LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 9/5/2018

Written by on 9 May, 2018

LOCAL ROAD NETWORK ‘NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE’

Business leaders in Norfolk and Suffolk have complained that the road network locally is not fit for purpose.

They say that congestion on the two counties’ roads is resulting in slower journey times with average speeds well below most national routes.

And they say that the road network is causing frustration for drivers while better road links are needed for future business prosperity.

A survey for the new transport strategy for Norfolk and Suffolk shows that the average speed from Ipswich to Norwich is one of the worst at just 36 miles an hour.

The strategy has been put together by county councils and the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and highlights areas for improvements over the next five years and also long-term.

CALL FOR REVIEW INTO CHARGES AT RECYCLING CENTRES

There’s a call for Norfolk county council to review newly-introduced charges for dumping do-it-yourself waste at its 20 recycling centres.

A petition has been started on change.com calling on the council to reverse its decision to charge for items like plasterboard, glass and rubble.

There are concerns that the new cost will cause an increase in fly-tipping and the council has also dismissed a claim by a Norfolk MP that the charge isn’t legal.

Until recently, the council made no charge for one large item or up to 80 litres of D-I-Y waste at the centres.

HERITAGE TRANSPORT FAIR RETURNS

Another major event is set to make a return to Diss this year.

Organisers have announced that the Diss heritage transport fair will take place for the fourth year in mid-August.

It’s planned that the Heritage Triangle will be home to dozens of vintage and classic cars for the day…

Car owners are being encouraged to wear clothing from their car’s era.

PUB RAISES RECORD AMOUNT FOR CHARITY

They’re celebrating at the Burston Crown after a record-breaking fundraising event for charity.

The pub’s annual Beer Bikes and Bands event last Sunday raised more than £7,000.

It was the second time that the event has been held and it attracted a thousand visitors and 400 bikes.

LOCAL SPORT

Football…and some good news for Norwich City.

It looks like mid-fielder James Maddison’s knee ligament injury is not as bad as first feared.

He should be available for training again in about two months…and won’t need an operation.

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