LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 29/11/2018
Written by Mike Stewart on 30 November, 2018
PATIENTS FACE A STRUGGLE TO FIND AN NHS DENTIST
There’s a growing crisis in dental services affecting most of Norfolk. The closure of the dental surgery in East Harling at the end of this week will leave hundreds of extra patients looking for NHS treatment.
Few dental surgeries in the county are taking on new patients without a referral from a practitioner, including those in South Norfolk such as Diss.
The British Dental Association has called on the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock to tackle the problem with patients facing journeys of around 50 miles for NHS treatment.
PLANNERS REJECT MOVE TO DEMOLISH PART OF OLD PUB
A plan to demolish part of a former historic pub in the centre of Pulham St Mary has been turned down.
The owner of the Grade-2 listed Kings Head wanted to remove an extension at the back of the building and return the inn to its original form. However, South Norfolk planners say the proposed changes would harm the special interest and historical significance of the building, which dates back to the 16th century.
The pub, which is now boarded up, has been closed since 2007.
MENTAL HEATH TRUST STILL STRUGGLING
It looks likely that the troubled Norfolk and Suffolk mental health trust will get a final chance to sort itself out.
The trust has been put in special measures for a third time in four years by the Care Quality Commission, after failings had not been addressed. The trust is said to be performing worse than any other in the country and there are calls for the Government to step in and take action.
DEADLINE APPROACHES FOR DEVELOPMENT PLAN COMMENTS
There are just two weeks left to send in comments and opinions on developing the wider area around Norwich, including villages and towns in South Norfolk.
The latest public consultation on the Greater Norwich local plan is due to end on Thursday, December 13th. The plan will set out the future development of the South Norfolk, Norwich city and Broadland areas, including jobs, housing and infrastructure.
It’s intended to build about 7,000 homes. Sites around the area, including Diss, Roydon and Harleston, have already been earmarked.
TOWN STILL LOOK FOR A WIN
Ipswich Town are still without a home win this season.
They lost 3-2 at home to Bristol City last night, after conceding three goals in nine minutes in the first quarter-hour of the second half. The result leaves Town six points adrift at the bottom of the table.
STRIKER LOOKS SET TO LEAVE CARROW ROAD
Norwich City’s out-of-favour striker Nelson Oliviera looks set to leave the club in a few weeks. He’s agreed a loan move to Turkish top team Besiktas in January, with a view to a permanent transfer in the summer.