LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 29/07/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 29 July, 2019
POPULATION EXPECTED TO TOP A MILLION
New figures suggest that the population of the Norfolk and Waveney area will increase by around ten per cent over the next 20 years.
It’s expected that the number of people living in the area will reach 1.1 million. The biggest increase in the area will be in South Norfolk which is predicted to go up by over 23,000 to more than 160,500.
One of largest rises will be in those aged over 90….going up from just one to 3 per cent of the population.
CROSSING FOLLOWS LONG SAFETY CAMPAIGN
Work is starting on a new pedestrian crossing, after a five-year campaign by villagers at Old Buckenham.
The new puffin-crossing will make it safer to cross the B1077 between Diss and Attleborough. The project, costing nearly £130,000, follows a long campaign by the parish council.
It should be completed in time for use by children going to the village’s primary and high schools for the new autumn term.
STORE COMPANY CUTS CRIME WITH NEW MEASURES
A series of crime prevention measures has cut the number of robberies at Co-op stores around Norfolk and Suffolk.
Action was taken by the company following a run of ram raids on its local food stores, including Rickinghall. Robberies have now dropped by around a third in the past year.
NEW TRAINS GO INTO ACTION
The first of Greater Anglia’s new regional trains have gone into service.
The Swiss-built trains will cover routes between Norwich and stations on the coast, including Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. The company’s new inter-city trains between Norwich and London are expected to start going through Diss in the autumn.
WEATHER DISAPPOINTS BUT AIR SHOW IS STILL A HIT
Cloudy and wet weather over the weekend caused a few problems for this year’s Old Buckenham air show.
The air display programme had to be revised because of the weather conditions, but large crowds still turned out for the two-day event.
KEEPER SET TO LEAVE THE BLUES
Ipswich Town goalkeeper Bart Bialkowski looks likely to leave the club.
He’s now set to go on loan for the season to Millwall, with the Championship club’s 6 foot 4 inch striker Tom Elliott joining the Blues.