LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 30/09/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 1 October, 2019
COUNTY LOOKS SET TO PUT UP ITS SHARE OF COUNCIL TAX
Norfolk county council looks set to increase its share of council tax next year by nearly four per cent.
Council leaders are proposing the rise, as well as considering making further cuts in budgets. Cuts of nearly £16 million are now being planned, on top of savings already approved of £31 million.
The council tax increase includes a two per cent precept just for adult social care.
ONE HURT IN ROAD COLLISION AT WEYBREAD
One person has been taken to hospital after a road crash near Harleston, early this morning.
A car driver is believed to have been hurt in a collision with a bin lorry at Weybread. Fire crews were also called out to deal with a fire that broke out in one of the vehicles after the accident. It’s believed that three people in the refuse vehicle weren’t injured.
The B1116 Harleston Road was closed by police between Watermill Lane and One-Eyed Lane, with diversions in place.
INQUEST OPENS ON CYCLIST AFTER COUNTRY ROAD ACCIDENT
An inquest has opened on a cyclist, who died after an accident on a country road near Diss.
46 year old Kenneth Cobourne died at the scene of the incident on the B1077, Shelfanger Road, on September 13th. Mr Cobourne, who worked as a refuse collector, suffered multiple injuries in a collision with a van.
The inquest has been adjourned until October 13th.
CCG MERGER LOOKS SET FOR NORFOLK
It looks like a merger between the five clinical commissioning groups in Norfolk and Waveney is set to go through.
The merger will take place in April, provided there’s final agreement for the move from the governing bodies of the five groups. A consultation has resulted in nearly all of the 79 surgeries in the area supporting a single commissioning group.
It’s hoped that the merger will save costs and improve care, but some jobs may be lost.
APPEAL OVER NEW HOMES IN VILLAGE IS REJECTED
Plans to build more than 20 homes in Fressingfield have been turned down.
A planning inspector has rejected an appeal against a decision by Mid Suffolk council to refuse the proposed development, near Post Mill Lane. The inspector decided that the homes would harm the character and appearance of the countryside and also affect the nearby Grade-2 listed 16th-century Ladymeade Cottage.
MAJOR BLAZE IN STRAW STORAGE BARN
An inquiry is underway into a major fire at a farm in Bressingham.
The fire broke out at a large storage building, containing 2,000 tonnes of straw, in Kenninghall Road on Thursday night. Firecrews were able to stop the blaze spreading to a nearby piggery.
DEFEAT SENDS CITY CLOSE TO THE BOTTOM THREE, BUT TOWN FLY HIGH
Norwich City have dropped to 17th in the Premiership, just one point above the bottom three. The injury-hit Canaries lost 2-0 at Crystal Palace, suffering their fourth defeat in five matches.
Ipswich Town are flying high at the top of League One. Their convincing 4-1 home win over strugglers, Tranmere Rovers extended their unbeaten league run to ten matches. The Blues are now two points clear of second-placed Wycombe, who have played a game more.
BLOW FOR TOWN AS THEY CHASE THE TOP SPOT
Diss Town’s recent good league run of six successive wins came to an end when they lost at Needham Market Reserves 3-2. Town found it difficult to adapt to the home side’s artificial pitch and, despite goals from Baughurst and Lane, also lost their unbeaten away record. Town remain second in the table.
Harleston Town were knocked out of the Mummery Cup, losing their first round tie at Thetford Rovers by 4-3. Scole United went through to the next round, winning 2-1 at home to Acle.
In rugby, Diss kept their winning start to the season by beating Saffron Walden at home. The victory by 49 points to 29 took them to the top of the London 2 North table.