LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 5/7/2019
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 5 July, 2018
GREENE KING TO CUT 100 JOBS
The Suffolk-based brewery and pub chain, Greene King is to cut 100 jobs in a restructuring process.
Most of the office-based jobs to go will be in Bury St Edmunds…and the rest at Burton on Trent.
The company says the cuts follow a ‘challenging year’ due to rising costs, increased competition and poor weather.
Greene King says it is still committed to its Suffolk base, where it has been for more than 200 years.
RECYCLING CENTRE CHARGES TO STAY…FOR NOW
It seems there are no immediate plans to drop charges for dumping waste at Norfolk’s recycling sites.
The county’s new council leader, Andrew Proctor has confirmed that they will wait to see evidence of the effect of the recent decision to bring in the charges.
He says it is important to look at the facts and figures after a period of time.
It’s feared fly-tipping is increasing throughout the county, with the number of visits to recycling sites falling considerably in the weeks after the charges were introduced.
TRESPASSING ON THE RAILWAY LEADS TO BIG INCREASE IN DELAYS
The amount of trespassing on land near railway tracks operated by Greater Anglia has shown a big increase in the past year.
The trespassing has caused delays to train journeys totalling more than 500 hours during the year….an increase of a third on the previous 12 months.
Trespassing can include walking or playing near and on the tracks, which Greater Anglia warn can be dangerous.
DRY WEATHER A CONCERN FOR LIVESTOCK AND CROPS
Farmers in the region are becoming concerned as the hot, dry weather continues.
There’s no sign of rain for the next week and more locally, with farmers now worried about crops as well as feeding their animals, with grass in the fields now tinder dry.
It’s expected the conditions will reduce output this year, resulting in less income for farmers but an increase in shop prices.
Last month was officially the driest June on record with ten per cent of normal rainfall
LONG-TIME IRONMONGERS SHOP BUILDING SOLD
The home of a long-established Harleston business has been sold at auction.
The Grade 2 listed building in The Thoroughfare went under the hammer for £237,500 well above the guide price of up to £220,000.
It was occupied by G Denny and Sons as an ironmongers’ shop for many years, until the owners decided to close the family business earlier this year.