LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 28/9/2018
Written by Mike Stewart on 30 September, 2018
A THIRD OF RESTAURANTS WARNED ABOUT HYGIENE
A third of restaurants and other food handling businesses in Norfolk have been warned recently about their standards of hygiene.
One in three eateries in South Norfolk and in Waveney are included in the poor hygiene ratings, for the year up to April. About 1,100 businesses were inspected in both areas, with 365 getting a written warning in South Norfolk and 386 in Waveney.
Worst hygiene areas were Norwich at 45 per cent, Great Yarmouth and Broadland, around 40 per cent.
MORE CUTBACKS SET FOR SUFFOLK
Suffolk county council is facing having to make more financial cutbacks.
The council has warned that £25 million will have to be taken off next year’s budget, which will impact on services. Councillors are already looking at reducing an expected overspend of over £8 million on this year’s budget.
It’s thought that the authority will have to dig in to its reserves, which stand at over £50 million. Finance cabinet member Richard Smith says that all areas will face possible cuts, but no clear plans have been decided at this stage.
MENTAL HEALTH CHAIRMAN TO STEP DOWN
The chairman of the Norfolk and Suffolk mental health trust is stepping down.Gary Page will leave the troubled trust after six years, when his term of office ends next year.
The trust has twice been deemed inadequate by inspectors, as it went through considerable changes in services.
BROTHERS CLOSE VILLAGE GARAGE AFTER 40 YEARS
A garage and petrol station in a South Norfolk village for over 40 years is closing down this weekend. Bowman Brothers will be serving fuel for the final time at the garage in Shelfanger tomorrow.
The decision comes after a potential buyer for the business pulled out, because of a problem over the actual ownership of the forecourt land. The four brothers, all of them now aged over 65, have been trying to sell the garage for five years.
People living in the area will face having to drive to Diss or Attleborough for fuel from now on.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WARTIME MUSEUM
New volunteers are needed to help in the running of the 100 Bomb Group Memorial Museum.
The museum at a former wartime American airbase in Thorpe Abbots is in need of extra support for admin tasks and welcoming visitors. It was set up to commemorate the US Eighth Airforce personnel who served there during the Second World War.
It’s based in an old control tower which was completely restored after falling into disrepair.
CITY LOOK FOR FOUR IN A ROW
Norwich City will be hoping to make it four wins in a row tomorrow, when they meet Wigan Athletic at Carrow Road. Striker Teemu Pukki is expected to return against the newly-promoted visitors, who’ve started the season well and currently lie 5th in the table.
Ipswich travel to mid-table Birmingham City and are still looking to open their account this season, but they’ll be without the injured Jon Walters.
Diss Town have a weekend off, with no fixture scheduled.