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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 17/09/2019

Written by on 18 September, 2019

FALCON TAKES OFF FOR CLEAN UP CAMPAIGN

A campaign to clean up town centre streets in Diss has finally got off the ground.

The new scheme got underway when a trained falcon took to the air in Mere Street
with the aim of frightening pigeons away from the area.  It’s part of a town council move to clear the pigeons and keep the streets clear of bird mess…..a long-standing problem in the area near the Mere.

Local businesses have agreed to contribute a small weekly charge to ensure regular flights by a bird of prey.

BOOST FOR VILLAGE HEALTH CENTRE

A major expansion to Botesdale health centre has been opened to cope with an expected increase of population in the area.

A new two-storey extension, built at a cost of £500,000, includes four new consulting rooms, a tri-age room and a training room.  It’s been planned to ensure the centre can deal with a big rise in demand for services, with a thousand homes set to be built locally over the next five years.

The increase in population is expected to see the centre’s patient list go up by 25 per cent to around 12,000.

CALL FOR MORE TREES TO BE PLANTED AROUND REDGRAVE

People in Redgrave are being called on to get involved in planting trees around the area.

The village’s tree warden, John Preston wants them to take advantage of an offer from the Woodland Trust of free saplings.  He says that very few trees have been planted in Redgrave in recent years,
but would love to see woods developed in the future.

Former agricultural land in Fen Street has been earmarked to launch the project, with planting due to start in a month or so.

CAMPAIGNERS MEET COUNCIL OVER CUTS TO CARE COSTS

Disabled people from around Norfolk are to meet county councillors later today over planned budget cuts to care costs.

They plan to urge the councillors to look again at controversial changes, which will badly affect vulnerable people in the county.  It’s understood that the changes will mean around 1,400 disabled people in Norfolk paying for their care for the first time and a thousand paying more for their care.

Campaigners organised a public meeting at County Hall a few months ago, but no councillors from the controlling Tory group attended.  The cuts are expected to save £4 million a year.

BLUES LOOK TO KEEP UNBEATEN RUN GOING

Ipswich Town are in action tonight with their sights set on the top place in League One.

Town are just one point behind current leaders, Coventry with a game in hand, and travel to play Milton Keynes Dons.

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