LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 3/10/2018
Written by Mike Stewart on 3 October, 2018
WAR MEMORIAL IN LINE FOR TIMELY FACE-LIFT
Harleston’s war memorial is to be renovated in time for next month’s
The facelift is being funded by community groups in the town and the town council. The area around the memorial and also its Celtic Cross, which commemorates the dead and missing in the two World Wars, is being re-designed.
New benches, a ramp, plants and trees are also being brought in, after the area is given a clean-up.
SCHOOL PROJECT RUNNING TO SCHEDULE
A major project to nearly double the size of Roydon primary school is running on schedule.
A new state-of-the-art all-weather sports pitch has now been opened at the school, as part of the expansion scheme. Headteacher Sarah Bradford says the work is ‘progressing’ well, with a hand-over deadline set for April.
It’s planned that the school will be able to take more than 400 pupils in future, with new classrooms, a main hall, kitchen and offices also being built.
MORE ANTI-DEPRESSION DRUGS IN NORFOLK
The number of anti-depressants being prescribed in Norfolk is on the increase.
New figures show that the number of prescriptions for the drugs has risen to a total of nearly 1.7 million in a year. That’s shown a jump of about 15 per cent in the last three years – or an extra 200,000 prescriptions.
It’s prompted concerns that doctors may be prescribing drugs too quickly, although health officials also believe that people are now more able to discuss mental health problems.
TWO COUNCIL CHIEFS SET TO LEAVE
The two current chief executives of South Norfolk and Broadland councils will leave their jobs, when the first joint managing-director for the local authorities takes over.
Trevor Holden, currently chief executive of Luton Borough Council, is due to take up the appointment in the New Year. His appointment at a salary of around £150,000 is expected to be ratified by the councils at a joint meeting on Thursday.
THREE MOUNTAINS CLIMBED IN 23 HOURS
A Roydon man is back home after raising money for his son’s school by climbing three mountain peaks. Oliver Kenyon completed the Three Peaks Challenge at the weekend with a friend.
The two climbed Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon in just over 23 hours. They raised £700 for Bressingham Primary school, where Oliver’s son is a pupil.
IPSWICH STILL HAVE THE BLUES
Football….Ipswich Town remain next to bottom in the Championship
on goal average, after a 2-0 defeat at home to second-placed Middlesborough last night. Two early goals by the visitors left the Blues still looking for their first win of the season, after 11 games.
Norwich City are in action tonight away at Derby County, as they look to make it five wins in a row. A win or a point could put them back in the top six.