LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 4/9/2018

Written by on 4 September, 2018

SUFFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL FACING BUDGET OVERSPEND

Council services in Suffolk are set to face further cutbacks. The county council says it will have to cut spending, or face a possible financial crisis in the future.

All areas will now be reviewed for savings, with new figures showing that spending is more than £8 million over budget for the current financial year.

The council has already recently taken cash from its reserves and increased council tax substantially.

MOTORCYCLIST FOUND ON ROADSIDE

A motorcyclist has been found lying by the roadside with serious injuries at Aslacton.

Police are appealing for witnesses of the accident which happened in Plantation Road on Saturday afternoon. The rider was discovered on a grass verge with his 250cc motorbike close by. He was taken to hospital in Cambridge by air ambulance.

MAJOR INVESTMENT TO SECURE FUTURE WATER SUPPLIES

Anglian Water is looking to pump millions of pounds into building up its supply network in Norfolk and Suffolk.

It’s part of a major investment programme costing £6.5 billion across its service area. Norfolk will receive the second largest investment of £653 million, with Suffolk getting £490 million.

The work is planned to ensure supplies to customers, including food producers in the region, as lower rainfall is expected in future years.

Anglian say water bills are likely to rise by less than 1 per cent in the next five years.

FIVE A YEAR DIE WHILE ON THE TRANSPLANT WAIT-LIST

About five people a year in Norfolk are dying while waiting for an organ transplant.

The figures, released at the start of Organ Donation Week, show that 56 people in Norfolk received a transplant last year. However,  a total of 25 have died in the last five years while on the waiting-list.

CO-OP STEPS UP SECURITY MEASURES

The East of England Co-op is planning to install more steel bollards outside its stores.

The company is submitting planning applications for the added security measure. It follows a series of ram-raids on its shops in Suffolk and Essex, with thieves targeting cash machines.

The East of England Co-op chain has stores in Harleston, Eye and Long Stratton locally.

INVESTIGATION CONTINUES INTO UNEXPLAINED DEATH

A police investigation is continuing into the “unexplained” death of a woman at her home in Diss.

The woman’s body was found when officers went to the one-bedroom property in Whytehead Gardens at the weekend, after concern from neighbours. Crime scene officers have been examining the property and it’s hoped a post-mortem will reveal the cause of death.

The woman has been named as Helen Pemberton, who was in her 60s and a retired accountant. She moved into the sheltered-housing bungalow near Victoria Road, last November.

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