LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 13/11/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 13 November, 2018
GAS SUPPLY LIKELY TO BE OFF FOR DAYS
Gas engineers are working to restore supplies to hundreds of homes in the Eye area.
A total of 1,200 homes and businesses have been cut off, after a gas leak. It happened when a mains pipe was damaged by workmen yesterday evening, on the industrial estate at Eye airfield.
It’s understood that it will be several days before the supplies can be restored, as the gas company will have to visit all the affected properties to cut off and then later turn on the supply.
A special emergency centre has been set up at Eye community centre.
WOMAN DIED AFTER CAR CAME ACROSS THE ROAD
A court has heard how a Brockdish woman died, when an oncoming car came across the road and. crashed into the vehicle she was travelling in, near Diss.
80 year old Joan Cawcutt, a retired care manager, died in the incident on the A143 Bury road at Wattisfield in December last year.
The court heard that the car driven by 39 year old Aimee Robinson, from the Bury St Edmunds area, was driven across solid white lines on a bend, into the car driven by Mrs Cawcutt’s son. There was no evidence of braking or any attempt to take evasive action.
Robinson, who admitted careless driving, was banned from driving for 18 months and ordered to carry out 220 hours of unpaid work.
JUNIOR SCHOOL IS SUED AFTER FALL IN CAR PARK
A South Norfolk junior school is being sued for £150,000.
Local woman Amanda Garrood is asking for damages in the High Court from St Mary’s junior school academy trust in Long Stratton. She says that she is unlikely to regain full use of her hand after falling in the school car park.
The writ says she was returning to her car in the dark and claims the trust was negligent by not lighting the area properly and warning of raised kerbs.
SPRING OPENING PLANNED FOR SERVICE AREA
It’s hoped that a controversial new service station area on the A140 near Scole will open in the Spring.
Developers have already started work at the site on the busy roundabout with the A143, before receiving full clearance to proceed. Although planning approval was confirmed in the summer, a number of additional conditions set by Mid-Suffolk council still remain to be signed off.
A spokesman for BP, which is developing the site with McDonalds and Marks & Spencer, has said the service area should open early next year.
FOODBANK LAUNCHES BIG APPEAL
Waveney Foodbank has launched a Christmas hamper appeal, with plans to provide food for up to six thousand people during December.
The foodbank, based in Eye with distribution centres around the area
including Diss and Harleston, has already seen a big rise in demand for food parcels this year.
It’s expected there will be an increase in referrals next month in the run-up to Christmas, above last year’s total of over 3,000 meals. The campaign for food donations starts next week with food items like Christmas pudding and tins of peas on the list, as well as supermarket vouchers.