISS TRAFFIC CONGESTION
A traffic survey of congestion problems is now underway in Diss town centre.
The survey including counts at four junctions with the A1066 and an assessment of through-traffic will be used in Norfolk county council’s network improvement strategy for the area.
The strategy is expected to be completed by the end of the year, following talks between local authorities and businesses.
However, the chief executive of CVS in Diss spoke out this week with a warning that companies may be forced to move from the town unless positive action is taken urgently to improve the traffic situation.
COUNTY COUNCILLOR MURDER TRIAL
A court’s heard that a former Suffolk county councillor strangled his wife, after she found out he was having an affair with their son’s partner.
64 year old Stephen Searle denies murdering his wife, Anne at their home in The Brickfields, Stowmarket last December.
The court heard that Mrs Searle had decided to stick by her husband, even though he had previous affairs, but the couple, who had been married for 45 years, probably had another row and Searle, a former Royal Marine, suffocated his wife.
Football….and Norwich City have made their sixth new signing of the close season.
Sheffield Wednesday striker Jordan Rhodes has joined City on loan for the coming season.
The former Ipswich player cost Wednesday £10million when he signed from Middlesborough last summer, but scored only seven goals last year.
Meanwhile, Ipswich have rejected a bid of £2.75 million from Birmingham for goalkeeper Bart Bialkowski.