LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 4/7/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 4 July, 2018
100 GRASS FIRES IN TWO WEEKS
More than 100 grass fires have started in Norfolk in the last fortnight.
Fire chiefs say they believe about half of open fires in Norfolk over the last year have been started deliberately.
And they warn that arsonists are putting lives and property at risk…and will be prosecuted.
AMBULANCE SERVICE NEEDS TO IMPROVE: REPORT
A new report says that the East of England ambulance service is still in need of improvement.
The Care Quality Commission report says that the trust’s rating remains unchanged, after it failed to reach response targets over a difficult winter.
Inspectors say that staff continued to “not feel valued” at an exhausting time, but there was praise for the trust’s policy to reduce handover delays at hospitals.
ARREST FOLLOWING A140 CRASH
A Norwich man has been arrested after a collision between a car and a bus on the A140 near Dickleburgh.
The driver of the car, 40 year old Dean Phillips from Norwich, was found near the scene of the accident after a police dog unit was brought in.
He’s been charged with failing to stop after an accident, aggravated vehicle-taking, and driving without a licence or insurance.
APOLOGY FOR DELAYS CAUSED BY TEMPORARY TRAFFIC LIGHTS
An apology’s been issued to motorists who were badly delayed at roadworks in Diss town centre.
Long delays were caused during yesterday’s evening rush-hour in Victoria Road, where one lane of the road has been closed while workmen repair footpaths.
Norfolk county council says that contractors failed to remove traffic lights at the end of the day’s work, causing large queues later on.
CUTS TO FREE SCHOOL TRANSPORT LIKELY
An attempt to stop proposed cuts to free school transport in Suffolk now looks likely to fail.
The cuts will be reviewed by the county’s scrutiny committee on Monday, but a report to the meeting suggests that the decision by the controlling Conservative group should go ahead.
The report says that the council’s officers are confident that the process and decision were open and transparent.
Opposition groups have complained that the cuts have not been properly thought out.
PUB OF THE YEAR COMPETITION
South Norfolk’s annual pub of the year competition has been officially launched for the tenth time.
The competition gives local people a chance to vote for their favourite pub….for community focus, customer service, tastiest food and drink and for being family friendly.
A panel of judges will visit the top pub in each category to choose the overall best pub of 2018.