LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 16/8/2018
Written by Mike Stewart on 17 August, 2018
COUNCIL BUYS LAND TO BUILD NEW BUSINESS PARK
About 100 acres of land near Stowmarket has been bought by Mid Suffolk council for development.
The council plans to build a major business and logistics centre, with links to the port at Felixstowe. It intends to set up the Gateway 14 business park, next to the A14, for completion in the next 10 years.
The council says the venture will help Mid Suffolk’s economy to thrive and provide opportunities to support local business.
SHOCK OVER COURT FINES FOR ANIMAL WELFARE OFFENCES
A Norfolk animal sanctuary has expressed shock at the court sentences for three men, filmed committing a series of animal welfare offences at a local abbatoir.
The court had heard that the offences were secretly filmed by Hillside animal sanctuary two years ago at Simply Halal on Moor Farm in Banham.
The district judge told the men that he was surprised that he was only able to fine them for the offences. The three were fined between £400 and £600.
A spokesman for the Hillside sanctuary says that it’s shocked by the ‘leniency’ of the sentences.
LITTLE DECREASE IN TOILET FACILITIES LOCALLY
The number of public toilet facilities in the region has decreased in recent years….but the fall is lower than expected locally.
Figures show that South Norfolk has closed two of its seven public toilets, but Mid-Suffolk has kept its six blocks open. The number went down in Waveney, but that was due to the new Lowestoft council taking over responsibility.
A recent outcry by people living in Diss resulted in the Mere’s Mouth toilets being kept open
RECYCLING OFFER ON HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
Some of Norfolk’s recycling centres are to accept hazardous waste for a special two-month period shortly.
Seven of the county’s centres will take any unwanted chemicals, paint, insecticides and weedkillers at set weekends during September and October. No charge will be involved.
The nearest centre to this area is Ketteringham off the A11 on September 21st to 23rd.
HARLESTON SLIMMER UP FOR NATIONAL PRIZE
A Harleston woman is in line for a chance of a major prize in a national slimming competition.
Deb Rawlins has lost well over four stone in weight and will now represent Norfolk in the nationwide final of the Slimming World Woman of the Year contest.
The winner, to be announced in November, will receive a prize of £3,000 or a five-day holiday to Mexico.
CITY KNOW THEIR NEXT OPPONENTS
Norwich City will have to travel for their second round tie in the EFL Cup. They’ve been drawn against Premiership new-boys, Cardiff City. The game will take place during week starting August 27th.
Ipswich Town manager Paul Hurst says his team needs to face some ‘home truths’ after crashing out of the EFL Cup. Town were beaten on penalties at Exeter and Hurst says his team’s performance was ‘worrying’.