LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 20/6/2018
Written by Mike Stewart on 20 June, 2018
MAN IN COURT AFTER MAJOR TOWN CENTRE FIRE
A 31 year old man has appeared in court….charged with starting a fire that gutted flats and a newsagent’s shop in Halesworth town centre earlier this month.
The man, Stephen Wilson of Hardley Road, Langley has been remanded for a hearing next month in Ipswich…accused of arson endangering life at the buildings in Market Place.
He also faces charges of common assault, taking a vehicle without consent and breaching a restraining order.
TOWN COUNCIL TO DECIDE NEXT STEP OVER MERE TOILETS
Diss town councillors meet tonight to decide their next move over the future of the Mere’s Mouth toilet block.
South Norfolk council says that it’s still waiting for the town to fulfil its obligations and announce what it intends to do with the toilets site, having accepted a £400,000 grant from them for the Heritage Triangle project.
Town councillors will also be hearing updates on the street-lamps situation in the town, with some lighting likely to be cut……and plans to bring in a residents’ parking-permit scheme.
Councillors are also awaiting a final report on the Heritage Triangle project.
SUFFOLK FREE SCHOOL TRANSPORT TO END
Cuts to free school transport in Suffolk will be brought in from next year.
The controversial move to save costs will be phased in from September 2019, after being agreed by county councillors.
It will mean children only being offered free transport to their nearest school…a move which is expected to affect children in rural areas, especially over choice of school.
Council leader Matthew Hicks says it was hard to make the decision, which has been strongly criticised by opposition groups and in a public consultation.
PRAISE FOR HOSPITAL STAFF
Staff at the Norfolk and Norwich have been praised, even though the hospital has been rated as inadequate overall.
The Care Quality Commission has said that it’s concerned about systems and processes, as well as the hospital’s leadership with a bullying culture at the trust.
The hospital has been put into special measures until it shows effective, caring and safe services.
POLICE COMMISSIONER LOOKS AT FIRE SERVICE ‘TAKEOVER’
Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner is close to a decision on whether to go ahead with taking over management of the county’s fire service.
A business case is being completed and will used in a decision on whether to proceed with a public consultation on a change of governance.
A final decision by commissioner Lorne Green on the possible move is expected next month.
The local Fire Brigades Union is against taking management of the fire and rescue service away from Norfolk county council and has already started a petition.