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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 26/4/2018

Written by on 26 April, 2018

THOUSANDS OF CASES OF ANIMAL CRUELTY IN NORFOLK AND SUFFOLK

Well over four thousand complaints of animal cruelty were made to the RSPCA in Norfolk and Suffolk last year.

The animal-welfare charity received more than 2,500 calls of concern in Norfolk and nearly 18 hundred in Suffolk.

Norfolk is placed fourth out of ten counties in the south-east of England for cruelty complaints to the RSPCA in 2017 while Suffolk was ninth.

TOWN COUNCIL TO CONSULT ON FUTURE OF TOILET BLOCK

Diss town council has now officially announced that it has reluctantly decided not to take over the Mere’s Mouth toilets from South Norfolk Council.

It’s taken the decision because the toilets, and also the former Tourist Information Centre, in the same building are not economically repairable.

It says that rebuilding is not an option, without having to borrow money to do the work.

The council now intends to consult the public to find out whether that is what people want.

As a temporary measure, it will be exploring a community scheme to encourage local businesses to make their toilet facilities publicly available.

NEW COUNCILLORS NEEDED IN EYE

Eye town council is on the look-out for two new councillors.

The council was unsuccessful in finding one new recruit a few weeks ago….and now a further resignation has just taken place.

Candidates have to live in the parish of Eye and be aged over 18.

RAIL STRIKE SET FOR 9TH MAY

Another strike by guards on Greater Anglia trains is planned for next month.

The RMT union has called for another walkout on Wednesday, May 9th in a long-running dispute over the role of guards.

Greater Anglia has said it intends to run a full service using trained employees from other departments to open and close train doors during the strike.

MP PROMISES FASTER TRAIN SERVICES

A top-level promise has been made that faster train services between Norwich and London will be achieved as planned.

That’s the reassurance from MP Priti Patel, who’s the chair of the Great Eastern mainline traffic taskforce.

She says the funds and the delivery of improvements are going forward and will help the new trains and timetables, due to be introduced on the line in the next two years.. some of them in 2019.

STORMS WARNING FOR THE END OF THE WEEKEND

Spring may be here officially but a new weather warning has gone out for Norfolk and Suffolk.

The Met Office is warning of strong to gale-force northerly winds from Sunday evening through most of Monday along with very heavy rain.

Up to three inches is likely, causing possible flooding in places with southern areas probably getting the worst of the weather.

LOCAL SPORT

Football…and Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans has said that he plans to appoint a new manager by early June.

He’s complimented former team boss Mick McCarthy for making important improvements on the football side of the club.

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