LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 16/7/18
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 16 July, 2018
NEW PUSH TO END WASTE CHARGES
A new move is underway to push for an end to recently introduced charges for D-I-Y waste at Norfolk’s recycling centres.
Opposition councillors are calling on the county council to either drop or suspend the charges…..and the issue will go to a vote at next week’s council meeting.
More than 6,500 people have signed an online petition against the new costs, which were brought in last April.
In the first month, 30 per cent fewer visits were made to re-cycling centres…while fly-tipping incidents are said to have increased.
WEATHER STAYING HOT AND DRY AS FIELD FIRES BREAK OUT
Weather forecasters say the long hot and dry spell is set to continue.
After the driest June since 1962, July is shaping up to go the same way….with now little sign of any rain on the way locally.
Parts of Norfolk have seen no rain since June 9th…and last month brought about 10 per cent of normal rainfall.
There is a chance of light showers on Saturday, but this is unclear at present.
Meanwhile, fire crews from stations around South Norfolk have been called to a field fire at Redgrave this afternoon.
The blaze broke out in open countryside at Fen Street, but has been brought under control.
And an outbreak of field fires has kept the emergency services busy in Norfolk over the weekend.
Six crews were called to a large fire at Broome, near Bungay…and there was another large blaze at Tivetshall St Margaret in Station Road.
MPS CALL FOR LEADERSHIP CHANGE AT AMBULANCE SERVICE
South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon is one of three Norfolk MPs calling for a change of leadership at the East of England ambulance service.
Mr Bacon says that no improvements have been seen at the service, despite reassurances from the ambulance trust for over five years.
He says that the the ambulance service has some amazing staff, but badly needs good leadership and management.
Mr Bacon is joined by Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman and North Norfolk’s Norman Lamb in calling for the change.
STARSTON COUPLE’S BABY ARRIVES EN ROUTE
A Starston couple is celebrating after their new baby arrived while they were in their car on the way to hospital.
Edward and Victoria Johnson had to quickly pull over and deliver the new arrival themselves by the roadside.
With an ambulance on the way to the couple, an operator gave the father instructions of how to proceed.
Mother and baby Edith are now both at home..and doing well.
IPSWICH KEEPER FINALLY SIGNS A CONTRACT
Football…..Ipswich Town goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski has finally signed a new deal with the club.
The Poland international has agreed a three-year contract….with the option of another year.
He had agreed the extension months ago, but has now formally signed the paperwork, after the club apparently rejected several bids for the player.