LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 7/2/2018

Written by on 7 February, 2018

FIRE GUTTED RESTAURANT TO RE-BUILD

An inquiry is continuing into the cause of a major fire at a Norfolk hotel and restaurant.

The blaze at the Breckland Lodge, on the A11 near Attleborough yesterday, destroyed the restaurant and coffee lounge….. but the 30-room hotel building largely escaped damage.

It’s planned to re-build the damaged areas….and staff have been told that their jobs are safe and they will continue to be paid.

However, it’s not known when the business will re-open.

Emergency services spent about 16 hours at the scene of the fire…with about 70 firemen tackling the flames.

COST OF POLICING TO RISE

There will be a bigger price to pay for the policing of Norfolk in the coming year.

An increase of 5.5 per cent on the police’s share of council tax has been agreed….meaning an average of almost £12 extra on bills.

The move follows a survey in the county of two thousand people….it showed most would prefer to pay more in return for better policing

As a result, there will be more police on-the-street and on duty at schools….regular police surgeries….more information on how to access services…
and a review of the 101 telephone number.

Norfolk’s Police Commissioner says the extra funding will help to protect the county’s communities.

PROPOSAL TO RAISE SOUTH NORFOLK’S SHARE OF COUNCIL TAX

And the actual increase in South Norfolk’s council-tax share won’t be confirmed until later this month.

The full council will meet on the 19th to consider a proposed increase of 3.66 per cent…which would add an extra £5 on average to bills.

THREE LOCAL AUTHORITIES OVERSPENT DURING 2016 – 2017

Latest figures show that one in three local authorities spent more than they expected in 2016-17.

The figures suggest that councils are generally struggling to keep to their budgets.

One of the highest overspends was in Suffolk, with Babergh going six percent above their planned expenditure.

DRIVER SOUGHT IN CONNECTION WITH DAMAGE OUTSIDE STRADBROKE SCHOOL

Police are looking for the driver of a car that caused extensive damage outside a school in Stradbroke.

The car crashed into fencing at Stradbroke primary early on Tuesday morning.. with debris spreading into nearby gardens.

The car ….thought to be a black Ford car…..made off after the incident.

WARNING TO FOOTBALL FANS POSTING ON-LINE

Norwich City and Ipswich Town have issued a joint warning to fans about unacceptable postings on-line.

The move comes shortly before the East Anglian derby match at Carrow Road on February the 19th.

The clubs say they will ban any supporters from games, if they are found to be posting abusive, offensive or discriminatory material on social media outlets.

‘WATER WONDERLAND’ THEME SET FOR DISS TOWN CARNIVAL

The Mere will be at the heart of this year’s Diss Town Carnival.

Organisers say that the theme of the event on Sunday, June 10th, will be “Water Wonderland”……with a focus on the Mere, one of the town’s main attractions.

A record number of visitors attended the carnival last year.

Any local company or group wanting to be involved in this year’s event..is asked to contact Diss council.

WINTRY WEATHER TO GIVE WAY TO MILDER CONDITIONS

It looks like there will be no more snow showers this evening or overnight.

But a very cold night is forecast….with temperatures going down locally to minus 5 in places.

Milder weather is expected at the weekend.

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