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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 13/7/2018

Written by on 16 July, 2018

DISTRICT COUNCILS AGREE CLOSE WORKING RELATIONSHIP

South Norfolk council has agreed to set up a close working relationship with Broadland council in what they describe as “an historic decision”.

The councils have voted to go ahead with a joint strategic collaboration, in a move which, they believe, will greatly improve services and provide significant benefits for local businesses.

A joint statement said that their focus will be on faster economic and housing growth and offering innovative local government.

It’s hoped that the move will save over £8 million over the next five years.

A new joint managing-director and a single team of officers will operate the two councils, in an area covering 260,000 residents and 10,000 businesses.

The councils will otherwise retain autonomy with the number of councillors staying unchanged.

NEW TOWN CLERK

Diss has a new town clerk.

The current deputy, Sarah Richards has now been confirmed in the post.

Sarah joined the council in 2014 and will take over in the post officially in September from Deborah Sarson, who is returning to her native New Zealand, after 12 years with the council.

FORMER COUNTY COUNCILLOR DENIES MURDERING WIFE

A former Suffolk county councillor has denied in court that he deliberately killed his wife during a violent struggle.

Stephen Searle says he was stabbed by his wife, Anne with a steak knife in an argument over an affair with his daughter-in-law.

Searle, of Stowmarket, has told the court that he did not intend to kill his wife while trying to disarm her.

PLANNING GROUP PUSHES COUNTY-WIDE HOUSE-BUILDING

Diss neighbourhood planning group is pushing for more new house-building to be spread around Norfolk.

The group’s chairman, Mike Bootman says that sufficient building should take place in the county’s market towns and rural villages to sustain and improve their viability.

He says construction should not just be concentrated in the wider Norwich area.

BRIEF RESPITE FROM DRY WEATHER PREDICTED

It looks like the long dry spell may be coming to an end soon.

Showers are forecast for many parts of Norfolk and Suffolk but not until next week. They’ll come in on Tuesday morning, with thundery showers also likely at times.

Some areas are also expected to get occasional light rain on Wednesday.

However, the forecast after that is expected to revert to mainly dry conditions and high temperatures.

MOTORCYCLE AND CAR COLLIDE IN PULHAM ST MARY

A man in his 20s has been airlifted to hospital in Norwich after a road accident at Pulham St Mary.

The man is said to have suffered serious injuries in a collision between a motorcycle and a car in Norwich Road, near Mill Lane.

FIFTY YEARS FOR BANHAM ZOO

Banham Zoo marks its 50th anniversary with a special event tomorrow.

There’ll be a special birthday party in the evening which will also raise funds for wildlife conservation.

The zoo originally started as a fruit farm and now attracts 200,000 visitors a year to see 2,000 animals from around the world.

LOCAL SPORT

Football..and it’s reported that Birmingham City are still keen to sign Ipswich goalkeeper Bart Bialkowski.

City are set to put in a higher offer after their previous bid was turned down.

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