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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 23/4/2018

Written by on 23 April, 2018

CRITICISM OVER ‘NORWICH IN 90’ CLAIM

There’s been criticism of a national newspaper report that plans for faster train services between London and Norwich may not happen.

The report that the ‘Norwich in 90’ campaign may not succeed because of difficulties between Greater Anglia and Network Rail has been denied by the rail company.

Abellio UK says that current huge investment in new trains will provide more capacity on the line in coming years and that it continues to work with Network Rail and the Department for Transport to ensure that the correct infrastructure is in place.

Both Norwich MP Chloe Smith, who has been strongly involved in the campaign, and a government spokesman have insisted that the plan to cut journey times by 20 minutes is proceeding.

COMMUNTITY TOILET SCHEME POSSIBLE

A community toilet scheme may be set up near to the Mere in Diss town centre when the public toilet block there is closed down later this year.

The scheme, involving local businesses and shops in the area, is being considered by the town council.

The community scheme is seen as a way to maintain facilities with two other public conveniences some distance away at the Corn Hall and Diss Park.

Diss mayor Trevor Wenman will be on Park Radio’s mid morning show on Wednesday to discuss the matter and the current street lamps issue in the town.

AREA EATERY TO TACKLE LONELINESS

A Harleston eatery is taking part in a national scheme to tackle loneliness.

The Farmers Kitchen at Alburgh is one of 11 venues around Suffolk to agree to host free weekly events so that people feeling lonely or isolated can come together.

The eatery, which also runs a farm shop, held its first Meet Up Monday event this morning offering tea, toast and social interaction.

It’s hoped that other cafes and pubs in Suffolk will join the scheme initially started in the London area earlier this year.

The Chili Farm at Mendlesham has also signed up for the events supported by Community Action Suffolk and the Rural Coffee Caravan.

£200,000 SPENT BY IPSWICH HOSPITAL HELPING OVERWEIGHT PATIENTS

Figures just released show that Ipswich Hospital spent over £200,000 on equipment to help overweight patients in the last three years.

An increasing number of larger people attending for treatment saw the spend go up from almost £19,000 in 2015 to £109,000, the following year.

Over £80,000 was spent last year for gear to aid patients weighing over 25 stone because of the strict clinical guidelines.

VILLAGERS SAYS SEWER SYSTEM CAN’T COPE WITH PLANS FOR NEW HOMES

Villagers in Fressingfield are protesting at the situation involving the sewerage system near their homes.

The group says that plans to build more new homes in the village will add to the demands on the local sewers with no proposals to upgrade the system.

The protest follows several incidents over the last few weeks when sewers overflowed through manholes into the street.

They say that flooding and sewer problems have been steadily getting worse for many years.

LOCAL SPORT

Football…and goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkovski has won the player of the year award at Ipswich Town for the third year running.

Not a good day for him though at the weekend when Town were soundly beaten 4-nil at home by Aston Villa.

Norwich City came away from playoff contenders Preston with a goalless draw.

Diss Town suffered a 2-0 defeat in their last home game of the season against Wisbech St Mary.

The game had an end of season feel to it with Town conceding a second-half penalty and a bizarre added-time goal when the home team all went up the field for a corner only for the visitors to break away to score.

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