LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 14/5/2018

Written by on 14 May, 2018

HOUSE PRICES DOUBLE

New figures show that house prices in Norfolk and Waveney have more than doubled in the last 15 years.

The report by the Office of National Statistics also shows that houses are less affordable throughout the two areas, compared to even a year ago.

It says that some buyers are struggling to buy their first home, or move to a bigger property with salaries rising at a much slower rate.

South Norfolk is one of the least affordable districts with an average home worth £115,000 in 2002 increasing by 111 percent over the 15-year period.

Only North Norfolk was higher, with people having to spend nearly 10 times their annual income to afford a house.

AMBULANCE SERVICE TO HIRE HUNDREDS OF NEW STAFF

Hundreds of new staff are to be taken on in a bid to ease pressure on the under-fire regional ambulance service.

The East of England ambulance trust is looking to recruit 330 staff following a funding increase until 2020.

The service will also get another 160 ambulances over the next three years.

The trust says the extra money will help it deal with a rising demand across the region but some MPs say that the problems are not just down to a lack of funds.

COUNTY COUNCIL TO DISCUSS D-I-Y WASTE CHARGES

A petition calling for an end to charges for dumping do-it-yourself waste at recycling centres in Norfolk is getting big support.

And now, the issue will have to be discussed at a full county council meeting in July after passing a target figure of votes.

More than five thousand people have signed the online petition calling for a review of the recent decision to bring in the charges.

Until last month, one large item or up to 80 litres of D-I-Y waste like rubble, flat glass and plasterboard could be left without cost at the county’s 20 recycling centres.

NEW LEADER FOR SUFFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL

Suffolk county council has a new leader.

The ruling Conservative group have voted to replace Colin Noble after about three years in the post.

His successor, Matthew Hicks says he put in a leadership challenge with the aim of uniting the group and following a proposal to set up only one unitary authority to cover the whole of the county.

A11 POTHOLE WARNING

A warning to motorists to watch out for potholes on the A11 in Norfolk.

A car lost a tyre on the northbound carriageway near Spooner Row this morning after hitting a pothole.

There were a few delays as police dealt with the incident and removed the vehicle closing one lane.

SUSPECTED ROAD RAGE INCIDENT IN BUNGAY

An investigation is underway into an incident over the weekend when armed police were called out to a street in Bungay.

It’s reported that a man made threats with a bladed article following a suspected road rage incident.

A man in his 20s was detained by police after the incident started as a motoring offence and resulted in a confrontation inside a house in Garden Close.

It’s understood that threats were made by the man, but police managed to defuse the situation.

About a dozen police cars and a helicopter attended. Two officers are said to have received minor wounds.

CONVOY DELIVERS TOYS TO CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

A load of toys has been delivered by convoy from Diss to a children’s hospital in Norwich.

The toys were donated by a Diss couple, Chris Reeder and Louise Calver whose teenage daughter spent two weeks at the Jenny Lind children’s hospital, being treated for scoliosis.

The couple raised over a thousand pounds through a fundraising page…and other new and old toys were provided by friends and colleagues.

A van, lorry and a motorbike convoy from the Mischief motorcycle club convoyed the toys to the Norfolk and Norwich hospital site.

COUNTERFEIT NOTES IN HARLESTON

Police have issued a warning after fake £20 notes were used at various businesses in the Harleston area.

The fake Bank of Scotland notes were passed at premises in Ditchingham, Wortwell and Harleston.

Police have issued a CCTV image of the person concerned and his vehicle.

LOCAL SPORT

Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans has remained on the latest Sunday Times Rich List announced this weekend.

He’s named fifth on the East Anglian regional list with a fortune of £800 million an increase of £35 million.

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