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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 28/02/2019

Written by on 28 February, 2019

COUNTIES MISS OUT ON INTERNET PILOT, BUT SOUTH NORFOLK IS ALREADY UP TO SPEED!

There’s disappointment that organisers of a pilot scheme to bring faster broadband to rural schools have ignored Norfolk and Suffolk.

Over 100 primary schools around England have been selected for the trial, but there’s no involvement in the two counties.  Educate Norfolk say the omission is disappointing, with hundreds of rural schools in the county desperate for decent internet connections.

Local schools have been told that they will get an equal chance to get funding for better broadband, when the full programme, costing £200 million, is launched.

However, South Norfolk councillor Graham Minshull has pointed out that South Norfolk is the first rural district in the country to offer super-fast broadband to every business and home, which is also available to schools

NORFOLK TO CONSIDER A REVIEW FOR BETTER SEXUAL HEALTH SERVICES

A review is being proposed of the current sexual health services being offered in Norfolk.  The county council’s communities committee is to discuss possible changes next week, as part of a proposed overhaul.

Currently, nearly £7 million a year is spent on services, which are now considered as being too traditional, although outcomes are improving in figures for teenage pregnancy and diagnosis of HIV

However, it’s felt that some areas could be improved, especially better access to contraception.

HUNT ON TO FIND THE COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS FOR THIS YEAR

The search is on to find this year’s community champions in South Norfolk.

The awards celebrate unsung heroes and pay tribute to the valuable contribution made to the area by volunteers.

Voting takes place in eight categories this year, including Volunteer of the Year, Young Volunteer, Community Group and Community Fund-raiser.

Organisers say there was an overwhelming number of nominations last year and local people are urged to get their votes in by the closing date in April.

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